Key Issues

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association asserts that it is the responsibility and obligation of clinicians to address hospice and palliative care public policy and regulatory issues that impact the health-related quality of life of partners and caregivers living with serious illness. HPNA acts independently and with collaborating organizations to address hospice and palliative care issues at the national, state, local, and regional levels. HPNA serves on the board of the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care and works collaboratively with other national coalitions. 

Issue Areas

Hospice and Palliative Care

HPNA strongly supports the Palliative Care & Hospice Education & Training Act (PCHETA). PCHETA, if passed, will take a three-pronged approach to developing the Palliative Care and Hospice workforce by increasing education opportunities and incentives, educating stakeholders about the benefits of palliative care, and funding research for palliative care. PCHETA specifically includes benefits for nurses such as grants for nursing schools for career development awards, fellowships, career incentives, and adds hospice and palliative care as a practice priority area for nursing education grants. 

Access to Care
HPNA advocates for equitable access to palliative care and hospice services that are inclusive and non-discriminatory in relation to ability, age, education, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, nationality, political opinion, professional experience, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. 

Nursing Issues

HPNA recognizes the dire need to strengthen the nursing workforce, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 global pandemic. HPNA stands with the larger nursing community to encourage awards and incentives to recruit and retain individuals to the field of hospice and palliative nursing. 

Scope of Practice
HPNA has joined the larger nursing community to support full practice authority to nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives in their National Standards of Practice. 

Mental Health
HPNA recognizes the growing burnout of nurses, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. HPNA supports the Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Act, S. 610/H.R. 1667, which addresses burnout by helping to promote mental and behavioral health among those working on the frontlines of the pandemic. IT also supports suicide and burnout prevention training in health professional training programs and increases awareness and education about suicide and mental health concerns among healthcare professionals. 

HPCC promotes and advocates for the professional certification programs in hospice and palliative nursing and the individuals holding these private certification credentials, HPCC accomplishes this work through its involvement in the Professional Certification Coalition