HPCC Certification Newsletter * August 2016 * Volume 8, Issue 4

Thank you for reading the latest issue of the HPCC Certification Newsletter and for your continued support of certification.
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Get to Know the HPCC Board

Amy Beasley, DNP, RN, CHPN 

Amy Beasley, DNP, RN, CHPN, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing. She is also a PhD Student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her interest is in palliative care access, especially in rural communities and underserved populations.

She earned a BS in Finance in 2003 and worked in the financial industry prior to her BSN in May 2008. Subsequently, she earned a MSN in Case Management in 2011 and a DNP in 2012. She has returned to school to earn a PhD in Nursing in an effort to contribute to new knowledge in palliative and hospice care in the future.

Contribute to Exam Development by Attending 
the Upcoming Item Writer Workshop 

The Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center is offering you a unique opportunity to make a direct contribution to developing our certification examinations, by attending an upcoming Item Writer Workshop.  The workshop, titled Secrets of Competency Testing: Writing Items for Hospice and Palliative Certification Exams, is scheduled for Monday, October 24, from 11:00am to 12:30pm, ET

Individuals who have a strong knowledge base in hospice and palliative care are welcome to attend. Expertise in item writing or test development is not required.

The workshop is offered as a three-part course, where the first two parts are done online, and the live workshop is the third part. The workshop is offered three times throughout the year. Upon completion of all three parts and the post-test and evaluation, you will receive 3.5 contact hours. Nursing assistants will receive a certificate of participation.

For more information, contact the national office at 412.787.1057 or by email at hpcc@gohpcc.org.  
Testing in 2016

December is the last opportunity to test in 2016, so apply early! 

The application period for December 2016 testing begins on September 1. Paper applications are due October 15, while the online application deadline is a month later, on November 15, 2016. Be sure to download or print the appropriate handbook for the exam you plan to take.  The candidate handbooks are available online through our website at www.goHPCC.org, and contain information on each exam, which includes 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. Members of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) continue to receive substantial exam discounts as a member benefit. Be sure to keep your HPNA membership current to receive this as well as many other benefits. 
Results of the June 2016 Exam

Successful candidates for certification and recertification from the June 2016 testing window include 657 additional certificants.
      • 67 ACHPNs
      • 376 CHPNs
      • 2 CHPPNs
      • 32 CHPLNs
      • 158 CHPNAs
      • 12 CHPCAs
      • 10 CPLCs
As of July 1, 2016, the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center certifies over 18,500 individuals!  
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! 

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.

Certification Is Transformational!

HPCC is inviting all certified nurses and staff to talk about how certification has transformed their lives through a video sharing app called Certified Nurses. HPCC is once again joining with the National Certification Corporation (NCC) and other specialty nursing organizations who worked on the award winning Certified Nurses are Everywhere PSA campaign, to launch this app.

Those who download the free Certified Nurses app through either iTunes or Google Play will be able to upload a video story about their certification experience. Some of those video stories may also end up on a future public service announcement.

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association News

Early Registration Deadline is Close for the 
Tenth Annual Clinical Practice Forum
Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA     September 30-October 1, 2016
The early registration deadline for this year's HPNA Clinical Practice Forum is Wednesday, August 31, 2016. Topics this year include:
  • Hot Topics in Bioethics Discussion: Nessa Coyle & Deborah Wiegand
  • Palliative Wound Care: Effective Assessments and Interventions
  • Multicultural Palliative Care: Meeting the Needs of the Community
  • Moral Distress and Self Care
  • Successful Palliative Care Transitions from Acute to Post-Acute Settings of Care
  • Balancing End Stage Organ Failure from Upstream Palliative Care to Hospice Eligibility
  • Filmmaker Carolyn Jones, The American Nurse, and Hope: Nurses Transforming the Culture of Dying in America

Those attending this two day forum will be able to earn a total of 13.0 CNE (continuing nursing education) hours, and a maximum of 3.5 pharmacology credit hours, by attending all of the planned events. In addition, be sure to say hello to those at the HPCC exhibition booth, as HPCC is once again this year a sponsor of this event.

For a schedule of speakers and events, hotel information, and information on the event itself, follow the links.  For registration, click on the link below. 

Give Your Career a Boost: 
Check Out HPNA's New Career Center 
HPNA is excited to launch a brand new interactive job board with a focus on hospice and palliative care, the HPNA Career Center.  This new online resource is an easy-to-use and highly targeted resource available for career growth.  

Job seekers can post their resumes for free, view available jobs based on set criteria, save jobs for later review, and create a search agent with email notifications of jobs that match their set criteria. Employers can post jobs online, search for qualified candidates, create an online resume agent to email qualified candidates, and benefit from online reporting that provides job activity statistics. Both have access to the National Healthcare Career Network (NHCN), a network of over 290 top healthcare and professional organizations, giving you more control over your care advancement, and a one stop shop to find targeted and quality candidates.  

Visit the HPNA Career Center by clicking on Careers at the top right of any of our web pages, or visit directly through the link below.

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 September 1 or October 1.  

Judy Lentz Scholarship - The Judy Lentz Scholarship for the Advancement of Palliative Care in Oncology Nursing provides a registered nurse with a one year membership to HPNA, plus conference registration and a $1,500 stipend check for the next AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly, being held next February in Phoenix, Arizona. The deadline for applications for this scholarship is December 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.  
Help Support Hospice & Palliative Nurses
HPNF helps support nurses in hospice and the specialty of palliative care, offering over 100 grants and scholarships for educational opportunities just this year. You can help support HPNF by giving a gift through our many giving options. Visit our website at www.goHPNF.org to find out more, or contact us directly at either 412.787.9301 or by email at info@hpnf.org

Thank You For Your Support!

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