advance care planning, coordination of care, pain management, patient-centered care, primary palliative nursing, specialty palliative nursing, symptom management, transitions of care



  1. Welsh, Sally MSN, RN, NEA-BC
  2. Matzo, Marianne PhD, APRN-CNP, AOCNP, FPCN, FAAN
  3. Hultman, Todd PhD, ACNP, ACHPN
  4. Reifsnyder, JoAnne PhD, MBA, MSN, FAAN


The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, in conjunction with the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation, organized a Palliative Nursing Summit in Washington, DC, on May 12, 2017. The goal of the summit was to convene leaders from various nursing specialty organizations to develop a collaborative nursing agenda for primary palliative nursing. The work of the summit focused on 3 aspects of palliative nursing: communication/advance care planning, coordination/transitions of care, and pain and symptom management. The meeting objectives were to identify the current state of primary palliative nursing and to identify the greatest opportunities to advance primary palliative nursing within the 3 focus areas. Twenty-six nursing specialty organizations participated in the summit. This article describes the basis for the summit, the data and resources that informed the meeting's participants, the outcomes in each of the 3 categories, and next steps.