1. Gorman, Linda M. RN, MN, FPCN

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The following Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) awards were presented during the 2015 American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)/HPNA Annual Assembly in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


HPNA Vanguard Award (Formerly the HPNA Leading the Way Award)

This award is intended to recognize a nursing leader who has uniquely led the way in palliative nursing and specifically related to HPNA. For her pioneering spirit and long-term, continuous leadership in the field of palliative nursing, the 2015 recipient of the HPNA Vanguard Award is Brenda Clarkson, RN.


Ms Clarkson is the executive director of the Virginia Association for Hospice & Palliative Care. In the course of her stellar career, she has made numerous professional contributions, which include serving as a founding board member of the Hospice Nurses Association (now the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association) and as the second president of the association and being a founding board member and the first president of the National Board for Certification of Hospice Nurses (now the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center [HPCC]). Ms Clarkson has served in numerous clinical and administrative positions, which include hospice nurse, clinical manager, and administrator. She founded the first hospital-based inpatient hospice unit in Virginia. In addition, she has developed, marketed, and implemented a comprehensive range of consultative services for hospice and home health agencies. Ms Clarkson has developed and implemented numerous innovative programs and services that have improved the delivery of hospice and palliative care services to patients and their families. Some of these initiatives include a virtual quality improvement department with hospice clients, an orientation program for hospice nurses, and a system-wide project to integrate palliative care into a Catholic health system.


Ms Clarkson has presented at state and national conferences on topics ranging from compassion fatigue, improving nurse retention through mind/body technologies, communication skills, documentation for compliance, developmental stages of hospice team members, and regulatory compliance and clinical excellence. She recently coauthored a book, The Heart of Hospice: Core Competencies for Reclaiming the Mystery, with the intent of preventing the heart of hospice from being lost in the midst of challenges currently facing hospice programs.


HPNA Distinguished Career Achievement Award

This is an honorary award given by the HPNA Board of Directors to an individual who has made a major contribution in the area of research and development, career, and/or education in palliative nursing. For the significant impact her educational and research efforts have had on the lives of patients and their families, as well as advancements in the specialty of palliative nursing, the 2015 recipient of the HPNA Distinguished Career Achievement Award is Marcia Grant, DNSc, RN, FAAN.


Dr Grant is a distinguished professor at City of Hope and served as the director of nursing research and education until 2013. She has dedicated her career and research to enhancing symptom management and quality of life for patients and has had continuous funding from National Institutes of Health for more than 25 years. Her projects have included pain management in elderly cancer patients, pain management at home, and pain education for nurse educators and hospital and ambulatory care nurses.


Dr Grant has focused her research on symptom management for colorectal cancer and hematopoietic cell transplant patients. She has more than 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Nursing, Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, Oncology Nursing Forum, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Quality of Life Research, Seminars in Oncology Nursing, Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, and Supportive Care in Cancer.


Dr Grant has received several national awards, including an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Distinguished Researcher Award, ONS Excellence in Oncology Nursing Education Award, ONS Distinguished Award for Lifetime Achievement, and induction in the City of Hope Scientific Research Portrait Gallery Award.


HPNA Distinguished Nursing Practice Award

Kate Ford Roberts, MA, BSN, RN, CHPN, is a clinical nurse specialist in palliative care at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics. She has dedicated her professional life to caring for seriously ill individuals and their families near the end of life. She is the inaugural recipient of this honorary award given by the HPNA Board of Directors to an individual who has made a major contribution in the area of palliative nursing clinical practice.


In 1978, as a new graduate nurse, she became 1 of the founding members of HospiceCare, Inc, now Agrace HospiceCare, in Madison, Wisconsin. In those early years, she worked full-time nights and volunteered her time at the hospice during the day. In 1986, she became involved in the Wisconsin Cancer Pain Initiative, and in 1994, she became an educator for the Cancer Pain Role Model Program. In 1991, she started the Center for Life and Loss Integration, a grief counseling center, and cofounded Pathways Through Grief, an aftercare/bereavement program for Gunderson Funeral Homes in Madison, Wisconsin.


In 1999, Ms Roberts was involved in the initial development of the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics Palliative Care Program, where she remains an integral member of the Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Team. Her colleagues describe her as the "heart of the palliative care team." In 2011, Ms Roberts received Agrace HospiceCare's Excellence in End-of-Life Care Award.


