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Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing: June 2020 - Volume 22 - Issue 3 - p 169-171
doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000650
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POLARIS—A NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART E-LEARNING RESOURCE

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association's (HPNA's) newest product, POLARIS, is a self-paced eLearning resource composed of 13 modules that offer essential practice knowledge for early-career hospice and palliative nurses. The multimedia modules are crafted with short bursts of information that are incorporated into practical application through engaging learning activities. The modules are filled with case studies, videos, and future recommended activities for independent or preceptor-assisted learning that supports critical thinking.

  • CE credit hours are awarded upon successful completion of the modules.
  • POLARIS can be purchased as individual modules, a total package, or as a complete orientation program that includes all 13 modules and learner and preceptor guides.

Learn more and shop this product at advancingexpertcare.org/POLARIS.

2020 CLINICAL PRACTICE FORUM ANNOUNCEMENT!

Mark your calendar for the 14th Annual HPNA Clinical Practice Forum, which will take place September 10 to 12, 2020, in Dallas Texas! This premier educational conference and networking event is designed by nurses for nurses specifically practicing in the hospice and palliative specialty. Information on sponsorships, advertising, and exhibit opportunities, as well as conference registration, will be available soon. For additional details, visit advancingexpertcare.org/clinical-practice-forum.

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR HPNA-SPONSORED END-OF-LIFE NURSING EDUCATION CONSORTIUM IN ALBEQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) courses provide nurses with education in palliative care, preparing them to teach the information to practicing nurses and other healthcare professionals. Attendees receive 14.75 nursing continuing professional development hours and 4.0 category 1 designated pharmacotherapeutic credit hours for successful completion.

Registration is now open for the HPNA-sponsored ELNEC Core Train-the-Trainer course in Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 14 to 15, 2020. Learn more and register at advancingexpertcare.org/ELNEC.

Save the date for the HPNA sponsored ELNEC Core & ELNEC Pediatric Palliative Care Train-the-Trainer course in St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida, October 22 to 23, 2020. More information coming soon.

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. The theme of this year’s conference is quality and presentations will focus on the importance of providing high-quality, person-centered care to hospice/palliative patients and their families. The conference will take place entirely online, July 22–23.

This conference is a cost-effective way to bring high-quality learning to you or your training center. The conference offers three industry leaders presenting expert content, nationally recognized faculty, and CE/NCPD credit. More about this year’s Virtual Conference is available online at http://bit.ly/3ddd8N8.

2020 IS THE YEAR OF THE NURSE

The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse,” in honor of Florence Nightingale's 200th birthday. Join HPNA and other organizations across the globe in a year-long celebration of the work of nurses. Take the time to thank a nurse that has impacted your life!

EMPLOYER PARTNER VOLUME DISCOUNT PROGRAM

Education and certification have proven to increase nurse recruitment and retention, as well as improve job satisfaction rates. The HPNA Employer Partner Program was created to join forces with employers to support their nursing teams. This program offers corporate discounts on 10 or more HPNA memberships or Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) certification examinations, as well as a discount on educational material. Find out if your organization qualifies for volume discounts by emailing todds@hpna.org. Learn more about the Employer Partner Program by visiting advancingexpertcare.org/employer-partner.

HPNA PODCAST CORNER

The official post of HPNA Podcast Corner brings you conversations with experts in the field of hospice and palliative care. Tune in each month as we discuss hot topics, weigh in on case studies, share stories from the field, and much more. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or PodBean at hpna.podbean.com.

ONLINE CONTINUING EDUCATION

The online continuing education offerings of HPNA are convenient, self-paced courses with real-time test grading and printing of CE and NCPD certificates. These online enduring learning activities can be found on HPNA University and are free to all HPNA members. Some of our most popular courses include the following:

  • Ethics in End of Life Care
  • Assessment and Management of Depression in Palliative Care
  • Palliative Approach in Caring for the Person and Family Living with Dementia

Take a course today at advancingexpertcare.org/eLearning

HPNA WEBINARS

HPNA offers live webinars monthly to advance expert care in serious illness. These live webinars are archived and accessible on HPNA University as enduring program offerings with CE/NCPD credit. Some of our most popular archived webinars include:

  • Happiness in Practice: Pearls for Sustainability
  • Beyond Pain: Dealing with Complex Symptoms in the Dying Patient
  • Beyond the Walls: Bringing Palliative Care into the Community

View the upcoming webinar schedule and archived webinars at advancingexpertcare.org/webinars.

