HPCC Certification Newsletter * February 2017 * Volume 9, Issue 1
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ACHPN, CHPN Certificate Programs  Earn 
ABSNC Reaccreditation Through 2022
We are proud to announce that HPCC recently received reaccreditation of the ACHPN and CHPN programs through the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC). The CHPN was first accredited in 2001, while the ACHPN has been accredited since 2006. The process occurs every five years, and these programs will be able to renew their accreditation again in 2022.

ABSNC, formerly the ABNS Accreditation Council, is the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certification. ABSNC accreditation is a peer-reviewed mechanism that allows nursing certification organizations to obtain accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the highest quality standards available in the industry. Accreditation is available for both ABNS member and non-member organizations. Learn more about ABSNC accreditation through the link below. 

2017 Certificant & Employer of the Year Awards    
The Certificant and Employer of the Year Awards were presented at the HPCC Certification Recognition Luncheon during this year's Annual Assembly in Phoenix, Arizona, on Thursday, February 23, 2017. The speaker was Bette Case Di Leonardi, PhD, RN-BC, a consultant in competency management and education, who spoke on "The Value of Certification." Our award winners are the following:   

Kimberly Chow, RN, ANP-BC, ACHPN ,   is the 2017 recipient of the Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN) of the Year Award. She is a Nurse Practitioner Coordinator and Clinical Practice Manager at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's Palliative Medicine Service, and Adjunct Faculty at City University of New York, School of Professional Studies. She is recognized as "an asset in both her ability to properly assess and treat end of life and her utmost compassion to patients and family members."

Denise M. DiMare, RN, BSN, CHPN is the 2017 recipient of the Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN) of the Year Award. She is currently the team leader for the Access to Care teams for the Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, and has worked with the organization for nearly 20 years. Her nominator writes that "she is and always will be an advocate for the patient and family as a fierce proponent of patient choice." She is one of two employees of the Hospice of the Western Reserve to win Certificant of the Year awards in 2017.

Verna L. Hendricks-Ferguson, PhD, RN, CHPPN, FPCN, FAAN is the 2017 recipient of the Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse (CHPPN) of the Year Award. She is currently a faculty member at Saint Louis University School of Nursing in St. Louis, Missouri. Among her accomplishments in the field to educate future nurses, according to her nominator, is her drive to further the science regarding clinician-patient communication about pediatric palliative and end-of-life care for children with cancer.

Susanne May, LPN, CHPLN, CHA
is the 2017 recipient of the Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse (CHPLN) of the Year Award. She has 23 years of experience, and is currently an administrator at Canon Hospice in Jefferson, Louisiana. She has been a CHPLN since 2004. She says her greatest joy is "talking to our families, and helping them through their journeys with their loved one," and calls being a hospice nurse "my God-given superpower."

Sabina Madrid, STNA, CHPNA
, is the 2017 recipient of the Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant (CHPNA) of the Year Award. She is currently a home care nursing assistant, but until recently was a Personal Care Specialist at Ohio's Hospice in Dayton, Ohio, where she worked for 10 years. She was the recipient of that organization's Bouquet of Service Award, used to honor outstanding teammates, and participated in a trip last winter to Ecuador to help educate Ecuadorians about end-of-life care.  

Robert Phillips-Plona, MSN, MBA, RN, CHPN, CHPCA
is the 2017 recipient of the Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator (CHPCA) of the Year Award. He is the Director of Residential Services of the Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, and is responsible for the overall management of two in-patient hospice facilities. He is active partnering with the community and integrating the facility as a key part of the area's emergency disaster response plans. He is the second person from the Hospice of the Western Reserve to win an HPCC award in 2017.

Kindred Hospice in San Marcos, Texas, 
is the recipient of the 2017 Employer of the Year Award. This location has 56 employees, with 12 HPCC certificants out of the 23 team members who are eligible for certification. This number includes all the clinical leadership team, as well as three case managers and four nursing assistants. The organization covers the cost of the exam, study materials, memberships, and offers an annual bonus to all certified employees. The organization is committed to ensuring their team has ongoing support and recognition for their work in advancing their profession through certification, and believes their team exemplifies the core missions and values of professional hospice care by making the patients and families the center of all that they do. 
AMP-PSI Merger Adds More Testing Sites
Beginning on March 1, 2017, those taking certification exams will have a choice of more testing sites throughout the country. That is 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 AMP-PSI link below.

