Schedule of Remaining 2011 Courses

National ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care Course Held in Carmel, IN

ELNEC on Facebook
Study Shows Use of Palliative Care Order Set Improves Care
ELNEC-For Veterans Update
Message from the ELNEC Project Office
Betty Ferrell Presents at the 2011 ONS Congress
Plans for 2012 Courses
Joint Commission Announces Palliative Care Certification
ELNEC is now on Facebook
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Check out the brand new ELNEC Facebook page that lists the latest information about ELNEC. Interact with other ELNEC trainers. To take a glimpse and become a “friend” click here.
Study Shows Use of Palliative Care Order Set Improves Care
Maryland researchers found using a palliative care order set improved adherence to treatment principles at a community teaching hospital, according to a study published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine. The team conducted a retrospective chart review, comparing treatment received by patients at the end of life whose providers used a standard palliative care order set compared with those who had no palliative care orders and those with comfort measure only orders. All patients in the order set cohort had opioids and anxiolytics available and most had orders for antiemetic, antipsychotic, anti-secretion, and laxative medications.   For further information about this work, and/or to read the article, click here.
Message from the National ELNEC Project Office
Two brief reminders: 
1) When holding an ELNEC course, please fill out the notification form and send it via email to Pam Malloy.  The form, along with other helpful information, is located here.
2) Each ELNEC curricula is updated annually. We ask that trainers use materials 3 years old or less, as there is a large amount of new data coming in each year. If you are an ELNEC trainer and wish to order a new ELNEC CD, contact Pam Malloy via email, and she will send you the order form.
As an ELNEC trainer, you may also purchase another ELNEC curricula that you may not have received training in.  For example, you may have attended an ELNEC-Core course, but you would also like to have a copy of the ELNEC-Geriatric CD.
Joint Commission Announces Certification in Palliative Care
Hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission now have the option of seeking Advanced Certification in Palliative Care. The new certification program launches September 1, 2011, and the standards will be available July 1, 2011.  
The Advanced Palliative Care Certification requirements emphasize:

A formal, organized palliative care program led by an interdisciplinary team whose members possess the requisite expertise in palliative care

Leadership endorsement and support of the program's goals for providing care, treatment and services

A special focus on patient and family engagement

Processes which support the coordination of care and communication among all care settings and providers

The use of evidence-based national guidelines or expert consensus to guide patient care.
Learn more about the Advanced Certification in Palliative Care program here.
The August 2012 ELNEC Summit will be held in Washington, DC.
Juli McGowan (pictured above), an ELNEC trainer, works with a patient at Kimbilio (which means "refuge" in Swahili) Hospice in Kenya.
Let Us Hear From You!
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 X238
The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) is pleased to bring you the Spring 2011 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 14,000 nurses and other healthcare providers have attended a national train-the-trainer course.  ELNEC has been presented in 70 countries around the world. 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, 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).
Schedule of Remaining 2011 Courses
June 16 & 17 - Denver, CO
July 28 & 29 - Atlanta, GA
October 11 & 12 - Boston, MA
All three courses are co-sponsored by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) and the national ELNEC project.
ELNEC-Core & Critical Care: 
August 4 & 5 - St. Louis, MO
This course is co-sponsored by the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Nursing and the national ELNEC project.
Throughout the fall of 2011, ELNEC train-the-trainer courses will be held in five Eastern European countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Russia. Funding for this series is provided by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. Two additional international courses will be held:

October 17-21 - Ukraine (funded by Open Society International)
November 4-6 - Belize (partial funding provided by Providence Trinity Kids Care)
To register or seek further information about any of these courses, go to
National ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care Course Held in Carmel, IN
Four International Guests Attend
Eighty-two pediatric nurses, physicians, social workers, and bereavement counselors attended the ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care course, April 29-30 in a suburb of Indianapolis, IN. These participants came from 16 states and 4 foreign countries (Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Taiwan).
The course was coordinated and co-hosted by the national ELNEC project office and Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health North Hospital. Tours were held for participants to see the private rooms in both the neonatal intensive care unit and the pediatric intensive care units at Riley.
(Pictured from left to right: Pam Malloy, ELNEC Project Director at AACN; Kyung Ah Kang, Sahmyook University, Seoul, South Korea; Emma Treadwell, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Daniela Bonfietti Rodrigues, Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Amy Corey, Co-host of course from Riley Children’s Hospital, Carmel, IN; Deborah Ecktenkamp, Medical City Children’s Hospital, Dallas, TX. Not pictured, Ya-Lan Wang, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan)

