HPCC Certification Newsletter * April 2017 * Volume 9, Issue 2
Thank you for reading the latest issue of the HPCC Certification Newsletter and for your continued support of certification.
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HPCC to Discontinue CHPCA and CHPLN Examinations Beginning in 2018
Beginning on January 1, 2018, the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center will no longer offer the Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator (CHPCA) or Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse (CHPLN) examinations to new applicants. The last opportunity to earn either the CHPCA or CHPLN as a new credential through examination is December 31, 2017. HPCC will continue to offer a recertification process for individuals who have obtained and maintained these two credentials. 

A lower than expected number of examination candidates over the past several years has made these programs difficult to maintain. We have 314 total individuals with the CHPCA certification over nearly 10 years of the program, and applications have lowered the last several years, dropping 12.5% between 2015 and 2016. We have over 1,000 CHPLN certificants in 12 years of the program, and applications have dropped here as well, with a decrease in 2016 of over 35%.

Those who are currently certified as a CHPCA or CHPLN, or who earn these credentials by December 31, 2017, will be able to renew and maintain them through the Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification (HPAR) process. Detailed information on HPAR is available under recertification at either advancingexpertcare.org/chpca or advancingexpertcare.org/chpln, or you may contact the HPCC staff for additional assistance at 412-787-1057 or hpcc@gohpcc.org
Luncheon Speaker Synopsis
Dr. Bette Case Di Leonardi  

Bette Case Di Leonardi, PhD RN-BC, celebrates her 50th anniversary as an RN in 2017. Since 1993, she has practiced as an independent consultant who assists various healthcare organizations and professional schools to achieve their goals using educational, competency management, and quality improvement strategies. She has presented and published widely on professional development and competency topics.

She was among the first group of nurses certified in Nursing Professional Development  in 1992 and has been involved in the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) since its inception as the National Nursing Staff Development Organization (NNSDO).
She currently serves as Vice-President of the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, on the editorial board of The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, and as a peer reviewer for Nurse Educator. Bette earned her BSN at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY, and her MSN and PhD in Educational Psychology at Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, IL.
Her presentation was entitled "The Value of Certification."  We are providing a summary for those of you who were unable to attend.

PSI/AMP Merger Adds More Testing Sites
Those taking certification exams now have a choice of more testing sites throughout the country, due due to the 2016 merger between our testing company Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) and PSI Services LLC. The combined testing sites should give candidates more options and more locations to take their certification test. These testing sites may have changed from previous sites, so be sure to look online for the Test Center List under every specific home page. For more questions, visit the PSI/AMP link below.

Get to Know the HPCC Board
Kevin Yarrow, CHPCA  

My healthcare career started  in Bethesda, Maryland in the late 1970s working in hospital accounting. Over the years I took on greater responsibility in nurse recruitment and then managing hospital operations. I moved on to post-acute settings over the years.  These included regional leadership roles in home medical equipment, home health and home infusion. In those settings I often interacted with hospice professionals and felt very connected to their mission.
Application Window for the June 2017 
Testing Period Ends Monday, May 15 

The deadline for online applications for the June 2017 testing period is Monday, May 15, 2017. Be sure to download or print the appropriate handbook for the exam you plan to take. The  candidate handbooks are available under certification at  www.goHPCC.org , and contain information on each exam, which includes how to apply, fees, schedules, detailed test content outline of information covered on the exam, suggested references for study, and much more!

Be sure to view the 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 other benefits. 
Results of the March 2017 Certification Exams
Successful candidates for both certification and recertification from the March 2017 testing window include 610 additional certificants. Those candidates break down as follows:
      • 84 ACHPNs
      • 364 CHPNs
      • 4 CHPPNs
      • 38 CHPLNs
      • 104 CHPNAs
      • 6 CHPCAs
      • 10 CPLCs
As of April 1, 2017, the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center certifies over 17,275 individuals!  Congratulations to all our candidates. 
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 Certification Recognition Event during the AAHPM and 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, 2017.
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 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 are due to the national office by July 1, 2017. 
Call for 2018 HPCC Board of Directors
The Board Development Committee is seeking applicants to serve on the HPCC Board of Directors in 2018. 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 visit, www.goHPCC.org .  Contact the HPCC national office at hpcc@gohpcc.org or 412-787-1057 if you have further questions.  The deadline for board applications is July 1, 2017. 
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; the first two 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. 
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association News

New Edition of Conversations in Palliative Care Available Through the HPNA Shop    

Fresh off the press comes the newest edition of Conversations in Palliative Care: Questions and Answers with the Experts. This fourth edition is edited by Patrick Coyne, Barton Bobb, and Kathy Plakovic, and is now available through the HPNA Shop.

Nurses constantly encounter complex patient care situations in palliative care. What nurses often say they need most is the advice or support of a colleague - a "curbside" consultation with an experienced nursing colleague who can listed to their questions and help them think about their options.

This book is the next best thing to having a consultant. It is a collection of common clinical problems that are of great concern to nurses as they struggle to provide the most competent and compassionate care possible to their patients. The advice provided in this book is not only evidence based, it is nurse tested, written by palliative experts who have years of experience providing palliative care and mentoring interdisciplinary colleagues. Order the fourth edition today!

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation News

National Nurses Week and HPNF: 
Supporting a Great Mission that Supports You!
As we move closer to National Nurses Week starting on May 6, we congratulate all nurses for your passion and diligence. Watch your email on Wednesday, May 10th, as the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation shares about it's charitable mission dedicated to advancing the hospice and palliative nursing profession, and other members of the caring team. You'll learn more about ways you can help!

In the meantime, visit our website below to learn more about the myriad of opportunities that exist to HELP YOU in your career goals.

Apply Now to Have Your Certification or Registration Fees Paid by the Foundation
One of the biggest deterrents for those looking for certification or recertification, or for those trying to attend a conference, is cost. With the number of employers who compensate their employees for these costs dropping, HPNF is trying to bridge the gap by assisting those in need. The opportunities now available are listed below. For a complete list, follow the link at the bottom of the article.
  • Individual Education Scholarships - Available to nurses seeking an educational degree at the bachelors, masters, and doctorate levels.
  • Chapter Education Grants - Specifically for HPNA chapters seeking to fund a chapter related educational product.
  • Certification and Recertification Scholarships - Available monthly, these cover the registration costs for either certification or recertification. Deadlines for these are at the end of each month, and those who do not receive a scholarship can apply the following month.


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