Recent Advocacy Activity


HPNA often is asked by elected officials, advocacy partners, its members, and similar nursing organizations to review or determine its position on legislative and regulatory issues. Below, you can view where and how HPNA is involved in advocating for excellence in palliative care nursing.

On January, 29, 2014, Keela Herr, PhD RN AGSF FAAN, represented HPNA at the State of Palliative Care Forum hosted by Assistant Secretary of Aging K. Greenlee and Mid-West Center for Practical Bioethics in Washington, D.C. The day focused on three key topics with contributions by invited panel members and first respondents, followed by open discussion. The Panel topics included:

  1. Advance care planning, shared decision-making and goals of care
  2. Palliative care across settings (acute, LTC, community dwelling)
  3. Chronic Pain

The afternoon included an overview of palliative care research by Pat Grady from NIH/NINR and presentations regarding innovative palliative care programs and opportunities in the policy arena for palliative care.

National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (NCHPC)

The NCHPC, formerly known as the Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition (HPCC), was founded in 2001 by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization to create a mutually beneficial framework for shared organizational activities.With the addition of the Association of Professional Chaplains, Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), the National Palliative Care Research Center (NCPRC), and the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN), the NCHPC is designed to focus on common goals while recognizing that each organization has its own unique goals that it may choose to pursue independently.

The goals of the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (NCHPC) are to:

  • present a united voice to the public on behalf of providers who care for patients and families living with chronic, debilitating, and life-limiting illnesses,
  • to enhance communication and cooperation among member organizations, to coordinate activities to improve care,
  • to advocate on behalf of patients and families, and
  • to champion public policy and regulatory initiatives.

The Nursing Community

HPNA actively participates in the advocacy activities of The Nursing Community. The Nursing Community is a forum for national professional nursing associations to build consensus and advocate on a wide spectrum of healthcare and nursing issues, including practice, education, and research. Collectively, the Nursing Community is comprised of 58 national nursing organizations that represent over 850,000 practicing nurses, nursing students, and nursing faculty.

The National Quality Forum

HPNA is a proud member of The National Quality Forum. NQF’s membership includes a wide variety of healthcare stakeholders, including consumer organizations, public and private purchasers, physicians, nurses, hospitals, accrediting and certifying bodies, supporting industries, and healthcare research and quality improvement organizations. The breadth and diversity of its membership allows NQF to be well positioned to maintain a constant drumbeat for healthcare quality.

National Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care Collaborative

The field of pediatric hospice and palliative care is rapidly growing with a multitude of national organizations spearheading important efforts to develop and promote professional competencies, education and other valuable resources.

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