Certification Research Grants

The purpose of the HPNF Certification Research Grant is to help build a better understanding of the impact of palliative nursing certification on patient outcomes. Previous research has demonstrated that certified and non-certified nurses, nurse managers, value certification. More recent research has begun to examine the impact of certification on patient outcomes. Studies done in the acute care setting suggest that care environments with a higher proportion of certified nurses have better patient outcomes. Replicating this research in the hospice or palliative care environment would advance our understanding of the value of palliative nursing certification.

The HPNF Certification Research Grant is intended to provide investigators with resources to conduct exploratory, pilot or feasibility studies that will lead to larger scale projects linking certification with patient outcomes. Examples include collecting preliminary data about the distribution of certification qualifications among staff of different types of organizations or examining datasets from health care systems for patterns of staffing and outcomes.

One grant of up to $15,000 will be awarded annually. Proposals for 2020 are due on or before July 1st. The funding date is September 1, 2020. Funds for this grant do not cover expenses incurred prior to the funding date. The Certification Research Grant is competitive and the awardee is selected from the applicant pool by the Certification Research Grant Review Committee consisting of HPNF Board members and HPNA members with research expertise.

Grant Information

  • The funding period is for 12 months from the receipt of the award. 
  • Proposals may be resubmitted one time to HPNF.
  • Grant funds may not be used for investigator salary.
  • A final report of expenditures and final scientific report must be submitted to HPNF 90 days following the original or amended project funding period.
  • The application abstract and final report will be posted on the HPNF website.
  • Publication of research findings in peer-reviewed scientific or professional journals such as the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing is expected.

To be Eligible, the Principal Investigator Must:

  • Be actively involved in some aspect of hospice and palliative care practice, education, or research. 
  • Hold a master’s or doctoral degree or be enrolled in a doctoral program.
  • Have a project that is consistent with the purpose of the research grant, stated above, and is ready for implementation when funding is received.
  • Complete project within one (1) year of funding.
  • Preference will be given to HPNA members.  

To Apply

  • Use the HPNF Certification Research Grant Application Packet available below for submission. All applications must be submitted via email, and our address is info@hpnf.org
  • Mailed applications, as well as any faxed applications, will no longer be accepted.
  • Proposals must be received on or before July 1 of the respective year. Submission deadline is strictly enforced.
  • HPNF Certification Research Grant Review Committee takes into account applicant’s adherence to submission guidelines, completeness of proposal, and quality of proposal when reviewing submissions and selecting awardee.
  • Specific review criteria and other information is available in the Certification Research Grant Application Packet. 

Materials and Information

Application Packet

Certification Research Grant Recipients


Barbara Head, PhD, RN CHPN®, ACSW, FPCN®. “Work and Compassion Satisfaction, Burnout, and Secondary Trauma Among Hospice and Palliative Nurses: Does Certification Make A Difference?”


Mary Isaacson, PhD, RN, and Mary Minton, PhD, RN, CNS. “Nurse Attitudes Toward Palliative Care Certification: A Rural and Urban Assessment.”


Joy Goebel, RN, MN, PhD. “The Role of Interdisciplinary Team Structures on Collaboration and Quality in Palliative Care.”


Barbara Head, PhD, RN, CHPN®. “Job Satisfaction and Attitudes towards Specialty Certification among Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistants.”


Karen Kehl, PhD, RN, ACHPN®. “Hospice Nurse Practices in Preparing Families for Death.”

HPNF / American Nurses Foundation Nursing Research Grant


Mary Ann Hales Reynolds, RN, PhD, ACNS-BC, “Palliative Care Needs of Young and Middle Age Adults (20-59) with a Potentially Life Limiting Cancer Diagnosis: A Pilot Study.” School of Nursing at Idaho State University.


Mary Bronwyn Long, DNP, MBA, RN, ACHPN®, AOCNS. “Improving Quality of Life in (COPD) by Integrating Palliative Approaches to Dyspnea, Anxiety and Depression.” National Jewish Health Cancer Center, Denver.


Casey R. Shillam, PhD, RN-BC. “Persistent Pain in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Prevalence and Referral for Specialty Management.” University of California.