2006a, 2006b) describe the impact of an ELNEC training program on graduate curriculum outcomes.
The author attended the ELNEC Graduate Education Training Program in June 2006 and used several modules and training materials provided to faculty, specifically the modules for communication, pain management, symptom management, and achieving quality palliative care.
Curricular changes and certification exam expectations need to be congruent with the initiatives from the ELNEC movement and other concurrent efforts to improve the quality of life of individuals during palliative and EOL care.
In addition, because of ELNEC and her practice role, Ruth Ann has focused her doctoral studies at Rush University in Chicago on EOL care in the hospital setting.
Teaching in a community college, Barbara has used ELNEC materials, including several of the case studies, in her efforts to encourage students to think critically.
Through the school's Continuing Education Department, Barbara recently completed a series of three one-day workshops for the local Veterans Administration on end-of-life issues with content based on the ELNEC curriculum.
After attending the ELNEC conference, she has been able to integrate many ELNEC materials into these presentations.
This approach allows Barbara to "weave" bits and pieces of the ELNEC curriculum into her own classes, and, when invited, into relevant classes conducted by colleagues.
Sidebar 1 contains a list of communication expectations as published in the ELNEC course syllabus.
Teaching Strategies in the Classroom In the ELNEC Training Program, recognition is given to the importance of communication skills at the end of life, specifically the communication of bad news and discussions of advance care planning and care goals with patients and families.
Two 10-minute film clips from the HBO video "In the Gloaming" are shown during the ELNEC training session.
The Benefits of Positive Communication Participants at the ELNEC conferences have recognized, through experiential exercises, the importance of listening and being listened to.