Nursing Research and Education Programs for Health Professionals

Health care professionals who have made the decision to specialize in oncology or palliative care face a unique set of challenges. Issues such as quality of life, communication concerns and symptom management regularly impact standard of care.
City of Hope’s Division of Nursing Research and Education offers several specialized education programs. Please visit our website and browse a sample of our courses below.
Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] for more information.

End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)

The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project is a national education initiative to improve palliative care. The project provides undergraduate and graduate nursing faculty, CE providers, staff development educators, specialty nurses in pediatrics, oncology, critical care and geriatrics, and other nurses with training in palliative care so they can teach this essential information to nursing students and practicing nurses.

Communication for Oncology Nurses: Improving Patient- Centered Communication & Cancer Care

The COMFORT Communication Project provides information on communication training based on the COMFORTTM SM curriculum and offers provider, patient, and family resources developed through rigorous communication research. Two day train-the-trainer courses are organized by the themes of the COMFORT communication curriculum, an evidence-based, theoretically-grounded curriculum that summarizes the basic principles of palliative care communication. The interactive course includes communication skills building sessions and provides participants with a communication tool kit that includes a copy of the curriculum, books, training manual, powerpoint slides with speaking points, and recommended teaching materials. For more information, please contact us at [email protected].

Train-the-Trainer Conference: Preparing California-Based Palliative Care Teams in Communication Education Skills

Organized by the domains of the National Consensus Project (NCP) guidelines for quality palliative care, this interactive 2-day course will provide participants with tools to teach other healthcare professionals communication skills. The course includes communication skills-building sessions and provides participants with a communication toolkit that includes a copy of the curriculum, books, and additional resources. Using a goal-directed method of teaching, faculty will help teams develop three goals for teaching other health care professionals palliative care communication skills. Interprofessional hospital-based palliative care teams (2 participants per team) will be competitively selected and the curriculum is appropriate for any level of learner (13 CMEs & CEUs will be offered). Contact [email protected] for more information.

Pain Resource Center

The City of Hope Pain & Palliative Care Resource Center serves as a clearinghouse of information and resources that assist others in improving the quality of pain management and end of life care. Established in 1985 by the Division of Nursing Research and Education, it is a central source of a variety of materials including pain assessment tools, patient education materials, research instruments, quality assurance materials, special population resources, cancer survivorship resources, spirituality, communication, end of life resources and other resources. Download resources or contact for additional information.