2012 Schedule of National ELNEC Courses
  What’s New
with ELNEC-Core and ELNEC-For Veterans?

Four ELNEC-International
Courses Held in September and October

Latest State-by-State
Palliative Care
Report Card from CAPC

A Thanksgiving Message from the National ELNEC Project Team

Join Friends and Colleagues in this Interactive Venue
Check out the 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.
Final Thoughts
Check-out the new look of the ELNEC website.

If you are planning to hold an ELNEC course in your institution and/or community in 2012, be sure the curriculum you are using was printed in 2009, 2010, or 2011. If not, contact Pam Malloy for an order form to purchase the 2012 ELNEC CD. Each of the ELNEC curricula are updated annually. The 2012 editions will be available after February 1, 2012 to all ELNEC trainers.
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
Welcome to the Fall 2011 Edition!
The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) is pleased to bring you the Fall 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 12,900 nurses and other healthcare providers have attended a national train-the-trainer course. ELNEC has been presented in 71 international countries.  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).
2012 Schedule of National ELNEC Courses
  • ELNEC-Summit
    Come celebrate ELNEC’s 100th Course!
    January 26-27;  Glendale, CA (Los Angeles Suburb)

  • ELNEC-Core
    February 29 - March 1; San Antonio, TX

  • ELNEC-For Veterans and ELNEC-For Veterans, ICU
    April 3-4; Raleigh-Durham, NC

  • ELNEC-For Veterans and ELNEC-For Veterans, ICU
    July 17-18; Anaheim, CA
  • ELNEC-Summit
    August 23-24; Washington, DC
  • ELNEC-Summit
    October 11-12; Portland, OR
For more information about ELNEC-Summits, read below. For flyers, further information, and/or registration forms, go to

Three ELNEC Summits Planned for 2012: 
100th Course to Be Held in Los Angeles, CA Suburb

ELNEC-Core, Pediatric Palliative Care, Geriatric, and Critical
Care train-the-trainer courses will be held simultaneously

In January 2001, ELNEC was presented for the very first time to 128 nurses in Pasadena, CA. What originally was a 3-year plan, because the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant spanned that length of time, has now grown to almost 11 years and over 12,900 national/international ELNEC trainers. From these trainers, it is estimated that they have returned to their facilities and trained over 385,000 nurses and other members of their interdisciplinary team and colleagues throughout their communities. On January 26 -27, 2012, the 100th national/international ELNEC train-the-trainer course will be held in Glendale, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles. This will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate ELNEC’s 100th birthday in January and to network with others from across the US and other countries of the world.  If you are already an ELNEC trainer and would like to take a refresher course or attend another specialty course, feel free to attend this course. Nurses and other healthcare team members are invited to attend one of three national ELNEC train-the-trainer summits where ELNEC-Core, Pediatric Palliative Care, Geriatric, and Critical Care courses will be held simultaneously. Room will be available for those who would like to provide a poster, highlighting your work in palliative care over these past 10 years. If you are interested in showcasing a poster at the January course, please contact Pam Malloy at     

Two other ELNEC Summits will be held in 2012: August 23-24 in Washington, DC and October 11-12 in Portland, OR
Note:  Each participant who attends an ELNEC Summit with two (2) or more additional people from their institution will receive a $50 discount off the registration per attendee.  This price reduction is provided to encourage people to come with colleagues, as there is a better chance of implementing the practices promoted during the course and disseminating the educational content.
For more information and/or to register for any of these three Summits, go to

National ELNEC-Core Course to Be Held as a Pre-Conference to AACN’s Master’s Education Conference

For nursing  faculty who will be attending the AACN's Master’s Education Conference, there will be an ELNEC-Core train-the-trainer course held at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio, TX, February 29 - March 1, 2012. Non-nursing faculty may attend, and you do not have to register for the Master’s Conference in order to participate in this ELNEC course. For more information and/or to register, go to
What’s New with ELNEC-Core and
ELNEC-Core Is Undergoing a Change for 2012
Many ELNEC trainers have reported to the national ELNEC Project Office that it is becoming more difficult to provide a 1 ½ - 2 day ELNEC training course at their facility. Many struggle to hold even a one-day course, due to poor staffing and lack of educational funds. Yet, to hold a one-day course means rushing through each of the 8 modules in the 8-hours delegated. With this in mind, the 2012 edition of ELNEC-Core will have two modules, Culture and Ethical Considerations, embedded into the remaining six modules (Introduction to Palliative Nursing Care, Pain Management, Symptom Management, Communication, Loss/Grief/Bereavement, and Final Hours). This will allow more time for each of the 6 modules, and yet still be able to review concepts within the Culture and Ethical Considerations modules. Please note that these two modules will still be made available in hard copy and on the CD-ROM, for those who want to review eight modules.
ELNEC-For Veterans: New Curriculum to Be Developed for Those Working in Critical Care

