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2018 Conference Schedule

October 2-4 / Raleigh, NC

    ELNEC: Preparing Nurses to Provide Palliative Care for All Patients with Serious Illness & Their Families


    Tuesday, Oct 2


    2:00pm - 2:50pm

    CE Session

    Accreditation's:  ANCC

    Session Description:

    This presentation will discuss the impact of providing palliative care to all patients with serious illness and their families on patients and families, health care professionals, and health care systems. Research has demonstrated improvements in quality and length of life for patients, decreased moral distress and burnout in health care professionals, and cost savings for health care systems. The demand for palliative care, nationally and internationally, exceeds the specialty resources available creating a need to prepare health care professionals to provide primary palliative care to those with uncomplicated serious illness. However, health care professionals cannot provide what they do not know. The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Project has been educating nurses, and other interested health care professionals, to provide primary and specialty palliative care since 2000. The ELNEC faculty have educated over 22,000 trainers, who have gone on to prepare more than 670,000 nurses in palliative care. The ELNEC curricula have been translated into 8 languages and presented in 96 countries. Most recently, the ELNEC project has increased its focus on preparing undergraduate and graduate nursing students in the U.S. in primary palliative care. Learn how to integrate primary palliative care education into your clinical settings and improve the expertise of your nurses and health professionals so that all patients with serious illness and their families in your health care system receive quality palliative care.

    Learning Objectives:

    1) Describe the importance of primary palliative care for patients with serious illness & their families
    2) Discuss the impact of nursing education on improving access to primary palliative care
    3) Describe the role the ELNEC project has played in advancing palliative care nationally and internationally
    4) Identify at least three strategies to incorporating palliative care education into systems of care.

    Target Audience:

    Nurses, Physicians, Educators, Administrators

    Accreditation Statements

    Relias Learning, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

    Nurses will receive (1) contact hours for participating in this course.


    Ms. Polly Mazanec has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non -Financial Relationship exists.

    All other planning committee members have declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non -Financial Relationship exists.

    Completion Requirements

    In order to qualify for continuing education, attendee must perform the following:

    • Sign in/Sign Out of Session
    • Be present for the session in its entirety
    • Complete the session evaluation that will be emailed to participant within one week of conference
    • Certificates will be emailed to attendee within 30 days post-conference


    Cultural Competence Statement:

    All sessions offered by Relias are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the session.



    Please send grievances or requests for accommodations for disability to Lizzie Sodoma at lsodoma@relias.com


    Polly Mazanec, PhD, ACNP-BC, AOCN®, ACHPN, FPCN
    Polly is an oncology palliative care advanced practice nurse who has been on the ELNEC Faculty since 2001, teaching palliative care nationally and internationally. She has had extensive clinical experience in integrating palliative care into out-patient oncology settings and hospice programs and into nursing education. Dr. Mazanec has published and presented in the areas of palliative care in the oncology setting, cultural considerations at end of life, inter-professional education in oncology and palliative care, and caregiving. She is a board member of HPNA.