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 2014 James Wake Memorial Lecture was presented by keynote speaker Dr. Carol Olson Long, R.N., F.P.C.N., F.A.A.N. ON "A Cultural Journey in Pallliative Care: Impact and Insights".

Palliative care continues to evolve in the United States and abroad. A rapidly aging population, increasing life expectancy, and shift to non-communicable disease as the cause of death are issues prompting countries worldwide to address the palliative care needs of older adults. In addition, palliative care capacity-building is inadequate due to limited trained staff, logistical and organizational barriers, and outdated policies. This presentation will review and identify trends in palliative care globally and provide exemplars of novel approaches and partnerships created to promote capacity-building from a transcultural nursing perspective.

Dr. Long'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.