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Epilepsy Curriculum for Nurses

30 November, 2023

Dear Colleagues,

Will you help review an educational curriculum for nurses in care of people with epilepsy? Completing this survey should only 10 - 15 minutes.

Nurses are the largest group of health care providers globally. They care for people with seizures and epilepsy in so many different settings - schools, work, primary care, hospitals, clinics, emergency settings, neurology units, specialized epilepsy settings, and more. Yet nurses say that one of the greatest barriers to providing care is lack of education about epilepsy.

We also know that many people across the globe do not get the right care at the right time or don’t get any care! The treatment gap is enormous. Nurses can make a difference in closing the treatment gap, but we must address and bridge the educational barriers first.

The ILAE Nursing Section is developing a competency-based nursing curriculum that cuts across diverse health care systems and socio-economic settings. The curricula encompass domains, competencies and learning objectives for two groups of nurses:

  • A core set of competencies for any nurse.
  • Additional competencies for a nurse regularly working with people with epilepsy.

Please review the draft curricula and give us suggestions on how it can be improved. We’d like to get feedback from people in all ILAE regions and who work in different areas. Can you also forward this to your colleagues, contacts, and key stakeholders in your area?

  • Complete the survey to provide your feedback on the draft curricula.
  • Send this message and link to other nurses, schools of nursing, and nursing professional groups.
  • Send to key physicians and other health care providers in epilepsy, too!

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Your help will be invaluable in shaping the final structure and content the curriculum.
Best wishes,

Patty Osborne Shafer, RN, MN, FAES
Chair, Nursing Section
International League Against Epilepsy

Questions? Email the ILAE Nursing Section at

Roadmap for a competency-based educational curriculum in epileptology: Report of the Epilepsy Education Task Force of the International League Against Epilepsy. Blümcke I, Arzimanoglou A, Beniczky S, Wiebe S. Epileptic Disord 2019 Apr 1;21(2):129-140.