Building nursing capacity for palliative care at a Jesuit Catholic University: A model program

  • Eileen R. O'Shea Fairfield University
  • Robin Bennett Kanarek
  • Meredith Wallace Kazer
  • Patrick W. Kelley
  • Tomi Thomas
Keywords: palliative care, nursing, education, catholic education, capacity building


The average life span is increasing, due to vast advancements in social conditions, public health, and medical care. Globally, those living with chronic and serious medical conditions can benefit from palliative care services. Yet, the workforce is insufficient to support the demand. This case study describes efforts made by one Jesuit Catholic University to build nursing capacity and to promote access to high quality, compassionate palliative healthcare.