Betty Ferrell Presents the Mara Mogensen Flaherty Memorial Lecture at the 2011 ONS Congress
Honors ELNEC Trainers throughout the US and Internationally for their Commitment to Palliative Care
Betty Ferrell, Principal Investigator of the ELNEC Project, was invited to give the annual Mara Mogensen Flaherty Memorial Lecture titled, “Nurse Exemplars in Psychosocial Care at the End of Life” in Boston, April 20, 2011 at the 36th annual Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress.  Betty shared examples of how ELNEC trainers have provided palliative care education around the world and the impact they have had in improving this care in the most remote areas of the world. Betty’s lecture will be available in the September 2011 edition of Oncology Nursing Forum (ONF).
Plans for 2012 National Courses
100th ELNEC Course Coming January 2012 to Los Angeles, CA
Come Celebrate this Milestone
In January 2001, 100 participants attended the very first national ELNEC train-the-trainer course. Nursing faculty, continuing education providers, and staff development educators came from across the country to attend this course. Eleven years, 99 courses, and over 14,000 trainers later, nurses and other members of the healthcare team will assemble in the Los Angeles area for the 100th national/international ELNEC course. Due to the tremendous response and attendance at the first ELNEC Summit in January 2011 in San Diego, the second ELNEC Summit will be held on January 26 & 27, 2012. Four ELNEC curricula will be presented simultaneously—Core, Pediatric Palliative Care, Critical Care, and Geriatric.
Please pass this information on to any of your colleagues who may want to attend.  Feel free to come for a refresher course or to participate in one of the other ELNEC courses you have not attended before. Participants will be invited to bring posters describing their work to promote palliative care. Great shopping, touring Universal Studios and Rodeo Drive, and extending through the week-end for a beach retreat will be easy, due to this great location.
August 2012 ELNEC Summit will be held in Washington, DC
Plan now to attend either ELNEC-Core, Pediatric Palliative Care, Critical Care, or Geriatric train-the-trainer courses in Washington, DC, August 23 & 24, 2012. This will be a wonderful opportunity to network with colleagues from across the country. The course will be held at the Marriott Metro Center in the very heart of our nation's capital. The hotel is located 4 blocks east of the White House and 2 blocks north of Pennsylvania Avenue and the historic Mall of Monuments. Outstanding national faculty will be presenting the ELNEC modules.
Don’t miss this opportunity. Registration forms for both the Los Angeles and Washington, DC courses will be available on the ELNEC Web site by August 1, 2011.
ELNEC International
Nine ELNEC-International Courses will be held in 2011
Record-Breaking Number of Courses offered Worldwide
An ELNEC-International train-the-trainer course was held February 21-23, 2011 as a pre-conference to the Society of Oncology and Cancer Research of Nigeria (SOCRON) meeting in Abuja, Nigeria. The course was attended by nurses, physicians, and a pharmacist.
ELNEC national faculty, Carma Erickson-Hurt and Drs. Nessa Coyle and Judy Paice partnered with Dr. Nike Onibokun (an ELNEC trainer since 2005; Department of Nursing, University of Ibadan) and Dr. Olaitan Soyannwo (the medical director of the Hospice and Palliative Care Unit at University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria and internationally-recognized expert in cancer pain).
On April 4-8, 2011, 33 nurses from five various Eastern European countries attended the third Salzburg Medical Seminar Series for Nurses in Palliative Care in Salzburg, Austria. These nursing leaders in education and clinical practice represented the following countries:  Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Russia. This course was funded by Open Society International. The participants who attended the course in Salzburg are now working to plan and organize their own national course. National ELNEC faculty will attend each of these courses, to help support and encourage these new international trainers. These courses are being funded by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation.
ELNEC national faculty, Carma Erickson-Hurt and Drs. Nessa Coyle and Judy Paice partnered with Dr. Nike Onibokun (an ELNEC trainer since 2005; Department of Nursing, University of Ibadan) and Dr. Olaitan Soyannwo (the medical director of the Hospice and Palliative Care Unit at University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria and internationally-recognized expert in cancer pain) and others who attended an ELNEC International course in Abuja, Nigeria (pictured above).

In April 2011, 33 nurses from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Russia attended the third Salzburg Medical Seminar Series for Nurses in Palliative Care in Salzburg, Austria (pictured above).
ELNEC Trainer is Providing Compassionate Care in Kenya
Trainer is in Need of Supplies
Juli McGowan is a young nurse practitioner who works tirelessly to care for patients who come to Kimbilio (which means "refuge" in Swahili) Hospice, a 26-bed inpatient facility that houses adults and children living with terminal illness. Juli and her colleagues provide services including management of pain and other symptoms, provision of psychological/social/spiritual support, counseling and bereavement services to support families during their loved one’s illness. In 2009, Juli helped to establish Living Room Ministries International, for the sole purpose of addressing the many injustices that remain for those living with life-limiting illnesses in Kenya. Race, tribe, religion, educational level and ability to pay do not determine a person’s value and do not interfere with the care provided by the Living Room team. Juli is currently doing post-graduate work in palliative care through Oxford University while in Kenya.  She has served 6 years in Kenya as a medical missionary, specializing in infectious diseases and HIV. Not only has she been involved in clinic work, but also the establishment of two 96-bed orphans’ homes, and maintains community outreach to those affected or infected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and other life-threatening diseases in the rural areas of Northwest Kenya. Juli and her team are in desperate need of the following items:  stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, weighing scale, tympanic thermometers, blood glucose monitors with strips, and blue scrubs (medium or large sizes). If you would like to assist in providing these requested supplies, please contact Dr. Vicky Bowden at, as she will be taking them to Kenya in July 2011.
For more information about this amazing work, visit or contact Juli directly via email at
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