HPNA Membership

HPNA’s nursing expertise makes us the authority in the area for the specialty nursing resources. Offering a broad range of hospice and palliative educational products and services for all levels of nursing with member pricing, HPNA supports advancing nursing skills in this specialty and ensuring quality nursing care delivery.

Downloads and Links
  • Apply online
  • Renew your membership
    • Individuals with current HPNA memberships may renew their memberships in the Members Only section of the site. By choosing the Renewal option, the application form has the majority of fields pre-filled, thereby reducing the time necessary to complete the process. Also, you will receive one additional month of membership, free.
    • For step-by-step instructions for renewing your membership, see below.
  • Download the Membership Application Form
  • Value of HPNA membership for employers


HPNA Membership Renewal

To renew your HPNA membership, just follow these steps:

  1. From the AEC website, visit the HPNA and HPCC login page: http://www.hpna.org/hpna_loginwizard.aspx. Clicking this link will open a browser in a new window.
  2. Sign in using your current HPNA membership information (member number, password, email, etc.)
  3. This will take you to the HPNA Member Portal, which can be seen below:


  1. Under the “My HPNA” tab on the right side of the Member Portal, you will see a link for Renew my Membership. Click this button.
  2. After selecting Renew my Membership, a Renewal Application will appear on screen. This online application will already include your current contact and demographic information, as it is found within the HPNA national records. Please review this information and edit any fields that may have changed since your last membership purchase.
  3. After editing your membership information within the application, please select your desired level of membership and click ‘Continue’ at the bottom of the application.
  4. You will then be taken through the payment process for your membership purchase in the HPNA Store.
  5. After your membership purchase is complete, you will see a payment receipt and short letter from CEO Sally Welsh. By the next business day, you will also receive a welcome email message from the HPNA Membership Department with additional information about your membership, important links, helpful membership hints, and how to become more involved with HPNA.

If you have any problems with renewing your membership, please contact the national office at 412-787-9301 for assistance.

Membership Benefits
  • Over 70 online courses, including CE’s, are now included with an HPNA membership!
  • HPCC certification exam discounts.
  • Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing (JHPN)* with CE credit offerings – 6 issues per year! HPNA offers a FREE online subscription to all active members, including students and nursing assistants. A print subscription for the JHPN is also available for the cost of $14 per year.
  • Online subscription to Journal of Palliative Medicine (JPM)**as a second official monthly HPNA journal
  • Member pricing for HPNA educational products/services for the full nursing team.
  • Frequent updates on association activities through the HPNA e-newsletter sent twice per month.
  • Networking opportunities such as:
    • Annual HPNA Membership Meeting conducted during the Annual Assembly or during the HPNA Clinical Practice Forum
    • Local HPNA Chapter meetings and activities
    • Special Interest Groups for specific areas of interest
    • Service on the national HPNA Board of Directors or a national office project
    • Members Only section of our website includes: Chapter Central, Blogs, Patient/Family Teaching Sheets, Cultural Diversity Resources, Member Search, access to current and archived issues of JHPN and JPM, HPNA E-Newsletter archives and more!

* RN Student (full-time student, RN licensed) membership level provides voting privileges, online subscriptions for the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing and the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

** Student (full-time, non-licensed) and Nursing Assistant membership levels enjoy full access to online subscriptions for the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing and the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Membership Fees for 2018

All memberships are rotational, e.g. a one year membership purchased in March 2018 will be valid thru March 2019. Payment of membership dues is not tax deductible as charitable contributions. However, they may be tax deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses.

7.1% of your payment will be spent on HPNA lobbying efforts with the intention to influence legislation; and is, therefore, not deductible as a business expense.

MasterCard and Visa credit cards are accepted for payment. Foreign checks cannot be accepted. Non-U.S. residents, please pay by credit card.

As of January 1, 2018, the HPNA membership fees are:

  • RN 1 year: $115
  • RN 2 year: $210
  • RN Student (full-time student, RN licensed): $70
  • LP/VN 1 year: $82
  • LP/VN 2 year: $140
  • Associate 1 year: $100
  • Nursing Assistant 1 year: $50*
  • Nursing Assistant 2 year: $80*
  • Retired RN 1 year (70 years old and no longer working in nursing): $60
  • Retired RN 2 year: $100
  • Student 1 year (full-time student, non-licensed): $55**

Note: Print/mailed subscriptions for the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing are available for an additional fee ($14 for one-year memberships; $28 for two-year memberships).

