HPCC Certification Newsletter * April 2015 * Volume 6, Issue 2


Thank you for reading the April 2015 issue of the HPCC Certification Newsletter and for your continued support of certification.
meetboardMeet the Board:
Kathleen Broglio, DNP, MN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, CPE

I am very excited to be part of the HPCC Board. My journey with end-of-life care began as a hairstylist when seven men in the salon where I worked died in a year from AIDS. When I became a nurse, I wanted to give back to the community and I started my career as a nurse on an AIDS unit delivering end-of-life care to people my age. I have been fortunate to work in many roles as a nurse practitioner - in acute pain management, chronic pain management, inpatient, home-based and now ambulatory palliative care. I have been involved in clinician education and am currently co-facilitating a year long palliative resource champion program for generalist nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers and physician assistants. I currently practice in an outpatient palliative clinic providing palliative care consultations to a multicultural population in an urban center. Working with diverse populations has sensitized me to the need to deliver personalized culturally sensitive care. In my current role I have the opportunity to mentor nurses, nurse practitioners, medical students, residents and fellows on a daily basis that may influence their care of people with advanced disease and at the end of life.

 

On a broader level I want to ensure we have competent clinicians to deliver evidence based compassionate care to people with advanced disease and at the end of life. I believe this can only happen if we have educated competent nurses. Certification provides the avenue to demonstrate this needed competence and enables nurses to maintain their presence in the field of hospice and palliative care through direct care, advocacy, research and leadership. I hope to be able to influence others to make certification a priority within their work settings.


awards20152015 Certificant and Employer of the Year Awards

The 2015 Certificant and Employer of the Year Awards were presented at the Annual HPCC Certification Luncheon during the 2015 HPNA/AAHPM Annual Assembly in Philadelphia on February 26, 2015.

 

Gwen Dodson, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN is the 2015 recipient of the Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN) of the Year Award. Gwen is an Adult Nurse Practitioner in Palliative Care at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. She is the current treasurer of the Triangle Chapter of HPNA. Gwen is described as the epitome of compassion and commitment and a remarkable problem-solver who often goes "above and beyond" to meet patients' needs in very challenging situations.

 

Candace Baker, RN, BSN, CHPN is the 2015 recipient of the Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN) of the Year Award. Candace has been employed by VITAS Healthcare Corporation in Dallas, TX for 23 years and is currently an Admission Nurse-Palliative Care Liaison. She has introduced thousands of patients and families to hospice care over the years and does so with the "highest level of professionalism, compassion, and knowledge."

Kimberly Simmons, LPN, CHPLN is the 2015 recipient of the Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse (CHPLN) of the Year Award. Kim was the first LPN from her agency to achieve CHPLN certification. She works on the Continuous Care Team with Seasons Hospice in MD. Kimberly is described as showing "exemplary customer service skills, compassion, clinical knowledge, and...hospice heart." She serves as a mentor to new continuous care nurses and assists with auditing continuous care charts for quality improvement.  

Melanie Cama, RN, BSN, CHPCA is the recipient of the 2015 Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator (CHPCA) of the Year Award. She has been the Hospice and Palliative Care Program Manager of Middlesex Hospital Homecare in Middletown, CT since 2002. She has worked diligently to promote palliative care within the hospital system. Melanie assisted with the development of an evidence-based palliative care tool to identify patients appropriate for a palliative care consult, the Decisions to Aid in Palliative Care Referrals (DAPR).

 

Jennifer Marie Jonely, RN, MSN, RNC-OB, CPLC is the 2015 recipient of the Certified in Perinatal Loss Care (CPLC) of the Year Award. Jennifer is a pioneer in her field and has a passion in perinatal loss care. After completing her MSN in 2012, Jennifer initiated the role of Perinatal Palliative Care and Loss Coordinator at St. Luke's Health System in Boise, ID, the first palliative care program with a perinatal focus in the state. Jennifer also received grant funding for a special program which provides devices to record an unborn baby's heartbeat. Build-a-Bear places the actual recorded heartbeat into a stuffed animal, encouraging the development of a relationship with a family member whom they may never see alive and providing comfort for years to come after the loss.

