Integrating the ELNEC undergraduate curriculum into Nursing Education: Lessons learned

Andra Davis, Megan Lippe, Toni L. Glover, Nanci McLeskey, Casey Shillam, Polly Mazanec

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Nurses are called to lead and transform palliative care, compelling nurse educators to provide the requisite education to do so. All nursing students need to learn primary palliative care to be prepared to care for the growing number of patients with serious illness and their families. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Competencies And Recommendations for Educating nursing Students (CARES) document outlines 17 palliative care competencies to be attained by graduation from their pre-licensure programs. Integrating standardized primary palliative care education into curriculum remains a challenge for nurse educators. The End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Undergraduate online modules represent one educational strategy that supports faculty and students in meeting AACN competencies as well as other national guidelines for palliative care education. Despite its ease of use, only about 25% of all undergraduate programs are incorporating these into their programs. Faculty continue to report barriers to implementing palliative care education, including saturated curricula, limited content expertise, and cost. This paper describes lessons learned from palliative care champion nursing schools to help overcome these barriers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-290
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Distance learning
  • Nursing curricula
  • Palliative care competencies
  • Primary palliative care
  • Undergraduate nursing education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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