* RN Student (full-time, RN licensed) membership level provides voting privileges, online subscriptions for the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing and the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

** Student (full-time, non-licensed) and Nursing Assistant membership levels enjoy full access to online subscriptions to the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing and the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

As you renew your membership, please do keep in mind that your membership purchase extends beyond your current membership expiration date. No months of membership are lost with an early renewal. As always, please contact us if you have any question about your HPNA membership – by email hpna@hpna.org or by phone at 412-787-9301.

Testimonials From Current HPNA Members

“I have been a member of HPNA since 1998. I have taken full advantage of every benefit the HPNA has to offer. Being part of such a professional organization has motivated me to encourage my nursing peers to become active members. I have participated on multiple national committees. I was also proud to help in forming our local HPNA chapter in the Milwaukee area. I can’t begin to list all the HPNA benefits that have helped me—the APN list-serve, the journal, and the website are resources I use frequently. I would say the real benefit has been the ability to network with nurses across the country. It is encouraging to know that we have expert resources to help us with our clinical problems, as well as supporting us during the tough times (and to know we all have the tough times). I say “thank you” to the HPNA for your continued excellence as a professional resource for all of us in the field of hospice and palliative care. I encourage all of my peers to join.”

Sandy Muchka, RN, MS, ACNS-BC, ACHPN
CNS, Palliative Care Center
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

“Joining and becoming active in the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association has been one of the most gratifying parts of my nursing career. Through the HPNA, I have found mentoring, educational resources, and a group of nursing professionals whose passion for our specialty is contagious. As a member of HPNA, I am not just a number but a member empowered to make a difference!”

Jennifer Gentry RN MSN ACHPN FPCN

“I was fortunate. A very experienced hospice nurse brought me to my first local HPNA Chapter meeting just two months into my career in end of life care. Thanks Jan! It was a very positive experience and a great educational meeting. What can I say; now, 4 years later, I am president of the Southern Colorado Chapter! Every single one of us must be the voice of our patients and for nursing as a whole. Get involved; make a difference, there is strength in numbers.”

Angela Waterbury, RN
Angela E. Waterbury, RN, BSN, CHPN
Nursing Services Manager
Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care

“I am a new member to HPNA and actually new to palliative care. I have found the information I receive from HPNA to be invaluable. I participate in the monthly journal club for APNs and enjoy dialoguing with colleagues from around the country. The APN list serve provides another great resource for sharing information and ideas. The Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing provides evidence-based information that is practical and can be readily implemented. Thank you for providing state of the art information, conferences and networking opportunities for us all.”

Debra K. Ucci RN, FNP, ACNP
Hospitalist Nurse Practitioner
Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center
Waco, Texas

“What good is HPNA membership?

That is one awesome question! I will try to list a few things that I like about the membership:

  1. The journal, the website.
  2. The people that are available for networking, professional development, and political action.
  3. Reduction in certification costs, access to materials for CE, studying, teaching.
  4. Being a train the trainer in end of life care.
  5. Conventions, teleconferences, and other educational presentations.
  6. Access to materials at lower cost

That is just to name a few things that I take advantage of as a member.”

Marlene Foreman, APRN-BC, CHPN
CNS and Education Coordinator
Hospice of Acadiana, Inc.
Lafayette, Louisiana

“Membership in HPNA has helped me keep abreast of evidence based practice in palliative care through the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, conferences, and special interest groups. I utilize this information at work as a staff RN working at a nonprofit hospice and also as a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree. I have also received the benefits of career mentoring through HPNA.”

Patti Pollina BSN, RN, CHPN
Staff Nurse
Nathan Adelson Hospice
Las Vegas, Nevada

“As a staff nurse in a relatively small rural hospice, I have worked in end-of-life care for the past 16 years, most of those being directly involved in hospice care both in the home setting and currently at an inpatient unit. I was asked this past year to serve on the HPNA membership committee. My invitation to and involvement in this committee has given me the extra momentum to become even more of a cheerleader for the HPNA. We currently have no official HPNA chapters in Iowa but hospice care in Iowa is going strong and is a well respected and financially supported program statewide.