HPCC 2020 TESTING SCHEDULE

The remaining 2020 testing windows are June, September, and December. The testing schedule with application deadlines and instructions is posted in the Candidate Handbook, available at advancingexpertcare.org/certification.

HPNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The HPNA board of directors welcomes new members in 2020:

  • Masako Mayahara, PhD, RN, FPCN, CHPN
  • Lynn F. Reinke, PhD, MSN, ANP-BC, FAAN

CERTIFIED HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE LICENSED NURSE EXAMINATION AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 2020!

The HPCC is excited to announce the reinstatement of the Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse (CHPLN) examination. The first testing window for the CHPLN examination will be September 2020. Applications for this testing window are accepted beginning June 1, 2020. Visit advancingexpertcare.org/CHPLN to download a copy of the candidate handbook and information to register for the examination.

The HPCC will also offer the examination, in addition to HPAR, as an option for certificants who are due to renew their credential beginning in September.

PREPARE FOR CERTIFICATION WITH A PRACTICE EXAMINATION

Practice examinations are learning tools that are available as an online test. They serve as a resource for evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of a candidate who is planning to sit for an HPCC certification exam. 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).
  • Hospice and Palliative Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse (CHPLN)

To learn more or to take a practice examination, visit advancingexpertcar.org/practice-exams. A portion of the cost of each practice examination is donated directly to the HPNF, in support of hospice and palliative nursing team members.

2020 HPCC CERTIFICATION RENEWAL

All HPCC certifications are valid for a 4-year period. If you are due to renew your certification, visit advancingexpertcare.org/certification to learn about the renewal requirements and options for your credential.

All HPAR submissions have a due date of 2 months before the date of expiration of the certification for the standard fee. After this date, an additional fee of $100 is charged through the expiration date.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Due to COVID-19, please check the HPCC website for updates regarding testing and certification renewal.

REACTIVATE YOUR CREDENTIAL

The HPCC credential reactivation fee is $150 through December 2020. This is a savings of $25 off of the original reactivation price of $175. Please contact the HPCC national office at 412-787-1057 to discuss this offer.

HPCC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The HPCC Board of Directors welcomes new members in 2020:

  • Susan Lowey, PhD, RN, CHPN, CNE, FPCN
  • Nicole Martin, MBA, BSN, RN, CHPN, CHC
  • April Price, ADN, RN, CHPN, GC-C

HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE NURSES FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF) Board of Directors welcomes new members in 2020:

  • JoAnne Reifsnyder, PhD, MBA, MSN, RN, FAAN
  • Kit Ying Ruathaiwat (Yvonne Chan), MSN, GCNS0BC, NE0BC, CCM
  • Catherine Pyke, MA Ed

MANY SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS, AND AWARDS ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU—APPLY TODAY!

The HPNF is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that provides professional development opportunities to members of the hospice and palliative care team, including scholarships for education, conferences, and specialty certification, along with nursing research grants and leadership awards. The full catalog of scholarships and grants can be found at advancingexpertcare.org/grants-scholarships.

CERTIFICATION RESEARCH GRANT

The HPNF offers a Certification Research Grant of up to $15 000 awarded annually. The purpose of this grant is to conduct research related to certification. To apply, submit a proposal before July 1, 2020. Learn more about advancingexpertcare.org/grants-scholarships.

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HPNF SCHOLARSHIP WINNER TESTIMONIAL

“The HPNF certification scholarship gave me the opportunity to improve my practice and continue working towards becoming a palliative care nurse practitioner. Furthermore, the certification itself has allowed me to provide better care to my patients while also serving as a step towards my ultimate career goals. None of this would have been possible without HPNF's certification scholarship.”—Katelyn Linker

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