HPCC Certification Newsletter * December 2016 * Volume 8, Issue 6
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Message From Your HPCC Board of Directors President

The end of 2016 is drawing near, and my term as President of the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center Board of Directors is nearly completed. The board and national office staff have accomplished much.

The periodic role delineation studies for ACHPN and CHPN certification programs were completed. From this information, a new detailed content outline developed, and will be incorporated into the respective exams beginning with the first testing window of March 2017. The role delineation study is one means of keeping a certification examination current and relevant to practice. 

Earn it. Keep it. You have worked hard to achieve your certification credential. You devoted hours studying, attending review courses, reading books, manuals, and the core curriculum, and participated in study groups. All with the goal of passing the examination. You have demonstrated your passion and commitment to advancing expert care to those with serious illness. Your certification credential is part of your professional identity. Once you have earned your credential, your next step is to keep it.

Welcome to Our New HPCC Board Members!
We welcome the three new members listed below to the 2017 HPCC Board of Directors. They will each serve a three year term beginning on January 1, 2017. They are:
  • Mark Bertler, CAE, from Los Angeles, CA
  • Todd Hultman, PhD, ACNP, ACHPN, from Denver, CO
  • Kevin Yarrow, CHPCA, from Plano, TX
The new members join current board members Amy Beasley, Kimberly Kidd Brasher, Kathleen Broglio, Catherine Glennon, Susan Koff, and Stacy Smith, under the leadership of Joyce Palmieri as the HPCC Board of Directors President. Click on the link below for a full listing of the HPCC Board of Directors.

HPNA to Discontinue CHPCA and CHPLN 
Exams 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
2017 Certification Recognition Luncheon
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Annual Assembly, Phoenix, Arizona   

The annual HPCC Certification Recognition Luncheon will be held on Thursday, February 23 at noon, during the AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly at the Phoenix Convention Center - North in Phoenix, Arizona.

This year's speaker is Bette Case Di Leonardi, PhD, RN-BC, a consultant in competency management and education, who will speak on the topic, "The Value of Certification." In addition, the 2017 HPCC Certificant of the Year and Employer of the Year Awards will be presented.

Registration is only available online, and seating is limited to the first 200 registrants. The deadline to register is Friday, January 20, 2017, and registrations will not be accepted after the deadline date.  After registering online, you MUST print the "ticket page" that is displayed, and present it at the luncheon for admission. To register and for more information, including details on lost tickets, click on the link below.

HPAR Learning Plans Due by December 31       
in Order to Maintain Certification   

The  Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification (HPAR) is the only method that can be used for CHPNs and ACHPNs to renew their certification in 2016. This process utilizes points that may be earned through professional development activities including continuing education, professional presentations, academic education, orienting, precepting, and volunteering within healthcare related organizations.

In addition, those renewing must complete the Situation Judgement Exercise (SJE), which is an open-book online exercise that uses clinical scenarios to assess critical reasoning and clinical application of hospice and palliative content. Once the SJE is purchased, the certificant has 30 days to complete the exercise. Based on the individual's performance, HPAR points ranging from 5 to 25 points and are automatically added to a certificant's learning plan within one business day. 

All professional development activities except the SJE are logged by the certificant to the online platform Learning Builder, which is accessed by clicking Member/Certificant at the top left of our website at www.goHPCC.org. You will need to provide two values to login, which may include your HPCC certification number, email, or HPNA member number. After accessing your learning plan, you can enter your professional activities completed during your reporting period. Each individual activity should be added as a separate entry in Learning Builder, especially when adding Continuing Education activities.

For the CHPN, the minimum number of points needed for recertification is 100 points, but this includes submitting 10 or more HPAR points in the categories of Scholarly Accomplishments and/or Professional Contributions.  If you choose not to do this, then you would need to submit an additional 20 points of Continuing Education activities, and your recertification total will be 120 points. Find out more about the process at
advancingexpertcare.org/chpn or  advancingexpertcare.org/achpn 
and clicking the HPAR Recertification tab.
The HPCC national office  staff is available and happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding your recertification process! You can contact us at  412.787.1057 or by email at hpcc@gohpcc.org .  

Understanding the HPAR Point System    

Simply stated, Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification (HPAR) points are earned through professional development. These activities are logged under the broad categories of Continuing Education, Scholarly Accomplishments, and Professional Contributions.

For all but the ACHPN, if you are recertifying through the HPAR method in 2017, please remember that you have the option to choose whether you'd like to claim a total of at least 10 HPAR points through Scholarly Accomplishments and/or Professional Contributions OR attain 20 additional HPAR points through Continuing Education.

Follow the link below to a listing of grids for each of the certifications. These are designed to be used as a tool to help determine the number of HPAR points needed for successful recertification, depending on how you've earned your professional development activities.

New 2017 Candidate Handbooks Now Available! 

The updated 2017 candidate handbooks are now available online for all seven of our certifications. You can find all seven of our handbooks through our web site at www.goHPCC.org under Certification and Certifications/Candidate Handbooks & Applications. Each of our exams (ACHPN, CHPN, CHPPN, CHPLN, CHPNA, CHPCA, and CPLC) have a seperate handbook. The handbooks contain information about fees, eligibility, and schedules, as well as a detailed test content outline and suggested resources for study. Find your certification handbook through the link below.

March 2017 is the Next Testing Period 

The application period for the March 2017 testing period continues, with the deadline for paper applications January 15, 2017, and the  online application deadline February 15, 2017. Be sure to download or print the appropriate handbook for the exam you plan to take. The  candidate handbooks are available online 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 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. 
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association News

Registration Open for the Annual Assembly 
Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ     February 22-25, 2017
Registration is open for The Annual Assembly, presented by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and HPNA.   Plenary sessions for this year  include the author of The Shift , Theresa Brown, a conversation on redesigning the end-of-life experience by IDEO Chief Creative Officer Paul Bennett and BJ Miller, MD, and a live performance by The Drum Cafe. 
The Annual Assembly is designed for nurses, physicians, and other health care providers interested in acquiring, maintaining, or expanding the skills needed to function effectively in the field of hospice and palliative care. Share research, clinical best practices, and receive practice related guidance to advance the specialty and improve patient care. 
For more information and to register, visit the Annual Assembly web site at http://annualassembly.org.  
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation News

Take Advantage of our Grants and Scholarships
Deadlines for the following grants and scholarships are coming up soon, and we are looking for applicants. These opportunities are designed to help hospice and palliative care nurses receive the education or assistance they may need.  To apply to each or to find out more, follow the link on the title of each grant or scholarship.
  • Judy Lentz Scholarship - This is for registered nurses who are members of the Oncology Nursing Society, and provides a one year HPNA membership and a conference registration to this year's Annual Assembly. Scholarship deadline is January 1, 2017.
  • Annual Assembly Conference Scholarships - There are 10 of these available, and they cover the member registration costs for the Annual Assembly in Phoenix, AZ. Scholarship deadline is January 1, 2017.
  • Certification and Recertification Scholarships -  These are available monthly, and cover the application costs for either certification or recertification. Deadlines for these are at the end of each month.

Click on the link for a complete list of 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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