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Martin, Beth, MSN, ACNP-BC, ACHPN, HPNA President

Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing: June 2019 - Volume 21 - Issue 3 - p 184–187
doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000570
DEPARTMENTS: Association News
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NURSES… THE MOST TRUSTED PROFESSION

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On December 20, 2018, Gallup announced that once again Americans rated the honesty and ethical standards of nurses as “very high” or “high.” This earned nurses the top spot among a list of professions for the 17th year in a row. Gallup has measured the public’s view of honesty and ethical standards of various professions since 1976. Nurses were added to the list in 1999 and have ranked first each year, with the exception of the year of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, when firefighters held that place. Find out more through this link: https://news.gallup.com/poll/245597/nurses-again-outpace-professions-honesty-ethics.aspx

Honest and ethical, the most trusted profession… how does that make you feel? Do you feel honored to be so respected by the American public? Do you wonder how nurses gained and maintain that respect? While we live in an era of complex and sometimes broken health care systems, nurses underpin health care by standing at the sides of patients and their families. The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) position statement on the Value of the Professional Nurse in Palliative Care acknowledges that “competent professional nursing care is critical to achieving health care goals of patients, families, communities, and populations through the end of life.”

We often say hospice and palliative nurses “meet patients where they are” and walk alongside them on their journey. Patients rely on nurses to be honest and to uphold ethical standards. Nurses are best able to do this when they are confident, are prepared, and supported themselves. The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association supports the competence of nurses by providing the resources they need. From education, research, and position statements to certification and scholarships, HPNA as well as the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF) exist solely to support hospice and palliative nurses.

I encourage you to take the time to explore HPNA’s resources and use those you believe will enhance your ability to provide expert care to your patients and their families. It is the individual experiences of care provided by confident, prepared nurses that maintains the public view of nurses as trusted, honest, and ethical professionals. Remember that HPNA is here to support you.

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MARIKA HARANIS APPOINTED NEW CHIEF CLINICAL OFFICER

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Marika Haranis, MSN, CRNP, ACHPN, as the new chief clinical officer of HPNA. In this role, Ms Haranis will lead education and research programs, represent HPNA in advocacy efforts, and manage the organization’s role in ongoing projects extending from the Palliative Nursing Summit.

Ms Haranis previously worked at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Altoona, where she was the clinical director of palliative services, transitional year residency coordinator, program coordinator/palliative fellowship coordinator, and a nurse practitioner since 2014. She served as a hospice clinical practitioner at UPMC Family Hospice and Palliative Care, a clinical practitioner at the Minute Clinic in Washington, DC, and a staff nurse at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Ms Haranis is an ELNEC trainer, a Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment train-the-trainer, and Pallitalk trained by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). She is a member of HPNA and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, UPMC Preceptorship Academy, UPMC Altoona Graduate Medical Education Committee, and the UPMC Altoona Ethics Committee. She is also a Beckwith Institute Grant Recipient of the Palliative Nurse Champion Program and won the UPMC Graduate Medical Examination Team of the Year and Rookie of the Year, as well as the UPMC Altoona Guardian Angel Award.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW HPNA FELLOWS

In support of HPNA’s mission to advance expert care in serious illness, the HPNA Board of Directors initiated the Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing (FPCN), which is intended for our members who are nursing experts and leaders in education, management, advanced practice, and research. An invitation to become an FPCN is more than a recognition of one’s accomplishments within the nursing profession, but also shows a responsibility to engage with other health care leaders in transforming palliative nursing.

Those who are approved by the HPNA Board of Directors are awarded the FPCN designation and recognized each year at the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care. Those receiving the designation for 2019 in Orlando, Florida, are listed below:

  • Marie Bakitas, DNSc, CRNP, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN, FPCN
  • James Dionne-Odom, PhD, MA, RN, ACHPN, FPCN
  • Deborah Lafond, DNP, PPCNP-BC, CPON, CHPPN, FPCN
  • Kathleen Perko, MS, RN, CPNP, CPON, CHPPN, CPLC, FPCN
  • Cheryl Thaxton, DNP, RN, CPNP, FNP-BC, CHPPN, FPCN

More information about FPCNs can be found online at advancingexpertcare.org/fpcn. Applications for 2020 are now being accepted, with a deadline of September 1, 2019.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE 2020 ANNUAL ASSEMBLY

Planning continues for the next Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care, taking place in San Diego, California, from March 18 to 21, 2020, and we are making several calls for proposals over the coming months. The first call for preconference workshops and 1-hour sessions took place throughout April, but we have 2 additional calls as listed below:

  • July 2 to July 31, 2019: Second call for scientific papers and posters
  • October 1 to November 1, 2019: Third call for case submissions and fellows’ and scholars’ posters.

