The UNC School of Nursing has been recognized as an End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Hall of Fame school for the 2019–2022 academic years. This is the first time the school has earned this prestigious recognition, which is awarded to institutions that have demonstrated excellence in end-of-life care education.
With grant support, Associate Professor JoAn Stanek, DNP, RN, MSN, ANP, CHPN, has played a significant role in securing the recognition the School. She led the effort to offer access to undergraduate nursing students to complete the undergraduate and new graduate curriculum, which has been a crucial factor in achieving the recognition. To date, over 100 undergraduate nursing students have completed the curriculum, which has expertly prepared them to deliver quality end-of-life care.
The ELNEC project is a national and international education initiative to improve palliative care. Since 2000, ELNEC is a collaboration between City of Hope and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
The project, administered by City of Hope, provides undergraduate and graduate nursing faculty, CE providers, staff development educators, specialty nurses in pediatrics, oncology, critical care and geriatrics, and other nurses with training in palliative care so they can teach this essential information to nursing students, practicing nurses and other healthcare professionals. The ELNEC Hall of Fame recognition is awarded to schools that have demonstrated a commitment to this goal and have consistently delivered high-quality end-of-life care education.
Carolina Nursing’s recognition as an ELNEC Hall of Fame school is a significant achievement, highlighting the school’s commitment to providing high-quality end-of-life care education to its students.