HPNA Presidential Citation

The Honorable Emanuel Cleaver, II, US House of Representatives, Missouri, is a United Methodist pastor and a member of the US House of Representatives. Representative Cleaver currently represents Missouri's 5th congressional district, where he has served since 2005. In January 2010, Representative Cleaver became chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. He has received 5 honorary doctoral degrees augmented by a bachelor's degree from Prairie View A & M and a master's degree from St. Paul's School of Theology of Kansas City.


Cleaver has been a strong advocate for patients and their caretakers. In the 113th Congress, he introduced H. 1666, Patient Centered Quality Care for Life Act. This legislation seeks to create a patient-centered quality initiative for seriously ill individuals by establishing a national stakeholder strategic summit that includes an interdisciplinary advisory committee. It also forms a quality-of-life education and awareness initiative through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides funding for a health care workforce training program, and institutes a palliative care-focused research plan to lower cost and improve quality of care for patients with chronic conditions.


Representative Cleaver, a native of Texas, is married to the former Dianne Donaldson. They have made Kansas City home for themselves and their 4 children.


HPNA Distinguished Researcher Award

Keela Herr, PhD, RN, is professor, associate dean for faculty, and codirector of the Iowa John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at the University of Iowa. Dr Herr is the 2015 recipient of the HPNA Distinguished Researcher Award. The HPNA Board of Directors bestows this award to an individual who has made a major contribution in the area of palliative nursing research.


For more than 25 years, Dr Herr has been engaged in a program of research, scholarly, and professional activities focused on the problem of pain in older adults, with emphasis in assessment strategies, improving practices through translational research, and improving quality at end of life. Her research has supported advances in pain assessment and strategies for improving pain management across care settings. She has been the recipient of research funding from National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), National Cancer Institute, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The Mayday Funds. She has most recently served as the cochairperson of the Clinical User Panel of the AAHPM and HPNA "Measuring What Matters" quality initiative.


Dr Herr has served on the board of directors for the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), American Pain Society, and American Society for Pain Management Nursing and as expert panel member on guideline development for pain in older adults by AGS. Dr Herr is inducted as a Fellow in AGS and the American Academy of Nursing.


HPNA New Investigator Award

Lisa Lindley, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee College of Nursing. Dr Lindley's education includes a bachelor of science in nursing from St. Catherine's University, a master's in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a doctorate in nursing from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She is the 2015 recipient of the HPNA New Investigator Award.


As a health services and policy researcher, Dr Lindley's research focuses on access, cost, and quality of pediatric hospice care. She was recently awarded a Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) from NINR for the study "An Examination of Hospice Use Among Children." In addition, she received federal funding during her doctoral program from NINR (T32) and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (R36).


Dr Lindley has authored and coauthored more than 20 pediatric hospice care studies published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management and American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is a reviewer for the Journal of International and Interdisciplinary Business Research, Nursing Economic$, and Health Care Management Review. Dr Lindley serves on several national and local hospice and palliative care committees that advance nursing research and practice.



The HPNA is currently looking for active members to volunteer as blog writers for its new online platform. Blog articles are rather informal, typically 250 to 500 words in length, and cover a variety of interesting topics at the writer's discretion. It is great way to express your opinion on a topic and communicate directly with other HPNA members.


Be HPNA's next blog author by contacting Chad Reilly, Director of Membership, in the National Office at mailto:[email protected].



In support of HPNA's Mission of "Advancing Expert Care in Serious Illness," the HPNA Board has initiated the Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing (FPCN), intended for our members who are nursing leaders in education, leadership, advanced practice, and research. This would include organization or agency executives, chancellors and deans, hospital chief executives and vice presidents of nursing, nurse consultants, and researchers and entrepreneurs. Designation as an FPCN recognizes the individual's accomplishments within the nursing profession; however, FPCNs also have a responsibility to continue to engage with other health care leaders in enhancing and promoting the specialty of palliative nursing. Once approved by HPNA as an FPCN, the applicant is awarded the credential Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing or FPCN.


More information about the HPNA Fellows program can be found at



The HPNA hopes you have been enjoying the recent enhancements to the HPNA Member Portal, Special Interest Group (SIG) Communities, and Public Forums. Just a couple of items to keep in mind as you explore the new tools in the updated Web site:


* If you would like to share documents with SIG community members, simply attach them to your LISTserv e-mail messages. This will automatically make the document available for download within the SIG Community Page in the Member Portal.


* All discussions and comments created via the Community LISTservs are immediately available on the SIG Community Forums. This is a great way to stay up-to-date on related conversation threads without searching through long e-mail chains.


