HPCC Certification Newsletter * June 2016 * Volume 8, Issue 3
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Get to Know the HPCC Board
Kimberly A. Kidd-Brasher, RN CHPN CHPCA 

My nursing career started in Texas in the early 1980s working in a surgical intensive care unit and taking responsibility for inpatient hemodialysis. I enjoyed the teamwork that was always present in the ICU. But, I felt somewhat guilty "treating patients to death." I always sensed there was a better way for people to spend the end of their life, rather than being tethered to a ventilator, unable to communicate with loved ones. I have worked in many different nursing specialties. It has always been important for me to provide dignity and respect to patients. I also take pride in educating and preparing families and loved ones for end-of-life. In 2003 I was given an opportunity to join a rapidly growing hospice in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Call for 2017 HPCC Board of Directors

The Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center Board Development Committee is seeking applicants to serve on the HPCC Board of Directors in 2017. The mission of HPCC 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 follow the link or visit our website at www.goHPCC.org under "leadership." Contact the HPCC national office at 412.787.1057 or by email at hpcc@gohpcc.org if you have further questions. The application deadline is July 1, 2016.
Testing in 2016

The remaining 2016 testing windows are coming up in September and December. Online applications for the September window will be accepted through August 15. Remember to download or print the appropriate handbook for the exam you plan to take. The 2016 Candidate Handbooks are available online at www.goHPCC.org under "certification" and contain information about each exam.  Learn about 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 2016 certification application fee schedule. Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) members continue to receive substantial exam discounts as a membership benefit! If you are a member, be sure to keep it current to receive this as well as many other benefits. If interested in HPNA membership, visit www.goHPNA.org under the leadership header. 
Nominate Today for the 2017 Certificant of  the Year Awards

HPCC offers Certificant of the Year awards each year for certified individuals from all programs (ACHPN, CHPN, CHPPN, CHPLN, CHPNA, CHPCA, and CPLC). Award recipients receive their awards at the HPCC Certification Recognition Luncheon during the AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly in Phoenix, AZ next February. 

Pictured here is the 2016 ACHPN Certificant of the Year, Joan G. Carpenter.

Nominate a deserving individual or yourself for one of these prestigious awards. All nominations are due to the national office by July 1, 2016

HPCC Employer Supporter Program
How does your employer support certification? Study groups? Formal recognition? Reimbursement for passing the exam? Enroll your employer in our HPCC Employer Supporter Program and they may be chosen as the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center Employer of the Year! 

Call For Exam Development Committee Positions
If you or someone you know is certified, a current HPNA member, and nterested in serving your profession, you may want to consider applying for a position on one of our HPCC Examination Development Committees

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, available through the link below, are due to the national office by July 1, 2016. 

Certification Pins
Certification pins are available for each credential: ACHPN, CHPN, CHPPN, CHPLN, CHPNA, CHPCA, and CPLC.

Be recognized by your colleagues and patients as being certified in your specialty. These pins showcase your credential and dedication to you profession. Order a pin today and display your credential with pride.  Order online at our website, www.goHPCC.org.

Examination Vouchers are Now Available!
Third parties can now pay the full certification fee for others

HPCC has worked together with Applied Measurement Professionals (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 exam 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 by phone at 412.787.1057.

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 three part course, with the first two parts done online, and the third and last part being a live webinar with participants discussing potential items for the exam. 

The next live webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, from 10:30am to 12:00 noon ET.   
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association News

Tenth Annual HPNA Clinical Practice Forum
Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA     September 30-October 1, 2016
This year, the HPNA Clinical Practice Forum is at a new location, the historic Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA, and will present several high profile speakers in to help celebrate HPNA's 30th anniversary. Join filmmaker Carolyn Jones as she discusses her project, The American Nurse, recently shown on the Discovery Channel during National Nurses Week.  In addition, one of the bigger names in palliative care and our opening plenary Dr. Nessa Coyle will be speaking on The State of the Art and Science of Palliative Nursing. She will also host a panel discussion on hot topics in bioethics and end-of-life care.

Those attending this two day forum will be able to earn a total of 14.0 CNE (continuing nursing education) hours, and a maximum of 3.5 pharmacology credit hours, by attending all of the planned events.

For a schedule of speakers and events, costs, and information on how to register, please click on the link below for more information.

Register for the Virtual Conference 
HPNA has once again joined with both AAHPM and NHPCO to present a live online Virtual Conference, titled Challenges on the Front Lines: Effective Approaches to Complex Cases, and running from Tuesday, August 9, through Thursday, August 11.  The full agenda for the conference is available online for your review.

To find out more about the conference and to register, please follow the link below. Make sure you click HPNA Member Registration to sign up.

Next ELNEC Course is in Charleston, SC
HPNA is offering two upcoming End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) courses on Tuesday, July 26, and Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites in the Charleston, SC historic district. There will be both a ELNEC Core and the only HPNA sponsored ELNEC Pediatric Palliative Care course of the year. 

To find out more about ELNEC, specifics about these courses, and how to register, follow the link:  ELNEC Train-the-Trainer Courses  
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation News

Opportunities Available Through HPNF
Now is the time to take advantage of several upcoming grants and scholarships that can help cover some of the costs toward your professional development. This includes conference fees, certification and recertification, and certification review courses.  Below is a list of what's available and their deadlines.

Certification Scholarships - These reimburse your certification or recertification costs, and are available for all seven HPCC certifications. The deadline for applications is the first of each month, specifically either July 1 or August 1.  

Conference Scholarships (ELNEC) - Applications are currently being accepted for both ELNEC courses in Charleston, SC, and for registration costs toward the Virtual Conference in August.  Deadlines for these three events is July 1.  In addition, applications for the Clinical Practice Forum and for the ACHPN and CHPN Certification Review Courses at that event are currently being accepted.  Deadlines for these is Aug. 1. 

Click on the link for a complete list of 2016 Scholarships, Grants, and Awards, or contact us at hpnf@gohpnf.org or at 412.787.9301.  
HPNF depends on your generous spirit to fund its programs of scholarships, grants, and awards. We hope that we can count on your support. Make your donation today or visit www.goHPNF.org for more.
Thank You For Your Support!
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