The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association provides educational opportunities not only to our members, but to all hospice and palliative nurses and members of the nursing team. In addition to yearly conferences like the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care and the Clinical Practice Forum, HPNA offers a variety of publications, e-learning courses, and other resources that can help you in your profession.  See below for a list of some of our offerings. 



You can purchase books and publications through the HPNA Shop , including professional practice guides, competencies, core curriculums, and other key titles.  Click on the HPNA Shop  to find what you are looking for.  


We offer electronic access for HPNA members through the member portal to both the bimonthly Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing  and the monthly Journal of Palliative Medicine .  Print subscriptions to the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing are also available to members for a nominal fee.  

Nursing Continuing Professional Development 

eLearning Courses

We offer over 50 online courses on a variety of topics, for both hospice and palliative nurses and members of the nursing team.  Most of our courses are free to all HPNA members. Click to find out more about our eLearning Courses.

Certification Review Courses

We offer three online certification review courses specifically created for those looking to certify through the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center in the near future as an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN), Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN), and a Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse (CHPPN). Follow the link to our certification review courses to find out more and to register.

Certification Practice Exams

Looking for a way to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses for an HPCC certification exam? These certification practice exams will help you see what you are strong at and what you need help with. These are available for all of our certification exams for a nominal fee and are a great way to help prepare for the actual examination. 

HPNA Podcast Corner

The official podcast of HPNA brings you conversations with experts in the field of hospice and palliative care. Tune in as we discuss case studies, weigh in on hot topics, share stories from the field, and much more. New episodes are released the second Friday of every month. 

Live Webinars

HPNA Store

Poster Presentations

         Click here to view a complete list of posters presented at the 2019 HPNA Clinical Practice Forum in Pittsburgh, PA.



There are several education-related scholarships and grants available through the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation.  These include conference scholarships to events, individual education scholarships to nursing professionals earning academic degrees, grants for educational programs through HPNA chapters, and more.  Follow the link to our grants and scholarships page to find out more details.   

Palliative Care APRN Resources

We offer several programs specifically created for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).  Our Palliative Care APRN Externship at five national locations is a five day immersion course with faculty from leading palliative care programs across the country. The goal is to provide extensive primary palliative education to enrich competency to care for patients with serious illness.  We also provide a list of available Palliative Care APRN Fellowships across the country, for those looking for a fellowship.  Follow the links to learn more. 


Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care

The Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care, presented by HPNA and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), is a 3-day event that brings together more than 3,400 of your colleagues and peers to share research, clinical best practices, and practice-related guidance to advance the specialty and improve patient care. The 2020 conference will take place March 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. 

Clinical Practice Forum

Join your colleagues for a three-day, evidence-based, interactive clinical gathering to explore advancements in palliative nursing. Attendees at CPF will examine the latest best practices, advance their knowledge of caring for patients with serious illness, and network with other professionals within the hospice and palliative nursing specialty.  The conference is open to all nurses seeking nursing continuing professional development and desiring to connect and engage with other who share a passion for palliative nursing. 

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HPNA has decided to prioritize the health and safety of our members by moving CPF to a virtual format. The event will still take place on September 10-12, 2020.

ELNEC Train-the-Trainer

ELNEC is an acronym that stands for End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium . These courses provide nurses with education in palliative care, preparing them to teach the information to practicing nurses and other healthcare professionals. 
Upcoming HPNA sponsored ELNEC courses:

  • ELNEC Train-the-Trainer Core & ELNEC Train-the-Trainer Pediatric Palliative Care: October 22-21, Virtual

HPNA Standards for Clinical Education

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association first published a Standards for Clinical Education in 2005, as a way to define the basic standards and criteria needed to promote quality palliative nursing education.  Since then, the field of palliative care has advanced, and our original document needed to be updated to help identify those advancements.  Created by nurses for nurses, the second edition of the Standards of Clinical Education helps identify palliative nursing and specific types of clinical experiences in the field.  The full document is available online through the link below.
If you have any specific questions about the HPNA Standards of Clinical Education, please do not hesitate to contact us at or by calling 412-787-9301.
HPNA Standards for Clinical Education