Innovation in Nurse Education Task Force

The webinar was presented on 20th September 2022. The presentations from the webinar can be downloaded here: 

Veerle Coupez presentation

Minna Hokka presentation

Danny Vereeke presentation

Nicoleta Mitrea presentation


The EAPC Innovation in Nurse Education Task Force aims to address the gaps in palliative care nursing knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours and improve the quality of the education of bachelor degree nurses in the field of palliative care. Therefore the EAPC Innovation in Nurse Education Task Force will:

  1. define the European common core competencies in palliative care nursing,
  2. develop innovative education tools for palliative care education and
  3. train educators in how to work with the European matrix to teach palliative care core competencies (a toolkit for educators) and to promote the implementation of the innovative tools into bachelor nursing curricula.

Palliative nurse specialists and educators all over Europe and beyond will join efforts under the umbrella of EAPC. This project is ERASMUS+ funded.

Aims and Objectives

  1. Develop a report that details the European palliative care core competencies to be reached in bachelor’s degree nursing education.
  2. Develop a training programme for educators to implement the European curriculum recommendation and integrate innovative teaching strategies in their already existing curricula.
  3. Develop a virtual showroom that compiles the results and works as a platform for European educators.

Members of the Task Force

Chairperson of EAPC Task Force on Innovation in nurse education

Minna Hökkä


Head of School (School of Health and Social Services)
Kajaani University of Applied Sciences

Nicoleta Mitrea

Nicoleta Mitrea


Senior Lecturer – Faculty of Medicine – Nursing Division
University of Transilvania


  • Sonya McIlfatrick, Northern Ireland (Link person with the EAPC board)
  • Veerle Coupez, Belgium
  • Julie Ling, Ireland
  • Piret Paal, Austria
  • Danny Vereecke, Belgium
  • Daniela Mosoiu, Romania
  • Lyn Silove, France.
  • Sandra Martins Pereira, Portugal
  • Pablo Hernández-Marrero, Portugal
  • Sandra Neves, Portugal
  • Huda Abu-Saad Huijer, Lebanon
  • Elena Chover, Spain
  • Vanessa Taylor, UK
  • Anja Oustalet, France
  • Maaike Vandeweghe, UK
  • Ciara Wynne-Gallagher, UK
  • Claude Chidiac, UK


Spring 2021 – Define core competencies, via nominal group technique and rapid literature search and produce a report and article.

Spring 2021 – Spring 2022 –  Draft European matrix of core competencies.

Autumn 2021 – Spring 2023 –  Prepare report and paper on the European matrix of palliative care nurse education.

Winter 2021- summer 2023 – Present virtual showroom including tools for educators and European network of and for nurse educators.

Relevant Publications:

Hökkä M, Melender H-L, Lehto J, Kaakinen P. Palliative nursing competences aligned to different levels of palliative care provision: a qualitative analysis of the professional’s perspective. 2021. Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Hökkä M, Rajala M, Kaakinen P, Lehto J, Pesonen H-M. The effect of teaching methods in palliative care education for undergraduate nursing and medical students – a systematic review. International Journal of Palliative Nursing. Accepted 15.2.2021

Hökkä M, Martins Pereira S, Pölkki T, Kyngäs H, Hernández-Marrero P. Nursing competencies across different levels of palliative care provision: A systematic integrative review with thematic synthesis. Palliative Medicine. 2020;34(7):851–870.

Hökkä M., (2020). Competence in palliative care and end-of-life care in nursing degree: recommendation on palliative care and end-of-life care curriculum. In: Publication series b. reports and surveys, Kajaanin Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy.

Martins Pereira S, Hernandez-Marrero P, Pasman HR, et al.: Nursing education on palliative care across Europe: Results and recommendations from the EAPC Taskforce on preparation for practice in palliative care nursing across the EU based on an online-survey and country reports. Palliat Med 2020. [Epub ahead of print]; DOI: 10.1177/0269216320956817

The work of this Task Force is ERASMUS+ funded. More info about NursEduPal@Euro project can be found here