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Taking Time To Celebrate Success

If only there were more hours in a day. How often have you said that to yourself? What would you do with that time? Well, we know exactly what we'd do with it. Work even harder to encourage and celebrate the success of our members, certificants, and others who are actively engaged in advancing the increasingly important and rapidly growing specialty of hospice and palliative care nursing. So, until we find a way to squeeze out those extra hours (we've been known to work miracles), we're taking the time we have now to congratulate this year's award-winners. Please join us in celebrating their success.



Research Grant in End-of-Life Care

Mary Judy Campbell, MSN, EdS, RN, has garnered this coveted award presented jointly by HPNF and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Judy is exploring the influences that impact older adults' ability to comprehend healthcare communications. She will examine how understanding and application of information affects health outcomes as well as attitudes toward completing advance directives.


Chapter Education Grants

Central Florida, Forth Worth, TX, and Mid-Florida enthusiastically took home these awards. Here's what they're doing with their well-deserved funds:


Central Florida is hosting an all-day continuing education program to help nurses prepare for the certification exam sponsored by NBCHPN(R) or to simply enhance their knowledge.


Fort Worth is hosting a 4-hour continuing education program with a nationally recognized speaker focusing on wound care for patients with terminal illnesses.


In Mid-Florida, 3 chapter members are delivering separate presentations at the November meeting of Sigma Theta Tau. Upon return, they'll share their presentations and newfound knowledge with other chapter members who were unable to attend the conference.


Leadership Weekend

The third annual Leadership Weekend was held July 15-17, 2005 in Pittsburgh, PA for chartered chapter leadership, District Leaders, and provisional groups close to applying for charter status. Thirty-six 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 or contact Deena Butcher at the National Office.


Election Results

The Board of Directors of HPNA is pleased to announce the results of recent elections. The revised bylaws were overwhelmingly approved.


Elected to their first 3-year terms are M. Murray Mayo, PhD, RN, Margaret (Peg) Nelson, APRN, BC-PCM, CHPN and Sherry Sevier Rogers, RN, BSN, CHPNs(R) Terms begin January 1, 2006.



The 2nd editions of both the Core Curriculum for the Generalist Hospice and Palliative Nurse and the Study Guide for the Generalist Hospice and Palliative Nurse are now available. These texts are intended not only for hospice and palliative nurses but also for nurses in other practice settings. The information and resources in this curriculum can be of benefit to any nurse whose clients have a life-limiting progressive illness. The Core Curriculum includes expanded end-of-life content with additional chapters on pediatric end-of-life care, on the challenges of providing end-of-life care for patients who are in more traditional settings, and on economic issues and trends in the field. The Study Guide has been expanded; more than 280 questions, now separated into content areas, are included. The Study Guide also provides case studies and pharmacological questions.


The Compendium of Treatment of End Stage Non-Cancer Diagnoses is a series of seven books designed to serve as a resource in constructing an appropriate plan of care for individuals and their families experiencing these diseases. These modules examine the incidence of each disease process, the pathophysiology of the illness, appropriate assessment techniques and treatments as the disease progresses. The modules further define the psychosocial implications and specifically question the potential ethical, economic, and research implications as related to each specific disease process. Hepatic and Renal, the first two titles in the series, are now available. The other five titles, Heart Failure, Pulmonary, Dementia, HIV/AIDS, and Neurological, will follow.


2006 NBCHPN(R)

Certification Recognition Lunch

NBCHPN(R) will host its 5th Annual Certification Recognition event during the 2006 Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. The luncheon will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2006 from 12:30 to 1:45 PM at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, Nashville, TN. Seating is limited to the first 250 registrants. Registration details are available through the Web site at or by calling the National Office at 412-787-1057. Bonnie Niebuhr, MS, RN, CAE, Chief Executive Officer for the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) will be the featured speaker. Her topic is "ABNS Offers Added Value: The Power of Accreditation."


Certification Scholarships


* Available for successful September 2005 test takers.


* Application deadline is December 1, 2005.


* Applications are available through the Web site or by calling the National Office at 412-787-1057.