Certification Newsletter - August 2014

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National Board for Certification of

Hospice and Palliative Nurses 

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Pittsburgh, PA 15276

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August 2014- Vol 6, Issue 4 

Dear ,

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

Get to Know the Board:
Stephen McGowan


S. McGowan
One of the reasons I joined the NBCHPN Board was because of my personal experience with end of life care within my own family and I wanted to contribute to making a difference.  I am very excited to be on the Board.
I am also a Board member for "The Friends of Patients at The National Institutes of Health" serving the "world's largest hospital devoted entirely to research."

I have a diverse 30-year career in information technology, financial banking, and risk management with expertise in business development, information technology, operations, and organizational support. 

I am currently the Senior Vice President, Chief Administration Officer for National Institutes of Health Federal Credit Union (NIHFCU) which is the nation's largest credit union serving the biomedical industry. 

I graduated Phi Kappa Phi from the University of Maryland, University College with a Master of Science in Information Technology with a specialization in Information Assurance.  I also hold a Master of
Business Administration (MBA) and am currently pursuing my Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.  
Stephen McGowan, MBA 
Treasurer, NBCHPN Board of Directors 
Results of June 2014 Testing

Successful testers from the June 2014 testing window include 801 additional certificants.  Those who successfully recertified using the HPAR (Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification) process bring the June total to 1,212. 

180 ACHPNs

777 CHPNs



165 CHPNAs


10 CPLCs


As of July 1, 2014, NBCHPN certifies over 18,900 individuals!  

In This Issue
Get to Know the Board
June 2014 Testing
Message from the President
Recertification ACHPN CHPN
Recertification CHPPN CHPLN CHPCA
2014 Testing Windows
Item Writer Workshop
News from HPNA
News from HPNF

NBCHPN Resources

Get Active in NBCHPN

Quick Links

Current Certificants

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Important Message from NBCHPN President

As we enter into the fall season, students of all ages are returning to school to continue their studies. Each of us involved in hospice and palliative care engage in ongoing education as we learn from each patient and family while also staying apprised of the current evidence for our specialty practice. NBCHPN remains committed to fostering life-long learning and professional growth, as reflected in our 2011 Statement on Continuing Competence for Nursing.


The statement differentiates between competence and competency; two words that sound similar, but represent separate components of a nurse's knowledge and expertise. Competence is described as a nurse's potential ability to respond or perform in a given situation, while Competency reflects the nurse's actual performance or actions in the situation. The statement defines Continuing Competence as "the ongoing commitment of a registered nurse to integrate and apply the knowledge, skills, and judgment with the attitudes, values, and beliefs required to practice safely, effectively, and ethically in a designated role and setting."


Since the 2011 Statement release, the NBCHPN Board has been working to integrate this definition of continuing competence into all aspects of our 7 certification programs, including the recertification process. Our new web-based LearningBuilder recertification program is one example of how NBCHPN is fostering continuing competence, while also answering our certificants' request for a streamlined recertification process.


ACHPNs and CHPNs due for 2015 NBCHPN recertification have already received information by mail regarding LearningBuilder as the new platform to initiate and complete their recertification process. Beginning in 2015, all ACHPNs and CHPNs due for recertification will complete a Situational Judgment Exercise (SJE), which is designed to help measure continuing competence in practice.


Watch for upcoming information about the LearningBuilder launch, as well as additional exciting NBCHPN news to be released in November during Hospice and Palliative Care awareness month.


Until then, wishing each of you rich and meaning-filled learning experiences as you provide expert care to patients and families experiencing serious illness.


With respect and gratitude,


Kathie Kobler, MS, APN, PCNS-BC, CHPPN 

President, NBCHPN Board of Directors

NBCHPN to Launch LearningBuilder in the Near Future for ACHPN and CHPN Recertification!

LearningBuilder is an easy-to-use online tool you will use to record information for your HPAR (Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification) application. No special computer skills are needed outside of access to the Internet!


CHPNs have 2 options to renew certification in 2015:

  • Sit for the exam in 2015 during one of the four testing windows.
  • Submit a Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification (HPAR) application.  HPAR is renewal through contact hours and professional development activities.

 ACHPNs must use the HPAR option.


All ACHPNs and those CHPNs who choose the HPAR renewal for 2015 will use LearningBuilder rather than the previous paper HPAR process.


This new process allows more time for accrual of points and submission. For the standard fee, HPAR applications are due by October 31, 2015.  If you submit your HPAR application and/or collect points between November 1st and December 31st an additional fee is required.


Details about LearningBuilder and the HPAR process will soon be available at www.nbchpn.org. Please call the National Office at 412-787-1057 with any questions. 

