Institute for End of Life Care Education


End-of-life care in this country is less than optimal. The College of Nursing at Marquette University is committed to changing the status of end-of-life care. We believe that a peaceful death with dignity is a right for all persons and want to take action to make that happen. The university's affirmation of the goodness of life involves maximizing quality of life, including during the final stages of life. The Institute for End-of-Life Care was launched in spring 2003.

"We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey."

— Pierre Tielhard de Chardin


Upcoming Event:

Save The Date:
November 5, 2014
James A. Wake Memorial Lecture
Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union
1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.



We invite you to register for the James Wake Memorial Lecture. Please register by Wednesday, October 29.

For questions or special needs, please contact University Special Events at or 414.288.7431.

Parking is available in the 16th Street Parking Structure located Between West Wisconsin Avenue and West Wells Street.

Palliative care continues to evolve in the United States and abroad. A rapidly aging population, increasing life expectancy, and shift to non-communicable disease as the cause of death are issues prompting countries worldwide to address the palliative care needs of older adults. In addition, palliative care capacity-building is inadequate due to limited trained staff, logistical and organizational barriers, and outdated policies. This presentation will review and identify trends in palliative care globally and provide exemplars of novel approaches and partnerships created to promote capacity-building from a transcultural nursing perspective.

This lecture is in memory of James Wake, chaplain and husband of former Marquette provost Dr. Madeline Wake, R.N., F.A.A.N. James’ career was devoted to helping others through social work and chaplaincy.

Presented by the Marquette University College of Nursing Institute for Palliative and End of Life Care.

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Marquette IPEOLC/Aurora Visiting Nurses Association

The Marquette College of Nursing Institute for End-of-Life Care and the Aurora Visiting Nurses Association (part of Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee) formed a unique partnership to advance the quality of end-of-life care. The two organizations are working together to forge new initiatives in care, education and services.





The Marquette Neighborhood Health Center

The center is designed as a nurse managed health center, under the auspices of the Marquette University College of Nursing, providing community access to health care services while enhancing educational opportunities for nursing students. Learn more about MNHC.