2009; Volume 10, No 2, February



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Thanks to generous funding from IAHPC and support from ELNEC, City of Hope, and the Palliative Care Unit at Christian Medical College – Vellore and St. Stephen's Hospital in Delhi - our faculty was able to provide ELNEC training to 24 nurses in Vellore and 30 nurses in Delhi. We also had 3 doctors join us in the two trainings.

Our faculty included four people from the US, two from India, and one India based nurse/chaplain from the US. The faculty members offered their time and expertise - only their transportation and room/board expenses were covered by ELNEC India. The faculty included four nurses (all ELNEC trainers), three chaplains (one of whom is also a nurse) and a palliative care physician with a background in pediatrics.

The ELNEC curriculum and resources offered the participants rich material for their own education and practice as well as providing them with materials for teaching. In the course of the three-day training, participants were involved in various types of learning experiences that provide a model for their future use of the training materials. We also offered a two-hour breakout session in pediatric and geriatric palliative nursing.

Participants included practicing palliative care nurses, nurses interested in palliative nursing, senior nursing staff, and masters-level nursing students who are the future nursing instructors in India. Students came from at least eight different States within India. There are a growing number of well-trained palliative care physicians in India, but there have been few opportunities for nurses to advance their palliative education. ELNEC India has offered a new and valuable opportunity. We hope to continue this training program using mostly Indian nurses and others skilled in palliative care with some support from outside India.

Submitted by Rev John Lunn from Christian Medical College in Vellore, India

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