Apply to the HPNA Board

The HPNA Board Development and Leadership Committee is seeking nominations (including self-nominations) for individuals to serve on the Board of Directors for a three-year term to begin in January, 2018. The association proudly serves as the voice for hospice and palliative nurses. We are seeking energetic, experienced and passionate hospice and palliative nurses who will lead the provision of palliative nursing into the future.

The HPNA Mission Statement

To advance expert care in serious illness.

Commitment and Eligibility

  • Applicants for the HPNA Board of Directors must have been a HPNA voting member for a minimum of two years and an active participant in the work of the organization.
  • Board terms are for three years. Director obligations include attendance at a minimum of four board meetings per year, active work on two committees, attendance at the HPNA Annual Membership Meeting, and other face-to-face and/or phone responsibilities that might be required.
  • Board members can expect to commit a minimum of one week-day (usually Friday) and one weekend day (Saturday) for each of the four annual board meetings. Committee responsibilities usually include monthly conference calls. Board members can expect to spend a minimum of one-hour on the conference call and additional time in preparation and reporting responsibilities.
  • Expenses related to board and committee participation are reimbursed. No other remuneration is provided. Read more about board obligations and responsibilities.

HPNA Nomination Process

All applicants are required to provide the following information via email to Holly Nesbitt at or postmarked no later than March 31, 2017 to Chair, Board Development and Leadership Committee, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, One Penn Center West, Suite 425, Pittsburgh, PA 15276.

  1. Complete the application to serve on the HPNA Board of Directors which includes providing evidence of key competencies such as Commitment to Mission, Teamwork, Personal Integrity, etc. These competencies are defined on the application form. Download the application form.
  2. Provide a professional resume.
  3. Include two letters of recommendation that address the Universal and Essential Collective Competencies (definitions are noted on the application form). References may be contacted by the Board Leadership and Development Committee. If currently employed, one letter of recommendation must be from applicant’s employer. This letter must indicate employer’s support for the applicant’s participation on the Board of Directors and employer’s specific agreement to the time commitment as outlined in the Commitment and Eligibility section of this information.
  4. Selected candidates will be asked to schedule a telephone interview with the Board Development and Leadership Committee as an additional part of the application.

Board of Directors Voting Process

All voting members of HPNA will receive an email in early to mid June with specific election information, and the Board of Directors voting window will open up and remain open to the deadline, which is usually in mid-July.  Please contact us directly at 412.787.9301 if you have any specific questions about the voting process.

Procedure for Notifying Applicants

All applicants will be notified by the Chair of the Board Development and Leadership Committee regarding the status of their application. This notification to all slated and non-slated candidates will occur after the slate of candidates is approved by the HPNA Board of Directors.

Procedure for Notifying Slated Candidates

Following the election and confirmation of the ballot by the HPNA Board of Directors, the Chair of the Board Development and Leadership Committee will contact each candidate to inform them of the outcome of the election.

Download Application Form!

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