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End-of-Life Nursing Education Course

The purpose of this two-day course is to prepare nurses to provide quality care for patients with advanced cancer by providing education aligned with the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) curriculum recommendations.

Course Objectives
At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe principles of palliative care.
  • Describe elements of quality palliative care.
  • Identify barriers to pain relief at end of life.
  • List components of a thorough pain assessment.
  • Describe therapies used to relieve pain.
  • Discuss role of the nurse in pain management at the end of life.
  • Identify common symptoms associated with end of life processes.
  • Describe the role of the nurse in managing symptoms that commonly occur at the end of life.
  • Discuss ethical issues that may arise in end of life.
  • Describe specific roles of the nurse in ethical decision-making
  • Identify the influence of culture on palliative care for patients.
  • Describe cultural assessment of patients facing the end of life.
  • Define the importance of ongoing communication with the interdisciplinary team, patient and family.
  • Describe communication techniques that improve end of life care.
  • Verbalize an understanding of grief and loss issues as they relate to traumatic circumstances.
  • Describe interventions that may be appropriate to facilitate normal grief.
  • Describe assessment of an imminently dying patient.
  • Describe the role of the nurse in providing care at the time of death.
  • Describe care giver distress associated with providing care to patients and families at the end of life.
  • Describe how to implement self care techniques in the health care environment. 

Course Includes

  • Continuing Education Credits: 16.5
  • All learning materials
  • Information on Washington State Death with Dignity

Course Fee
Registration is limited. The course fee includes all course materials and contact hours.
SCCA Employees: no fee
FHCRC/UWMC/SCH/Network Employees: $175
Non-SCCA Employees or Affiliates: $225

CNE Accreditation Statement:
“Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #16496, for 16.5 Contact Hours.”

The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Project is a national end-of-life educational program administered by City of Hope National Medical Center (COH) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) designed to enhance palliative care in nursing. The ELNEC Project was originally funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with additional support from funding organizations (the National Cancer Institute, Aetna Foundation, Archstone Foundation, and California HealthCare Foundation). Materials are copyrighted by COH and AACN and are used with permission. Further information about the ELNEC Project can be found at

2015 Course Dates

  • April 6 & 7 (Registration closed)

Contact Information

Nora Maher
SCCA Staff Education Program Assistant
(206) 288-6713

Carrie Danielson, M.Ed.
SCCA Staff Education Program Coordinator
(206) 288-7478