One hundred seventeen million Americans have one or more serious, chronic illnesses and more than 2.6 million Americans die each year. The demand for palliative care for these patients and families exceeds the current specialty resources. Since nurses are the health care professionals that spend the most time at the bedside with these very ill patients, nurses can fill this gap, if they are educated to provide primary palliative care for those with uncomplicated needs. This presentation will discuss the impact of quality palliative care on patients and families, health care professionals, and health care systems and how The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Project curricula are preparing nurses to provide palliative care. Learn how to integrate palliative nursing education into your clinical setting so that your patients with serious illness and their families have access to quality palliative care.