Certification Newsletter - February 2014

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National Board for Certification of

Hospice and Palliative Nurses

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to the NBCHPN Certification Newsletter
February 2014- Vol 6, Issue 1

Dear Dawn ,

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

Message from the New President

Hello Certificants,

We have Kathie Koblerwonderful opportunities ahead in 2014!

In January, the Boards of NBCHPN, HPNA and HPNF met for the first time to participate in joint strategic planning and to identify opportunities for working in alliance. The three Boards approved the adoption of a common vision and mission. Read more in the message from Sally Welsh, CEO, about how NBCHPN, HPNA and HPNF will be collaborating to transform the care and culture of serious illness.

Throughout this year, the NBCHPN Board will continue the work of integrating our continuing competence model into all aspects of our seven certification programs. In addition, NBCHPN staff is implementing a new technology platform. The updated IT systems will allow for a new online system for renewing certification, and also enhancements to the NBCHPN website. More information will be coming soon about the new LearningBuilder system.

In March, we will gather at the Annual Assembly to honor all health care professionals certified through NBCHPN at the Certification Luncheon. We look forward to seeing you there!

One of my favorite quotes is credited to St. Benedict: "Listen and attend with the ear of your heart." Each time I read these words, I am reminded of the incredible gift each of you bring to those who hurt. I am grateful for all the ways you come alongside patients and families dealing with the ramifications of serious illness, sharing your expertise and providing a compassionate presence. Your commitment to providing quality hospice and palliative care is needed and valued. It is a privilege to serve you and NBCHPN this year as Board President.


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

Vision/Mission Statement

In January 2014, the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association (HPNA), Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF) and the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN) Boards held the first Joint Board Retreat in the history of the three organizations. The goals? To begin developing strategies to work even more closely "In Alliance" and to assess and identify potential opportunities for joint strategic planning. While each organization has unique duties, the three Boards believe that a shared focus benefits the organizations and their constituents. Some areas of common interest include advocacy, branding, image and communication, board orientation and board education. A major objective of joint strategic planning was to develop even more synergy among the three organizations, enhancing value for the constituents (members, certificants and donors) of each.

After a discussion about the mission and vision of each organization, both the HPNF and NBCHPN Boards approved the adoption of the same mission and vision as HPNA. The three organizations now share the vision, "To transform the care and culture of serious illness" and the mission, "To advance expert care in serious illness." Each organization will contribute unique services; however, the organizations will all be focused on the same mission and vision. This developmental milestone in the evolution of the organizations will make us even stronger, positioning us to realize our vision of "transforming the care and culture of serious illness."

Sally Welsh, MSN, RN, NEA-BC


Results of December 2013 Exam
As of January 1, 2014, NBCHPN certifies over 17,500 individuals. Successful testers from the December 2013 testing window include 1,376 additional certificants:

46 ACHPNs, 919 CHPNs, 4 CHPPNs, 86 CHPLNs,

282 CHPNAs, 25 CHPCAs, and 14 CPLCs

2013 Testing Results
2013 exam results
In This Issue
Message from the President
Vision/Mission Statement
December 2013 Exam Results
2013 Exam Results
2014 Candidate Handbooks
Volunteer Opportunities
Item Writer Workshop
Nominate for Awards
Nominate for Awards
Certificant Login
Certified Nurses Day
News from HPNA
News from HPNF
NBCHPN Resources

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Current Certificants
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Certified Nurses are Everywhere! National PSA Campaign Launch

The National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN), in partnership with The National Certification Corporation (NCC) and other certifying organizations, has launched a national Public Service Announcement campaign - Certified Nurses are Everywhere!

This endeavor encompasses broadcast and cable TV, internet ads, and transit ads in major designated market areas across the country. Its purpose is to inform the public that "Nurses can be nationally certified in their nursing specialty" - such as obstetrics, women's health, neonatal, oncology, surgical, pediatrics, anesthesia, and hospice and palliative care (just to name a few.)

Certified nurses work in all specialty areas, in every part of the country, and in every health care setting, but the public is unaware of the certified nurse and of the effect certified nurses have on health care, patient advocacy and patient safety. Certified nurses directly influence patients and their families during life-changing births, illnesses, and trauma. Patients feel more confident in the care of certified nurses dedicated to staying current with the continuing changes in health care practices.

NBCHPN and partnering organizations would like to empower individuals to be more knowledgeable health care consumers. By visiting CertifiedNurses.org consumers can learn more about certification and the various specialties that proudly support their certified nurses.

