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VA Awards 3 Year Contract to the City of Hope For End-of-Life Nursing Education And Hospice Care

Posted Jun 30 2010 9:27am

This is a 3 year contract and everyone knows the City of Hope is the foremost institution for cancer and cancer research.  Recently in the news the debate and lawsuits with the City of Hope and their doctors over contracts and physicians groups.  The award of this contract may bring some revenue into the hospital while at the same time provide good training for the nurses at the VA.  image

In order for nurses to provide end of life training, they need a strong partnership with the doctors for sure to understand all elements of care that are needed for the patients so hopefully agreements are created so patients will not need to shift to new physicians for their care.  BD 

DUARTE, Calif.--( EON: Enhanced Online News )--The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded the City of Hope a three-year contract to educate nurses on how to provide better palliative care for Veterans with life-threatening illnesses. This work will be conducted through the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), a national nursing education initiative administered by the City of Hope and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

More than 54,000 American Veterans – mostly from World War II and Korea – die each month, and the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospice and Palliative Care Initiative (VAHPC) is trying to improve hospice and palliative care for them. Given that the number of Vietnam-era veterans over 65 will continue to grow through 2034, so too will the need for hospice and palliative care in the VA system. image

During the three years of the ELNEC-For Veterans project, 600 nurse educators will enroll in national “train-the-trainer” courses. The expertise gained there promises to improve the quality of palliative care for thousands of veterans in 153 Department of Veterans’ Affairs Medical Centers across the U.S.

The ELNEC-For Veterans project is collaboratively administered by City of Hope, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in Washington, D.C., and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Co-investigator on this project is Pam Malloy, MN, RN, OCN, FPCN from AACN. For further information about this project, go to: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ELNEC .

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