All proposals must be submitted through the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care website at annualassembly.org.

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13TH ANNUAL CLINICAL PRACTICE FORUM AND LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Please join us this fall for the 13th Annual HPNA Clinical Practice Forum, taking place from Thursday, September 19, through Saturday, September 21, 2019, at the Marriott City Center in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. New this year is a leadership preconference created specifically for chapter leaders.

This conference will provide state-of-the-science information related to the practice of palliative nursing, which includes case presentations with interactive discussions. The HPNA Clinical Practice Forum focuses on current hospice and palliative care issues for both registered nurses and advanced practice nurses with evidence-based presentations related to pain and symptom management, communication, regulations, and other related issues.

For more information about the 13th Annual HPNA Clinical Practice Forum and to register for the event, visit our website at advancingexpertcare.org/clinical-practice-forum.

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UPCOMING HPNA-SPONSORED ELNEC TRAIN-THE-TRAINER COURSE

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and ELNEC have teamed up once again in 2019 for a series of Train-the-Trainer courses throughout the year. We had a great response in April in San Antonio, Texas, for our core and pediatric palliative care courses, as well as a leadership intensive preconference workshop open to both ELNEC attendees and the public at large. Our next ELNEC Core Train-the-Trainer course will be in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Wednesday, October 16, and Thursday, October 17, with a preconference course on Tuesday, October 15. Course and registration information is available through our website at advancingexpertcare.org/elnec.

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VIRTUAL CONFERENCE TAKES PLACE IN JULY

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association has once again partnered with AAHPM and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization to offer a Virtual Conference this summer. Titled “Overcoming the Challenges of Community-Based Palliative Care,” the conference will take place entirely online on Wednesday, July 17, and Thursday, July 18, 2019.

This conference is a cost-effective way to bring high-quality learning to you or your training center. The conference offers 3 industry leaders presenting expert content, nationally recognized faculty, and CE credit, as well as 3 months of on-demand availability that maximizes your educational dollar. More about this year’s Virtual Conference is available online at www.nhpco.org/education/2019-virtual-conference.

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SUPPORT YOUR NURSING TEAM THROUGH THE EMPLOYER PARTNER PROGRAM

Support your nursing care team with the professional development and educational opportunities available through our Employer Partner Program. It is a great way to get your entire team trained quickly and efficiently. We offer volume pricing on 10 or more HPNA memberships, HPCC certification examinations, educational materials, sponsorships, and even HPNA Career Center listings. Organizations can get a single-code company access, increase their employee retention through training and education, and take advantage of any strategic advocacy opportunities. For more information on our Employer Partner Program, visit our website at advancingexpertcare.org/employer-partner.

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HPCC EXAMINATION SCHEDULE FOR 2019

While the HPCC 2019 June testing window is currently running through the end of the month, we do have 2 other testing windows in September and December. Applications for the September testing window are now being accepted through August 15. The testing schedule with application deadlines and instructions for all months is posted in each candidate handbook, which is available on our website at advancingexpertcare.org/certification.

See the chart below for testing window dates and “received by” application deadlines for the remainder of 2019.

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2019 HPCC CERTIFICATION RENEWAL

All HPCC certifications are valid for a 4-year period. If you are due to renew your certification, visit our website at advancingexpertcare.org/certification. Choose your credential and then recertification to learn about your requirements and options for renewal. All recertifications through the Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification method, whether online or paper, have a due date of 8 weeks prior to the date of expiration of certification for the standard fee. After that, an additional fee of $100 is charged.

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CREDENTIAL REACTIVATION FEE LOWERED TO $50

Are you looking to reactivate a credential or know someone who does? As an incentive for 2019, HPCC will be offering a $50 reactivation fee, a savings of $125 off of the regular reactivation fee needed, in addition to your recertification fees. This is a limited time offer, so take advantage of this while it lasts. Contact the HPCC national office at 412-787-1057 to discuss this offer.

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2019 HPCC BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

The HPCC Board of Directors welcomes Patricia Petroulias, PhD, RN, CHPN, to the 2019 board. Board officers for 2019 include Todd Hultman, PhD, ACNP, ACHPN, serving as president; Catherine Glennon, MHS, RN, OCN, NE-BC, serving as secretary; Amy Beasley, DNP, RN, CHPN, serving as treasurer; and Stacy Smith, MA, MLS, BSN, RN, CHPPN, HEC-C, serving as past president. Other board members include Mark Bertler, CAE; Kimberly Kidd Brasher, RN, CHPN, CHPCA; Joyce Palmieri, MS, RN, CHPN; and Kevin Yarrow, CHPCA.