Hospice Family Care (HFC) of Huntsville Alabama is the recipient of the 2015 Employer of the Year Award. HFC serves 350 patients annually. Currently 53% of staff eligible for certification have achieved this status. HFC has not only continued to support certification, they have actually allocated more resources to promote certification. On Certified Nurses Day in March, HFC issued a press release recognizing their certified staff. They state, "Certification in hospice and palliative care is the best way we can show our clients, their families, and our community that HFC knows hospice and that our nurses have shown competence in end-of-life care."  

Pictured to the right: Marsha Farrell, BSN, RN-BC, CHPN, Education Institute Coordinator of HFC 

awardsnominateNominate today for the 2016 Certificant of the Year Awards!

HPCC offers Certificant of the Year Awards for certified individuals from all programs (ACHPN, CHPN, CHPPN, CHPLN, CHPNA, CHPCA, and CPLC). Award recipients receive their awards at the HPCC Certification Recognition Event during the AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly.

Nominate a deserving individual or yourself for one of these prestigious awards! Nominations are due to the National Office July 1, 2015.

examresultsResults of March 2015 Exam
Successful testers from the March 2015 testing window include 745 additional certificants:
ACHPNs - 49
CHPNs - 463
CHPPNs - 10
CHPLNs - 34
CHPNAs - 171
CHPCAs - 12
CPLCs - 6

As of April 1, 2015, HPCC certifies 18,222 individuals!
testingin2015Testing in 2015

The remaining 2015 testing windows are June, September, and December. Online applications for June 2015 will be accepted through May 15. Reminder: Beginning in January 2015, ALL applicants may apply online (including APRNs). Please download and/or print the appropriate handbook for the exam you plan to take. The 2015 Candidate Handbooks are available online at www.goHPCC.org and contain information about each exam such as: how to apply, fees, schedules, detailed test content outline of the information covered on the exam suggested references for study, and much more!

 

Be sure to view the 2015 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 interested in HPNA membership visit www.goHPNA.org.

recertHPCC Changes Regarding Recertification

The HPCC Board of Directors and staff have thoughtfully reviewed the Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification (HPAR) process taking into account our commitment of supporting a model of continuing competence as well as feedback expressed by our certificants and employer supporters. Changes have been made to the requirements and the criteria has been expanded to include additional activities, some of which may be accomplished in the workplace. A major enhancement includes a new online platform called LearningBuilder for the completion of HPAR for all ACHPNs and CHPNs.

 

All HPAR submissions whether online or paper have a new due date of 8 weeks prior to the date of expiration of certification. Those submitting HPAR in 2015 have until October 31, 2015 to collect points and complete/submit their recertification requirements at the standard fee.

 

A summary of HPAR requirements are as follows.

