HPCC Certification Newsletter * April 2016 * Volume 8, Issue 2


Thank you for reading the April 2016 issue of the HPCC Certification Newsletter and for your continued support of certification.
Get To Know The HPCC Board
                   Stacy Smith, MLS BSN RN CHPPN
My early career started in subspecialty pediatrics, primarily oncology/bone marrow transplant and ER/critical care transport. Eleven years ago, I worked my first shift on an inpatient unit at a freestanding hospice. I knew I had found my niche. Soon, I became the pediatric coordinator for that same hospice, The Hospice of East Texas. At that time, there was momentum in our state to foster collaboration for those of us working to improve pediatric/neonatal palliative. Together, we formed the Texas Pediatric Palliative Care Consortium, of which I was an inaugural member. In 2009, the Consortium hosted the first PediHOPE conference. Since then, PediHOPE has grown into a national conference for clinicians working in perinatal, neonatal and pediatric palliative care and hospice.

In 2009, I had the opportunity to participate in the Role Delineation Study for the Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse Exam. I went on to become one of the original members of the CHPPN Exam Development Committee (EDC). I served two terms on the EDC, chairing that committee in 2012. It was an honor to be a part of the journey to create the CHPPN exam, which I believe helps to validate pediatric hospice and palliative care as a subspecialty. I am grateful to HPCC for promoting certification for those of us working with such a vulnerable population.  

In This Issue
In 2010, I returned to the hospital where I began my career, Children's Medical Center of Dallas, as the care coordinator for the palliative care team. I also went back to school to complete a Master of Liberal Studies in Bioethics degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. I am passionate about staff support and caring for our caregivers on the front line. I recently transitioned into a new role at Children's as Clinical Ethicist and Manager of the RISE Program (Research, Integrated Ethics, Staff Support and Education). A goal of my new role is to create pathways to provide support for staff experiencing moral distress and related phenomena. I was recently accepted into the 2016-2017 Pediatric Bioethics Certificate program and the Bioethics Nurse Leadership program through the Children's Mercy Center for Bioethics. 

Although I was sad to say good-bye to my role on the Pediatric EDC, I am thrilled to begin my term on the Board. I am honored to serve with others who are passionate advocates of hospice and palliative care and the certification process. My involvement with HPCC has been a highlight of my career. 

Personally, you can find me on my yoga mat or spending time with my dog and two cats. 
Annual HPCC Certification Recognition Luncheon
One of the biggest shifts in the credentialing of nurses is the shift from a focus on continuing education to a focus on the broader issue of continuing competence. The shift has been spurred by the focus on quality and safety following the release of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System (2000). Since the publication of the report, many national calls have been made for the health professions, including nursing, to address continuing competence (Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & Institute of Medicine (IOM), 2011; Institute of Medicine (IOM), 2001; Greiner, Knebel, & Institute of Medicine (IOM), 2003; Swankin, LeBuhn, & Morrison, 2006). 

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) identified continuing competence as a critical challenge for regulatory boards in the 21st century and declared that "it is time to address that challenge" (National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), 2005, p. 1). Swankin, LeBuhn, and Morrison (2006) concluded that most boards that license healthcare professionals in the United States have continuing competence requirements; however, most of these are requirements for continuing education (CE). They suggested that a new model of regulation is required that goes beyond mandatory CE. Smith (2004) concluded that "while CE has frequently been used as a means of ensuring continued competence, no link has been established between mandatory CE and the development of professional competence" (p. 23). Kendall-Gallagher, Aiken, Sloane, and Cimiotti (2011) concluded improved patient outcomes are associated with specialty certification of nurses with baccalaureate and higher educational preparation.

2016 Certificant and Employer of the Year Awards 
The Certificant and Employer of the Year Awards were presented at the Annual HPCC Certification Luncheon during the AAHPM/ HPNA Annual Assembly in Chicago on March 10, 2016.

