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Battista honored by ELNEC

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Vanessa Battista with a patient

Clinical Instructor Vanessa Battista was chosen to be a 2011 End-Of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) award winner in pediatric palliative care for her commitment to providing excellent palliative care, educating staff, improving systems of care, promoting interdisciplinary care, and working in their communities. 

ELNEC is a national education program to improve end-of-life care by nurses. 

When asked why Battista won the award, ELNEC had the following to say:

“Vanessa Battista, RN, MS, CPNP, CCRC is a clinical faculty member at Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing and works as a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Department of Neurology at Children’s Hospital Boston. Vanessa has been committed to improving palliative care for all children. She understands the importance of education and instills knowledge about this care to her students and to practicing nurses by using the ELNEC‐Pediatric Palliative Care curriculum. Vanessa teaches in the Pediatric Palliative Care Program at Boston College, which allows Advance Practice Nursing students the opportunity to receive didactic and clinical education in the specialty of care. As part of this program, she helped organize a pediatric regional conference in Boston in October, 2011. National speakers shared their expertise on this care with 140 participants. Vanessa believes that in order for pediatric palliative care to be effective, the care must be interdisciplinary; thus when teaching, whether at the college or in the clinical setting, she reaches out to those from other disciplines. Vanessa’s leadership and vision have included opportunities to embed pediatric palliative care into the nursing curriculum at Boston College. She speaks frequently to undergraduate and graduate nursing students, psychology classes, and was invited recently to speak at the Mendall Society and the business school on campus. “It is very exciting to teach people more about pediatric palliative care and to see the ‘light bulb go on,’ so to speak, as people see ways in which they can blend this into the work they do and recognize that palliative care is necessary everywhere,” stated Vanessa.”