Massachusetts Nursing Schools Taskforce

What We Do

Our taskforce is committed to strengthening nurses’ abilities and confidence to care for people living with serious illness in Massachusetts. We achieve this goal by:

  • Integrating national nursing competencies for caring for individuals with serious illness into Massachusetts’ nursing programs
  • Ensuring adequate generalist and specialty palliative care training in clinical settings
  • Challenging all Massachusetts nurses to lead the way in having conversations about serious illness within their own families and communities

MACN Endorsement of CARES & G-CARES Competencies

The Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (MACN) announced the endorsement of the CARES Competencies, a set of 17 key competencies necessary for nurses to provide high-quality care to patients and families facing serious illness, along with the G-CARES competencies for graduate level nursing students.

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State-wide Survey of BSN Programs

We heard from over 20 baccalaureate nursing programs in Massachusetts about how caring for people with serious illness is integrated into curricula. Overall, we found broad course integration of serious illness care content throughout programs, low rates of End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) resource utilization, and an eagerness to partner with the Coalition for statewide collaboration on education efforts.

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Upcoming Work

We are launching a survey of graduate programs in nursing schools across Massachusetts to identify how palliative care and serious illness is being taught. Additionally, we are working on future collaborations, including surveying practicing nurses at all levels across the Commonwealth.

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