Recertification for CHPPNs, CHPLNs, and CHPCAs!

CHPPNs, CHPLNs, and CHPCAs--as previously--have 2 options to renew their certification:

  • Sit for the exam in 2015 during one of the four testing windows.
  • Submit a Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification (HPAR) application.  HPAR is renewal through contact hours and professional development activities.


HPAR renewal for CHPPNs, CHPLNs, and CHPCAs will continue to be a paper submission. A change this year is the extended period of time to accrue points and submit the application.  For the standard fee, HPAR applications are due by October 31, 2015.  If you submit your HPAR application and/or collect points between November 1st and December 31st an additional fee is required.


Details will soon be available at www.nbchpn.org. Please call the National Office at 412-787-1057 with any questions.

Testing in 2014


December is the last opportunity to test in 2014, so apply early!


The application period for December 2014 begins September 1st.  Paper applictions are due October 15, and the online application deadline is November 15. 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 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.

Participate in Item Writing!


Plan NOW for the Item Writer Workshop! Learn more about item writing with 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 completed online, the third and last part is a live webinar with participants discussing potential items for the exam. The last live webinar this year is scheduled for Wednesday, October 8 from 3:00 - 4:30pm ET.

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News from Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association


8th Annual HPNA Clinical Practice Forum - September 18-20, 2014, Pittsburgh PA

"Clinical and Professional Issues in Hospice and Palliative Care"

Click here for details and conference brochure.


Keynote! 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



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

Managing Anxiety, Agitation, Delirium and Depression-Across the Palliative & Hospice Care Continuum


Various clinical and profession practice topics

Pain Management, Symptom Management, Quality, Marketing, Communication, Bioethics, Compassion Fatigue, and more!

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

go to CPF register now!


View the Poster Presentations! Network with Professional Colleagues!

Check out 'new' releases at the HPNA Bookstore! Visit with the Exhibitors!


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

October 21-22, 2014 -- Orlando, FL


ELNEC-Core Train-the-Trainer Course held in collaboration with HPNA


2014 ELNEC - Register online now 

Register early as seating is limited at this popular location.

Make your hotel reservations early for special event room block pricing!


HPNA E-learning courses

Over 60 online courses offering CE's.... Free to HPNA Members!

Go to HPNA E-learning for details. 

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News from Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF)


HPNF Scholarships

Did you pass the certification exam in June 2014, or expect to in September 2014? You may be eligible for a Certification Exam Scholarship, which provides reimbursement for exam fees, and is offered by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF)! Deadline for scholarship applications is December 1. HPNF offers fourteen (14) Certification Scholarships every year. These scholarships are for new and renewing certification and are determined in June and December. Awards are for each level of certification -ACHPN, CHPN, CHPPN, CHPLN, CHPNA, CHPCA and CPLC. The scholarships are competitive to eligible individuals selected by the Certification Scholarship Review Committee.


Congratulations to the winners of the first round of HPNF 2014 certification scholarships:

Lori Anne Browne, CHPN

Celeste Noone MacArthur, CHPN

Akito Morimoto, CHPN

Lisa Wild, CHPN




A Key 2 Your Heart keepsake makes a beautiful gift for your colleagues, staff, supervisors, family, friends and yourself! Express your pride and appreciation for that special nurse in your life by a gift of A Key 2 Your Heart! $30 per keepsake includes shipping! Proceeds from your purchase support HPNF and its program of scholarships, grants and awards for HPNA members and NBCHPN certificants.


The 2014 case is being offered in blue or pink, pictured here. It holds a miniature photo and comes with three keys each holding a special meaning. "E" represents the promise to do an errand and "C" represents the promise to complete a chore, while the heart-shaped key symbolizes the gift of friendship or more!


To purchase, click on DONATE NOW, and select A Key 2 Your Heart in the top drop down box. To have your purchase sent to another as a gift, please provide the full name and address in the Notes section when you make payment online. You may also purchase by calling HPNF, 412-787-9301, and we will personally assist you.


Support Your Nursing Colleagues  

HPNF is dedicated to raising funds to support the professional development of those who serve in the specialties of hospice and palliative nursing. We hope that all NBCHPN certificants will consider making a gift to the Foundation in support of the many scholarships, research grants and leadership awards offered. General donations, a donation in memory of loved one or a donation in honor of someone who has had an impact on your life are just a few ways you can support the Foundation. Please visit www.hpnf.org and the DONATE NOW page to provide your support today! Every gift counts! Thank you!

 Leading through Giving

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This newsletter is published by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.

Sally Welsh, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Chief Executive Officer

NBCHPN National Office
One Penn Center West, Suite 425
Pittsburgh PA 15276

Phone: 412-787-1057

Fax: 412-787-9305