In Fall 2019 the I Will Projects funded an opportunity for 20 nursing students at Pueblo Community College to receive 9 weeks of intensive end-of-life nursing education. The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Project is a national end-of-life educational program administered by City of Hope (COH) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) designed to enhance palliative care in nursing. The nine week agenda included an introduction of palliative care, pain management, symptom management, ethics at end of life, cultural considerations at end of life, communication at end of life, advanced directives, loss, grief, bereavement, and caring in the final hours of life.
A certified hospice and palliative care nurse and certified End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) curriculum educator. She is the currently the vice president of Clinical Operations with Sangre de Cristo Community Care where she has worked in multiple capacities across the organization since 2015, including inpatient and home care, admissions, compliance, clinical informatics and education. Amy, a Pueblo native, is also a small business owner operating a small massage therapy practice in the Pueblo community. During her time with Sangre de Cristo Amy has utilized her knowledge of alternative therapies by expanding the touch therapy and essential oil program for patients. Amy holds a master’s degree in executive nursing and leadership from Purdue University.