Research has demonstrated that patients facing serious, life-limiting illnesses and their families benefit from receiving palliative care. Increasingly, however, specialty palliative care has limited resources. Prelicensure nursing students who are educated to provide primary palliative care to patients with serious illness and at the end of life can fill that gap. This article describes the development and implementation of an innovative online nursing curriculum that prepares students with essential primary palliative nursing knowledge and skills.
Author Affiliation: Director of Nursing Research & Education, Primary Investigator of the ELNEC Project (Dr Ferrell), and ELNEC Project Director (Ms Virani), City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, California; Coinvestigator, ELNEC-Undergraduate Project, and Research Associate Professor (Dr Mazanec), Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; Director and Coinvestigator of the ELNEC Project (Ms Malloy), American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Correspondence: Dr Mazanec, 1563 Watt Pond Rd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Funding for the ELNEC–Undergraduate Curriculum Project is from Cambia Health Foundation.
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Accepted for publication: November 13, 2017
Published ahead of print: January 26, 2018