Testing in 2014

The remai2013 Cand Hanbook CHPNning 2014 testing windows are June, September and December. Applications for June 2014 will be accepted beginning March 1st. Each exam has a separate Candidate Handbook. Please download and/or print the appropriate handbook for the exam you plan to take. The 2014 Candidate Handbooks are available online at www.nbchpn.org. The Candidate Handbooks 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!

Volunteer Opportunities

NBCHPN CALL FOR BOARD AND COMMITTEE POSITIONS: If you or someone you know is certified, interested in serving the profession, and committed to hospice and palliative care, consider applying for a position on the Board of Directors or one of the NBCHPN Examination Development Committees (EDC).

Great care is taken to select representative candidates from both hospice and palliative care backgrounds, various geographic areas of the country, and with clinical, management, and academic expertise. It is very important that a sufficient number of qualified individuals apply to ensure ongoing leadership for the certification process and accomplishment of the goals of the organization. Completed application packets for 2015 positions are due to the National Office by June 1, 2014.

If interested, please contact the National Office at 412-787-1057 or nbchpn@nbchpn.org, or visit our website www.nbchpn.org for an application packet.

Participate in Item Writing in March!

Learn more about item writing with the FREE Item Writer Workshop: "Secrets of Competency Testing: Writing Items for Hospice and Palliative Certification Exams." Earn points of continuing education that may be used for certification renewal by HPAR. The workshop is offered as a 3-part course; the first 2 parts are completed online, and the third and final part is a live webinar where participants discuss potential items for the exam. The next live webinar is scheduled for Monday, March 24, 2014 from 3:00-4:30 pm ET.

Nominate today for the Certificant of the Year Awards!

NBCHPN offers Certificant of the Year Awards for all certified individuals (ACHPN, CHPN, CHPPN, CHPLN, CHPNA, CHPCA, and CPLC). Certificant of the Year Award recipients receive their awards at the Certification Recognition Event during the AAHPM and HPNA Annual Assembly.

Nominate a deserving individual for one of these prestigious awards! Award nominations
for 2015 awards are due to the National Office June 1, 2014.

Fall 2013 Certification Scholarship Recipients!

Please join HPNF in congratulating the following recipients of Certification Scholarships, Fall 2013:

Deborah Brunelle, CHPN

Carol Jean Cullinan, CHPN

Megan Feeney King, CHPN

Patricia A. Lee, CHPN

Lisa Ann Levy, CHPN

Brenda Wilkerson, CHPN

JoAnne Chitwood, CHPN

These scholarships are for new and renewing certification for any of the seven (7) certification programs. The next deadline for application is June 1 for exams passed or HPAR approval received during the December and March windows.


Certificant Login button on www.nbchpn.org! Log in and print a Certification Card or Certification Verification letter. Update your contact information. View the newsletter archive and other helpful resources! Look for the Certificant Login button at the top right corner of the home page at www.nbchpn.org.

Certified Nurses Day is March 19th! Credentials Matter!

Certified Nurses Day is celebrated March 19th, 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. A recipient of numerous honors and recognition globally, Gretta Styles' legacy is the powerful and growing role of board certification in contributing to high standards of patient care.


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 members with a tackette (pin). Tackettes are available for purchase for all certificants!

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News from HPNA Education Services

Mark your calendar!

HPNA 8th Annual Clinical Practice

"Clinical and Professional Issues in Hospice and Palliative Care"

September 18-20, 2014 -- Pittsburgh PA

Keynote - Betty Ferrell, PhD, MA, RN, CHPN, FAAN, FPCN

New this year! We heard the requests of members and past attendees and now offer 2 tracks -an APN Track and an RN Track. Details will be posted on the website soon.

Also, back by popular demand: APN Certification Review and RN Certification Review

Registration opens soon at www.HPNA.org


2014 AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly

March 12-15, 2014 -- San Diego CA

Registrations are coming in fast! So far, representation from all 50 states and 5 countries! WOW!

Here's a highlight of a few preconferences coordinated by HPNA:

  • APRN Certification Review - Connie Dahlin, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FAAN, Nancy Joyner, RN, MS, APRN-CNS, ACHPN
  • What would Cochrane Say? Case Application of Evidence-Based Practice in Palliative Care - Mary Lynn McPherson PharmD, BCPS, CPE, Michael LaPenta, MD
  • Quality Improvement: Getting Started, making, changes, getting results - Joy Goebel, RN, PhD, Marie Bakitas, NP-ACHPN, AOCN, FAAN, Karen Kehl, MSN, PhD, Karl Lorenz, MSHS, MD
  • How Many Diagnoses Does it take for a Hospice Patient to Die?- Mary Kay Tyler, MSN, CNP, CHPPN, CHPCA, Jeffrey Spiess, MD, FAAHPM, Janice Scheuffler, R.Ph, PharmD, FASCP

Register now at 2014 AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly


ELNEC online registration

ELNEC Train-the-Trainer Courses held in collaboration with HPNA

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

Other ELNEC courses available are ELNEC- DNP Palliative Oncology Care, ELNEC-APRN, ELNEC-Critical Care, and ELNEC-Veterans. Please visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/elnec

Please register early as seating is limited. Make your hotel reservations early as the hotel room block may fill up quickly!

