Welcome to the Winter 2013 Edition!
The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) is pleased to bring you this issue of ELNEC Connections, a quarterly newsletter to showcase efforts in end-of-life nursing education and practice. This newsletter spotlights project developments and provides resources that may be useful to you as an ELNEC trainer. ELNEC is a national education program to improve end-of-life care by nurses.Today, over 15,000 nurses and other healthcare providers have attended a national train-the-trainer course. ELNEC has been presented in 74 countries and translated into 6 languages. The project, which began in February 2000, was funded by a major grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Additional funding has been received from the National Cancer and Open Society Institutes, and Aetna, Archstone, Oncology Nursing, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Milbank for Rehabilitation, Cambia Health, and California Healthcare Foundations, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. ELNEC is administered through a partnership between the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the City of Hope (COH). 
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Six National ELNEC Train-the-Trainer Courses to be Held in 2013
  • ELNEC-Summit:*  February 21-22, Anaheim, CA

  • ELNEC-APRN:  April 4-5, Anaheim, CA

  • ELNEC-Core:**   May 14-15, St. Louis, MO

  • ELNEC-Core & ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care:**  July 30-31, Boston, MA
    (both courses held simultaneously)

  • ELNEC-Core:**  October 8-9, Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), FL

  • ELNEC-APRN & ELNEC-Critical Care:  November 5-6, Washington, DC
*ELNEC Summit—ELNEC-Core, Pediatric Palliative Care, and Critical Care train-the-trainer courses are held simultaneously. 
**ELNEC Courses held in partnership with the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA).
Note: Three or more attendees from the same institution will receive a $50 reduction in the registration fee per participant for all 2013 courses.
For more information and/or to register, go to www.aacn.nche.edu/ELNEC
ELNEC’s Top Priority for 2013: Train Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) in Palliative Care
Many are Moving into Palliative Care Leadership, Practice, Education, and Research Roles
There are many palliative care teams across the US being led by advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). These APRNs are key team members and exemplify commitment to their varied roles in not only leadership, but practice, education, and research, too. Plans are being made now for the development of a new ELNEC curriculum that will meet the specific needs of these nurses. Connie Dahlin and Patrick Coyne are the lead consultants on this project. In addition, a separate tract for those who work in pediatric palliative care will have their own unique training, with Amy Corey and Cheryl Thaxton acting as the lead consultants for the pediatric modules. Further information about this new course, including registration form, overview, agenda, faculty listing, flyer, and FAQs are available at www.aacn.nche.edu/ELNEC. Dates and locations for the 2013 ELNEC-APRN courses are April 4-5 in Anaheim, CA and November 5-6 in Washington, DC. 
NOTE: Space is limited for both of these courses. Registeration is first-come, first-serve so register early. 
Cambia Health Foundation Provides Funding for ELNEC-APRN
Cambia Health Foundation announced in December 2012 that they will assist in funding the ELNEC-APRN project. In funding programs to transform health care, Cambia Health Foundation aims to increase access to health care for those who cannot afford it, while delivering and coordinating care with innovative methods that improve outcomes and address disparities in care. For more information about Cambia Health Foundation, go to http://www.cambiahealthfoundation.org/mission.html.
Eleven ELNEC Trainers Honored for Their Commitment to Excellent Palliative Care
The following trainers have been selected as the 2012 ELNEC Award Winners, due to their commitment to providing outstanding palliative care, education, research, and outreach to their institution, community, state, nation, and the world. For more information on their exceptional work, click here.
Carol Kelley
Case Western Reserve
Cleveland, OH 
Mary Beth Steiner
Harden Healthcare
Wichita, KS 
Renee Snyder
ELNEC-Pediatric PC
Emogene Dolin Jones
Hospice House
Huntington, WV 
Cheryl Thaxton
ELNEC-Pediatric PC
Duke University
Durham, NC 
Tercia Soares
ELNEC-Critical Care
Inova Loudon Hospital
Leesburg, VA 
Ann Minor
Southington Care
Southington, CT 
Nessa Coyle
New York, NY 
Angela Lee
Hospice Without Borders
Seattle, WA 
Matt Earnest
ELNEC-For Veterans
VA Medical Center
Oklahoma City, OK 
Gina McWhirter
ELNEC-For Veterans
VA Medical Center
Cheyenne, WY 
Paula Muehlbauer
ELNEC-For Veterans
San Diego, CA 

