Leadership Development Program

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association created the Palliative Nursing Leadership Development Program 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 goal of the program is 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 this program 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.



Initial Nursing Leadership Scholars

The initial cohort for the current pilot project was chosen in the fall of 2018, and began the program early in 2019. They have been developing skills through their coaches and other resources.  On March 13, 2019, at a preconference to the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care in Orlando, Florida, all 15 scholars participated in a special dedicated session with significant focus on essential aspects of leadership including legacy mapping, communications, privilege, and other important topics. The scholars were challenged to identify their career goals, while being strengthened in their leadership skill sets and keenly focused on success in achievement of their goals. An added benefit of the full day preconference session was scheduled time to network with colleagues and leaders who likewise are dedicated to the profession of palliative nursing. 

The 15 initial leadership scholars and their mentors are listed below.

Johnathan Cohen
Olga Ehrlich
Lilly Gillmor
Kristine Harrington
Susan Hurley
Jeannette Kates
Rachel Klinedinst

Natalie Mansouri
Katherine May
Kristin Metzger
Laura Tycon Moreines
Patricia Pawlow
Mika Roland
Nicole Sartor
Janelle Williamson

Patricia Berry
Harleah Buck
Katy Lanz
Christy Torkildson
Dorothy Wholihan