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April 2019 - Volume 21 - Issue 2

  • Betty Rolling Ferrell, PhD, CHPN, FAAN, FPCN
  • 1522-2179
  • 1539-0705
  • 6 issues / year
  • 110/118
  • 0.500

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The National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine has accepted JHPN for citation in MEDLINE. This is a great achievement for the journal and recognizes the importance of our profession of palliative nursing and the quality of our journal. JHPN is indexed in MEDLINE which will greatly enhance the dissemination of papers published in our journal.

Our recognition by the National Library of Medicine has been a goal for the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) for many years. We are grateful for the authors of the journal who have made this distinction possible and we appreciate your future support of JHPN. 


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Writing Mentorship Program

Ever wanted to publish your work but not sure where to start? JHPN offers a Writing Mentorship Program in which an experienced author mentors a new author through the writing process. If you are serious and interested in serving as a mentor or in being mentored as ​a new author, please contact us at bferrell@coh.org.​

Ethics Series

This series was initiated in 2014 to support our membership with the ethical aspects of palliative care.  Nessa Coyle, PhD is chairperson of the new HPNA Ethics SIG and she is coordinating this series for the journal. We encourage authors who are interested in this series to contact our office. Manuscripts should be no more than 20 pages in length including all references, tables and figures. Papers will follow the format of the journal described in the Instructions for Authors which appears in each issue of the journal and on the JHPN website.

Promoting Excellence in Symptom Management

This series is intended to promote evidence based practice in symptom management. These articles are shorter than standard original manuscripts and are case based. The articles should include presentation of a case study illustrating a symptom management challenge, recommended assessment of that symptom and suggested symptom management based on available evidence. The paper should summarize key implications for palliative nursing. Papers may address physical or psychological symptoms and authors are encouraged to address a broad range of symptoms common in palliative care. Manuscripts should be 10-12 pages in length with approximately 15-20 references. Tables and figures (included in the 12 page limit) summarizing key elements of symptom assessment and management are encouraged. Papers submitted for the symptom management series will go through the standard peer review process of the journal and will follow the Instructions for Authors which appears on our website.

For any questions regarding submission of manuscripts or to be included in these series please contact Betty Ferrell, Editor in Chief (bferrell@coh.org).

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Development and Validity of the Nursing Care Scale and Nurse’s Difficulty Scale in Caring for Dying Patients With Cancer and Their Families in General Hospitals in Japan

Kanno, Yusuke; Sato, Kazuki; Shimizu, Megumi; More

Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing. 21(2):174-182, April 2019.


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