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Palliative Nursing Summit: Nurses Leading Change and Transforming Care Our Journey to the Summit

Welsh, Sally, MSN, RN, NEA-BC; Matzo, Marianne, PhD, APRN-CNP, AOCNP, FPCN, FAAN; Hultman, Todd, PhD, ACNP, ACHPN; Reifsnyder, JoAnne, PhD, MBA, MSN, FAAN

Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing: February 2018 - Volume 20 - Issue 1 - p 6–14
doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000412
Special Summit Series

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, in conjunction with the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation, organized a Palliative Nursing Summit in Washington, DC, on May 12, 2017. The goal of the summit was to convene leaders from various nursing specialty organizations to develop a collaborative nursing agenda for primary palliative nursing. The work of the summit focused on 3 aspects of palliative nursing: communication/advance care planning, coordination/transitions of care, and pain and symptom management. The meeting objectives were to identify the current state of primary palliative nursing and to identify the greatest opportunities to advance primary palliative nursing within the 3 focus areas. Twenty-six nursing specialty organizations participated in the summit. This article describes the basis for the summit, the data and resources that informed the meeting’s participants, the outcomes in each of the 3 categories, and next steps.

Sally Welsh, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, is chief executive officer, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center, and Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Marianne Matzo, PhD, APRN-CNP, AOCNP, FPCN, FAAN, is director of research, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Todd Hultman, PhD, ACNP, ACHPN, is lead nurse practitioner, The Medical Center of Aurora, Colorado.

JoAnne Reifsnyder, PhD, MBA, MSN, FAAN, is executive vice president of clinical operations and chief nursing officer, Genesis Healthcare, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Address correspondence to Sally Welsh, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation, One Penn Center West, Suite 425, Pittsburgh, PA 15276 (sallyw@hpna.org).

Financial support was provided by the Milbank Foundation and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2018 by The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.