Institute for End of Life Care Education


End-of-life care in this country is less than optimal. The College of Nursing at Marquette University is committed to changing the status of end-of-life care. We believe that a peaceful death with dignity is a right for all persons and want to take action to make that happen. The university's affirmation of the goodness of life involves maximizing quality of life, including during the final stages of life. The Institute for End-of-Life Care was launched in spring 2003.

"We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey."

— Pierre Tielhard de Chardin


The James Wake Memorial Lecture was held at the AMU on November 14th, 2016, and was attended by approximately 150 people. This year’s speaker was Dr. Marie T. Nolan, R.N., F.A.A.N., an internationally recognized nurse scientist on the topic of “Patient and Family Decision-Making During Critical Illness and at End of Life”. Her research and presentation highlighted the complexity of end of life decision making for patients and family members. More about Dr. Nolan’s presentation can accessed via the Institute for Palliative and End of Life Care.

The James Wake Memorial Lecture is held every 2 years in honor of the late James Wake, chaplain and husband of former Marquette Provost and College of Nursing Dean, Madeline Wake, R.N., F.A.A.N., who devoted his career in social work and chaplaincy to helping others. Heartfelt thanks go to our speaker Dr. Marie T. Nolan and to Dr. Madeline Wake. Additional thanks go to the faculty and staff who organized the event.

Dr. Nolan's presentation can be viewed here.

This lecture is in memory of James Wake, chaplain and husband of former Marquette provost Dr. Madeline Wake, R.N., F.A.A.N. James’ career was devoted to helping others through social work and chaplaincy.

Presented by the Marquette University College of Nursing Institute for Palliative and End of Life Care.

Marquette IPEOLC/Aurora Visiting Nurses Association

The Marquette College of Nursing Institute for End-of-Life Care and the Aurora Visiting Nurses Association (part of Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee) formed a unique partnership to advance the quality of end-of-life care. The two organizations are working together to forge new initiatives in care, education and services.





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Through a transformational Catholic, Jesuit education, Marquette University College of Nursing prepares nurse leaders to promote health, healing and social justice for all people through clinical practice and development of nursing knowledge.