Joan G. Carpenter, MN CRNP ACHPN, is the 2016 recipient of the Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse of the Year Award. Joan received her ACHPN certification in 2007 and is a Nurse Practitioner for Coastal Hospice and Palliative Care in Salisbury, MD. Joan has been acknowledged as someone who "represents hospice and palliative nursing with great poise and ease. She constantly advocates for patients and their families' ability to access hospice and palliative care at any stage of life limiting illness."

Ann Schneidman, MS CNS RN CHPN, is the 2016 recipient of the Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse of the Year Award. Ann received her CHPN certification in 2013 and has been employed by Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, AZ for almost 10 years and holds the role of Pulmonary Resource Program Director. Ann's nominator states that "Ann has taken a stellar career in acute pulmonary nursing and broadened it into a vital program that has helped literally thousands of patients in the Phoenix area." She is an educator, a mentor, a clinician, and a leader.

Susan O'Conner-Von, PhD RN-BC CHPPN, is the 2016 recipient of the Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse of the Year Award. Susan received her CHPPN certification in 2014 and is currently employed as an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, Center for Children with Special Health Care needs at the University of Minnesota and works as a staff nurse at Children's Hospitals and Clinics in St. Paul. Susan's "passion for pediatric palliative, hospice and end-of-life care is evident through her research, leadership, academic, and community contributions to foster excellent care for children with a variety of serious illnesses." 

Shelly Thomas, LPN CHPLN, is the 2016 recipient of the Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse of the Year Award. Shelly received her CHPLN certification in 2013 and has worked at Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland, OH for 22 years. Her nominator describes Shelly by saying "Shelly is consistent, dependable and accurate in carrying out her responsibilities. Shelly exemplifies team and is active in agency initiatives and committees and is committed to life-long learning." 

Sarah Collett, CNA, CHPNA, is the 2016 recipient of the Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant (CHPNA) of the Year Award. Sarah received her CHPNA certification in 2012 and currently works as a nursing assistant on an Oncology Unit at Floyd Medical Center (FMC) in Rome, GA. She is described as "a role model who exemplifies FMC DANCER (Dignity, Attitude, Nurture, Communication, Environment, Responsiveness) standards." 

Amy Scheu, MSH CHPCA
, is the 2016 recipient of the Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator of the Year Award. Amy received her CHPCA certification in 2013 and is currently Vice President of Hospice and Palliative Care for Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove, IL. Amy was described by her nominators as someone who "quickly distinguished herself as a courageous, committed and compassionate leader. The benefit of her commitment and the work of those she leads is evident in every interaction." 

Hospice & Community Care
in Lancaster, Pennsylvania is the recipient of the 2016 Employer of the Year Award. Hospice & Community Care has 367 employees and 240 of those employees are eligible for certification. Despite the challenging time facing hospices, they support certification and recertification through resources and encouragement. Examples of their financial support for certification include reimbursement for passing the exam and for recertification, providing preparation materials and classes, paid time off to take the exam, and paying a salary differential to certified staff. Each new certificant receives a letter of congratulations and a thank you for taking this important step in their professional development from the Chairman of the Board. They state that their commitment is "to having staff who are dedicated, passionate, professional, and committed to providing the best possible care."  
Nominate Today for the 2017 Certificant of the Year Awards!
HPCC offers Certificant of the Year Awards for certified individuals from all of our 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 by July 1, 2016.  
Examination Vouchers Are Now Available
  Third parties can now pay the full certification exam fee for others 
HPCC has worked together with PSI Services-Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (PSI-AMP), the testing company that manages our certification examinations, to create a voucher program for those purchasing exams. 
Third parties will now be able to purchase exams by paying the full examination fee in advance, and receive a voucher code for the purchasers to disperse to examination candidates. Those candidates will be able to input the voucher code when applying for their individual examinations in lieu of providing payment. 
This program is available immediately.  For more information on how to purchase multiple certification exams, please see the informational document linked below, or contact us directly at hpcc@gohpcc.org or 412-787-1057.
Results of March 2016 Testing
Successful testers from the March 2016 testing window include 664 additional certificants:

