clinical nurses, education, ELNEC



  1. DeSanto-Madeya, Susan PhD, RN, FAAN
  2. Darcy, Ann Marie Grillo MSN, RN, ACNS-BC
  3. Barsamian, Jennifer MSN, RN, NP-C
  4. Anderson, Annmarie BSN, RN, CCRN
  5. Sullivan, Lauren BSN, RN, CNRN, SCRN


Clinical nurses are in a crucial position to provide primary palliative care by advocating for patients and families at the end of life, collaborating with the health care team to optimize quality of life, and contributing to enhanced symptom management. Most clinical nurses, however, have not received the comprehensive palliative care education needed to provide high-quality palliative care. The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium curriculum can bridge this gap by providing nurses with the knowledge needed to promote palliative care. Following completion of an End-of-Life Education Consortium train-the-trainer program, 6 nurses from a large, metropolitan academic medical center designed and implemented a series of 20-minute educational sessions informed by a hospital-wide needs assessment and based on the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium curriculum. The educational sessions, Palliative Care Conversations, provide clinical nurses with the core palliative care knowledge and skills needed to advocate for and provide patient-/family-centered care throughout the serious illness trajectory and at end of life. This article describes the process, design, and content of the palliative care educational sessions.