HPCC Certification Newsletter    *    October 2014    *    Issue 5


Thank you for reading the October 2014 issue of the HPCC Certification Newsletter and for your continued support of certification.
nameNBCHPN Unveils New Name!

On behalf of the NBCHPN Board of Directors, we are pleased to announce that the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN) is now the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC)! Our new name

reflects the organization's commitment to continuing competence, while also positioning the organization to best fulfill our mission of advancing expert care in serious illness. It is important to note that the new HPCC name does not alter the significance or validity of your current credentials, and that each of our seven certification programs' names and credentials remain unchanged.

 

In addition to offering opportunities for future growth in credentialing programs, the new Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) name represents our ongoing commitment to synergy and collaboration with the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF). While we have always been strategically aligned with HPNA and HPNF, it just wasn't obvious to the broader healthcare community. Our new name and new acronym - HPCC - fits well with HPNA and HPNF, allowing us to create a stronger brand identity.

 

Read the rest of the news release here 

 


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boardGet to Know the Board
Julia Aucoin, DNS, RN-BC, CNE

Julia Aucoin joined the HPCC Board in January 2014.  She comes to us with 35 years as a  certified nurse, first as a Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN), then community health nurse, took the initial Nursing Professional Development (NPD) exam in 1992, then a Certified Health Education Specialist (CH
ES), and now also a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).  Lots of certifications.  Along the way she served the content expert panel for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) NPD exam for 8 years representing National Nurses Staff Development Organization (NNSDO), now Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD). Then as a member of NLN she served on the team that proposed, conducted feasibility, and wrote policies for the inception of the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam. 

 

Additionally Julia has served as a consultant for ANCC, leading applicants to Magnet designation and continuing education accreditation.  She works with clients both nationally and internationally, primarily in the Middle East.  Julia presents on a variety of education and research topics, making the learning easy and fun, to audiences from 10 to 10,000.  Her current position is the Nurse Research Scientist for Duke University Health System, leading 5400 nurses in their quest for more information.

 

Julia has a long history of service to professional nursing organizations, serving as a local, state, or national officer in American Nurses Association, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International, National League for Nursing, and Association for Nursing Professional Development. She even was the first female member of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing.  Obviously she believes in service to the profession and takes the responsibility seriously.  Finally, she has a little Hospice and Palliative Care experience having attended ELNEC in the first year of the program as the Education Director for the Society of Urologic Nursing.

resultsResults of September 2014 Testing
Successful testers from the September 2014 testing window include 883 additional certificants.   

 

  • 39 ACHPNs
  • 567 CHPNs
  • 8 CHPPNs
  • 61 CHPLNs
  • 189 CHPNAs
  • 10 CHPCAs
  • 9 CPLCs

 

As of October 1, 2014, HPCC certifies over 19,500 individuals!
aecAdvancing Expert Care Strategic Plan and Campaign

Last week, the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC, formerly NBCHPN), the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF) jointly announced a five-year Advancing Expert Care Campaign. 

 

iomHPCC, HPNA, and HPNF Respond to the IOM Report: Dying in America

On September 17, 2014, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a new report Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life.

 

Our affiliated organizations, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF) have prepared and sent a joint message to the IOM in response to this important report.


 

Read the HPNA, HPCC and HPNF response now.

responseDying in America: IOM Recommendations and Next Steps for Stakeholders

Webinar on November 10, 2014 (1:00 PM Eastern)

  

On September 17, 2014, the Institute of Medicine released the report Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life, in which an expert committee identified "persistent major gaps in care near the end of life that require urgent attention from numerous stakeholder groups." The committee made comprehensive recommendations in the areas of care delivery, clinician-patient communication and advance care planning, professional education and development, payment systems and policies, and public engagement and education.

The November 10 webinar will review the recommendations, explore possible next steps and barriers to implementation, and provide an opportunity for stakeholder groups to join the conversation. The webinar will feature brief presentations and an extended Q&A session.

 

For more information:  

http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Aging/TransformingEndOfLife/2014-NOV-10.aspx 

 

dateSave the Date!

HPCC will host its Annual Certification Recognition Event on Thursday, February 26th, 2015, during the 2015 Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and The Hospice and Palliative Nurses  Association, held February 25-28 in Philadelphia, PA. The program will include a special speaker and the presentation of certification awards. Look for details and registration on our website www.goHPCC.org in December.

 

testingTesting in 2014

December is the last opportunity to test in 2014, so apply NOW!

 

The online application deadline for the December 2014 testing window is November 15. The Candidate Handbooks are available online at www.goHPCC.org and contain information about each exam, such as how to apply, fees, detailed content outline of the information covered on the exam, suggested references for study, and more!

 

Be sure to view the 2014 Certification application fee schedule. HPNA members continue to receive substantial exam discounts as a membership benefit. Keep your HPNA membership current to receive this as well as many other benefits. If you are interested in HPNA membership, visit www.goHPNA.org.

 

hpnaNews from Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association

Remembering the Veterans we know and care for - thank you for caring for our Veterans!

 

Veterans Day is November 11th. When thinking about the Veterans in your life, take one of the HPNA E-Learning courses related to caring for Veterans:

 

Unique Needs of Veterans at the End of Life - presented by Marlene Foreman, BSN, MN, ACNS-BC, ACHPN

Veteran Related Issues - presented by Deborah Grassman, ARNP 

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The Nursing Community Stands United for Swift and Coordinated Action to Protect the Public and health Providers against the Ebola Virus Disease. 

hpnfNews from Hospice & Palliative Nurses Foundation
 
HPNF 2014 Certification Scholarship Recipient

 

Congratulations to Lori Ann Browne, CHPN. Nurse Manager at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood, KY. She received an HPNF Certification Scholarship at the CHPN level. Lori shares:

 

"I want to reiterate my appreciation for being selected to receive the Certification Scholarship. I have had a personally difficult year. Despite some of the turmoil of the year, I did not lose site of the importance of maintaining my certification. The scholarship was certainly a financial bonus, and made it much easier from a financial standpoint to go through the re-certification process.

 

It took me a long time in my career to find my niche. Hospice is the work that has met my needs on both a professional and personal level. I believe in working to the best of one's ability. Having the professional recognition of Certification, and wanting to lead my staff by example, I hope to motivate and give them the needed confidence to prove that they too can be one of the best in Hospice care."

 

The mission of HPNF is to advance expert care in serious illness. HPNF supports the professional development of HPNA members and HPCC

certificants by providing scholarships for education, conferences and professional certification along with nursing research grants and leadership awards. HPNF depends on the generous spirit of individuals, families, organizations and corporations to fund this program of scholarships, grants and awards. We hope that we can count on your financial support. For more information and to donate, please visit www.goHPNF.org.

 

 


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