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The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation have leveraged strategic and operational synergies and adopted a shared mission and vision statements and common pillars of excellence.

Shared Mission - To Advance Expert Care in Serious Illness
Shared Vision - To Transform the Care and Culture of Serious Illness
Pillars of Excellence - Education, Competence, Advocacy, Leadership, Research

The goal of Advancing Expert Care is to transform the care and culture of serious illness through six core strategies:
  • Ongoing evaluation and research into the educational needs of hospice and palliative professionals;
  • Designing programs, courses, and curriculum to advance expert care in serious illness;
  • Advancing research into best practices of hospice and palliative care, while supporting and developing palliative nurse researchers;
  • Developing nursing leadership programs at the local and national levels;
  • Enhancing nursing competence through certification; and
  • Creating programs to support and increase the number of nurses and other professionals, certified in hospice and palliative care.

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association was established in 1986 and is the national professional organization that represents the specialty of palliative nursing, which includes hospice and palliative nurses. We have over 11,500 members and 50 chapters nationally. 

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The Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center is the only organization that offers specialty certification to the hospice and palliative nursing team. Over 18,000 health care professionals hold HPCC credentials that establish a professional commitment to safe, ethical, and evidence-based care. 

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The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides professional development opportunities to qualified members of the hospice and palliative care team. We offer scholarships for education, conferences, and specialty certification, along with nursing research grants and leadership awards. HPNF also depends on the generous spirit of donors to financially support its mission.

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