ABSTRACT This article describes an innovative approach to educating gerontological nurse practitioner students about the needs of patients and their families related to palliative and end-of-life care. By using a standardized patient family and creatively using resources from the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), this author maximized learning experiences for advanced practice students who will care for elderly individuals and their families. The goal of ELNEC is to strengthen nursing education to improve end-of-life care. Principles for developing and implementing a complex standardized patient scenario for graduate nursing students are offered. Key Words Palliative Care--End-of-Life Care--Advanced Practice Nursing--Geriatric Advance Practice Nurse--Standardized Patients.