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WHATThe Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) is a professional hospice and palliative nursing organization providing educational tools and resources to assist palliative nursing care teams.
WHYTo establish a network of support and to provide education credits for palliative and hospice care nurses including: advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, and administrators who care for people with serious or life-threatening illness.
WHEREThe Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.
Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Available across the USA.

Program Description

"The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association supports the nursing team's compassionate work with the patient and their family as they journey through the experience of life-limiting illness."

The aim of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association is to:

  • Manage end of life care symptoms along with grief and bereavement.
  • Assist nurses to have end of life conversations.
  • Educate healthcare providers and families about hospice or palliative care philosophy.
  • Influence palliative nursing through leadership and research.

In addition to providing nursing teams with general end of life care resources, The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association provides geriatric specific end of life care resources such as:

  • Hospice and Palliative Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice - the scope and standards for professional nursing practice in the specialty of hospice and palliative nursing, rules and regulations that determine hospice and palliative nursing practice and the care of older adults has been integrated into this edition along with care for all persons across the life span.
  • Hospice and Palliative Interactive Learning Resource: Generalist Nurse - interactive activities for nurses desiring to increase their knowledge of hospice and palliative care covering life-limiting conditions, pain and symptom management, care of patient and family, education and advocacy, interdisciplinary/collaborative practice, and professional issues.
  • Core Curriculum for the Licensed Practical/Vocational Hospice, Generalist Hospice and Palliative Nurse - including end-of-life content with chapters on patterns of disease progression, pain management, symptom management, and communication.
  • Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant Core Curriculum - to recognize nursing assistants’ central role in palliative care and to ensure adequate preparation and educational support for their work. 
  • Compendium of Treatment of End Stage Non-Cancer Diagnoses – a series of books designed to serve a resource in constructing an appropriate plan of care for individuals and their families experiencing these diseases and psycho-social implications. The modules specifically question the potential ethical, economic and research implications as related to each specific disease process.
  •  Symptom Management Algorithms: A Handbook for Palliative Care - to provide a resource that allows healthcare professionals to deliver consistent, timely care to patients with a life limiting disease and any patient who may benefit from palliative medications or palliative interventions. A symptom management algorithm includes assessment, guidelines, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment and also includes the inter-disciplinary team.
  • Conversations in Palliative Care - a question and answer format, defining palliative care and hospice, communicating with patients and families and with other professionals, spiritual care, bereavement, nutrition, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

Other end of life care resources include:

E-Learning Webinars - monthly webinars for hospice and palliative nurses and nursing assistants on topics covering the geriatric population. Continuing nursing education hours are awarded.

Patient and Family Teaching Sheets – tools designed to help nurses in teaching patients and families about a variety such as:

·       Assisting Families to Manage Fatigue
·       Dementia
·       Final Days  
·       Food and Fluid Issues  
·       Grief and Mourning
·       Hospice Care in a Nursing Home
·       How to Prepare for Potential Bleeding
·       Managing Fatigue
·       Managing Shortness of Breath 
·       Respecting Cultural Beliefs
·       Seizures
·       Self-care for the Caregiver
·       Skin Care

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association website also has a Geriatric Nurse Discussion Board where geriatric nurses via can network with each other through an online Discussion Board.




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