2014 ELNEC - Register online now


Did you know?

HPNA E-Learning offers courses for the Nursing Assistants

E-learning course are free to HPNA Members.

Log into www.HPNA.org, go to the Members Only page, and select the E-learning button.

New NA Course just posted:

Caring for the Patient with Congestive Heart Failure: The Role of the Nursing Assistant

presented by Catherina Madani, RN, MSN, CHPN

Participation Hours: 0.25

Also designed for Nursing Assistants: HPNA TIPs Sheets


Just Released!

Palliative Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice - An Essential Resource for Hospice and Palliative Nurse

The new Palliative Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice - An Essential Resource for Hospice and Palliative Nurse addresses what is expected of all palliative nurses by specifying the who, what, where, when, why, and how of their practice. The detailed discussion of that scope of practice provides the context - underlying assumptions, characteristics, environments and settings, education and training requirements, key issues and trends, and ethical and conceptual bases of the specialty - needed to understand and use the palliative nursing standards of practice. All palliative nurses are held accountable to the 16 standards, which provide a framework for evaluating outcomes, goals, and their specialty practice. The set of specific competencies accompanying each standard serves as evidence of minimal compliance with that standard. Additional competencies are listed for advanced practice registered nurses.

Available as hard copy book and e-book! www.HPNA.org

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News from Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF)

Announcing HPNF Scholarship Recipients!

HPNF has announced that Rona Janel Johnson, RN, BSN, OCN is the recipient of the 2014 Judy Lentz Scholarship for the Advancement of Palliative Care in Oncology Nursing. The purpose of this scholarship is to enhance nursing excellence in palliative care by providing educational opportunities for registered nurses. Rona, a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, will attend the 2014 AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly in San Diego, CA and will receive a one-year RN Membership to HPNA. Congratulations, Rona!

HPNF announces the 10 Conference Scholarship winners to the 2014 AAHPM/HPNA Assembly:

  • James Nicholas Dionne-Odom, MSN, BSN, RN, ~ Hoover, AL
  • Nicole Ewerth, RN, BSN, CHPN® ~ Philadelphia, PA
  • Tracy Fasolino, PhD, FNP, ACHPN® ~ Salem, SC
  • Deborah Fisher, PhD, CPON® ~ Midlothian, VA
  • Stephanie Gilbertson-White, PhD, APRN-BC ~ Iowa City, IA
  • Carla Jolley, ARNP, MN, AOCN®, CHPN® ~ Freeland, WA
  • Holli Martinez, ARNP-BC, ACHPN® ~ Park City, UT
  • Kay Mueggenburg, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, CHPN® ~ O'Fallon, IL
  • Annie Ruth Petteys, FNP-BC, MSN, BSN, RN ~ Cerritos, CA
  • Lynn F. Reinke, PhD, ARNP, MSN, BSN, RN ~ Edmonds, WA

Congratulations to you all!

Certification Research Grant

It is never too early to begin preparation. The purpose of the HPNF Certification Research Grant is to seek the impact of certification within the research topic that pertains to palliative care. The research can be on any relevant topic, as long as there is a mechanism measuring the impact of certified versus non-certified hospice and palliative nursing professionals. One grant, of up to $15,000, is awarded annually. Proposal submission deadline is June 1, 2014. Funding commences September 1, 2014. Foundation staff are available to provide technical assistance completing your application at 412-787-9301 or info@hpnf.org.

Did you know?

The study Job Satisfaction, Intent to Stay, and Recommended Job Improvements: The Palliative Nursing Assistant Speaks* by Barbara A. Head, HPNA Past-President, and funded by the 2010 HPNF Certification Research Grant, was published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine. Click here: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/jpm.2013.0160, to read.

*Barbara A. Head, Karla T. Washington, John Myers. Journal of Palliative Medicine. November 2013, 16(11): 1356-1361.

2014 A Key 2 Your Heart

Stay tuned! The 2014 A Key 2 Your Heart will be available soon!

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Sally Welsh, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Chief Executive Officer

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