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2009: Community Liaison Nurses Attend Conference
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Community Liaison Nurses Attend Conference

WINFIELD, Ill., August 7, 2009 — Dawn Clark, RN, BS, CHPN; Karen Bex, RN, BSN; and Rhonda L. Jones, RN, BSN, CHPN of CNS Home Health & Hospice, an affiliate of Central DuPage Hospital (CDH), recently attended an ELNEC-Core training course in Oklahoma City, Okla. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the City of Hope (COH) received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop and implement the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC-Core).

Clark, Bex and Jones were three of 92 nurses from across the United States to attend this training program. The principal goal of the training program is to provide nursing continuing education providers with information on end-of-life and palliative care and resources to integrate end-of-life and palliative care content into their in-service programs or courses.

The ELNEC core curriculum has been developed to prepare qualified nurse educators to provide end-of-life education for nursing students and practicing nurses, and to provide resources to facilitate that instruction. These educators in turn will use the curriculum to integrate end-of-life content for students in undergraduate nursing programs, and offer staff development/continuing education programs for clinical nurses who provide end-of-life care.

"It was very important to me as a Community Liaison Nurse with hospice experience to receive this training and be in the position to bring back to my colleagues the latest thinking and best practice in the area of end of life care," said Clark.

Clark received an associate degree in nursing from William Rainey Harper College and a B.S. in health arts at University of St. Francis, where she is presently pursuing her master's degree. She is a member of Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association and of the American Holistic Nursing Association. She and her husband, James Lederman, reside in St. Charles and have three sons.

Bex received a BSN from Valparaiso University. She is active in the Elgin Senior Provider Network, Kane County Senior Providers, Association of Senior Service Providers and SR Alliance in Wheaton. She and her husband, Troy, reside in Batavia and have five children.

Jones received an associate degree in nursing from College of DuPage, a BSN from Lewis University and is currently pursuing a health administration Master's Degree from University of St. Francis. The mother of two adult children, she resides in West Chicago.

For more information about hospice and end of life care, contact CNS Home Health & Hospice at (630) 665-7000/TTY 630-933-4833.

ABOUT CNS HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE

An affiliate of Central DuPage Hospital

Since 1958, CNS Home Health & Hospice has been a non-profit home health agency serving DuPage County and surrounding communities by providing skilled medical and psychiatric nursing; physical, occupation and speech therapies; social services, private duty and pharmacy and infusion care; and hospice/palliative care and bereavement services.

CNS offers medical social workers, home health aides, dieticians, phlebotomy services, caregiver services, wellness programs and home medical equipment. In 2006, the organization added Telehealth Home Monitoring to its suite of services.

A group of more than 150 volunteers also provides support to hospice families and homebound seniors by completing home visits, errands, clerical work and other tasks. For more information, please call CNS Home Health & Hospice at (630) 665-7000/TTY 630-933-4833 or visit www.cnshomehealth.org.

Central DuPage Hospital contact:
Amy Jo Steinbruecker
(630) 933-5117
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