HPCC Certification Newsletter    *    December 2014    *    Issue 6

Thank you for reading the December 2014 issue of the HPCC Certification Newsletter and for your continued support of certification.

nameFarewell Message from President Kathie Kobler, MS, APN, PCNS-BC, CHPPN

Something quite humbling happened to me this afternoon as I supported parents hearing news of their unborn baby's serious medical condition. Per this couple's request, their 3 year old daughter remained with them during our conversation. As the neonatologist paused, giving parents time to take in their baby's poor prognosis, I watched their little girl reach up to touch her mother's face with an expression of gentle concern. Then, quite suddenly, she turned to me, extending her small hand my way. As our fingers touched, the kind, wise-beyond-her-years look in her eyes struck me to the core. She continued to hold my hand  

Read the rest of Kathie's article here


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board2014 - A Year in Review for HPCC

HPCC continues to be busy with lots of changes throughout 2014! We continue to be the ONLY nursing specialty offering certification to all members of the team (APRNs, RNs, Pediatric RNs, LP/VNs, and NAs) as well as administrators and professionals in perinatal loss care.


Let's reflect on some highlights of 2014.


Throughout 2014- HPCC (formerly NBCHPN) Participates in Certified Nurses are Everywhere Campaign


You know-but do your patients and their families know?

 Certified nurses and advanced practice nurses have demonstrated their knowledge through a rigorous examination - a process which includes qualifying by meeting practice or education eligibility criteria and then maintaining their credential through reassessment of that knowledge throughout their career

  • Certified nurses choose to seek out certification - demonstrating their expertise, knowledge and commitment
  • National certification is the only way to have nursing specialty knowledge validated by an impartial third party
  • Certified nurses must maintain their core specialty knowledge base and keep up with the changes in health care through ongoing targeted education and continuing competency assessments

HPCC is pleased to be part of the consumer awareness campaign: Certified Nurses are Everywhere!  


January 2014- New Mission and Vision


In January 2014, the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association (HPNA), Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF) and the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN, now HPCC) Boards held a Joint Board Retreat. This is the first time in the history of the three organizations that the Boards have met jointly. The goals of the retreat were


lunchReserve Your Place Now!

HPPC will host its Annual Certification Luncheon on Thursday, February 26, from 12:00-1:15 during the 2015 AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly held in Philadelphia, PA. The keynote speaker is Pamela Hinds, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of Nursing Research at Children's National Medical Center. Her presentation is "The Institute of Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Certification and the Health of a Nation." The 2015 Certificant of the Year Awards and the 2015 Employer of the Year Award will also be presented during the luncheon. Reserve your place today at www.goHPCC.org. 

boardmbrWelcome to New Board Members
We welcome two new members to the HPCC Board of Directors. They will each serve a three year term beginning January 1, 2015.

Kathleen Broglio, DNP, ANP-BC, ACHPN, CPE, currently serves as Senior Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Director of Ambulatory Palliative Care Services at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center/Columbia University Medical Center in New York. She has served on the ACHPN Exam Development Committee, completed fellowship training in Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center, and has been a national leader in Nursing Pain Management, with numerous peer-reviewed journal publications.

Catherine Glennon, RN, MHS, OCN, NE-BC, serves as Director of Nursing, Cancer Services, at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. She has been a strong advocate for certification serving several nursing organizations including Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation and the Center for American Nurses Credentialing Center. She has also served the Oncology Nursing Society, the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care and the National Cancer Institute.

In 2015 the new members join current members Kathie Kobler, MS, APN, PCNS-BC, CHPPN; Julia Aucoin, DNS, RN-BC, CNE; Joyce Palmieri, RN, MS, CHPN; and Stephen McGowan, MBA; under the leadership of Sue Koff, MSN, ARNP, ACHPN, CRRN as President.
testingTesting in 2015

Exam Schedule:

The 2015 testing windows are March, June, September and December. The online application deadline for the March 2015 testing window is February 15, 2015. Full details for application deadlines are at www.goHPCC.org.


Candidate Handbooks:

The updated 2015 Candidate Handbooks are now available online at www.goHPCC.org. Each exam has a separate handbook. The Candidate Handbooks contain information about fees, eligibility, and schedules, as well as a detailed test content outline and suggested resources for study.  


New for APRNs:

For 2015 testing, you now have a choice of applying online or mailing a paper application for the ACHPN exam. Transcripts must still be mailed. 


