End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Pediatric Palliative Care

October 6, 2021 to October 7, 2021

The ELNEC project is a national and international education initiative to improve palliative care. Since 2000, ELNEC is a collaboration between City of Hope, Duarte, CA and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Washington, DC. ELNEC is the world’s leading nursing education initiative focused on improving the care of patients with serious illness and their families. Since its inception, this model academic-practice partnership between AACN and the City of Hope has reached healthcare professionals in all 50 states and over 100 countries around the world.

The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Project is a national and international end of-life/palliative care educational program administered by City of Hope (COH) designed to enhance palliative care in nursing. Materials are copyrighted by City of Hope and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and are used with permission.

PDF icon 2021 ELNEC Brochure.pdf

Target Audience

This course was developed for healthcare professionals to provide a more thorough understanding of how the end of child's life impacts families, friends, and caregivers. 

Who should attend ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care?

•Undergraduate and graduate pediatric nursing faculty
•CE providers and staff development educators working in-pediatric settings
•Hospice nurses
•Homecare nurses
•APRN/staff nurses working in pediatric acute care settings(i.e. oncology, medical/surgical, palliative care settings, NICU, PICU, clinics, etc.)

Other members of the pediatric interdisciplinary team are welcome to attend, with the understanding that the curriculum is written by nurses for nurses.

Learner Outcome

After attending this event, participants will self-report increased knowledge related to providing evidence-based care for patients, as well as emotional and spiritual support to caregivers and survivors.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the principles of palliative care that impact nursing care for children
  • Identify spiritual and cultural considerations present at end of life.
  • Identify barriers to adequate pain relief in palliative care and describe pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies used to relieve pain
  • Explain ethical dilemmas that may arise in pediatric palliative care and apply ethical principles in addressing these issues
  • Discuss the role of the nurse at the time of a child’s death
  • Describe the impact of patient death in the Emergency Department and the resources available to address these issues
  • Describe four elements of resiliency to increase their capacity to flourish as healthcare providers
  • Describe unique characteristics of neonatal palliative care and strategies to overcome
  • Describe communication strategies for end of life discussions
  • Recognize most common distressing symptoms at the end-of-life
  • Describe the concepts of grief and bereavement and identify tools that can be used to support families
  • Identify strategies for becoming a change agent with palliative care and end of life
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 13.75 Attendance
  • 13.75 NCPD
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/06/2021 - 7:30am MDT
Event ends: 
10/07/2021 - 3:15pm MDT

Download this brochure for details: PDF icon 2021 ELNEC Brochure.pdf

Children's Hospital Colorado
Virtual Offering

Stacy Anderson, DNP, RN, CPNP 
Palliative Care Program, 
The Reach Team Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Children’s Hospital Colorado 
Instructor, Pediatrics, University of Colorado

Stephanie Barta, CCLS (Senior Child Life Specialist)
Children’s Health Pavilion
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Jenny Carson, RN, MSPC
Footprints Children's Program 
Nurse Case Manager
The Denver Hospice

Kelly Drake, MSN, RN, CPNP
Palliative Care PNP
The Reach Team
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Heather Fitzgerald, DBe, MS, RN
Director, Resilience, Ethics & Wellness
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Rev. Paul Griego, MDiv
Chaplain, Spiritual Care
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Amy Hill, BSN, RNC-NIC
Associate Clinical Manager, NICU Palliative Care Team
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Karen Jones, MS, RNC, HEC-C
Clinical Nurse Ethicist
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Faculty, CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities and CU School of Medicine

Lisa Justis, LCSW, CTS
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Child Protection Team
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Kristanne Korsgaard, BSN, RN, MNM
Pediatric Palliative Care RN
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian /St. Luke’s

Analise (AJ) Lotz, MA, CCLS
Child Life Specialist, Emergency Department
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Evangeline MacMillan, BA, BSN, RN, CHPPN
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Cassie Matz, MSW, LCSW
Bereavement Coordinator Spiritual Care and Bereavement Department
Children's Hospital Colorado

Ami Miller, BSN, RN, CPLC
Clinical Nurse III, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Children's Hospital Colorado

Sharon Mills, MSN, RN
RN Care Coordinator, Special Care Clinic
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Heather Peters, BSN, RN
RN Case Manager
Denver Hospice Footsteps

Jenny Raybin, PhD, RN, CPNP
Palliative Care Program Leader
The Reach Team
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Associate Professor, Pediatrics, University of Colorado

Sara Reynolds, MDiv, BCC
Chaplain, Spiritual Care
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Lauren Treat, MD
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado

Aurora Walters, BSN, RN, RNC-NIC
Clinical Nurse IV, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Patty Warner, BSN, RN, CCMRN
Care Coordinator Special Care Clinic
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Gray Woerley, BSN, RN, CPEN
Associate Clinical Manager
Emergency Department
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Nursing: Children’s Hospital Colorado is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This educational activity for 13.75 (10/6 - 7.5 hours; 10/7 - 6.25 hours) nursing contact hours is provided by Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Others: A general certificate of attendance will be provided to all other attendees.

Available Credit

  • 13.75 Attendance
  • 13.75 NCPD
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