Wegmans School of Nursing Again Recognized by Education Consortium
The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), a partnership between the American Association of Colleges of Nurses and the City of Hope, in Duarte, California, once again included St. John Fisher College’s Wegmans School of Nursing on its ELNEC-Undergraduate Champions List.
The Hall of Fame list recognizes institutions that meet the educational standards of AACN Cares palliative care competencies for undergraduate nursing students. The competencies aim to prepare students to care for patients with serious illness. Fisher was included on the list for the third straight year as a result having 10 or more students enrolled in consortium’s curriculum.
According to ELNEC, only about 26 percent of all combined pre-licensure (BSN, accelerated programs, RN-BSN, and ADN) programs have enrolled their students in the online ELNEC Undergraduate/New Graduate curriculum; at Fisher, 100 percent of undergraduate participate in the training.
“Developing skills and competencies to provide end of life care is core to our curriculum,” said Dr. Tricia Gatlin, dean of the School. “Our students hone appropriate communication skills; acquire essential technical knowledge for managing symptoms and relieving pain; learn to address the psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual needs of patients and their families; and gain the ability to reflect on personal attitudes about end of life care. This educational opportunity and experience help develop our Fisher Nurse.”