Welcome to the Spring 2014 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 17,650 nurses and other healthcare providers have attended a national train-the-trainer course. ELNEC has been presented in 78 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, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Milbank Foundation for Rehabilitation and the Aetna, Archstone, Oncology Nursing, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cambia Health, and California Healthcare Foundations. ELNEC is administered through a partnership between the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the City of Hope (COH). 
In this edition, read about:
  • 2014 Schedule of ELNEC Courses
  • First Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Palliative Care Train-the-Trainer Course Held
  • Update on ELNEC-International Opportunities
  • ELNEC Trainers Making A Difference Throughout the World
  • And Much More!

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Remaining 2014 National and International ELNEC Train-the-Trainer Courses
Record-Breaking ELNEC-International Courses To Be Held This Year
  • June 5–15: ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care, Taiwan
  • June 11–13: ELNEC-International, Ankara, Turkey
  • June 18-19: ELNEC-Core, St. Paul, MN *
  • June 26-27: Integrating Palliative Oncology Care into Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Education and Clinical Practice (Funded by NCI), Washington, DC  (Closed—Registration Full)
  • July 29-30: ELNEC-Core, Chicago, IL*
  • July 29-30: ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care, Chicago, IL*
  • August 21-22: ELNEC-APRN, Portland, OR
  • September 7: ELNEC-International, Panama City, Panama
  • September 22-26: ELNEC Leadership Seminar, Brasov, Romania
  • September 27-28: ELNEC-Critical Care, Kyoto, Japan
  • October 21-22: ELNEC-Core, Orlando, FL*
  • November 30 – December 6: ELNEC-International, Salzburg, Austria

* ELNEC Courses held in partnership with the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA).
For more information and/or to register, go to www.aacn.nche.edu/ELNEC
Three or more attendees from the same institution will receive a $50 reduction in the registration fee per participant. 
First Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Palliative Care Course Held in February 2014
Train-the-Trainer Course Funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI)

The first NCI-funded course for DNPs titled Integrating Palliative Oncology Care Into Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Education and Clinical Practice was held February 27-28, 2014 in Glendale, CA. The purpose of this course was to provide education to future nursing leaders, as care for those with cancer continues to be complex and financially burdensome.  Participants from around the US received resources to assist in integrating evidence-based palliative care content into DNP program curricula and to prepare DNP graduates in providing evidence-based palliative care in a variety of oncology settings. This program is built around the 2013 National Consensus Project’s (NCP) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, the 2013 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report entitled Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis, and the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. The second course will be held June 26-27, 2014 in the Washington, DC area. At this time, the June course is full and closed.  Further information regarding two other national courses will be available after June 15, 2014. In the picture to the left, participants were standing around a commemorative cake for the 10th anniversary of the DNP degree.
Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Foundation Provides Funding for ELNEC-International
Spanish-Speaking ELNEC Trainers Needed to Assist with One-Year Post-Course Mentoring
The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Foundation Board of Trustees recently provided ELNEC funding in the amount of $20,000 to support the international ELNEC-Core train-the-trainer course planned in Panama as a pre-conference session during the International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) in September 2014.These funds will assist in paying the ICCN registration fees for seven oncology nurses from Panama interested in promoting palliative care. In addition, each of these nurses will have mentoring opportunities with palliative care leaders for up to one year post-course. If you speak Spanish and are interested in a one-year commitment of mentoring one of these nurses, please contact Pam Malloy at pmalloy@aacn.nche.edu. This mentoring opportunity would entail a monthly contact with your mentee (either by email or SKYPE).  
Relias Learning Announces Acquisition of Hospice Education Network (HEN)
Acquisition Includes ELNEC Modules and Three New Projects
Relias Learning, the leader in online learning content and learning management systems for the senior care industry, has completed the acquisition of the Hospice Education Network (HEN) from the principals of Weatherbee Resources. The acquisition adds over 160 hospice and palliative care courses to Relias Learning’s offerings and builds on the company’s position as the preeminent provider of training to the North American senior care industry. For the past seven years, ELNEC has partnered with HEN to provide various ELNEC curricula online. These same videos will continue to be available through Relias. Three new ELNEC products will be made available in July 2014:
#1:  Eight vignettes illustrating excellent communication skills.
#2:  Presentation on Leadership and Change by Betty Ferrell.
#3:  Review of the Pain Module from ELNEC-APRN by Judy Paice.
More information on these three new products will be available in the 2014 summer edition of the ELNEC Connections.  Relias serves almost 4,000 organizations with over 2,500 training content modules. For more information, visit www.reliaslearning.com.
ELNEC Faculty Member Accepted into Prestigious Fellowship
Marian Grant, DNP, CRNP, ACHPN, FPCN, Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and nurse practitioner at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, MD has just been accepted as one of the seven new Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Health Policy Fellows—the nation’s most prestigious mid-career health policy fellowship.  For the past nine years, Marian has been faithfully teaching national/international ELNEC courses, including ELNEC-Critical Care, ELNEC-APRN, and faculty/consultant on the Integrating Palliative Oncology Care into Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Education and Clinical Practice project. Congrats, Marian! If you would also like to congratulate Marian, contact her at grant@son.umaryland.edu.

