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The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Experience

Matzo, Marianne LaPorte PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN; Sherman, Deborah Witt PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN; Penn, Barbara PhD, RN, BC; Ferrell, Betty Rolling PhD, RN, FAAN


The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) is a train-the-trainer educational program to help nursing faculty integrate care of the dying patient and the patient’s family in the nursing curriculum. The authors describe the ELNEC experience, which prepares nurse educators to competently teach end-of-life care, and provides them with the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to effectively integrate end-of-life content into existing nursing curricula.

Authors’ Affiliations: Professor (Dr Matzo), Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio; Associate Professor (Dr Sherman), New York University, New York; Director (Dr Penn), American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC; Research Scientist (Dr Ferrell), City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, Calif.

Corresponding Author: Marianne LaPorte Matzo, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN, PO Box 342, Goffstown, NH 03046-0342 (

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.