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City of Hope and AACN Partner to Enhance Patient Care

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City of Hope and AACN Partner to Enhance Care for Cancer Patients by
Integrating Palliative Care Content into DNP Curriculum

New NCI Funding Will Support National DNP Faculty Development Effort

Washington, DC, March 12, 2013 – The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded grant funding to the City of Hope Medical Center to prepare Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) faculty to integrate palliative care content into DNP program curricula. By preparing DNP graduates to provide evidence-based palliative care in oncology, this initiative will support the commitment of nursing schools nationwide to preparing clinical experts with the skills needed to orchestrate and provide optimal patient care to those with serious, life-threatening illnesses.
“We are grateful for this opportunity from the National Cancer Institute to provide four national train-the-trainer courses for DNP nursing faculty over the next four years. DNP graduates play a pivotal role in leading change and transforming care for the 1.6 million Americans who will be diagnosed with cancer this year, plus the 13.7 million Americans who are living with a history of cancer. As we near full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, DNPs will have unprecedented opportunities to promote excellent palliative care to those with cancer,” said Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, FAAN, FPCN, Principal Investigator.
“AACN applauds the City of Hope and the National Cancer Institute for recognizing the expanding role DNP-prepared nurses are playing in redesigning health systems and raising the bar on patient-centered care,” said AACN President Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Though great strides have been made in reducing the death rate from cancer, much more must be done to prepare a new generation of nursing leaders with the skills needed to provide state-of-the-art palliative care for patients and their families.”
This new project, titled Integrating Palliative Oncology Care into Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Education and Clinical Practice, will give nursing faculty the tools and resources needed to educate DNP graduates on how to provide compassionate and evidence-based palliative care to those with cancer. Using the grant funding, free registration will be offered to 200 nursing faculty interested in attending a two-day train-the-trainer course. Faculty will be chosen competitively based on their ability to disseminate the curriculum content to other faculty, students, and clinical partners. Faculty must be from a nursing school that is currently offering the DNP degree.
This initiative is the second national project that partners the City of Hope with AACN.  The initial collaboration, the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), began in 2000 and continues today to educate nursing faculty, clinical nurses, researchers, and administrators in palliative care, including specialty content for those teaching pediatrics, oncology, critical care, geriatrics, and veterans care.  To date, over 15,500 nurses and other members of the interprofessional healthcare team have attended one of over 125 national/international train-the-trainer courses held in every state across America and in 77 countries. The ELNEC curriculum also has been translated into 7 languages to further its international reach.  For more information about the ELNEC project, see
For more information about the new NCI-funded project focused on DNP faculty development, contact Co-Investigator Pamela Malloy, MN, RN, OCN, FPCN from AACN at Additional information about this project and the upcoming trainings, will be posted at after April 1, 2013.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is one of 11 agencies that compose the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NCI, established under the National Cancer Institute Act of 1937, is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training. The NCI coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients. Web site:
The City of Hope Medical Center 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 is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing. Representing more than 720 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. For more information, visit



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