“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
“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
“What good is HPNA membership?
That is one awesome question! I will try to list a few things that I like about the membership:
- The journal, the website.
- The people that are available for networking, professional development, and political action.
- Reduction in certification costs, access to materials for CE, studying, teaching.
- Being a train the trainer in end of life care.
- Conventions, teleconferences, and other educational presentations.
- 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.
“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
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
“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
Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care
“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
“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
“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.”
CRNP, Palliative Care Service
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center