ELNEC project reaches historic milestone with one million nurses and other providers trained in end-of-life care

Robert Rosseter
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WASHINGTON, D.C.,– The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project is ending 2020 by surpassing a goal established 20 years ago with the project reporting that more than 1 million nurses and other professionals have been trained using the ELNEC curriculum. Administered through a partnership between the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and City of Hope (Duarte, CA), ELNEC achieves this significant milestone in November, which has been designated as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
To date, 39,915 individuals have attended an ELNEC train-the-trainer course, which prepares individuals to provide state-of-the-art education in palliative care. These trainers have now reached 1,256,506 professionals by providing their own educational offerings in more than 100 countries worldwide.
This milestone of over 1 million trained was possible due to many achievements over the past year. Betty Ferrell, Ph.D., principal investigator of the ELNEC project and director of the Division of Nursing Research and Education at City of Hope, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has created a national healthcare crisis, and it also has made the need for palliative care very evident. Nurses caring for patients with COVID-19 faced critical needs for additional training in symptom management, communication skills, family support and bereavement care as well as self-care. ELNEC worked tirelessly to provide this education.”
This year, the ELNEC Project moved quickly to meet the educational needs of nurses and nurse educators in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As nursing schools converted to virtual learning, the ELNEC online curriculum was a valuable asset and has now been used in 757 undergraduate and graduate nursing programs with over 52,000 nursing students having completed the entire curriculum thus far.  The ELNEC team also responded to the pandemic by creating a COVID-19 resource center on the ELNEC website, which provides nurses with extensive tools, COVID-19 teaching resources, symptom management guides, and other materials. Another emergent need was support for nurses who were new graduates and beginning their careers in the midst of the pandemic. ELNEC has partnered with Vizient to integrate ELNEC training into the orientation of new graduates for their 600-member hospitals.  
“AACN applauds Dr. Betty Ferrell and her team for the global impact ELNEC has had on improving care for individuals at their most vulnerable,” said Dr. Deborah Trautman, AACN President and Chief Executive Officer. “As we look to 2021, we know ELNEC will continue to adapt and thrive as the nursing community confronts COVID-19 and serves the palliative care needs of patients and their families.” 
For more information about the ELNEC project, visit www.aacnnursing.org/ELNEC. If you would like to send your congratulations to the ELNEC project team and/or have questions about in-person or online educational programs, please contact elnec@coh.org.
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City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hope’s translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution. A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope has been ranked among the nation’s “Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report for 14 consecutive years. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California. For more information about City of Hope, follow us on FacebookTwitterYouTube or Instagram.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the voice for academic nursing representing more than 840 member schools of nursing with baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs at institutions nationwide. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice. https://www.aacnnursing.org.