Institute for End of Life Care Education

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When you're a nurse
you know that every day you will touch a life
or a life will touch yours.

— Unknown author

IPEOLC Activities

Education

The IPEOLC online course, Interdisciplinary Palliative Care (HEAL 4901/5901) is offered each semester for interested undergraduate and graduate students, and the community at-large. The course provides learners with information about the breadth and depth of palliative care practices and services for individuals with serious illness and their families, and for healthcare providers from varied disciplines. More information is available in the Marquette University Courses Catalog.

There are varied opportunities for guidance, input, or support through the IPEOLC for graduate and doctoral students with interests in a palliative care-focused scholarly capstone project, research, or education residency.  

Research

Since its founding, the IPEOLC has supported palliative care-focused research and quality improvement projects by students and faculty in the College of Nursing. The most recent work has focused on topics including palliative care screening in an intensive care setting, interprofessional education and socialization, heart failure, advance directives, adolescents and decision making, interprofessional education for students in health-related disciplines, and perceptions of palliative care in African American communities.  

Initiatives

Examples of the IPEOLC’s involvement in local collaborative efforts includes hosting of “Deep Listening” - a live theater event exploring palliative care meaning, a public screening of the film “Consider the Conversation”, and presentations to area organizations and groups.

Contributions to national initiatives include: participating in the education summit which developed palliative care Competencies and Recommendations for Educating Undergraduate Nursing Students (CARES) endorsed by AACN, and serving as faculty on the NIH-National Cancer Institute funded project for “Integrating Palliative Oncology Care into DNP Education and Clinical Practice”.

Every two years, IPEOLC coordinates the James Wake Memorial Lecture with former Marquette provost and College of Nursing dean, Madeline Wake. The Lecture held in honor of the late James Wake and his devotion to helping others through his social work and chaplaincy career, is open to all at Marquette University and to the public. The 2016 speaker Dr. Marie T. Nolan, RN, FAAN, an internationally recognized nurse scientist, spoke of her team’s research on “Patient and Family Decision-Making During Critical Illness and at End of Life”.

Dr. Nolan’s presentation can be viewed here.

For more information about the IPEOLC and its activities, contact Susan Breakwell.
Susan Breakwell, APHN-BC, DNP
Institute for Palliative and End of Life Care
Marquette University
College of Nursing
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881

Phone:
(414) 288-3800
Send email to the Institute for Palliative and End of Life Care

 

 

 

 

 

 


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