ELNEC Trainer Has Begun to Develop a Texas/ELNEC Coalition
Purpose is to Improve Palliative Care in Texas
Connecticut, Delaware, and New Jersey have organized ELNEC trainers in their state to hold palliative care conferences and/or to promote ELNEC training. The second largest state in the US is now in the process of developing a Texas/ELNEC Coalition, under the leadership of Debbie James, from MD Anderson in Houston. If you live in Texas and would like to join Debbie and many other Texas trainers, contact her at debbiejames53@yahoo.com.
ELNEC Faculty is Committed to Training 4,000 Nurses at Gentiva® Hospice
Christine Taegar, MS, RN, CHPN is the Director of Professional Development at Gentiva® Hospice in Atlanta, GA. She and her team have worked tirelessly to educate their staff in ELNEC. The staff has completed 626 ELNEC modules in the past year. They also plan to train 212 RN Case Manager Preceptors, and on February 1, 2013, ELNEC training became a requirement for all new nurses as a part of their clinical orientation. Gentiva® currently employs approximately 4,000 nurses, so planning for this education is critical. Christine’s future goals include providing ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care, ELNEC-Geriatric, and ELNEC-For Veterans trainings and delivering courses with more of an interdisciplinary focus. Christine can be contacted at Christine.Taegar@gentiva.com.
ELNEC-International Course Held in Kazakhstan 
In November, 2012, 37 nurses and physicians attended an ELNEC train-the-trainer course in Kazakhstan. From a variety of settings, including hospice, oncology, and educational institutions. Some direct patient care, but most were administrators, nursing directors, or educators. The participants were grateful for the ELNEC training and many stated they were committed to going back to their institution and implementing the pain scale, providing sub-cutaneous pain medications, coordinating ELNEC educational efforts among the various regions of Kazakhstan, promoting home hospice,  developing a volunteer program to educate the country about the benefits of palliative care, and collaborating with government officials to support opioid policies and to clarify nursing roles. The ELNEC Project Team wishes to acknowledge international trainers Carma Erickson-Hurt, Marian Grant, and Irina Tiurin for their outstanding work in coordinating and teaching this course.
New Book on Communication Has Just Been Published
Perhaps the most important tool for providing excellent palliative care is impeccable communication. Collaborating with the interdisciplinary team, refining goals of care with patients and their families, listening, and being present are all important skills that nurses need in order to communicate well. Communication in Palliative Nursing, authored by Drs. Elaine Wittenberg-Lyles, Joy Goldsmith, Betty Ferrell, and Sandra Ragan provides theoretical and practical ways for nurses to communicate. To learn more about this essential book, go to http://www.oup.com/us, or http://www.amazon.com/Communication-Palliative-Nursing-Elaine-Wittenberg-Lyles/dp/0199796823.
ELNEC Trainers Invited to Participate in Interdisciplinary Spiritual Care at Palliative Care Conference
The City of Hope is planning a conference on "Improving the Quality of Spiritual Care as a Dimension of Palliative Care" on March 2-3, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. The National Consensus Project (NCP) Guidelines and National Quality Forum (NQF) Preferred Practices served as the foundation for the recommendations for a Consensus Conference. In 2010, a partnership was formed to support nine selected demonstration projects that model the implementation of these recommendations for other programs to replicate. This 2-day meeting will highlight each of the Demonstration sites accomplishments and integrating spiritual care as part of palliative care within their respective institutions. The Archstone Foundation has generously subsidized registration costs for this 2-day event ($145 for both days).  For more information, go to http://www.cityofhope.org/nre-spiritual-care-conference and/or contact Andrea Garcia at angarcia@coh.org  
Did You Know?
To date, the ELNEC Project Office has received 28 notification forms for 2013. These courses will be held in 10 states, plus Singapore. Remember: If you are planning to provide an ELNEC course, you must notify the ELNEC Project Office by submitting a notification form. To obtain this form and to review other resources on how to plan an ELNEC course, go to http://www.aacn.nche.edu/elnec/planning-elnec-course 
For any questions, contact Pam Malloy at pmalloy@aacn.nche.edu.
Remember, you should not be providing ELNEC courses with a CD older than 4 years old (2009 or older). If you have completed an ELNEC train-the-trainer course and need to purchase the 2013 ELNEC CD, contact Pam Malloy at pmalloy@aacn.nche.edu.There have been substantial updates to the 2013 editions of ELNEC-Core, Pediatric Palliative Care, and Critical Care.  
We are interested in your thoughts and suggestions about end-of-life nursing issues. What would you like to see in this newsletter? Do you have a story to share about how end-of-life nursing education has made a difference for your patients and their families?
Please forward your suggestions or comments to:

Pam Malloy
ELNEC Project Director
202-463-6930 ext. 238
End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)