Leadership Development Program

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association has created a Palliative Nursing Leadership Development Program designed to offer advanced leadership programming to nursing professionals. Created in partnership with the association's Leadership Development Task Force, this program was made possible through grant funding from the Cambia Health Foundation secured by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation. The program goals are to support nurses who wish to enhance their leadership skills, and to advance nurses into national leadership roles to serve as change agents to influence the future of palliative nursing care practice and policies.

This 18-month program will challenge participants to advance their leadership knowledge in service of a professional nursing practice issue. Participants in the program will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge, skills, and abilities related to leadership and the ability to influence systemic change. Through online learning, self-study and coached experiences, each participant will develop a network of colleagues dedicated to advancing the vision of HPNA to build a cadre of future leaders in hospice and palliative nursing.

We are looking for nurses from a wide range of backgrounds and work settings that include nurse clinicians, nurse researchers, nurse faculty.



Individuals must be a current member of HPNA, who are in good standing, for a minimum of 1-year (membership must have been initiated prior to November 15, 2017). Selected individuals will be required to maintain their membership throughout the duration of the program. Holding one of the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center certification credentials is preferred, but not required. Detailed below are some of the criteria and requirements expected of people who apply to the program. 

To Apply

  1. Log in or create your account, then download, complete and submit the application form linked below.
  2. Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae; the format is your choice.
  3. Submit two (2) letters of recommendation. One letter must be written on professional letterhead and signed by a nursing leader. The second letter may be from another nursing leader or from a non-nurse organizational leader.
  4. Complete the Barrett’s Personal Value Assessment and submit a self-reflection essay based on the results of your assessment that will include the following points:
  5. Complete a Leadership Goals Essay; the essay is to be no more than 300 words and include the following points:
    • Describe your long-term leadership goal(s)
    • Describe the method(s) you feel will help you to meet your long-term leadership goal(s).
  6. Submit a Letter of Commitment. Your commitment to completing the program is pivotal to the success of the program. We ask that both you, and your supervisor/employer sign as agreement that you, and they will honor the time needed to successfully complete the program. Time will need to be allocated for:
    • Bi-monthly/Monthly conference calls with your coach, and other participants
    • Self-study time for article review, journaling, e-learning activities
    • Attendance at the Annual Assembly’s Palliative Nursing Leadership Development Program preconference workshop in Orlando, Florida (March 13, 2019)

       NOTE: For those accepted, travel to the Annual Assembly's Palliative Nursing Leadership Development Program preconference workshop in Orlando, Florida (March 13, 2019) will be arranged by HPNF. Approved miscellaneous expenses will be submitted and reimbursed through HPNF post workshop.

Email all materials to hollyn@hpna.org with the words "Nursing Leadership" in the subject line.  The deadline to apply is Thursday, November 15, 2018. Be sure to have your completed materials sent to us by that date.

Download Program Application