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ELNEC Receives New Funding from Milbank Foundation

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For Immediate Release

End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium Receives New Funding from the Milbank Foundation to Prepare Nursing Faculty to Teach Veteran Care
Faculty Development Effort Complements Nursing Education’s Commitment
to Supporting the National Joining Forces Initiative

Washington, DC, June 7, 2012 – The Milbank Foundation for Rehabilitation has awarded grant funding to the City of Hope to educate nursing faculty on how to provide better palliative care education to students who will in the future be orchestrating care for veterans with life-threatening illnesses. This work will be conducted through the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), a national nursing education project administered by the City of Hope and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), and will support the commitment of nursing schools nationwide engaged in the White House’s Joining Forces initiative.
“We are grateful for this opportunity from the Milbank Foundation to provide ELNEC-For Veterans education to nursing faculty at the AACN Baccalaureate Conference in November. Nursing faculty have the privilege of preparing future generations of nurses to provide exemplary care to our nation’s veterans. While many nursing students and faculty have clinical experiences in veteran’s hospitals, only 4% of veterans actually die in these facilities. Since the other 96% of veteran’s deaths occur in non-VA settings, such as home care, nursing homes, and skilled nursing facilities, it is imperative that all nurses understand the unique care needs of this distinct patient population,” said Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, FAAN, FPCN, Principal Investigator of the ELNEC Project.
“AACN applauds the Milbank Foundation for their generous support and for taking decisive action to enhance veteran care by supporting nursing education,” said AACN President Jane Kirschling, DNS, RN, FAAN. “Given the critical role that nurses play in providing patient care, we are hopeful that other stakeholders and foundations will step forward to advance the work underway to better meet the healthcare needs of veterans, service members, and their families.”
More than 54,000 American veterans – mostly from World War II and Korea – die each month.  Given that the number of Vietnam-era veterans over 65 will continue to grow through 2034, so too will the need for hospice and palliative care.  Nurses will play a major role in this care and must be educated by nursing faculty to provide this care in a compassionate and respectful way.
In 2010, the ELNEC project received funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide six national ELNEC-For Veterans train-the-trainer courses.  To date, five courses have been provided throughout the United States, with over 600 nurses, physicians, social workers, chaplains, and pharmacists attending.  In addition, an ELNEC-For Veterans/Critical Care curriculum has been developed to meet the specific needs of nurses working in intensive care, emergency rooms, burn units, and similar sites. The funding from the Milbank Foundation will provide one additional training, targeted to nursing faculty, even after the VA contract is completed. This training is scheduled for November 14-15, 2012 in San Antonio, TX and will be offered in conjunction with AACN’s Baccalaureate Education Conference.
Using the grant funding, free registration will be offered to 60 nursing faculty interested in attending the ELNEC-For Veterans course in November.  Faculty will be chosen competitively based on their ability to disseminate the curriculum content to other faculty and students within their school. Faculty must be from a nursing school that is supporting the White House’s Joining Forces initiative, a national campaign to improve veteran care by enhancing nursing education. To find out more about nursing’s commitment to Joining Forces and how your school can pledge support, see

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 the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ELNEC began as part of a national curriculum in nursing schools to improve end-of-life care. Within a decade, this train-the-trainer concept has grown exponentially. Over 13,500 nurses representing all 50 states and 73 countries have received ELNEC training, which they share with colleagues in educational and clinical settings. In addition, trainers have traveled across six continents to instruct thousands of nurses and caregivers. With the curriculum now translated into 7 languages—Russian, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, German, Armenian, and Czech— ELNEC also offers more specialized curricula for nursing faculty in critical care, pediatrics, and geriatrics.
For more information about ELNEC, please contact Co-investigator Pam Malloy, MN, RN, OCN, FPCN from AACN at For further information about this project and the upcoming trainings, see
The Milbank Foundation for Rehabilitation, located in Princeton, NJ, was created as a public charity in 1995 as part of an historic affiliation between the ICD-International Center for the Disabled and the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center Network.  The Foundation’s primary mission is to realize Jeremiah Milbank’s vision of integrating people with disabilities into all aspects of American life. Website:
The City of Hope is an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution located just outside of Los Angeles. Designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases. The Center’s philosophy of Hope has inspired its health care experts to develop programs that focus on treating the whole person—their emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing—in addition to their physical care. It is this combination of patient-centered care, state-of-the-art treatment and groundbreaking research that has made City of Hope a leader in the fight against devastating diseases. Web site:

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 700 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. Web site:




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