  • ACHPNs are required to use the HPAR process for recertification. HPAR includes completion of the Situational Judgment Exercise (SJE) and application submission through LearningBuilder. HPAR requires professional development activities totaling 125 points achieved in the categories of Continuing Education, Scholarly Accomplishments or Professional Contributions. A requirement of 10 points in the categories of Scholarly Accomplishments and/orProfessional Contributions is mandatory beginning in 2015.
  • CHPNs may recertify by testing or by HPAR IN 2015. HPAR includes completion of the Situational Judgment Exercise (SJE) and application submission through LearningBuilder. HPAR requires professional development activities totaling 100 points achieved in the categories of Continuing Education, Scholarly Accomplishments or Professional Contributions. Beginning January 1, 2016, you may choose to submit at least 10 points in the categories of Scholarly Accomplishments and/or Professional Contributions OR if you choose not to submit 10 points in Scholarly Accomplishments and/or Professional Contributions categories you must submit 20 additional points of Continuing Education. In 2016, testing will no longer be an option for recertification.
  • CHPPNs may recertify by testing or by HPAR IN 2015. HPAR submission is through a paper application. HPAR requires professional development activities totaling 100 points achieved in the categories of Continuing Education, Scholarly Accomplishments or Professional Contributions. Beginning January 1, 2016, you may choose to submit at least 10 points in the categories of Scholarly Accomplishments and/or Professional Contributions OR if you choose not to submit 10 points in Scholarly Accomplishments and/or Professional Contributions categories you must submit 20 additional points of Continuing Education. In 2016, testing will no longer be an option for recertification.
  • CHPLNs may recertify by testing or by HPAR. HPAR submission is through a paper application. HPAR requires professional development activities totaling 75 points achieved in the categories of Continuing Education, Scholarly Accomplishments or Professional Contributions. Beginning January 1, 2016, you may choose to submit at least 10 points in the categories of Scholarly Accomplishments and/or Professional Contributions OR if you choose not to submit 10 points in Scholarly Accomplishments and/or Professional Contributions categories you must submit 20 additional points of Continuing Education.
  • CHPCAs may recertify by testing or HPAR. HPAR submission is through a paper application. HPAR requires professional development activities totaling 125 points achieved in the categories of Continuing Education, Scholarly Accomplishments or Professional Contributions. Beginning January 1, 2016, you may choose to submit at least 10 points in the categories of Scholarly Accomplishments and/or Professional Contributions OR if you choose not to submit 10 points in Scholarly Accomplishments and/or Professional Contributions categories you must submit 20 additional points of Continuing Education.
  • CHPNAs continue to recertify by testing.
  • CPLCs will begin to recertify in 2017. The requirements for the CPLC HPAR are currently under development and CPLC certificants will be notified once they are available.

Detailed information regarding recertification is available on the Certification menu of the website www.goHPCC.org or email hpcc@goHPCC.org or by calling the National Office at (412)-787-1057.

volunteerVolunteer Opportunities

CALL FOR EXAMINATION DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (EDC) POSITIONS: If you or someone you know is certified, a current HPNA member, and interested in serving your profession, you may want to consider applying for a position on one of the HPCC Examination Development Committees (EDC). Great care is taken to select candidates from both hospice and palliative care backgrounds, representing various geographic areas of the country and with clinical expertise, management and academic expertise. It is very important that a sufficient number of qualified individuals apply to ensure the ongoing leadership for the certification process and accomplishment of the goals of the organization. Completed application packets are due to the National Office by July 1, 2015.

 

CALL FOR 2016 HPCC BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The Board of Directors is responsible for the affairs of HPCC, including supervision of business and financial affairs and oversight of the strategic planning component of HPCC. We are seeking experienced, energetic, and passionate professionals who will lead the provision of certification in hospice and palliative care into the future. Applicants will be asked to provide evidence of key competencies that are relevant to governance on a national board. Full details of the Board Call for Applications process and Board competencies are available at www.goHPCC.org. The application deadline is July 1, 2015.  

inthenewsIn the News--

HPNA Releases Palliative Nursing Leadership Position Statement

 

Statement was Distributed at the 2015 AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly in Philadelphia

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

Palliative nursing leadership is not only a fundamental aspect of healthcare reform, but also a necessary ingredient of quality palliative care. Moreover, hospice and palliative nurses are vital to the delivery of palliative care. In addition, through enhanced palliative nursing leadership, the specialty of palliative nursing contributes to the realization of the Triple Aim in healthcare; namely, better care, better health, and lower cost (Berwick, Nolan, & Whittington 2008).

 

What's more, palliative nursing is essential to improving and instituting palliative care as suggested by the 2014 Institute of Medicine (IOM 2014) Dying in America Report. As such, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) is focused on palliative nursing leadership by developing and recognizing leaders in clinical practice, research, administration, and advocacy; the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) recognizes certification as a component of palliative nursing leadership; and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF) recognizes palliative nursing leadership through the award of grants and scholarships. To define palliative nursing leadership and delineate its significance, HPNA, HPNF, and HPCC convened a work group consisting of Constance Dahlin, JoAnne Reifsnyder, Pamela Malloy, and Judy Friedrichs to develop a paper on palliative nursing leadership, of which this position statement is the result.

