Certification Newsletter - April 2014

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April 2014- Vol 6, Issue 2

Dear Dawn ,

Thank you for reading the April 2014 issue of the NBCHPN Certification Newsletter and for your continued support of certification.

Get to Know the Board:
Julie Holman, LPN, CHPLN

I am honored to serve on the Board alongside dynamic and innovative leaders in the field of hospice and palliative care. I am also happy to share a bit about myself, and hope my words may inspire opportunity to explore serving or involvement in some capacity with NBCHPN, HPNA, or HPNF.

Newly elected to serve as Secretary, I am currently in the midst of my first term. I have been involved with hospice and palliative nursing since 1996. Participating in an organization that is a leader in developing a continuing-competence-based model of care for those seeking a career pathway in hospice and palliative care is a life-enriching experience.

I used to watch a TV show in the 60's called "Julia" about a single mom working as a nurse. I often thought that when I grew up I would love to be a nurse and embody her values. Upon reflection, "Julia" personified a strong, confident and competent nurse. I trusted her, and thought what she did was amazing...

Measuring the Impact of Certification
by Melissa Biel, DPA, RN

Melissa Biel, DPA, RN, was the speaker during the NBCHPN Certification Luncheon on March 13, 2014. Dr. Biel has over 25 years experience in the nonprofit and health care fields. She serves as a consultant to hospitals, community clinics, and nonprofit organizations. Melissa works with the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS), a national organization that is focused on improving patient outcomes and consumer protection by promoting specialty nursing certification. Her presentation focused on measuring the impact of certification, and we are providing a summary for those of you who were unable to attend.

Professionalism, Accomplishment, Knowledge, Competence: These are words that equate to certification.

Impact, Results, Return on Investment, Outcomes: These are words that we increasingly hear in the workplace as measures of success in health care.

How do we connect the dots between certification and measures of success in the workplace? Does certification make a difference - and how do we know?

The American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) defines certification as "...the formal recognition of the specialized knowledge, skills, and experience demonstrated by the achievement of standards identified by a nursing specialty to promote optimal health outcomes." Certification matters: it is a sign of personal and professional accomplishment, of public protection by competent practitioners, and of employer engagement of a certified workforce that improves patient care. There are a number of research studies that demonstrate the positive impact of certified practice.

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In This Issue
Get to Know the Board
Measuring the Impact of Certification
Certificant and Employer of the Year Awards
Nominate Today
March 2014 Exam
2014 Testing Windows
Volunteer Opportunities
Item Writer Workshop
News from HPNA
News from HPNF
NBCHPN Resources

Get Active in NBCHPN
Quick Links

Current Certificants
Find NBCHPN Online
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2014 Certificant and Employer of the Year Awards

The 2014 Certificant and Employer of the Year Awards were presented at the Annual NBCHPN Certification Luncheon during the 2014 HPNA/AAHPM Annual Assembly in San Diego on March 13, 2014.

Kerstin McSteen, RN, MS, ACNS-BC, ACHPN is the 2014 recipient of the Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN) of the Year Award. Kerstin currently serves as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Palliative Care Consult Service at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Allina Health System in Minneapolis, MN. Kerstin is a Past President and Board member of NBCHPN. She has been involved in various leadership roles within both HPNA and NBCHPN. In 2011 Kerstin volunteered with a hospice in Cameroon, Africa and currently serves on the Cameroon Healthcare Development Board.



Amanda Broyles, RN, BSN, CHPN is the 2014 recipient of the Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN) of the Year Award. Amanda is an RN with Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd in Rome, GA. She has taken an active role in performance improvement projects while working for hospice, even developing a program (PAW: Pain level, Acceptable level, and Who is reporting) to help nurses maintain proper pain control and accurately collect data for the NQP #0209 Comfortable Dying Measure reporting requirement.




Diane Parker, MSN, NE-BC, CHPN, CHPPN is the 2014 recipient of the Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse (CHPPN) of the Year Award. Diane currently serves as the Chief Nursing Officer for Hospice Care of South Carolina. Diane was a leading force in establishing Hands of Hope, a pediatric hospice division within Hospice Care of South Carolina. She currently is the Nurse Educator for a PBM (pharmacy benefit manager) provider in the development of pediatric guidelines for pain and symptom management. Diane's organization claims 83% of the CHPPNs in the state of South Carolina and she has been instrumental in educating the state licensing and certification agency so that her hospice program can provide palliative care to those 21 and under.