* You now have more control regarding the frequency and content of the LISTserv e-mails you receive. Within the new HPNA Member Portal, you can now decide upon personal delivery preferences (Immediate Email, Digest Modes, etc), as well e-mail content preferences (full HTML, attachments, links, etc). You can even subscribe to a particular thread topic or subject within the community forums.


* Do not forget to explore the entire HPNA Member Portal, which features expanded clinical file libraries, trending blog articles, interactive surveys, and discussion forums.



To get started, log in at HPNA Member Login ( using your membership number or e-mail and password. See you on the new HPNA Member Portal soon!



The Hospice and Palliative Credentaling Center (HPCC) held its Annual Certification Recognition Event on Thursday, February 26, 2015, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly.


The celebration event included a presentation by Pamela Hinds, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of nursing research at Children's National Medical Center. Her presentation was entitled "The Institute of Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Certification and the Health of a Nation." The following 2015 HPCC Certificant of the Year Award recipients and the 2015 Employer of the Year Award recipient were recognized:


Gwen Dodson, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, is the 2015 recipient of the Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse Award (ACHPN).


Candace Baker, RN, BSN, CHPN, is the 2015 recipient of the Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse Award (CHPN).


Kimberly Simmons, LPN, CHPLN, is the 2015 recipient of the Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse Award (CHPLN).


Melanie Cama, RN, BSN, CHPCA, is the 2015 recipient of the Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator Award (CHPCA).


Jennifer Jonely, RN, RNC-OB, CPLC, MSN, is the 2015 recipient of the Certified in Perinatal Loss Care Award (CPLC).


Hospice Family Care, Huntsville, Alabama, is the recipient of the HPCC 2015 Employer of the Year Award.




The HPCC offers Certificant of the Year Awards for certified individuals at 5 levels of nursing and for the administrator and perinatal loss care professional: ACHPN, CHPN, CHPPN, CHPLN, Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant (CHPNA), CHPCA, and CPLC.


Award recipients receive their award at the Certification Recognition Event during the AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly.


Nominate a deserving individual for 1 of these prestigious HPCC awards! Contact the National Office via email mailto:[email protected] or visit our Web site at for a nomination application. All nominations are due to the National Office by July 1, 2015.



The HPCC is looking for qualified individuals holding both HPCC certification and HPNA membership for nomination, including self-nomination, for application to 1 of the 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. Completed application packets are due to the National Office by July 1, 2015.


If interested please, contact the National Office at 412-787-1057, via fax at 412-787-9305, or via e-mail at mailto:[email protected] for an application packet. Applications are also available on our Web site,




Working in hospice and palliative care includes being present as our patients consider what legacy they want to leave. We have all been there as our patients share their hopes for what they want to leave behind after they are gone. So often, this centers on continuing a legacy of what was important to them in life. Just as we help our patients in this area, so we should be thinking about our own personal legacy. This includes what is important to us, how we want our assets handled after we are gone, and what contributions we want to make upon our death.


Did you know that fewer than 50% of Americans have a will or estate plan? Did you know that, without a will, our estate leaves our control and ends up being decided by a court? Some people think of estate planning as only for the wealthy. In reality, everyone needs a will or trust to distribute assets according to their wishes. In palliative nursing, we often say that we live in a death-denying society. However, how many hospice and palliative care staff have neglected to establish their own estate plans?


Once you take the leap to set up a will or other form of estate plan, the question is how do you want your assets handled? In addition to bequests to loved ones, leaving a bequest to HPNF is a way to recognize and support the ongoing support of programs and services to support the specialty of palliative nursing, which includes hospice and palliative nurses and members of the team. As a past board member and president, I know HPNF is a strong steward of our donated funds, and I am confident this will continue. Through its program of scholarships, grants, and awards, HPNF supports the members of HPNA and certificants of HPCC.


Palliative nursing is a field that means so much to me. I want to see it continue to grow and flourish, so I have included HPNF in my estate plans. I am a member of the HPNF Legacy Society! This is important to me as a way of honoring the profession I have loved. I hope that you will consider doing the same!


To join the HPNF Legacy Society or for further information including a brochure, please contact HPNF at 412-787-9301 or mailto:[email protected]. Remember, bequests of all amounts are deeply appreciated. Let us take a lesson from our patients. Consider what you want to leave behind upon your death.


With Gratitude,


Linda M. Gorman, RN, MN, FPCN


Member, HPNF Planned Giving Committee


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