Nursing Research and Education Programs for Health Professionals
Health care professionals who have made the decision to specialize in oncology or palliative care face a unique set of challenges. Issues such as quality of life and symptom management regularly impact standard of care concerns. City of Hope’s Division of Nursing Research and Education offers several specialized education programs. Please visit our website, browse a sample of our courses below, and contact us for more information at
Contact: Liz Gourdine, 626-256-4673 ext. 63488
ELNEC is a national education initiative to improve end-of-life care in the United States. The Project provides undergraduate and graduate nursing faculty, CE providers, staff development educators, specialty nurses in pediatrics, oncology, critical care and geriatrics and other nurses with training in end-of-life care so they can teach this essential information to nursing students and practicing nurses. ELNEC trainings are held multiple times each year in locations across the country.
Contact: Linda Garcia at
ExCEL strives to improve the delivery of psychosocial-spiritual care for oncology patients through an innovative social work-specific educational program.  ExCEL is a collaborative partnership between the City of Hope, the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) and the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers (APOSW). The investigative team for this five-year National Cancer Institute-funded initiative includes: Shirley Otis-Green, Betty Ferrell, Marcia Grant, Brad Zebrack and Barbara Jones. Pre-conferences to the AOSW and APOSW annual meetings will address critical aspects of quality care while encouraging oncology social workers to meet and exceed the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2008 Report – “Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs.”
The primary aim of this oncology educational initiative is to implement a national education program on family caregiving in cancer. The intent of this program is to improve quality of life and the quality of care for family caregivers who are impacted by a loved one’s cancer across the trajectory of illness.
Contact: Jo Hanson at
The City of Hope Pain & Palliative Care Resource Center (COHPPRC) serves as a clearinghouse of information and resources that assist others in improving the quality of pain management and end of life care. Established in 1985 by the Division of Nursing Research and Education, it is a central source of a variety of materials including pain assessment tools, patient education materials, research instruments, quality assurance materials, special population resources, cancer survivorship resources, end of life resources, and other resources.
The primary purpose of this course is to prepare individual nurses in a comprehensive training program related to assessment and treatment of pain.      Contact: Maggie Johnson at
This course is free for competivtively selected palliative care teams from the state of California. The aim of this 2-day course is to improve quality of care for patients and families by offering a train-the-trainer style course on communication for palliative care professionals. The course will be interactive with videos and will use a goal directed method of teaching in which faculty will help teams develop three directed goals to implement process improvement related to communication. Goals will be followed at 6 and 9 months post-course.
For more information visit our website and contact Lisa Kilburn,
Visit the course website or contact: Liz Gourdine: 626-256-4673 ext. 63488
This two day course will provide transdisciplinary healthcare professionals the opportunity to focus on aspects of spiritual care needs of patients throughout the trajectory of illness, as well as address their own spiritual care needs. This conference will focus on providing insight and strategies for better spiritual care of patients in the areas of communication, pediatrics, social work and chaplaincy, palliative medicine, psychology, survivorship, soul pain, prisons and, other cultures.  Also covered are issues of forgiveness, anger with God, and a physician’s personal insight into her own spiritual needs as a patient and how that ultimately affected her practice. Contact, Yvonne Rodriguez: 626-256-4673 ext. 62987
The overall purpose of this educational program is to prepare registered nurses to competently provide and coordinate care for cancer survivors.  The program is built around the four recommended IOM components.  Adult education theories and institutional change methods will be used to guide participants in implementing changes in survivorship care into their everyday practice.