Veronica A. Clark, Bette Idemoto, Andrea Russo, Maria Scheutzow, Valerie Mickler; University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

Purpose: ICU nurses too often feel unprepared for or unsupported in end-of-life situations. In our SICU we established an evidence-based practice approach to provide the support, education, and tools bedside nurses need to offer patients palliative and end-of-life care with confidence. Using ELNEC-certified RNs to develop and implement programs, and by creating an ICU Palliative Care Team, we seek to provide active holistic care of patients with advanced illness. Description: The goal of the SICU Palliative Care Team achieving the best quality of life for patients and their families. SICU nursing management supports the palliative care efforts. Two RNs became certified as ELNEC trainers, then provided training with other ELNEC trainers to 9 ICU RNs, establishing the first ICU ELNEC train-the-trainers in the country. Each...

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