Four nurses, Vicki Dalton, RN, Laura Doolittle, RN, Lyndie Cowan, RN, and Diane Stanley, RN, from Angel Home Health and Hospice recently completed a two-day ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium) training course sponsored by The Charles George VA Medical Center. This specialty training specifically addresses the unique palliative care and end of life needs of veterans. Palliative care is interdisciplinary care for people with serious diseases, and focuses on working with patients and their families to manage complex symptoms, help them cope with the stress of illness, and improve their quality of life.
The ELNEC curriculum developed by the City of Hope, American Association Colleges of Nursing, and the Department of Veterans affairs includes the following training modules: Palliative Nursing Care at the End of Life; Pain Management; Symptom Management; Communication; Cultural Considerations; Ethical Issues; Final Hours; Loss, Grief & Bereavement.
ELNEC was developed in 2000 after extensive research documented that most nurses did not receive adequate end-of-life care preparation during their basic education. Initially funded by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, ELNEC began as part of a national curriculum in nursing schools to improve end-of-life care. To date over 12,750 nurses representing all 50 states and 65 countries have received ELNEC training.
For more information about Angel Home Health and Hospice call 828-369-4206.