Approved Educator Program

The HPNA Approved Educator Program (AEP) recognizes the importance of high-quality continuing nursing education (CNE) and skills-based competency program offerings. HPNA Approved Educators (AEs) are registered nurses who have completed the HPNA Approved Educators process of establishing qualifications of licensed professionals and assessing their experience and eligibility for endorsement.

The HPNA Approved Educator supports this organization’s mission by advancing the education of nurses, support team members, and the community which includes:
  • Conducting employer orientation for employees new to hospice and palliative care
  • Planning/Coordinating/Conducting internal and external clinical education for the hospice and palliative nurse courses*
  • Planning/Coordinating/Conducting Chapter CE offerings*
  • Providing community educational in-service presentations on hospice and palliative care
  • Providing clinical and community hospice and palliative nursing updates
* Approved Educators are not authorized by HPNA to offer or present CHPN or ACHPN Certification Review Courses

To apply to become an HPNA Approved Educator, you must be an HPNA member, and you must apply through the link on the home page of the HPNA member portal.  

Eligibility

To become an HPNA Approved Educator, the registered nurse must meet four eligibility criteria:
  • Be a licensed registered nurse;
  • Be a a RN level national HPNA member in good standing; 
  • Hold active certification through the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) as either a CHPN, ACHPN, CHPCA, or CHPPN; and
  • Be actively working a minimum of 500 hours a year as a nurse in specialty hospice and palliative care. This includes working in the capacity of clinician, educator, researcher, administrator, consultant, case manager, and/or program developer or coordinator.  
In addition to the above, initial eligibility requirements include:
  • Submission of a completed HPNA Approved Educator application to include:
  • Upload of a current CV/resume
  • Upload of two (2) letters of recommendation from active HPNA members and/or supervisors attesting to competency in teaching and instruction, emailed directly to CEProgramPlanning@hpna.org.
  • $150 nonrefundable application fee payable through PayPal only.

Initial Applicant Action Steps

To HPNA Approved Educator Initial Applicant Action Steps
  1. Complete and submit the HPNA Approved Educator application, which includes the upload of a current CV/resume, upload of two (2) letters of recommendation from active HPNA members and/or supervisors attesting to competency in teaching, and a $150 nonrefundable application fee payable through PayPal only. The application is located on the home page of the HPNA member portal.
  2. AE applications will be reviewed by the CE Program Planning Committee for completeness, references, and eligibility verification. The applicant will be notified by email of the status of the submitted application and outcome of acceptance as an AE. The processing time is between 10 and 14 business days.
  3. Following notification from HPNA of your accepted application, obtain and complete the required reading (most recent versions of the Core Curriculum for the Hospice and Palliative Registered Nurse and the Study Guide for the Hospice and Palliative Registered Nurse), available through the HPNA Shop.
  4. Complete the three online HPNA Approved Educator Courses.  Direct access to these courses will be sent to you by email immediately after your application is submitted.  These links to the classes are valid for 60 days, and the applicant has that much time to complete the required courses.  After the 60 days, the course access will expire and the application will be automatically deactivated pending committee review.
  5. Following completion of the required CE courses, HPNA will issue you a certificate of approved educator designation, and list you as an HPNA Approved Educator on our website pending your consent to post.
HPNA reserves the right to make a determination with respect to non-compliance with our principles of educational integrity in its sole discretion without recourse by the applicant. 

Biennial Competency Renewal Requirements

  1. Be a licensed registered nurse;
  2. Be a RN level national HPNA member in good standing;
  3. Hold certification through the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) as either a CHPN, ACHPN, CHPCA, or CHPPN; and
  4. Be actively working a minimum of 500 hours per year as a nurse in specialty hospice and palliative care. This includes working in the capacity of clinician, educator, researcher, administrator, consultant, case manager, and/or program developer or coordinator.
  5. Complete renewal requirements:
    • Complete the HPNA Approved Educator online courses for which nursing contact hours are awarded.
    • For approved educators that do not use HPNA as their Nursing CE provider, complete and submit an annual Approved Educator (AE) Continuing Education (CE) Annual Activity Summary. This should be presented with two sets of program examples to include advertising, course content, and evaluation summaries of the course outcomes. (download instructions)
    • For approved educators that use HPNA as their nursing CE provider, this information is maintained for you as part of the CE file management within HPNA, and no Approved Educator (AE) Continuing Education (CE) Annual Activity Summary is required. 
  6. Complete and submit the HPNA Approved Educator renewal application, located through the HPNA member portal, which includes the participation agreement and a nonrefundable application fee payable through PayPal only. The AE renewal application is located on the home page of the HPNA member portal.

HPNA Approved Educator Participation Agreement 

HPNA is committed to the core values of educational integrity through honesty and responsibility in learning. The translation of educational integrity through our endorsed program offerings is the responsibility and accountability of all who participate as educators, learners, facilitators, and representatives. As part of our educational integrity quality initiatives, HPNA monitors our educational process outcomes to include the absence of evidence of:
  • Unauthorized person(s) completing an exam or evaluation on another’s behalf
  • Aiding another in committing an act of educational dishonesty
  • Falsifying documents, including forgery and altering or being accessory to changing or altering of any HPNA documentation, such as, but not limited to, certificates of attendance or other verification of program completion
  • Falsely reporting the completion of an activity to include time spent in e-learning CE courses offered by HPNA
  • Any other activity that affects the integrity of the education process and courses supported or offered by HPNA.
Applicants are expected to adhere to professional ethical conduct through full participation in the HPNA online courses and signing the attestation upon completion of each module within the course. All HPNA Approved Educators must agree to the terms of the HPNA Approved Educator Participation Agreement during the online application process, indicating that they will abide by the HPNA AE requirements. The agreement also provides the opportunity for HPNA Approved Educators to give permission to post the names of AEs on the HPNA website. The agreement is part of the application filing process.