Nursing Education

The Duke Center for Palliative Care collaborates with DUHS Clinical Education and Professional Development to provide palliative care education for health system nursing staff and with the Duke School of Nursing to integrate palliative care education into the curriculum for all levels of nursing learners.

Palliative Care APRN Externship

Promoting Access to Quality Primary Palliative Care – An APRN Workforce Development Program

Announcing the Palliative Care APRN Externship, a five day immersion course with faculty from leading palliative care programs.  The goal of this new program is to provide extensive primary palliative education to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), to enrich their competency to care for patients with serious illness.

The course combines multiple learner engagement strategies for transformative experimental learning including didactic education about pain and symptom management, communication skill building, quality, and program development, with clinical examples. Each cohort is limited to only six participants, allowing individual participant attention from the site facility. The program is targeted for novice APRNs, or those seeking a course to update their palliative care skills.  The application process is based on rolling admission and program availability.

As a site for this program, Duke Palliative Care was chosen based on maturity, depth, collaborative partnership, and commitment to palliative advanced practice nursing education. Learn more.

End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium

The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project is a national education initiative whose mission is to improve palliative care both within the United States and internationally. ELNEC is a partnership between the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Washington, DC and the City of Hope, Duarte, CA. The project provides undergraduate and graduate nursing faculty, CE providers, staff development educators, specialty nurses in pediatrics, oncology, critical care, and geriatrics, and other nurses with palliative care training. Once trained, these healthcare professionals go on to teach this essential information to nursing students and practicing nurses. Learn more.

ELNEC Core Training at Duke

November 1-2, 2018; Durham, NC
For further information and/or to register, contact DUHS Clinical Education and Professional Development (DUHS CEPD). Learn more (log in with Duke Net ID).

Palliative Care (4 hour workshop) with focus on basics of palliative care including communication, symptom management, caring for patients at the end of life and resilience/self-care strategies. For upcoming class schedules and registration contact DUHS CEPD (log in with Duke Net ID).

Curriculums for Cardiology and Neurosciences include palliative care content on communication and symptom management (log in with Duke Net ID).


Jennifer Gentry MSN,RN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN
Director of Palliative Nursing Education and Clinical Practice

For more information on opportunities on Palliative Care education for nurses at Duke by calling 919-668-7215.