Palliative Care APRN Fellowships

Palliative APRN fellowships are one year programs which include training and education. While there is currently no established criteria for these, we have developed the HPNA Standards for Clinical Education (advancingexpertcare.org/clinical-education-standards) inclusive of education within observerships, practicums, preceptorships, internships, residencies, and fellowships. It describes the palliative APRN fellowships as a formal clinical experience by application process, where the fellowship experiences have specific goals and outcomes that correspond to the HPNA RN and APRN Educational Designs at the Competent and Proficient Levels.  These fellowships will include the following:
  1. Orientation to palliative nursing and the history of palliative nursing and nursing leadership, which may be in collaboration with a palliative medicine fellowship
  2. Ongoing education and lectures, which may be taught be interprofessional colleagues
  3. Clinical experience, mentored by an APRN who is ideally an ACHPN
  4. APRN role development, supervised by an APRN
  5. Project that includes a presentation, a quality initiative activity, and an article which includes a patient case study
  6. Research, which is optional but often a Quality Improvement Project
To promote palliative nursing within fellowships, HPNA has a fellowship council working on program development, finances, common content, and competencies. Since palliative APRNs practice nursing, are boarded in nursing, and certified in advanced palliative nursing, palliative APRN fellowships should align with ANA and HPNA Palliative Nursing: Scope and Standards as well as the HPNA Competencies for the Hospice and Palliative Advanced Practice Nurse as well as the HPNA Standards for Clinical Education.

All current palliative care APRN fellowships occur within an academic setting, usually within a teaching hospital. Therefore, these fellowships primarily have the goal of developing APRN staff for a palliative care service rather than palliative APRN leaders in the field. While every attempt has been made to verify current information on the fellowships listed, programs may change application requirements and other details of their fellowship. This listing is current as of June 1, 2018. Of note, some programs chose not to pay the nominal fee for listing information.

For more information, clarification, queries, program updates, or to have your program listed here, please contact Connie Dahlin, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN, Director of Professional Practice at connied@hpna.org.

Program List

Carolinas Health System Palliative APRN Fellowship Program

  • Raleigh, NC (est. 2016)
  • www.carolinashealthcare.org/education/center-for-advanced-practice/fellowships
  • APRN Director: Rachel Snyder, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN
  • Number Per Year: 1
  • Application Requirements: Completion of an accredited nurse practitioner master's /doctorate degree. Program completion of national board exams, NC state licensure. Completion of CHS credentialing criteria. Successful completion of core curriculum.
  • Length: 1 Year
  • Population: Adult
  • Comments: Three months of palliative care cor curriculum medical critical care or trauma intensive care, outpatient palliative medicine oncology/clinic, hospice (inpatient facility and home visits), elective month (pediatrics, palliative care at rural hospital, palliative care in a post-acute care environment (SNF), geriatric, ER consultations).

Providence Hospital

  • Anchorage, AK (est. 2016)
  • APRN Director: Marianne Johnstone-Petty, MSN, APRN, ACHPN
  • Number Per Year: 1
  • Application Requirements: Applicants must hold a Master of Science in Nursing or higher degree. Must be a board-certified advanced practice registered nurse. At least one year of experience working as a nurse practitioner in a clinical setting is preferred.
  • Length: 1 Year
  • Population: Adult
  • Comments: Rotations, scholarly projects applications.

Memorial Sloan Kettering

  • New York, NY (est. 1989)
  • APRN Director: Kim Chow, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, Fellowship Program Director
  • Number Per Year: 2-3
  • Application Requirements:  Master's prepared NP with current New York state NP license. Currently accepting adult, geriatric, acute care, oncology, or family NPs. Oncology experience and prior experience working an an RN preferred. NP fellow required to fulfill all competencies/training specific MSKCC NPs.
  • Length: 1 Year
  • Population: Adult with some pediatric exposure
  • Comments:  Palliative rotations in hospital and clinic settings as well as electives. Focus is on palliative care in the oncology population. Applications are due January 1.

Other Programs

Other Palliative Care APRN Fellowship Programs who have chosen not to be listed above.

Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship
James Peters Bronx VA
Palo Alto VA
University of Michigan