Assistance Needed in Completing Survey Regarding Interprofessional Education
An interdisciplinary group of faculty researchers at the University of Louisville is conducting an educational needs assessment related to the status of interprofessional education in the health sciences.If you are a faculty member, field supervisor, dean, or program administrator, we invite you to complete this short, ten-item survey.  Use this link to connect to the survey online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H3C88MS. The survey was reviewed by the University’s IRB and given exempt status. If you have questions related to the survey, contact Barbara Head, PhD, CHPN, FPCN at barbara.head@louisville.edu.
ELNEC-Geriatric  Curriculum is Translated into Japanese
With a commitment to improve care to the large number of elderly Japanese and to provide a curriculum specific to their needs, Miyoko Kuwata, chief director of the ELNEC-Geriatric/Japanese development project was determined to work with her team to develop a curriculum that could be used in schools of nursing and in clinical settings. Ms. Kuwata, along with support from Drs. Keiko Tamura and Sayaka Takenouchi, as well as Japanese Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS), developed the curriculum, based on the universal themes of ELNEC, with special attention to the unique Japanese culture of aging. Three ELNEC-Geriatric/Japanese programs will be held in 2014, and they will be sponsored by the Japan Academy of Gerontological Nursing. The Japan Society for Palliative Medicine will be co-hosting the training programs. To date, over 800 people have attended an ELNEC-Core train-the-trainer course in Japan.  Each of these trainers will be given opportunities to also become ELNEC-Geriatric trainers. For further information on this project, contact Dr. Sayaka Takenouchi at takenouchi.sayaka.6u@kyoto-u.ac.jp.
First ELNEC Course Held in Vietnam
In February, 2014, 60 healthcare professionals (nurses and physicians), attended the first ELNEC course, sponsored by the Ho Chi Minh Oncology City Hospital’s Department of Palliative Medicine, in Ho Chi Minh City. The team, led by Roger Strong, PhD, RN, will return to Vietnam later this year and hold an ELNEC course in Hanoi. Dr. Strong will be working with schools of nursing, to investigate possibilities of translating ELNEC into Vietnamese. For more information on this work, contact Dr. Roger Strong at roger.strong@va.gov.
Message from the National ELNEC Project Office
This year unprecedented numbers of ELNEC trainers are notifying the National ELNEC Project Office about local/regional courses they are providing (see statistics below). These trainers are holding courses in their schools of nursing, acute care facilities, nursing homes, hospices, and community settings. Many trainers contact the office after teaching a course and share with us their lessons learned.  Here are some of the highlights of what they have shared:
  • You must have buy-in from administration and the nursing education department to successfully provide and promote an ELNEC course. If you have that, then administration and education departments will assist in promoting the course and get staff to attend, and support institutional changes needed to begin and improve palliative care.
  • Providing information to administrators about what competing institutions are doing in promoting palliative care is vital.  Recently, this has been easy to do, as many hospitals around the country are either in the process of applying for the Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification in Palliative Care program or have successfully completed the certification. This information is vital to share, in order to understand what services other hospitals are offering.
  • Choosing the right faculty to teach ELNEC is critical. You want faculty who are committed to palliative care and who actively practice it.
  • Don’t wait to teach ELNEC when everything is “perfect.” That will never happen. You have to start somewhere.  Because they did not have the staff or resources to hold a 2-day ELNEC course initially, one facility started by presenting an ELNEC module on the first Tuesday of every month. Attendance and reviews were so high, that the education department promoted a 2-day course, held every 6 months. In addition, the Introduction to Palliative Nursing Care is now provided at each month’s new employee orientation, as well as in the nursing residency program. 
  • Opening the course to the community is helpful. To have nurses from various types of healthcare facilities not only enriches the educational experience, but it also promotes more seamless care across the community for all seriously ill patients and their families. When nurses in acute care, clinics, homecare, and nursing homes are all learning the importance of palliative care together and how to provide it, there is more of a unified spirit in providing the care to patients and their families.
For more information on how to provide a regional/local ELNEC course, view resources at www.aacn.nche.edu/elnec/planning-elnec-course.  Remember, if you are planning an ELNEC course, you must fill out the notification form, located at the site above and send it to the National ELNEC Project Office.  Also, if you are using an outdated ELNEC CD (older than 2011), you must purchase a new one. For further information, contact Pam Malloy at pmalloy@aacn.nche.edu.
Did You Know?
In the first four months of this year, the ELNEC Project Office has received 111 notification forms from ELNEC trainers, detailing upcoming ELNEC courses they are hosting. These courses have been/will be held in 30 states, the District of Columbia, plus four international countries (e.g. Japan, Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam). 
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)