Pediatric End-Of-Life Nursing Education Consortium

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The Pediatric End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) is a national initiative to improve end-of-life (EOL) care. The ELNEC core curriculum has been developed to provide end-of-life education to health-care providers, which translates into excellent care for pediatric patients and their families.


Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the philosophy and principles of hospice and palliative care with a nursing model of care
  • Identify the need for interdisciplinary team collaboration within a palliative care model
  • Describe the role of the nurse in providing quality palliative care for children and families
  • Recognize changes in society, health-care economics, and service delivery that necessitate improved professional preparation for palliative care
  • Discuss the unique aspects of suffering for children and families facing a life-threatening illness or event



Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


17 contact hours awarded.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


May 17, 2018: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • 7 a.m. | Check-In and Continental Breakfast
  • 8 a.m. | Welcome and Introductions
  • 8:30 a.m. | Module 1: Introduction to Pediatric Palliative Care
  • 9:15 a.m. | Module 3: Communication
  • 10:15 a.m. | Break
  • 10:30 a.m. | Module 5: Cultural Considerations
  • 11:30 a.m. | Lunch
  • 12:30 p.m. | Module 9: Loss, Grief and Bereavement
  • 1:45 p.m. | Break
  • 2 p.m. | Parent Panel
  • 3:30 p.m. | Break
  • 3:45 p.m. | Module 4: Ethics
  • 4:45 p.m. | Q & A
  • 5 p.m. | Adjournment

May 18, 2018: 7 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

  • 7 a.m. | Check-In and Continental Breakfast
  • 8 a.m. | Module 2: Perinatal and Neonatal
  • 9 a.m. | Module 6: Pain Management (Part 1)
  • 10 a.m. | Break
  • 10:15 a.m. | Module 6: Pain Management (Part 2)
  • 11:15 a.m. | Case Review: “Challenging” Patients and “Difficult” Families
  • Noon | Lunch
  • 1 p.m. | Moral Distress
  • 2:30 p.m. | Break
  • 2:45 p.m. | Palliative Care Potpourri: Current Trends and Legal Updates
  • 4 p.m. | Palliative Care Programs
  • 4:15 p.m. | Adjournment

May 19, 2018: 7 to 11:45 a.m.

  • 7 a.m. | Check-In and Continental Breakfast
  • 8 a.m. | Module 7: Symptom Management
  • 9:30 a.m. | Module 8: Care at the End of Life
  • 10:30 a.m. | Video: “Lion in the House;” discussion to follow the video
  • 11:45 a.m. | Program Summary, Evaluation and Adjournment


Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center; Penn State Children’s Hospital

Deana Deeter, CRNP, CHPPN, CPON, RN-BC
Hummingbird Program Manager

Nicole Hahnlen, RN, CHPPN, RN-BC
Hummingbird Program

Megan Youtz, MSCC, LPC
Hummingbird Program

Invited Faculty

Gwenn LaRagione, RN, BSN, CCM, CHPPN
Nurse Coordinator
Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT)
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Carol May, RN, MSN, MBA, CHPN
Manager, Supportive Care Program
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Hummingbird Program

The Hummingbird Program is committed to providing inpatient and outpatient services to improve quality of life by addressing physical, emotional, social, and spiritual care for children with life-limiting conditions and their families in accordance with their goals, wishes, and beliefs.

For details, please call 717-531-3558.


Fee is $265 per person, which includes breakfast, refreshments, lunch and instruction

Handout materials: Pediatric End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium course content and supplemental materials.

Registrations received after May 16, 2018, will incur a $25 late fee.


Cancellations received later than May 9, 2018, will incur a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be given after May 13, 2018.

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies. Preregistered participants will be notified if a program is filled or canceled.


Accommodations are the responsibility of the program participant. A list of Hershey area lodging is available upon request or online.


A continuing education service of Penn State College of Medicine.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Continuing Education at least one week in advance of your participation or visit.


Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and educational balance)

It is our policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of our educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to resolve any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program participants at the beginning of the activity.

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