Care of patients at the end of life is contingent on adequate preparation of health care providers. Nursing, as the predominant caring profession in end-of-life (EOL) care, must achieve competence in physical and psychosocial care of patients and families facing terminal illness. Previous research has demonstrated that nursing education has not prepared nurses to provide optimum EOL care. To date, there has not been a unified or organized effort to broadly address the preparation of nurses in EOL care. This article describes one national project, the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), which was developed as a comprehensive effort to improve EOL care by nurses in the United States. The ELNEC project consists of EOL education for various nursing audiences: the undergraduate faculty; continuing education providers; paediatrics; oncology; and the graduate faculty. This organized effort is a major step towards strengthening nursing knowledge in EOL care to improve care of the dying.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Advanced and Specialized Nursing