Item Writer Workshops

Secrets of Competency Testing
Writing Items for Hospice and Palliative Certification Exams

HPCC, with expert assistance from PSI/Applied Measurement Professionals, offers a unique opportunity for health care professionals involved in the care of patients and families facing life limiting illnesses (APRN, RN, Pediatric RN, LP/VN, NA, Administrator, Perinatal Loss Care professional) to make a direct contribution to developing the certification examinations. Individuals who have a strong knowledge base in hospice and palliative care are welcome. Expertise in item writing or test development is not required.

Certification is not a requirement for the workshop. However those who currently hold certification may be eligible to apply for membership on an HPCC Exam Development Committee, and attendance in an Item Writers Workshop would be helpful.

The workshop is offered as a three-part course; the first two parts must be done online, the third and last part is a live webinar.

How do I Apply?

Complete the first two courses online, including post-test and evaluation.

After you complete the two online courses, complete and submit the IWW Application for the third course, and at least one item. (click here for online application) For ease of submission, print out an Item Submission Form, write your item, then transpose it to the online application. The application deadline is 2 weeks prior to the date of the webinar. The application includes the Item Contributor Agreement, an Item Submittal Form, and registration for the third course: a live webinar scheduled for one of three dates:

  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET
  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm ET
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2017 – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET

The HPCC national office will review your application, and you will receive confirmation of your acceptance by email within two weeks. A week before the live webinar, you will receive the necessary information to participate in the interactive live meeting. This requires a telephone and access to a computer.

What is the Cost?

There is no fee for the workshop.

How Much Time Does the Course Take?

The two online courses take 1 hour each. The third course, the live webinar, takes 1.5 hours.

Do I Receive Contact Hours?

Upon completion of all three courses and the post-test and evaluation, you will receive 3.5 contact hours. Nursing Assistants will receive a certificate of participation.

Do These Contact Hours Count Toward HPAR?

Yes. The contact hours may be listed as “Continuing Nursing Education.”

Is there a time limit?

You must complete the live webinar within a year after you complete the first two online courses.

How to Access the Courses
  1. Go to Nurses Learning Network
  2. Register (if this is your first time on NLN) or login
  3. Access the course listings
  4. Click on Palliative Care
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the list and select The Secrets of Competency Testing
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