 View the Full Position Statement   

 

 

Pope Francis Addresses the Pontifical Academy for Life on Palliative Care

 

Pope Francis received in audience in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Vatican Palace, the participants in the 21st Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life, whose theme this year is: "Assistance to the Elderly and Palliative Care" (New Hall of the Synod, March 5-7, 2015). Here is a translation of the Pope's address, in the course of the meeting, to those present.

 

Dear Brother Bishops and Priests, Ladies and Gentlemen,


I greet you cordially on the occasion of your General Assembly, called to reflect on the theme "Assistance to the Elderly and Palliative Care," and I thank the President for his courteous words.


Palliative care is an expression of a proper human attitude to take care of one another, especially of those who suffer. They give testimony that the human person is always precious, even if marked by old age and sickness. The person is, in fact, regardless of the circumstance, a good in itself and for others and is loved by God. Therefore, when his life becomes very fragile and the conclusion of his earthly existence approaches, we feel the responsibility to assist and support him in the best way.  

 

   

Videos from IOM's National Action Conference on EOL Care Now Available!

 

In case you missed it or want to recap, the sessions from the Institute of Medicine's National Action Conference on Policies and Payment Systems to Improve End-of-Life Care are now available.

 

Don't forget to visit www.iom.edu/endoflife and  www.iom.edu/theconversation for more resources.  

iwwItem Writer Workshop

Learn more about item writing by taking the free course "Secrets of Competency Testing: Writing Items for Hospice and Palliative Certification Exams." The workshop is offered as a 3 part course; the first 2 parts are done online, the third and last part is a live webinar with participants discussing potential items for the exam. The next live webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, from 10:30am - 12:00 noon Eastern Time.

hpnaNews from Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association

Call for Poster presentations!

 

Submit your poster application by May 30, 2015!

 

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) is now accepting abstracts for posters to be pesented at the 9th Annual HPNA Clinical Practice Forum on October 23-24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA.  Posters will be selected that contribute to the evidence base for the clinical care of people in Palliative Care and Hospice.  Abstracts will be accepted that are derived from completed research, quality improvement projects, novel clinical programs or informative case studies.

Go to details and application 

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New Publications!

 

HPNA announces the 4th edition of the Core Curriculum for the Hospice and Palliative Registered Nurse and the 4th edition Study Guide for the Hospice and Palliative Registered Nurse.

  

 

New Edition!   New Title!     New Chapters!     New Cover!     More pages!  

 

The practice of hospice and palliative care nursing is evolving and growing, enabling this specialty to be fully integrated into the spectrum of all practice settings. This has propelled nurses into thinking about the continuum of care in creative ways and enhanced the bedside delivery of hospice and palliative care. It is an exciting time to be in this amazing field and our resources must reflect this growth.

 

The goal of the Core Curriculum for the Hospice and Palliative Registered Nurse and its companion book, Study Guide for the Hospice and Palliative Registered Nurse, is to enhance existing and newly learned principles of hospice and palliative nursing. The new editions are expanded with new chapters, more pages and a new look to their covers!

Go to the HPNA SHOP for details, view sample pages and to order!

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HPNA announces 2015 ELNEC Train-the-Trainer Courses

 

New this year - HPNA Member discount! 

 

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!  

hpnfNews from Hospice & Palliative Nurses Foundation

HPNF announces the call for applications for 26 professional development opportunities for HPNA members and HPCC certificants.  Applications are now open for PDIA Nursing Leadership Award, Certification Research Grant ($15,000!), Clinical Practice Forum Scholarships, Certification Scholarships (HPCC certification and recertification!), Chapter Education Grants and Individual Education Grants (Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate levels!).  Deadline for applications is June 1. The new application forms can be found by clicking the links below.

 

Certifications Research Grant

 

Certification Scholarship

 

Chapter Education Grant

 

HPNA Sponsored Conference Scholarship

 

Individual Education Scholarship

 

Judy Lentz Scholarship

 

PDIA Nomination

 

HPNF depends on your generous spirit to fund its program of scholarships, grants and awards. We hope that we can count on your support! Make your donation today at www.gohpnf.org or click on Give Today!