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HPNA Bylaw Revisions

At the January 21, 2005, HPNA Annual Membership Meeting held in New Orleans, LA, the HPNA Board of Directors proposed the following bylaw revisions to members:


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Section 1. Appointment, Terms, and Duties. Unless specified otherwise in these bylaws, all standing and special committees and their chairpersons shall be appointed by the Board. The composition, terms, powers, and duties of all committees shall be determined by the Board. The President or designee shall be an ex-officio member of all Board standing committees.


Section 2. Committees-Board Committees and Standing Association Committees as determined by the Board will function on a year-round basis.


Section 3. Special Committees TaskForces. Task forces shall be appointed by the Board President or a Standing Committee Chairperson for specific purposes and shall be disbanded when the assigned tasks have been accomplished.


Section 4. Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall consist of President, President-elect, Secretary-Treasurer, Chairpersons.the Education/Research Committee and the Professional Relations Committee. Board Committees (with the exception of the Nominating Committee Chair), and the Chief Executive Officer of HPNA. The Past-President may participate in Executive Committee meetings as a nonvoting member, of the Executive Committee upon the request of the President. The duty of the Executive Committee shall be to conduct any necessary business between regular meetings of the Board. Minutes of all Executive Committee meetings will be presented at the next meeting of the Board. A quorum of the Executive Committee shall be four (4) three (3) members.


Section 4. Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall consist of five (5) Voting members. The Nominating Committee shall solicit members to be candidates for the office of the director, prepare a ballot, present this ballot to the voting members, oversee the election and the reporting of its outcome, and such other duties as determined by the Board. The Nominating Committee Chairperson is the Past-President and is responsible for securing membership on the committee.



The rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised state that the American Bar Association (ABA) Modern Rules of Order shall govern HPNA except in cases specified by these bylaws or standing rules or special rules of order adopted by the membership.



Section 1. Proposal. Proposed amendments to these bylaws may be presented by the Board or by written petition signed by ten (10) voting members in accord with procedures adopted by the Board. Members will be notified of proposed bylaws changes at least thirty (30) days prior to the vote.


Section 2. Voting. Proposed amendments to the bylaws are voted on by the membership.


Section 3. Effective Date. Amendments which have been approved by a majority of the members voting shall become effective immediately unless otherwise specified in the amendment.


Section 4. Review. These bylaws shall be reviewed and amended if necessary at least every two years prior to the annual meeting.


Alliance Awards



HPNA Focus Group Calls

Beginning in 2005, HPNA will offer monthly Focus Group calls to our members. These calls will replace the previous Professional Growth conference calls. For more information please contact Diana Wagenhoffer in the National Office at [email protected] or 412-787-9301.


New Chartered Chapter Announcements

Congratulations to the Executive Boards and membership for our four new chartered chapters, awarded their Certificate of Charter at the HPNA Annual Membership Meeting!!


They are


* HPNA Chapter of Central Florida: Pat Kennedy, President


* HPNA Chapter of Dallas: Valerie Gilbreath, President


* HPNA Chapter of Greater Niagara-Ontario: Sue Engel, President


* HPNA Chapter of Greater Houston: Kelli Gershon, President



Contact information for all 16 chartered chapters and details about forming a local group in your area can be found on our Web site,, under the "membership tab."


4th Annual Recognition Event

NBCHPN held a luncheon to recognize certified hospice and palliative nurses during the annual AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly on Saturday, January 22, 2005, in New Orleans.


The National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurse's Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse of the Year Award recognizes a member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) who has achieved certification as a hospice/palliative nurse, personifies excellence in the professional practice and provides leadership through mentorship of others in end-of-life care.


This year the award was presented to Cathy Brown, RN, CHPN(R).


A graduate of St. Mary's School of Nursing in Montreal, Quebec, Cathy Brown has 40 years of experience in clinical nursing and nursing administration in Canada and the United States.


With Hospice of the Valley for the last 12 years, her responsibilities include the continuing education of clinical staff. She is coauthor of the "End of Life Care" chapter in the 2004, 6th edition, Lewis, Heitkemper and Dirksen Medical-Surgical Nursing Management textbook. In December 2001 Cathy was a member of a team who went to New York City Ground Zero to do grief counseling.


