Date of Award

Spring 2023

Document Type

Project – Full Written

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Committee Chair

Anna Hamrick


The purpose of this Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) quality improvement project was to improve acute care nurses’ knowledge of evidence-based palliative care interventions utilizing the framework from the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) training modules. Increasing the knowledge, comfort, and competence of acute care nurses has the potential to improve end-of-life care delivery in the acute care setting. A lack of access to specialized inpatient palliative care service teams was identified in a rural county in the Southeastern United States. This county is served by a small, criticalaccess hospital. The frontline nursing staff of this facility regularly provides end-of-life services to local patients and families since no other local inpatient palliative care option is available. Acute care nurses have minimal formal training in evidence-based practice provision of end-of-life care. To increase awareness of evidenced-based palliative care, this DNP project presented information from the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project training modules in a blended format including a presentation, flyers, and question and answer sessions. Pre and post implementation surveys were obtained to monitor the effectiveness of this intervention. A need for continued palliative care education was identified as a result of this project.

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