Position Statements

Joint Position Statements

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center, and Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation will sometimes adopt a joint position statement on an issue of importance to the organizations. Such statements can be written in support of or in opposition to a specific position. There is also the option of deciding not to take a position but rather to acknowledge both the pros and cons of the issue. A position statement is intended to represent the position of the organizations' members and certificants on the issue. Once adopted by the boards, the position becomes the official statement that directors and national office staff use when asked to comment on the issue.

The development of position statements is an on-going process within the Boards of Directors of HPNA, HPNF, and HPCC. This site will be updated as the Boards of Directors adopts additional joint position statements.

Pain Management at the End of Life (with ASPMN)
Palliative Nursing Leadership
Value of Hospice and Palliative Certification

HPNA Position Statements

In HPNA's role as the lead organization in end-of-life and palliative nursing care, the board of directors will sometimes adopt a position statement on an issue of importance to the membership. Such statements can be written in support of or in opposition to a specific position. There is also the option of deciding not to take a position but rather to acknowledge both the pros and cons of the issue. A position statement is intended to represent the position of the association's membership on the issue. Once adopted by the board, the position becomes the official statement that directors and national office staff use when asked to comment on the issue.

The development of position statements is an on-going process within the HPNA Board of Directors. This site will be updated as the board of directors adopts additional position statements.

Advance Care Planning
Artificial Nutrition and Hydration in Advanced Illness
Assuring High Quality in Palliative Nursing 
(Under revision; current statement still available)
Complementary Therapies in Palliative Nursing Practice
The Ethics of Use of Opioids in Palliative Nursing
Evidence-Based Practice
Medication Safety 
Palliative Sedation
Physician Assisted Death/Physician Assisted Suicide
Role of Hospice and Palliative Nurses in Research
Role of Palliative Care in Organ and Tissue Donation
Spiritual Care
The Use of Medical Marijuana
Value of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Palliative Care
Value of the Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse in Palliative Care
Value of the Nursing Assistant in Palliative Care
Value of the Professional Nurse in Palliative Care
Withholding and/or Withdrawing Life Sustaining Therapies
Definition of Terms for Position Statements
Guidelines for the Role of the RN and APRN When Hastened Death is Requested