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HPNA-Sponsored Events at the 2nd Annual Assembly of AAHPM/HPNA

The second Annual Assembly will be held January 20-22, 2005, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, LA.


HPNA-Sponsored events include:


HPNA Chapters Meeting-Thursday, January 20, 2005-7:00-7:45 am


HPNA Annual Membership Meeting-Friday, January 21, 2005-noon-1:30 pm


HPNA SIGs Meeting-Friday, January 21, 2005-7:00-7:45AM


Awards Ceremony-Saturday, January 22, 2005-4:00-4:30 pm



HPNA will sponsor several Pre-conferences on Wednesday, January 19, 2005. See the Preconferences Box on page 199 for details.


Election Results for 2005

The Board of Directors of HPNA is pleased to announce the results of recent elections. Elected to their first three-year terms are Maureen Lynch, MS, APRN, BC-PCM, AOCN; Beth Werner, BA, RN, CHPN(R); Susan Rogers, MS, BSN, CHPN(R); and Christina Torkildson, PHN, RN, MSN, with Bridget Montana, MSN, APRN, MBA (incumbent) beginning her second three-year term. All terms begin January 1, 2005.



During the annual HPNA Chapter Leadership Weekend, The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation awarded education grants in the amount of $500 to each of four HPNA Chapters-the Fort Worth, Northcoast Ohio, West Central Florida, and Florida West Shores Chapters. The Foundation also awarded four scholarships of $500 each to individual Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association members. Recipients of the scholarships are Shiela Derrevere, RN, and Cheryl Harrington, RN, CHPN, both Bachelor of Science-degree candidates; Jeffrey R. Eitel, BSN, RN, a Master of Science-degree candidate; and Carrie Motyka, RN, a PhD candidate.


Through the generosity of its donors, the Foundation will continue to offer up to six chapter education grants per year, typically in the range of $500 to chartered and eligible HPNA chapters and four individual scholarships of $500 each to qualifying members during the next four years. Scholarship candidates must be enrolled in a school of nursing or doctoral program and must have completed one semester of coursework. For 2005 criteria, guidelines, and applications, visit


Leadership Weekend

The second annual Leadership Weekend was held July 23-25, 2004, in Pittsburgh, PA, for chartered chapter leadership, District Leaders, and provisional groups close to applying for charter status. Twenty-eight attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the requirements of our integrated chapter requirements, network, and problem solve with others in local leadership roles, as well as time to interact with the HPNA Board of Directors and the HPNA National Office Staff. Thanks to our District Leaders for planning a well-received learning-filled weekend of activities. For more information about our local groups visit the HPNA Web site at or contact Deena Butcher at the National Office.


HPNA-Sponsored Preconference Events

Join us for the AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly, January 19-23, 2005, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, LA, 800-445-8667


Generalist Clinical Review-Train-the-Trainer, Wednesday, January 19, 8 am-5 pm.


Presenter: Dena Jean Sutermaster, MSN, RN, CHPN. Fee $150.


A one-day workshop for experienced hospice and palliative RNs who wish to become HPNA-Approved Educators. Participants must be members of HPNA. Applications can be downloaded at or by calling the National Office at 412-787-9301.


Prison Hospice: Experience Angola, Wednesday, January 19, 8 am-5 pm. Fee $175.


Have you ever wanted to visit Angola, Louisiana's maximum-security prison? Participants will view a video describing the award winning model of prison hospice while driving to Angola, learn about the hospice program from prison officials, meet with the volunteer inmates who provide direct hospice care to dying inmates, tour the 18,000-acre facility, and have lunch with Warden Cathy Fontenot. A facilitated discussion led by Barbara Head, MSW, RN, CHPN, will occur on the ride back to New Orleans. Bus space is limited. Reservations must be received by December 10, 2004.


Charting the Course for Enhanced End-of-Life Dementia Care,


Wednesday, January 19, 8 am-Noon.


Presenters: Judy Bartel, MSN, APRN, BC-PCM; Bridget Montana, MSN, APRN, MBA; and Charles Wellman, MD. Fee $75.


This seminar emphasizes the application of current theory and research to create a hospice and palliative care patient/family dementia care path.


Hospice and Palliative Care in Alternative Settings, Wednesday, January 19, 1 pm-5 pm.


Presenters: Juliana Cartwright, RN, PhD; Judy Bartel, MSN, APRN, BC-PCM; and Katy Patton, BS, RN. Fee $75.


This half-day preconference will provide an overview of three settings where hospice and palliative care services are increasingly delivered: assisted-living facilities, residential care homes, and skilled nursing units.


Pharmacotherapeutic Management of Pain and Symptoms at End of Life, Wednesday, January 19, 1 pm-5 pm.


Presenters: Mary Lynn McPherson, Pharm.D, BCPS, and Debra S. Wertheimer, MD. Fee $75.


Participants in this fast-paced half-day workshop will enhance their assessment skills and use case-based models to select, titrate, and monitor drug therapy for pain and other symptoms. Practice with opioid conversions included.


To register for these preconference events, call the HPNA National Office at 412-787-9301.