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J Prof Nurs. 2016 Sep-Oct;32(5):327-33. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2016.07.002. Epub 2016 Jul 25.

CARES: AACN's New Competencies and Recommendations for Educating Undergraduate Nursing Students to Improve Palliative Care.

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1
Director of Nursing Research & Education, Primary Investigator of the ELNEC Project, City of Hope (COH) Medical Center, Duarte, CA.
2
Director and Co-Investigator of the ELNEC Project, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC.
3
Co-Investigator, Cambia Health Foundation Project at COH, Research Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.. Electronic address: pmm@case.edu.
4
ELNEC Project Director, City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, CA.

Abstract

Nurses spend the most time of any health care professional caring for patients and families dealing with the challenges of serious illness. The demand for nursing expertise in palliative care is growing as more people are living with chronic, life-limiting illnesses. Nursing faculty must prepare future nurses to meet this demand. The new American Association of Colleges of Nursing Palliative Competencies And Recommendations for Educating undergraduate nursing Students document, released February 2016, identifies the 17 competencies that all undergraduate nursing students should achieve by the time of graduation. This historic document is a revision of the 1998 American Association of Colleges of Nursing Peaceful Death document and is now the guiding framework for undergraduate nursing education. In an effort to support nursing faculty and prepare nursing students to deliver quality palliative care, an innovative, interactive on-line undergraduate End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) curriculum is under development and will be released in January 2017. This new curriculum will meet the competencies and recommendations for achieving those competencies outlined in the Competencies And Recommendations for Educating undergraduate nursing Students document.

KEYWORDS:

Palliative CARES document; Palliative nursing; Undergraduate nursing competencies; Undergraduate nursing education

PMID:
27649590
DOI:
10.1016/j.profnurs.2016.07.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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