Tell City, IN…Nurses spend more time with patients and families toward the end of life than any other health professionals; they are involved in virtually all aspects of end-of-life care and address a multitude of needs individuals and families face during this time. A national initiative known as the End-Of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) has been developed to offer end-of-life education to health care providers to assist them in providing excellent care to the patients and families they serve.
Educational topics include an introduction to palliative care; pain assessment and management; symptom management; ethical and legal issues in end-of-life care; cultural considerations; communication skills and more. During the next few years, it is estimated that ELNEC-trained staff will touch the lives of six million patients and families.
Several nurses and other staff from the VNA Plus Home Care & Hospice Tell City office have completed the ELNEC training. They include: JoAnn Shearn, RN; Cathy Sandage, RN; Rochelle Grose, RN; Christina Durchholz, RN, BSN; Nikki Kast, RN, BSN; April Ebert, PT; Brenda Kyle, Home Care/ Hospice Aide; and Sharon Brinksneader, CNA, Home Care/Hospice Aide. VNA Plus employees in the Evansville and Princeton, Indiana and Eldorado, Illinois offices will receive the training later this spring.