“I joined HPNA when I was undergoing the process to become a certified hospice nurse. I have successfully certified three times now and have found the HPNA to be of great value – not only in my certification process but also in my daily hospice practice. The HPNA journal gives me access to a wide array of hospice topics and the opportunity to earn CEUs and the HPNA website, especially the “members only” section, provides an opportunity for me to network with other hospice and palliative care nurses.

“It is essential that we continue to be strong advocates for excellence in quality end-of-life care and that we provide ongoing education to both health care providers and the general public. The HPNA is a group of devoted end-of-life care professionals who ascribe to these principles and is working to increase their membership numbers to better promote quality hospice and palliative care.

“Please join me in becoming a member of HPNA so that we can work together to make end-of-life care a peaceful journey.”

Barb Holt RN CHPN
Mary Greenley Medical Center
Ames, Iowa

“I am currently a member of HPNA and a past Membership committee chairperson. I have been active with HPNA for 6 years now.

“I was very fortunate to meet many of HPNA’s’ members and staff in New Orleans in 2002 as I received the CHPN Nurse of the Year award. (I work for a great Hospice and with incredible people who kindly nominated me!) This opened up many opportunities to get to know and share information with other members from all over this country. I find being an active member keeps me up to date with educational opportunities such as: teleconferences, scholarship opportunities to attend national meetings, patient educational handouts, Train the Trainer courses to teach others about Hospice & PC, as well as receiving the evidence based Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing. The membership area on the website, www.hpna.org, also provides a forum to discuss with others possibly the identical situation you are working on in your organization, for advice and expertise. As a member and a volunteer, I know that HPNA continually strives to provide important information to those who care for people in Palliative Care as well at the End of Life. We are always looking at better ways to improve this information utilizing questionnaires to our members for feedback, which is well reviewed and many ideas implemented. This organization reaches out to all levels of nursing as well as Social Work, Chaplains, and Volunteers. HPNA works well with the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) as well as NHPCO too. I believe being a member has provided me with a whole group of extraordinary “new friends” and strongly encourage you to join!!!”

Pam Ketzner RN, MN, CHPN
Clinical Educator
Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care
Tacoma, Washington

“I have been in nursing over 40 years. Most of those years have been in psychiatric nursing. I have always been an advocate the hospice philosophy. Often wondering through the years at what point do you pull the “plug” and allow someone to die with dignity free from pain in the environment of their choice. A little over a year ago I made the decision to try hospice nursing. I joined HPNA as soon as I got a position as a hospice case manager. I was seeking all the education I could find on palliative care and pain management. The Delaware provisional group offers continuing education lectures 6 times a year. This has been very helpful as I grow as a hospice nurse. The thing that has been the most helpful is being able to talk with other hospice nurses and get feed back on how they have handled some of the same situations that I am experiencing. HPNA has been so helpful to me that I encourage all my peers to join. I am actively working with the Delaware steering committee to obtain an HPNA Charter in Delaware.”

Courtney Porstman, BSN, RN
RN Case Manager
Compassionate Care Hospice
Wilmington, Delaware

“The benefits for an Advanced Practice Nurse to be a member in HPNA are numerous. As a member, I receive the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing which allows me to stay updated on evidence based practice from the perspective of the nursing discipline. I am able to participate in a list serve for APRNS who practice palliative and hospice care across the nation. The HPNA annual conference is discounted to me as a member and most importantly HPNA offers me a chance to be connected to over 9,000 nurses in the United States and to collectively promote end of life care. Thank you HPNA for your endeavors to promote excellence in end of life nursing!”

Judy Bartel, MSN, ACHPN, CHPCA
Director of Clinical Programs
Hospice of the Western Reserve
Cleveland, Ohio

“I am a CRNP and have found participating in the APN SIG to be invaluable. I always learn things from the dialog and, whenever I’ve had to post something, have gotten prompt, thoughtful and helpful responses. One thing I appreciate about the Palliative Care field is how supportive it is. It’s a great feeling to know that, even though I’m the only APN in my hospital’s program, I’m backed up by HPNA. I’m both a member of the national organization and the local chapter.”

Marian Grant
CRNP, Palliative Care Service
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Reisterstown, Maryland

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