Ottamissiah Moore, LPN, BS, CHPLN, WCC, CLNI is the 2014 recipient of the Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse (CHPLN) of the Year Award. Ottamissiah works as a Staff Development Specialist at the Stoddard Baptist Global Care/Washington Center for Aging Services. Her ELNEC training has allowed her to give presentations on end-of-life care at the National Black Nurses Annual Convention and the National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses Annual Convention. While partnering with a local hospice provider, she has coordinated hospice related training and education to nurses who work in or near the District of Columbia.

Lori Yosick, LISW-S, CHPCA is the recipient of the 2014 Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator (CHPCA) of the Year Award. Lori serves as Executive Director of Hospice and Palliative Care for Mount Carmel Hospice and Palliative Care in Columbus, Ohio. Lori is a Board member of the Ohio Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. She has given professional presentations at CAPC, NHPCO, and other local and national conferences. Lori is a co-leader for Trinity Health in establishing a system-wide approach to palliative care, impacting over eighty hospitals. She has been involved in mentoring dozens of institutions in developing palliative care programs in her role as a principal faculty member for the CAPC Palliative Care Leadership Center at Mount Carmel Health.


Hospice of Northwest Ohio is the recipient of the 2014 Employer of t he Year Award. Hospice of Northwest Ohio has 146 NBCHPN certificants in its agency. In January of 2012 the Board of Directors approved a strategic plan to have 72% of qualified staff credentialed in hospice and palliative care by the end of 2013. They currently have 67% of staff credentialed and had only 48% when they initiated their strategic plan. They have also mandated that all clinical supervisors and directors be credentialed in hospice and palliative care. To ease the financial burden of taking the exam, they are now paying exam fees upfront. The organization has hospice-credentialed individuals in APRN, RN, Pediatric RN, LPN, NA, and Administrator roles. Dr. Vicki Bertka (pictured left) accepted the Employer of the Year award on behalf of Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

Nominate today for the 2015 Certificant of the Year Awards!

NBCHPN offers Certificant of the Year Awards for certified individuals from all programs (ACHPN, CHPN, CHPPN, CHPLN, CHPNA, Administrator, and Perinatal Loss professional). Award recipients receive their awards at the NBCHPN Certification Recognition Event during the AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly.

Nominate a deserving individual for one of these prestigious awards! 2014 Award
nominations are due to the National Office June 1, 2014.

Results of March 2014 Exam

Successful testers from the March 2014 testing window include 696 additional certificants:


463 CHPNs



118 CHPNAs



As of April 1, 2014, NBCHPN certifies 18,187 individuals!

Testing in 2014

The remai2013 Cand Hanbook CHPNning 2014 testing windows are June, September, and December.


The online application deadline for the June 2014 testing window is May 15. Each exam has a separate Candidate Handbook. Please download and/or print the appropriate handbook for the exam you plan to take. The Candidate Handbooks are available online at www.nbchpn.org and contain information about each exam, such as: how to apply, fees, detailed content outline of the information covered on the exam, suggested references for study, and much more!


Be sure to view the 2014 Certification application fee schedule. HPNA members continue to receive substantial exam discounts as a membership benefit. Keep your HPNA membership current to receive this, as well as many other benefits. If you are interested in HPNA membership, visit www.hpna.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

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 NBCHPN Examination Development Committees (EDC). 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 June 30, 2014.


CALL FOR 2015 NBCHPN BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The Board of Directors is responsible for the affairs of NBCHPN, including supervision of business and financial affairs and oversight of the strategic planning component of NBCHPN. We are seeking experienced, energetic, and passionate professionals who will lead the provision of certification in hospice and palliative care into the future. Applicants will be asked to provide evidence of key competencies that are relevant to governance on a national board. Full details of the Board Call for Applications process and Board competencies are available in the "What's Happening at NBCHPN" Box on the home page at www.nbchpn.org. The application deadline is June 30, 2014.

Participate in Item Writing in June!

Plan NOW for the Item Writer Workshop! 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 3 part course; the first 2 parts are done online, while 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 17, 2014 - 10:00-11:30 am ET.