Certification Exam Fees:

Exam fees are posted at www.goHPCC.org under Competence/Resources. 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, please visit www.goHPCC.org and look under Leadership.


Testing Sites:

Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP), our testing service, strives to provide the best possible service to candidates.  An important part of this is the maintenance and growth of their network of over 200 test sites.  New testing sites were opened this year in Lakewood, WA; Oakland, CA; and Charleston, SC. 

recertRecertification in 2015

Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification (HPAR) is renewal through contact hours and professional development activities. HPAR for ACHPNs and CHPNs is now an online submission process only, through software known as LearningBuilder. The process and point requirements have been updated.


HPAR for CHPPNs, CHPLNs, and CHPCAs continues as a paper process.


In 2015, all ACHPNs must renew by the HPAR method. CHPNs, CHPPNs, CHPLNs, and CHPCAs have the option to submit an HPAR application or sit for the exam.  


NOTE:  The submission date and accrual period for points for 2015 HPAR has also been extended. The period in which you can earn points for 2015 renewal is January 1, 2011 through the time that you submit your application.  The deadline for HPAR submission is October 31, 2015 for the standard recertification fee.  If you collect points and/or submit your application during the extended deadline period between November 1 and December 31, 2015, an additional application fee will be assessed. 


CHPNA renewal is by exam only.


All details for each program are found at www.goHPCC.org
under Competence, then Continuing Competence. 

Response to Feedback on 2015/2016 Recertification Requirements

The HPCC Staff and Board appreciate the feedback we've received from certificants and employers about the new recertification process.  We are working on finalizing information that will enhance certificants' ability to successfully meet 2015 and 2016 recertification requirements.  These recertification updates will be released at the end of January/beginning of February by email and on our website.

Grateful for your feedback,

Kathie Kobler, MS, APN, PCNS-BC, CHPPN
2014 HPCC President

2015 HPCC President 
hpnaNews from Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association

Happy Holidays!  For the rest of 2014, simply use the following promo code during checkout to enjoy 15% off your HPNA publication orders*


*Promo Code does not apply to memberships, registrations, previous purchases, and Kendall Hunt Publishing products.  Offer valid thru December 31, 2014



HPNA announces 2015 ELNEC Train-the-Trainer Courses


ELNEC-Core Train-the-Trainer Course

May 20-21, 2015 - Scottsdale AZ

July 28-29, 2015 - Atlanta GA

October 14-15, 2015 - Houston TX


ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care Train-the-Trainer Course

July 28-29, 2015 - Atlanta GA


The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project is a national educational initiative to improve palliative care.  The course provides nurses with education in palliative care preparing them to teach the information to practicing nurses and other healthcare professionals.  ELNEC Trainers are given tools to provide this specialized care and to positively impact the lives of patients and families facing serious illness or the end of life. 

CE's - 12.75 / designated pharmacology hours - 2.25  

HPNA Members receive registration discount!

Click here for details and to Register!

Reserve your hotel room early to receive special event pricing.



Start your new year off to a great start......order the newest 2014 HPNA Publication!


Take the Uncertainty out of APRN Reimbursement, Billing, and Coding

Look to A Primer of Reimbursement, Billing, and Coding: Essential Information for the Hospice and Palliative Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and companion Pocket Guide. Written by Connie Dahlin, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN, an expert in advanced practice registered nurse billing, the primer contains the source documents from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The primer has been reviewed by APRNs expert in the different areas of practice, and within both hospice and palliative billing and coding. The primer includes the Pocket Guide, containing individual appendices most valuable to you when working on site. The Pocket Guide is also sold separately.


Ordering information and excerpts can be found at www.goHPNA.org. Visit the SHOP.  

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


Congratulations to Akiko Morimoto, RN, BSN, CHPN. RN Case Manager at  Silverado Hospice in Irvine, CA. She received an HPNF Certification Scholarship at the CHPN level. Akiko shares:


"Thank you so much for selecting me as a scholarship recipient. It is a great honor in my nursing career! In 2013, I left hospice nursing for a year and quickly became regretful. I decided to take the CHPN exam in March 2014, studied hard, and passed. Right after becoming a CHPN, I was able to return to hospice nursing. Studying for the exam and reading case studies reminded me of the time when I was working with team disciplines to take care of patients and families. It also made me think how I could improve my nursing skills in the future. Now that I am certified, I feel more confident when taking care of patient's and family's needs, educating them, and making their needs met. I am often asked by patients and families what CHPN on my ID tag stands for. I proudly answer, "Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse", and I can see them feel confident in me."

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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