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Bylaw changes have been proposed to the membership at the annual HPNA Membership Meeting on January 21, 2005. Voting on these changes will occur in conjunction with the election of the slate of candidates for the 2006 HPNA Board of Directors. Cast your vote to have your voice heard. Your vote is important!!!!


Save the Date!!!!

The 2006 AAHPM and HPNA Annual Assembly will be held February 8-11, 2006 in Nashville, TN. Please visit our Web site ( for details.


2005 Annual Assembly Update

This year's Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association was held January 19-23, 2005, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.


With over 1500 in attendance, the event continues to grow in popularity. This year's attendance was evenly proportioned with 40% physicians, 40% nurses, and 20% other members of the interdisciplinary team.


HPNA sponsored or cosponsored five preconferences, including the Generalist Clinical Review Train-the-Trainer, a 1-day workshop for experienced hospice and palliative nurses who wish to become HPNA-Approved Educators; Charting the Course for Enhanced End-of-Life Dementia Care, a seminar emphasizing the application of current theory and research to create a patient/family carepath; Hospice and Palliative Care in Alternative Settings, an overview on delivering care to assisted living facilities, residential care homes, and skilled nursing units; Pharmacotherapeutic Management of Pain and Symptoms at the End of Life, a workshop to enhance assessment skills and use case-based models to select, titrate, and monitor drug therapy; and Prison Hospice Experience Angola, an all-day tour of Angola-Louisiana's maximum security correctional facility, where participants got an intimate view of how even the most egregious personalities in the most dreadful setting can be taught how to provide kindness and compassion to one another. Nearly 300 people took advantage of HPNA's preconferences.


In addition, HPNA held its Annual Membership Meeting and presented five awards. Madalon O'Rawe Amenta, PhD, RN, was selected to receive the 2005 Leading the Way Award for her significant contributions to hospice and palliative care. Nessa Coyle, PhD, NP, APRN, BC-PCM, FAAN, was honored with the Distinguished Career Achievement Award for her major contributions in the area of research and development, career, and education in hospice and palliative nursing. Monica White, MSN, RN, OCN, CHPN(R), received the Innovation in End-of-Life Nursing Care Award for the way she helped shape end-of-life nursing in her community. Linda Rahilly, MS, RNC, CHPN(R), received the Nurse Competence in Aging Award for her sustained commitment to the provision of nursing care for the elderly who are experiencing life-limiting illnesses. Kate Parker, RN, became the first person to receive the Marion Ryan Artistry in End-of-Life Nursing Care Award for her illustrations in Dying With Joy and Sorrow.


The Special Interest Groups of HPNA members had the chance to meet face-to-face. Chapters and Provisional Groups also had the chance to speak with President-elect Bridget Montana.


Other highlights included the Silent Auction sponsored by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation, which generated over $4,300.


The National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses held its certification luncheon, which drew more than 200 people and featured keynote speaker Dr Deb Sherman.


PDIA ELNEC Session to Be Held in Chicago on July 29 and 30, 2005

If you are interested in attending this PDIA ELNEC session please contact Dena Jean Sutermaster at 412-787-9301 or via e-mail at [email protected].


HPNA, NBCHPN(R), and HPNF 2006 Award Applications Are Due in the National Office by June 1, 2005.


Award Reminder

For applications or questions please visit the Web site at or call the National Office at 412-787-9301.


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