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HPNA Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Do you have a special interest within hospice and palliative nursing? HPNA has special interest groups, known as SIGs, for individuals who would like to network with others in their area of interest. Currently, HPNA has 3 SIGs: advanced practice nurse, pediatrics, and geriatrics. HPNA will be starting 2 new SIGs in 2004: research and nursing assistants. SIGs are open to any HPNA member and can be joined by e-mailing the National Office at [email protected]. By joining the SIG, you will be added to the listserve. You will receive and be able to send communications to others within your special interest. There is also a section in the HPNA Forum, under the Members only area of the Web site ( for each SIG.


The facilitators of the SIGs are:


APNConnie Dahlin


PediatricMay Kay Tyler


GeriatricDena Jean Sutermaster


ResearchBarbara Raudonis


Nursing AssistantMarlene Kestner



HPNA 2004 Officers



Constance Dahlin, MSN, RN, APN, APRN BC-PCM




Linda Gorman, RN, MN, CS, OCN, CHPN(R)




Barbara Cliff, MS, RN, CHPN(R)




Bridget Montana, MS, RN, CNS, MBA


HPNA Re-elects Board Members

HPNA would like to congratulate the following individuals on their re-election to the board:


* Pamela Fordham, DSN, RN, NP-C, CRNP of Springville, AL, serving a second 3-year term beginning January 1, 2004


* Nancy E. Harte, MS, RN, CHPN(R) of Brookfield, IL, serving her first 3-year term beginning January 1, 2004 (Nancy had served 1 year on the board to fulfill a vacancy)


* Janet Snapp, MSN, RN, CHPN(R), OCN of Lexington, KY, serving a second 3-year term beginning January 1, 2004



Professional Growth Series

Starting in February 2004, HPNA will launch its newest Web conference series. The professional growth series will cover hospice and palliative nursing nonclinical areas, including article writing, peer review, and understanding a research article.


Nursing Assistant Study Guide Now Available

The Study Guide for the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant is now available for purchase through our publisher, Kendall/Hunt publishing. You can purchase this publication online at or order by calling Kendall/Hunt directly at 800-338-8290.


HPNA Sponsored Preconferences at the 5th Clinical Team Conference on Hospice and Palliative Care in Las Vegas, Nevada

HPNA will be sponsoring 2 half-day and 1 full-day preconferences on March 22, 2004, at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Preconferences are $85/each for half day and $160 for full day. Registration should be made through the National Office by calling 412-787-9301.


Palliative Care for Non-Cancer Diagnoses.

This preconference will be a discussion of the pathophysiology and management of advanced symptoms for noncancer diagnoses; presented by Constance Dahlin, MSN, RN, APRN BC-PCM, APN.


End Stage Renal Disease-Role for Palliative Care and Hospice.

This preconference will address the special needs of patients with advanced renal disease; presented by Linda Gorman, MN, RN, CHPN(R).


NBCHPN(R) Welcomes New Board Members

The NBCHPN(R) has added an LPN and 2 additional RNs to its board. NBCHPN(R) would like to welcome new and returning board members.


* Lars Egede-Nissen of Troy, OH, serving his second 3-year term as the consumer board member


* Sylvia Marcantel, RN, CHPN(R), of Lake Charles, LA, serving her second 3-year term


* Kerstin McSteen, APRN BC-PCM, CNS, RN, of Shoreview, MN, serving her first 3-year term


* Sue Erlewine, MSN, RN, CHPN(R), of Athens, OH, serving her first 3-year term


* Mary Edwards, RN, CHPN(R), of Scottsdale, AZ, serving her first 3-year term


* Storm Deardoff, LPN, of Linden, MI, service her first 3-year term as the LPN board member



NBCHPN(R) Initiates the First CHPNA of the Year Award

NBCHPN(R) will be awarding the first CHPNA of the Year at the 5th Clinical Team Conference on Hospice and Palliative Care: Fostering Excellence: Individual and Team Leadership and Growth in Las Vegas, NV, March 23-24, 2004.


If you know of an outstanding CHPNA, please visit the website ( to download the nomination form or request one through the National Office at 412-787-1057. Nominations must be received by January 30, 2004.


Generalist Clinical Review Train-the-Trainer.

This full-day course is for RNs wishing to become HPNA-approved educators. Participants will receive facilitation skills for educating HPNA-created modules, a copy of the Core Curriculum for the Generalist Hospice and Palliative Nurse, Study Guide for the Generalist Hospice and Palliative Nurse, and a CD-ROM. The course is presented by Dena Jean Sutermaster, MSN, RN.


2004 HPNA Membership Campaigns

2004 Team Work Membership Campaign

Definition: Five members of a work team join HPNA, a certificate for a 1-year membership (for the lowest level purchased by the group) will be free!


Who can participate?