2004 Awards Presented

HPNA presented their annual awards at the AAHPM and HPNA Annual Assembly in January 2005 at the Hilton Riverside New Orleans as follows:


The HPNA "Leading the Way" Award recognizes a nursing leader who has "led the way" in hospice and palliative nursing. The HPNA Board of Directors chose Madalon O'Rawe Amenta, PhD, RN, to be honored in 2005 for a multitude of contributions as a nursing leader in end-of-life care.


Nurse Madalon Amenta was inspired to join the hospice movement in the 1970s after reading Elisabeth Kubler Ross' On Death and Dying. She served on the hospice planning committee at Pittsburgh Hospital and eventually became Director of Education and Research at Forbes Hospice. Later, she founded the Pennsylvania Hospice Network and served two terms as its first president. In 1986 Madalon became a founding member of the Hospice Nurses Association, now the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. Madalon twice served as vice president and became the first Executive Director of HPNA in 1993, serving until 1997. Her illustrious career includes hospice career-related research and turns as author, editor, academic educator, and mentor. She has received numerous honors in recognition of her caring work. Madalon Amenta is the recipient of the 2005 HPNA's "Leading the Way" Award.


The HPNA Distinguished Career Achievement Award is an honorary award given to someone who has made a major contribution in the area of research and development, career, and/or education in hospice and palliative nursing. Nessa Coyle, PhD, NP, APRN, BC-PCM, FAAN, was honored as the second recipient of this award.


Born in London, England, Nessa moved to New York City in the late 1960s and began her work at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Her interest in neurological nursing exposed her to cancer patients in pain and the effects of poorly controlled pain on the patient, family, and staff. After taking a 1-year leave of absence to complete a Master of Science/nurse practitioner program at Columbia University, she returned to Sloan-Kettering, and with Dr Kathleen Foley, chief of the Pain and Palliative Care Service, developed the Supportive Care Program. Nessa has been Director of the Program since its inception in 1981.


Nessa is well published in pain and palliative care, has coedited the Textbook of Palliative Nursing with Dr Betty Ferrell, is a member of several editorial boards, and is an active board member of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice Program. She has lectured extensively on pain and palliative care as well as ethical issues for nurses, and was a consultant for the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, Committee on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia.


A recipient of many awards, Nessa was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 1997, and completed her PhD in nursing at New York University in 2002.


The HPNA Award for Innovation in End-of-Life Nursing Care recognizes the work of an HPNA member in developing an innovation that has resulted in positive changes in end-of-life care. The 2005 Award was presented to Monica White, MSN, RN, OCN, CHPN(R).


The HPNA Nurse Competence in Aging Award recognizes the work of an HPNA Geriatric Special Interest Group member who demonstrates a sustained commitment to the provision of nursing care for the elderly who are experiencing life-limiting progressive illnesses. This award is supported by the Nurse Competence in Aging program and the recipient is known as an American Nurses Association-Specialty Nursing Association Partner in Geriatrics (ANA-SNAPG). The 2005 Award was presented to Linda Rahilly, MS, RNC, CHPN(R).


The HPNA Marion Ryan Artistry in End-of-Life Nursing Care Award has been established to express appreciation to Marion Ryan for her creativity and artistic talents, which she so graciously shared with HPNA. Ms Ryan designed and made numerous HPNA quilts, which are cherished by members of the HPNA Board of Directors. In her honor, we have created this award to recognize the gift of artistry that others have made to end-of-life care. The first recipient of this award is Kate Parker, RN.


Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation Announces the First Three Florence Wald Fellows

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation established the Florence Wald Fellows Program in 2004. This program has been established in honor of Florence S. Wald, MN, MS, FAAN, and offers Foundation donors a special opportunity to demonstrate their strong commitment to quality end-of-life care. Florence Wald Fellows pledge to contribute a total of $10,000 to the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation over the course of 5 years, ensuring the availability of funds for education and research among nurses and healthcare professionals while honoring HPNA's "mother of hospice and palliative care." Below are the pictures of the first three Florence Wald Fellows from left to right: Betty Ferrell, PHD, RN, FAAN, Judy Lentz, MN, RN, NHA, and Jeanne Martinez, MPH, RN, CHPN(R).

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