ACHPNs -  76
CHPNs -   381
CHPPNs -  10
CHPLNs -  38
CHPNAs - 140
CHPCAs -  12
CPLCs - 7
As of April 1, 2016, HPCC certifies nearly 18,000 individuals.  Congratulations to all who passed their exam in March! 
Testing in 2016
The remaining 2016 testing windows are June, September, and December.
Online applications for June will be accepted through May 15. Please download and/or print the appropriate handbook for the exam that you plan to take. The candidate handbooks are available online through this link or on our website at www.goHPCC.org. The handbooks contain information about each exam such as how to apply, fees, schedules, a detailed test content outline of the information covered, suggested references for study, and much more!

Be sure to view the 2016 certification application fee schedule. HPNA members continue to receive substantial exam discounts as a member benefit. Keep your HPNA membership current to receive this as well as many other benefits. If interested, click the link above or visit the HPNA web site at www.goHPNA.org.  
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, 2016.  
Call for 2017 Board of Directors
The HPCC Board Development Committee is seeking applicants to serve on the HPCC Board of Directors in 2017. The mission of the organization is to advance expert care in serious illness. 

The board of directors is responsible for the affairs of the organization. Major responsibilities include supervision of business and financial affairs and the strategic plan. We are seeking experienced, energetic, and passionate professionals who will lead the provision of certification in hospice and palliative care into the future. Potential applicants include individuals who hold an HPCC certification, other professional certifications or have great interest in certification. Applicants are NOT required to hold a current HPCC certification.

To review full details of the Call for Board Nominations process and board competencies or to complete an application, please visit www.goHPCC.org. Contact the HPCC national office at hpcc@gohpcc.org or by phone at 412-787-1057 if you have further questions. The deadline for board applications is July 1, 2016.
Attend the Item Writer Workshop Live Webinar
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 28 from 10:30am - 12:00 noon ET

News from
Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association

Tenth Annual HPNA Clinical Practice Forum 
September 30 - October 1, 2016

The Tenth Annual HPNA Clinical Practice Forum will take place on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1, at a brand new location, the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA. This forum is designed for nurses and other team members who practice in either primary or specialty palliative care, including those who work in hospice, palliative care programs, or in other setting that provide care for patients with a serious illness. 

More details on the Clinical Practice Forum, including speakers and the number of continuing education credits offered, will be available through our web site in the next few weeks.


Next ELNEC Date is this May in Scottdale, AZ
The next upcoming HPNA-sponsored End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) core course will be in beautiful Scottdale, AZ on Tuesday, May 24, and Wednesday, May 25.  Other dates for 2016 include Charleston, SC in July and in Orlando, FL in October. 
This course provides nurses with education in palliative care, and helps prepare them to teach the information to practicing nurses and other healthcare professionals. For further information on these courses, and how to register, please visit the ELNEC page on our website through the link below. 

News from
Hospice & Palliative Nurses Foundation

Opportunities to cover some of your costs toward your professional development, including certification and recertification, are available through HPNF scholarships, grants, and awards.  Take advantage of these opportunities while they are still available. 


Certification Scholarships - These scholarships reimburse your certification or recertification costs, and are available for all seven certifications (ACHPN, CHPN, CHPPN, CHPLN, CHPNA, CHPCA, and CPLC). The deadline for applications is the first of each month, specifically both May 1 and June 1, 2016.


Conference Scholarships - ELNEC, Scottsdale, Arizona - This will help reimburse some of the costs of attending the first End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) course, taking place this year on Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25 in Scottsdale, AZ.  Follow the link above for application information.  The deadline to apply is May 1, 2016.  


Learn more about each individual opportunity through the links above, or see a complete list of 2016 HPNF opportunities through the link below. For additional information, please contact us at hpnf@gohpnf.org or at 412-787-9301 with any questions.


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


Complete List of 2016 HPNF Opportunities 


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