RNs, LP/VNs, nursing assistants, social workers, clergy, volunteers, physicians, and other interdisciplinary team members


Work groups at hospitals/long-term care facilities/hospices/etc.


Effective period: January 1, 2004, through December 31, 2004


The Collection: The 2003 HPNA Nursing Assistant Teleconferences

This set includes the 11 Nursing Assistant CD-ROMs of the 2003 programs and the 4 lead articles from the 2003 HPNA Nursing Assistant Newsletters tucked into a leatherette case. Priced at $250 each.


HPNA Call for Nominations

HPNA Board of Directors

Call for Nominations

HPNA is looking for energetic experienced hospice and palliative nurses to serve on the board of directors. The association proudly serves as the voice for more than 6,000 nurses providing quality end-of-life care.


Board terms are for 3 years. Director obligations include attendance at a minimum of 4 board meetings a year and active work on 2 committees. Expenses related to board and committee participation are reimbursed. No other remuneration is offered.


If you are a voting member of HPNA and want to be considered for the Board of Directors, submit the following information postmarked no later than March 1, 2004, to Chair, Nominating Committee, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Penn Center West One, Suite 229, Pittsburgh, PA 15276.


1. A 1-page letter stating your willingness to serve. Include in the letter (in 250 words or less) your goals for the association and the experiences you have that will make you an asset to the board. If you are put on the ballot, the 250-word paragraph will be viewed by HPNA membership for voting purposes.


2. A resume with current address and telephone number.


3. Two letters of recommendation. References may be contacted by the nominating committee.




HPNA sponsors 4 web-teleconferences per month: APN, clinical nursing, professional growth, and nursing assistant. APN Web conferences are on the first Wednesday of the month from noon to 1 pm ET, and cover topics that aid both nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists in their practice. These Web conferences include advanced pharmacology when possible.


The clinical nursing Web conferences are on the second Wednesday of the month from noon to 1 pm ET. They include topics designed to help the bedside registered nurse and licensed practical/vocational nurse.


HPNA's newest Web conference is the professional growth series. These Web conferences will be on the third Wednesday each month from noon to 1 pm ET and are for any nurse, especially those interested in nonclinical nursing issues.


On the fourth Wednesday of the month from 3 to 3:30 pm ET, HPNA hosts the nursing assistant teleconference for nursing assistants working in hospice and palliative care.


To register for a Web/teleconference, please call the HPNA National Office at 412-787-9301. Registration is accepted through the Friday before the conference to ensure that materials are received on time. The nursing assistant teleconference is limited to 30 sites, while the other Web conferences are limited to 20 sites. The registration fees for the Web/teleconferences are increasing in 2004 as follows:TABLE

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1.2 CEs are available for the APN, clinical nursing, and many of the professional growth Web conferences. HPNA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider No. CEP 7976. CE fees for participants other than registrants are an additional expense for the APN, RN, and LP/VN levels.


After the Web/teleconferences air for the APN and clinical nurse, the transcript and posttest information is available on the Web site ( The transcript, posttest (along with the audio), and PowerPoint(R) are available on a CD-ROM for $30. The audio from the CD will play on a car CD player. The professional growth series and the nursing assistant teleconferences are also available on CD-ROM.


The 2003 Nursing Assistant teleconferences (11 teleconference CDs and 1 CD containing the 4 lead articles from the Nursing Assistant Newsletter) are available in a collection for $250.



NBCHPN(R) would like to congratulate all the APNs, RNs, and nursing assistants who sat for and passed the examinations in 2003. The numbers of passing candidates are as follows:TABLE

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Hospice and Palliative Alternative Recertification (HPAR Update)

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Alternative Recertification Dates

March 1, 2004 HPAR Application due to National Office (Applications are accepted postmarked after January 1, 2004 but MUST be received in the National Office no later than March 1, 2004)


March 15, 2004 Receipt notification forwarded to candidates


May 1, 2004 Notice of Approval/Audit/Disapproval


June 1, 2004 Audit returns due to National Office


July 1, 2004 Audit outcome notification


July 15, 2004 Written examination letter of intent due to National Office


August 1, 2004 Written examination application deadline


NBCHPN(R) Written Examination Information for RNs and NAs (and LPNs beginning in September 2004

2004 Examination Dates

Examination Date


March 20, 2004


September 18, 2004




February 1, 2004


August 1, 2004


RN Examination Registration Fees


Initial certification


HPNA Member: $245


Nonmember: $345


Renewal of certification


HPNA member: $210


Nonmember: $310


NA Examination Registration Fees


HPNA member: $95


Nonmember: $145


LPN Examination Registration Fees


HPNA member: To be announced


Nonmember: To be announced


Adherence to deadline dates will be strictly enforced by our testing company, Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc., per our request.


A candidate handbook and application can be obtained by downloading it from our Web site at or contact the testing company:


Applied Measurement Professionals


8310 Nieman Road


Lenexa, KS 66214