Overall Testing Results for 2016    
# of Testers
# of Passers
# of current certificants as of January 1, 2017
Pediatric RN
Perinatal Loss Care

Results of the December 2016 Certification Exams
Successful candidates for both certification and recertification from the December 2016 testing window include 876 additional certificants. Those candidates break down as follows:
      • 83 ACHPNs
      • 428 CHPNs
      • 6 CHPPNs
      • 56 CHPLNs
      • 257 CHPNAs
      • 34 CHPCAs
      • 12 CPLCs
As of January 1, 2017, the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center certifies over 17,000 individuals!  Congratulations to all our candidates. 
Get to Know the HPCC Board
Todd Hultman, PhD, ACNP, ACHPN  

I came into nursing as a second career after working as a psychologist. I'd always admired nursing and saw it as an opportunity to extend my scope of care "below the neck."

I began my career as a nursing assistant, then nurse, on a medical oncology unit at Massachusetts General Hospital while pursuing a Masters degree in Nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. While working at the bedside, I found myself volunteering to take "those patients" - the patients approaching end of life. So, while working towards my Masters degree, I also began training with the Palliative Care Service at MGH and found my true passion.

Applications for the June 2017 
Testing Period Begins Wednesday, March 1 

Although the application period for March testing is closed, applications for the June 2017 testing period begins on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The deadline for paper applications is April 15, 2017, and the  online application deadline 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 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. 
Certified Nurses Day is March 19!

Certified Nurses Day is celebrated every year on  March 19 , the birthday of Margretta "Gretta" Madden Styles.

Known as the "Mother of Nurse Credentialing," Gretta Styles was the architect of the first comprehensive study of nursing credentialing in the 1970s. She served as President of the American Nurses Association, the International Council of Nurses, the California Board of Registered Nursing, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Make  Certified Nurses Day a special day of recognition to celebrate certified nurses across the country who contribute to the advancement of nursing professionalism and to higher standards and better outcomes in patient health. Consider honoring your certified nursing team member with a certification pin, available for purchase by all certificants!

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association News

Over 3,200 Attend the Annual Assembly   
Boston, Massachusetts is the site for 2018
Over 3,200 people, including nearly 1,000 nurses, attended this year's Annual Assembly, from February 22-25, 2017, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. They heard from great speakers, experienced exciting educational events, and networked with their fellow hospice and palliative care nursing professionals.  For those on social media, #hpm17 became the key hashtag for the week. We thank everyone who attended.

It is not too early to mark your calendars for the 2018 Annual Assembly, presented by HPNA and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), from March 14-17, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. More information about the event as it becomes available will be posted on our website on the page marked below. 

Attend the Next ELNEC Courses this April in Savannah, GA
Both Core & Pediatric Course Tracks Offered  

Savannah, Georgia is the location for the next HPNA sponsored End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) courses, which take place on April 25-26, 2017. Both the ELNEC core and ELNEC pediatric courses will be held on those dates, so be sure you choose which track you are interested in when you register. 

Early registration deadlines for these courses are on Friday, March 24, 2017. For more information and how to register, please follow the link below.

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation News

Community-Based Palliative Care Guidelines Project Awarded $753,000 Grant
HPNF has been awarded a $753,000, two-year grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, to support the efforts of the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (NCHPC) to establish Community-Based Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care. You can find out more about the grant through the official press release, linked below.

Take Advantage of our Grants and Scholarships
Be sure to take advantage of the available grants and scholarships offered to hospice and palliative nurses.  We had several nurses who attended the recent Annual Assembly without a registration cost, and we have other conferences coming up that feature scholarships. In addition, there are monthly scholarships given out for those who are certifying or recertifying through HPCC. See the links below for your opportunity.
  • ELNEC Conference Scholarships - These cover the cost of registration and travel to one of the HPNA sponsored End-of-Line Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) courses, including both core and pediatric courses taking place April 24-25 in Savannah, GA. The deadline is March 26, 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.
  • Research Grants - The STTI/HPNF End-of-Life Nursing Care Research Grant is available, with a April 1, 2017 deadline. Follow the link for details, or apply on the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) website.

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!
Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center 
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