Two prelicensure nursing programs assess readiness to standardize palliative and end of life care curriculum

Andra L. Davis, Megan E. Lippe


There is a growing imperative for nurses to be adequately trained to care for patients with serious, life-limiting illness. However, the current nursing education system requires vast content areas be taught, resulting in minimal emphasize on palliative and end-of-life care and inadequate preparation of nurses to care for dying patients upon entering practice. To address the need for enhanced palliative and end-of-life care integration within their respective programs, two universities conducted needs assessments to determine the best next steps in enhancing student preparation to care for patients with serious, life-limiting illness. One university engaged in a three-part needs assessment resulting in the formation of an ad hoc committee to guide discussions for content integration. The second university engaged in a faculty-led survey to identify areas for improvement within the program. The purpose of this paper is to describe the processes and challenges encountered by both schools to aid other programs that may be considering or preparing for a similar endeavor.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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