Core Curriculum



Core Curriculum
The End-of-Life Nursing
Education Consortium (ELNEC)
Core Curriculum
March 21-22, 2017
St. Andrews by the Sea Episcopal Church
4212 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC
Nurses spend more time with patients and families who are facing the end of life than any other
health professional. Nurses are intimately involved in all aspects of end-of-life / palliative care
and they address the myriad of needs facing individuals at this time of life. Expert nursing care
has the potential to greatly reduce the burden and distress of those facing life’s end and the
ability to offer support for the many physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of
patients and their families.
This two-day course focuses on the core areas of end-of-life care and includes palliative nursing
care; pain and symptom management; ethical, cultural and spiritual considerations;
communication; and preparation for and care at the time of death. Case studies, video clips,
personal experience sharing, experiential learning and role play are used to reinforce the
concepts taught. Each participant will receive an ELNEC-Core Training manual which will include
the materials and resources discussed during the course.
The ELNEC core curriculum was created as a joint effort between the American Association of
Colleges of Nursing and City of Hope to provide evidence based curriculum to support nurses in
doing this sacred work.
Who Should Attend?
Homecare / Home Health Nurses
Hospice / Palliative Care Nurses
Long-Term Care Nurses
Nurses working in acute care and ambulatory settings
Community College and University nursing faculty
Staff Development Educators
Other members of the interdisciplinary team who have an interest in palliative care,
including social workers, chaplains, bereavement coordinators and volunteer service
• Discuss the need to improve palliative care and role of the nurse as a member of the
interdisciplinary team in providing quality care.
• Review basic principles of pain assessment and management with a focus on pain at the
• Describe common symptoms associated with end-of-life processes for patients across the
life span and interventions that can prevent of diminish symptoms at the end-of-life.
• Discuss the key ethical issues and dilemmas in end-of-life / palliative care and the
resources to address these in practice.
• Identify dimensions of culture and the influence of culture and spirituality beliefs on
palliative care for patients across the life span.
• Illustrate the importance of ongoing communication with the interdisciplinary team, patient
and family throughout an end-of-life process.
• Describe the challenging aspects of loss, grief and bereavement of patients and families as
well as the loss experiences of health care staff providing care.
• Review the care surrounding the death of a patient emphasizing assessment and
interventions necessary to ensure quality care.
7:30 – 8:00am
Day 1
8:00 – 8:05
Intro to ELNEC
Ellie Ward, BSN, RN
8:05 – 9:00
Module 1: Introduction to Palliative Care
Robin L. Hearne, MSN, RN
Donna DelFera, BSN, RN, OCN
Anne Graham, BSN, RN
9:00 – 10:00
Module 4: Ethics
Marcella Bryant, MSN, RN, NE-BC
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 11:30
Module 6: Communication
Charles Shelton, MD
11:30- 12:30pm
12:30- 1:30
“Being Mortal” Documentary
Mary Lou Infinito
Being Mortal Post Viewing Discussion
Mary Lou Infinto
2:00- 2:15
Personal Loss Inventory
Cindy Morgan, MSN, RN, CHPN, CHC, LNC
Module 7: Loss and Grief
Cindy Morgan, MSN, RN, CHPN, CHC, LNC
Advance Care Planning
Vicki Dougherty
Day 2
8:15- 8:30am
Questions & Feedback
8:30- 9:30
Module 2: Pain Management
Dr. Christine Petzing
Module 3: Symptom Management
Dr. Christine Petzing
Module 8: Final Hours
“The Space Between” Video and Discussion
Vicki Doughtery
Moral Distress and Self Care
Vicki Doughtery
Mary Lou Infinito
Module 5: Culture
Renate Macchirole, BS
Culture Panel Presentation
Wrap-up Day 2
Ellie Ward, BSN, RN
Marcella R. Bryant, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Chief Nursing Officer, VP of Clinical Operations
The Outer Banks Hospital
Donna DelFera, BSN, RN, OCN
Nurse Navigator
The Outer Banks Hospital
Vicki T. Dougherty
Advance care Planning Outreach Coordinator
HealthAccess, Vidant Health
Ann Graham, BSN, RN
Nurse Navigator
The Outer Banks Hospital
Robin L. Hearne, MSN, RN
Director of Cancer Services and Outpateint Chronic Disease Care
The Outer Banks Hospital
Mary Lou Infinito
Advance Care Planning Outreach Coordinator
HealthAccess, Vidant Health
Renate Macchirole, BS
Lewing Group, Arc of NC, Easter Seals/UCP
Cindy R. Morgan, MSN, RN, CHPN, CHC, LNC
Vice President of Hospice, Palliative Care & Clinical Innovations
Association for Home &Hospice Care of North Carolina
Christine A. Petzing, MD
Hospitalist, The Outer Banks Hospital
Medical Director, Dare County Hospice
Charles Shelton, MD
Radiation Therapy Center
The Outer Banks Hospital
Ellie Ward, BSN, RN
Community Educaton and Outreach Coordinator
Vidant Health
14.5 CNE contact hours
Eastern AHEC Department of Nursing and Allied Health Education is an Approved Provider of
continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by
the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Commission on Accreditation.
Other Professionals
14.5 Eastern AHEC Contact Hours
All participants must attend the entire program in order to earn credit. Participants will be
verified by check in at the start of the program and initial out at the program’s conclusion.
Certificates will be awarded after the participant completes the evaluation.
Registration Information
Pre-registration is required to assure space in this program.
Non Vidant Health Employees (received before March 14, 2017). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $150.00
Non Vidant Health Employees (received after March 14, 2017). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $165.00
Full scholarship provided for Vidant Health Employees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
The registration fee includes program materials, one lunch, breaks and credit.
Click here to register for the program.
For further information contact Eastern AHEC at 252-335-4399.
• To be eligible for a refund, cancelations MUST be emailed to [email protected] at least one
week in advance of the activity.
• No refunds will be given for cancelations less than one week prior to the activity.
• For continuing professional development activities cancelled more than one week prior to the activity:
 A $35.00 fee will be deducted from the refund, OR
 The registrant may elect to apply the full amount toward a future Eastern AHEC continuing
professional development activity being held with one year, OR
 Substitutions are welcome; advance notification encouraged.
Handouts will be available online only. A link to the location where you can view or print the
handouts will be sent with your confirmation email one week before the program. Please make
sure that we have an email address where your confirmation and link to the handouts should be
Participants Requiring Special Assistance
Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at least one week prior to
the event at (252) 737-1016 (V or TTY).
It is not always possible to maintain an environmental temperature that is
comfortable for everyone. Please bring a sweater or lightweight jacket.

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