The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project is a national education initiative to improve palliative care and is a partnership between the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Washington, DC and the City of Hope,
INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS TO IMPLEMENT AND DISSEMINATE ELNEC
While the initial efforts, launched in 2000, were focused in the United States, many ELNEC trainers have had opportunities to travel internationally and provide this education to nurses and other healthcare providers throughout the world. Currently, ELNEC trainers and faculty have traveled to six of the seven continents, representing 99 countries. Elnec India started in 2016.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT ELNEC INDIA
When a person is given a diagnosis of a life-threatening condition, the family is often told, “There is nothing more we can do”, leaving the family unspeakably devastated. Yet in truth, there is much that can be done with palliative care. There is a great need for increased awareness and access to palliative care in India. In India the physician to patient ratio is 1:2000, while the nurse to patient ratio is 1:800. Considering this low doctor-patient ratio, it will be best to strengthen the integrated approach where nurses and doctors really work together as a team to provide palliative care. First step to this would be to empower nurses by educating them on principles of palliative care. If nurses at the bedside, in outpatient clinics ,in the community and in home care can be provided with palliative care education and if they could be made to understand their invaluable place in the interdisciplinary team, access to care will be increased greatly, care and follow up will improve, palliative care will become more available, sustainable and complete.
ELNEC GROUPS IN INDIA