ABSTRACT • MOST NURSES MUST DEAL WITH DEATH and dying at some time during their careers; therefore, all nurses should have an understanding of the care people require at the end of life. Many schools of nursing, however, do not require end-of-life issues as a separate subject in the curriculum. • THIS ARTICLE DISCUSSES baccalaureate nursing students' experiences during a four-month course in end-of-life issues. • A PROJECT EVALUATED the change in students' perceived comfort level in dealing with a patient who is dying and the patient's family members. AORN J 82 (September 2005) 434–440.