Online Courses for Nurse Educators and Nurses on End-of-Life Care Across the Life Span

    • August 27, 2009

While a growing number of nursing education programs include palliative care concepts in the basic nursing curriculum, continued work is needed to fully incorporate this content into nursing education. To help meet this need, the University of Washington School of Nursing and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing developed two electronic toolkits: one for nurse educators and one for self-study by practicing nurses.

Known as TNEEL (Toolkit for Nurturing Excellence at the End-of-Life Transition), the toolkits are interactive learning tools available on the Internet and on CD-ROM.

TNEEL-NE (for Nurse Educators) and TNEEL-SS (for Self-Study) are available online.

Key Results

The grantees:

  • Created and built two versions of the toolkit. In order to meet the needs of nurse educators across the nation, the grantees:
    • Conducted a survey of all ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) and BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) programs to assess the technological capabilities within their schools.
    • Developed a content plan to address each of the AACN (American Association for the Colleges of Nursing) competencies.
  • Pilot-tested each version with members of its target audience and made revisions. Testing included a validity review by investigators and consultants as well as ease of use and compatibility with available technology.
  • Distributed:
    • 11,419 TNEEL-NE CDs to organizations or individuals.
    • 7,500 CDs at no cost, covered by the money from grant ID# 035106; more than 1,600 of them to End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) trainers and training session attendees.
    • 3,919 CDs for the cost of shipping and handling.
  • Established a process to ensure adoption and timely updates of TNEEL content in both versions until 2010

TNEEL content is presented in six modules (Comfort, Connections, Ethics & Law, Well-Being, Grief and Impact) and addresses AACN's "Competencies Necessary for Nurses to Provide High-Quality Care to Patients and Families During the Transition at the End of Life." The toolkit includes myths and definitions, case studies, pre- and post-assessment testing, audiovisual materials and more.