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News from HPNA Education Services

Call for Abstracts open

The call for Poster Presentations is now open for the HPNA Clinical Practice Forum.

Go to Clinical Practice Forum / Poster Presentation for details. Submission deadline May 30, 2014. Have your abstract reviewed before you submit, contact nancyg@hpna.org for more information.


Registration open!

8th Annual HPNA Clinical Practice Forum -

September 18-20, 2014, Pittsburgh PA. "Clinical and Professional Issues in Hospice and Palliative Care"


Models of Leadership: Nurses who Transform Care, Betty Ferrell PhD, MA, RN, CHPN, FAAN, FPCN

Plenary - day 2

Geriatric-Palliative Care: State of the Science and Implications for Practice, Katy Lanz, DNP, ANP, GNP, ACHPN

New this year! Specialized Tracks!

APN Specialized track

RN Specialized track

Back by popular demand

APRN Certification Review Course

RN Certification Review Course

3-Preconference offerings

  • Bioethical Issues Encountered in Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Don't Jump! Lifelong Strategies for Exhausting Work
  • Management of Anxiety, Agitation, Delirium, Depression - Across the Palliative Care Continuum

Register early for the 8th Annual HPNA Clinical Practice Forum,

go to CPF register now!


Attend a 2-day ELNEC Train-the-Trainer course

ELNEC Train-the-TrainerCoursesheld in collaborationwith HPNA

  • ELNEC-Core, St. Paul, MN, June 18-19, 2014
  • ELNEC-Core, Chicago, IL, July 29-30, 2014
  • ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care, Chicago, IL, July 29-30, 2014
  • ELNEC-Core Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), FL, October 21-22, 2014

2014 ELNEC - Register online now Please register early as seating is limited. Make your hotel reservations early as the hotel room block may fill up quickly!___________________________________________________________

HPNA E-Learning

Just posted! HPNA E-Learning Course: Professional Nurse

The Basics of Opioid Conversion presented by Nancy Joyner, RN, MS, AAPRN-CNS, ACHPN.

Multiple case studies involving opioid conversion are presented. The guidelines for opioid conversion and the rational is reviewed guiding the learner through the step-by-step calculation process.


Just posted! HPNA E-Learning Course: Nursing Assistant Education

How to Help Families Cope presented by Julie M. Schneider, RN, MS, APN-BC, ACHPN.

This presentation describes typically causes of stress for family members caring for their loved one. Appropriate interventions that the nursing assistant can do is discussed. Questions to ponder are included throughout the presentation to guide the learner with techniques to help families cope in this stressful time.


Free HPNA E-learning courses to HPNA Members!

Go to HPNA E-Learning for these and other courses.

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News from Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF)

Kathryn Lanz, DNP AGPCNP ACHPN, has been announced as the recipient of the 2014 HPNF Project on Death in America (PDIA) Nursing Leadership Award in Palliative Care. The honor was presented March 13, 2014 at the AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly in San Diego, CA. Congratulations to Dr. Lanz for recognition of her contributions in the field of gero-palliative care, especially in the long-term-care setting. She is the Director of Geriatric Services for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Palliative and Supportive Institute. She serves as Project Director and Co-PI for the Center for Medicare Services Innovation ACA Award titled RAVEN (Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations using Evidence Based Nursing Interventions). In 2013, Dr. Lanz was also recognized by NBCHPN® as the Advanced Practice Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse of the Year.


HPNF is collaborating again with Sigma Theta Tau International for the 2014 STTI/HPNF End of Life Nursing Care Research Grant. The application deadline was April 1. We look forward to the announcement of the researcher and his/her research project selected by the review committee consisting of both STTI and HPNF representatives.


HPNA is offering additional research funding: the HPNF Certification Research Grant. The purpose of the HPNF Certification Research Grant is to seek the impact of certification achieved by hospice and palliative health professionals within a research topic. The grant award is $15,000; proposal deadline is June 1. The Certification Research Grant is competitive; the recipient is selected by a review committee consisting of HPNF Board members and HPNA members with research expertise. Visit the HPNF Certification Research Grant page for proposal submission requirements.


These and all HPNF professional development opportunities provided to hospice and palliative nurses are supported by gifts from our generous donors. To see how you may give, please visit www.hpnf.org.


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