Original ELNEC-For Veterans to Continue for Final Two VA-Funded Courses in 2012

In 2010, the ELNEC Project received funding from the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) to provide 6 national train-the-trainer courses for those working in VA facilities across the United States.  To date, four courses have been held with over 525 nurses and other members of the healthcare team attending these courses.  Recently, the VA requested that the final two courses, to be held in 2012, be aimed at educating nurses in the critical care arena.  A new curriculum will be developed to meet this request.  In addition, the original ELNEC-For Veterans curriculum will be taught, simultaneously, for those nurses who do not work in critical care arenas.  Dates and locations of these courses are:

  • April 3-4: Raleigh-Durham, NC
  • July 17-18:  Anaheim, CA

If you work in a VA facility, contact your palliative care program manager for further details.

For those not working in VA facilities, you may register online at  Registration forms will be available by December 1, 2011.
Four ELNEC-International Courses Held in  Eastern Europe in September and October
ELNEC Trainers From Eastern Europe Plan and Organize Trainings
In 2007, 2009, and 2011, ELNEC-International train-the-trainer courses were held in Salzburg, Austria, with the intent of training nursing leaders from Eastern European countries in palliative care.  In September and October 2011, several of these trainers provided courses for nurses throughout their own country. Various ELNEC faculty from the United States travelled to four different Eastern European countries to witness first-hand this training. “It was wonderful to see these ELNEC-International trainers, whom we have had the privilege to train in the past now training others,” stated Betty Ferrell, Principal Investigator of the ELNEC Project. To read more about the courses held in St. Petersburg, Russia; Bucharest, Romania; Budapest, Hungary; and  Cherkassy, Ukraine, go to
2011 Palliative Care State-by-State Report Card Shows Nation Improves but Regional Gaps Remain
According to a "Report Card" published by the Center to Advance Palliative Care, the nation overall gets a "B" grade, up from a "C," when the report was first released in 2008. The Report Card demonstrates considerable improvement in the growth of palliative care. (Out of a total of 2,489 hospitals nationwide who participated in this survey, about 1,500 provide palliative care services.) This number is expected to grow significantly over the next five years, but barriers continue to exist in three key areas: workforce, research and access. Wonder what grade your state received?  Go to for the results.
A Word of Thanks and Gratitude for Each of You During this Thanksgiving Season
By the end of this year, 9 national ELNEC train-the-trainer courses will be concluded, along with 6 international courses. What a year! Over 1,650 people have received this training since January 2011, representing all 50 US states, the District of Columbia, and 6 international countries. Over 180 regional ELNEC courses have been held in the first 10 months of this year in hospitals, hospices, homecare agencies, schools of nursing, and at national nursing conferences by ELNEC trainers. These courses were presented in 41 US states, the District of Columbia, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Thailand. On behalf of the National ELNEC Project Team, we want to thank all of you who have provided this education to so many. We know some of you are promoting the ELNEC modules that are on the Hospice Education Network. Thousands of nurses and other members of the interdisciplinary team view these modules annually. The real success of this project lies with you, the trainers. What a privilege it has been for us to provide these courses for you. But, the real thrill is to hear from you and to see how you are implementing and disseminating ELNEC—all for the purpose of improving the care for those experiencing end-of-life issues. Certainly our lives are enriched as we think of the commitment you have to providing quality, compassionate care.
May you each have a wonderful and joyous Thanksgiving. 
Betty Ferrell, Rose Virani, Pam Malloy, Kathe Kelly, and Karen Contreras, Lauren Garcia, Andrea Garcia, and Celeste Radell
National ELNEC Project Team
End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)