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PREPARE FOR CERTIFICATION WITH A PRACTICE EXAMINATION

Practice examinations are learning tools that are available as an online test. They serve as a practice tool to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a candidate who is interested in the certification process in hospice and palliative nursing. Current practice examinations available include the following:

  • Hospice and Palliative Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (ACHPN)
  • Hospice and Palliative Registered Nurse (CHPN)
  • Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Registered Nurse (CHPPN)
  • Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant (CHPNA).

To learn more or to take the examination, visit the practice examinations web page at advancingexpertcare.org/practice-examinations, which is also listed under Education. A portion of the cost of each practice examination is donated directly to the HPNF, in support of hospice and palliative nursing team members.

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2020 HPCC CERTIFICANT OF THE YEAR AWARDS

The Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center offers Certificant of the Year Awards for individuals from all current HPCC programs. Award recipients receive their awards at the HPCC Certification Recognition Luncheon during the Annual Assembly.

Nominate a deserving individual for one of these prestigious awards. Contact us at 412-787-1057 or by email at hpcc@goHPCC.org, or visit our website at advancingexpertcare.org under Certification for an application. All nominations are due to the national office by July 1, 2019.

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CALL FOR 2020 EXAMINATION DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE POSITIONS

If you or someone you know is HPCC certified, a member of HPNA, and interested in serving your profession, you may want to consider applying for a position on 1 of 8 HPCC Examination Development Committees.

Great care is taken to select candidates from both hospice and palliative care backgrounds, representing various geographic areas of the country and with clinical expertise, management, and academic expertise. It is very important that a sufficient number of qualified individuals apply to ensure the ongoing leadership for the certification process and accomplishment of the goals of the organization.

Applications are available on our website at advancingexpertcare.org under the Certification heading, or you can contact us at 412-787-1057 or by email at hpcc@goHPCC.org for an application packet or more information. Completed application packets are due to the national office by July 2, 2019.

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SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FROM HPNF TOWARD PEDIATRIC CERTIFICATION

Two scholarships are available from HPNF for those preparing to earn the CHPPN credential.

  • The CHPPN Certification Exam Scholarship refunds your registration fees for the examination at the HPNA membership level and can also be used by those recertifying the credential.
  • The CHPPN Online Review Course Scholarship is also available if you need some review before taking the examination. This is for a self-paced online review course with Certified Nursing Education (CNE) credits, and the scholarship winners will have 3 months to complete the course.

Learn more about these 2 opportunities and apply now at advancingexpertcare.org/pediatric-palliative.

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2019 HPNF BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2019 board officers are Denise Stahl, MSN, FPCN, serving as chairperson; new member Blake Tobias, Jr, serving as treasurer-secretary; and Diane Mead, RN, BSN, ACC, LNC, ex-officio. Other board members include Donna Falcone, DNP, MSN, MS, FNP-BC, CRNP; and new members Markita Billups and Amy Jacobs, MSN, RN, CHPN. The HPNA representative to the board is Beth Martin, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, ACHPN, HPNA Board President.

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PEDIATRIC SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE THROUGH JUNE

Thanks to a grant from the Y. C. Ho/Helen and Michael Chiang Foundation, HPNF is offering a variety of scholarships in 2019 for pediatric resources, certification, review courses, and more. These include some of the following opportunities:

  • Pediatric certification scholarship opportunities, including scholarships for both the Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse (CHPPN) Online Review Course and the CHPPN Certification Exam, as listed above.
  • Pediatric Palliative Care Resource Scholarships, including an RN HPNA Membership Scholarship for those in pediatric palliative care and an HPNA Pediatric Book Bundle Scholarship for those adding to their library.

To find our more details on these opportunities or to apply before the deadline, visit our website at advancingexpertcare.org/pediatric-palliative.

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HOSPICE AND PALLITIVE NURSES FOUNDATION APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN!

The HPNF Education, Certification and Conference Scholarships, Research Grants, Chapter Education Grants and Leadership Awards, to name a few, are all available throughout the year for both HPNA members and HPCC certificants. More than 100 opportunities are available, with many providing registration and travel stipend and some offering rolling application deadlines. Visit our website at advancingexpertcare.org/grants-scholarships for details, eligibility criteria, and more.

To bring you these scholarships, grants and awards, the HPNF conducts fundraising. Visit our website at advancingexpertcare.org/give-now to research our giving opportunities and donor circles. Thank you!

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