1. Gorman, Linda MN, RN, CHPN, HPNA Board of Directors

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2003 is the year of the Local Chapter (formerly called Regional Groups) for HPNA. This January, the Board of Directors launched its new and improved model for local support.


Regional Groups have been a part of HPNA since 1996, but because of concerns regarding confusing rules and lack of growth, the Board decided to address this as a major project in 2002. A task force comprising Board members and Regional Group leaders worked to evaluate the state of Regional Groups and created a new chapter model. Using the successful ONS (Oncology Nursing Society) chapter program as a guide, a new HPNA model was created. Here are some of the changes/improvements:


* HPNA chapters are integrated into national HPNA and operate under HPNA bylaws


* Local chapters represent HPNA in their communities


* National membership in HPNA is required to become a member of a local chapter


* Chapters will hold elections for their executive board


* Chapters need to hold a minimum of 4 meetings a year


* HPNA continuing education process is available to chapters for education offerings



To assist local chapters in implementing this new model, HPNA has appointed 7 District Leaders. These leaders are experienced Regional Groups members who will provide support and direction to the local chapters. The 7 District Leader volunteers are: Judy Goldthorp (Chair), Patti Collett (Chair-Elect), Kathy Hoke, Molly Poleto, Sandy Muchka, Monica White, and Corrine Anderson.



To launch the new program, HPNA invited the local chapter Presidents (or their designees), as well as provisional chapter leaders and District Leaders, to the first HPNA Leadership Weekend in Pittsburgh. The weekend was planned to coincide with the Board of Directors meeting. The training provided an opportunity to educate everyone on the new chapter model and provide needed information on topics such as writing newsletters, creative program planning, and growing membership. It also gave the chapter leaders the support and resources they need to develop and grow their chapters. Leadership training will occur every year, so future officers will have the opportunity to obtain this important information. The next training session is scheduled for July 2004.



Local chapters provide an opportunity to meet other end-of-life care professionals in your community for support, networking, and sharing ideas. Local education offerings are also a great way to obtain Continuing Education and hear speakers in your area. Chapters also provide a way to develop your own leadership skills.



Your HPNA board is committed to the growth, nurturing, and development of chapters across the country. Currently, we have 11 chartered groups and 3 more with provisional status. The future for HPNA chapters is bright. The Board envisions that we will have chapters in every state and most major cities by 2012.


If you are interested in finding out if there is a chapter in your area or if you would like information on starting one, please contact Deena Butcher at the National Office.