Testimonials

2019 Annual Assembly Conference Scholarship Recipient
Brighton Loveday, APRN, ACHPN, AOCNP

"Thank you for the opportunity you provided for me to attend the 2019 Annual Assembly for Hospice and Palliative Care in Orlando, Florida. I appreciate receiving the HPNF Conference Scholarship. I was able to derive much value from attending the conference. First, I was able to gather together with over 3,400 other palliative care and hospice specialists from around the country, including many from my own state. Gaining knowledge, insight, and new ideas from these bright colleagues was a great benefit. Second, many of the sessions that I attended specifically applied to my work place and practice, providing me with questions to consider and future action items to contemplate. I also focused on attending many of the sessions with updates in palliative care so that I would have ample information to bring back to my team. Lastly, it was such a pleasure to be able to hear Carolyn Jones present "Defining Hope: What Makes Life Worth Living?". I am so thankful to HPNF that I was able to attend the Annual Assembly. Many blessings to you all."

2019 National Nursing Ethics Conference Scholarship Recipient
JoAnne Auger, RN, CHPPN

"Thank you HPNF! The NNEC is an extraordinary opportunity to grow our moral capacity as nurses and human beings. I learned much, but equally important, my nursing soul was nurtured and replenished. The most valuable tangible tool came in the moral distress map; most thoughtful was the idea we can write our wrongs! What resonated most deeply for me, however, was the privilege of being in moral community. With grace and gratitude."

2019 Individual Education Scholarship
Sara J. Schierenbeck, RN, BSN, CHPN

"I was so excited and honored to learn that I am the recipient of the 2019 Individual Education Scholarship - DNP level. I want to thank HPNF for funding this wonderful scholarship. I am pursuing my advanced degree to be a more effective nurse in this field. My long-term goal is to use my degree as a palliative care nurse practitioner. This scholarship will help fund my education and enable me to reduce my hours at work so that I can focus on learning. Thank you again for your investment to further the education of hospice and palliative care through the individual education scholarship program. I am so honored to be among the recipients and am inspired to help others as you have certainly helped me."

2019 Individual Education Scholarship
Amisha Parekh de Campos, BSN, MPH, RN

"I am greatly honored to have received the 2019 Individual Education Scholarship - Ph.D. level from the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Foundation. This scholarship will provide the funding to complete my dissertation study, which aims to understand registered nurses' knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy in advance care planning conversations. In addition to working with nurses and clinicians in a health system setting, I want to initiate collaborations between universities, health systems, and legislators. These collaborations can impact the dissemination of education about hospice and palliative care and change policies regarding education. I am greatly humbled to be acknowledged for the work that I do and will continue to do in hospice and palliative care."

2019 Individual Education Scholarship
Cynthia Scott, BSN, RN, CHPN, OCN

"It is an extreme honor to have been chosen as the recipient of an Individual Education Scholarship at the master's level. As I embark upon the second year of my master's program, I am feeling increasingly empowered and privileged to be part of something so embedded in the human experience as palliative care. My current educational track is focusing on leadership and administration in hospice and palliative care. I hope to one day be able to open a hospice home. This scholarship is aiding my personal commitment to lifelong learning and helping the members of my community live their best life through some of their most difficult times. Again, thank you so much for this incredible honor."

2019 Individual Education Scholarship
Matthew Liccketto, MSN, BSN, BSBA

"Thank you so much for the award of the Individual Education Scholarship, master's level. It is a tremendous honor to be part of such an important mission and I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to this mission moving forward. My experience in education will certainly bolster my clinical practice. It will also help me to be a continued resource, mentor, and example for other nurses and caregivers looking to develop their practice in the field of hospice and palliative care. Additionally, I plan to obtain my CHPN certification. I am very excited about the future of hospice and palliative care and have been energized by my involvement with HPNF. I look forward to increasing engagement with the foundation and hope that I can be a contributing resource."

2019 Individual Education Scholarship
Diane McCormack, LPN, ASN Student

"I am extremely excited and blessed to be a recipient of the Individual Education Scholarship - Associates Level. After raising a family, going back to school to begin a career in nursing has been a tremendous undertaking. I can't find the words to adequately express how extremely rewarding I have round the hospice work I have done as a home health aide and as a volunteer. This scholarship will help me to complete my associate degree in nursing, so that I can pursue a career as a registered nurse in the field of hospice and palliative care. I am passionate and committed, hope to eventually earn a certification, and learn how I can become an advocate for hospice and palliative care. Thank you so very much HPNF, for the vote of confidence in providing this opportunity to help me pursue my goals and continue this journey!"

July 2019 Certification Scholarship
Michelle Cooley, MSN, FNP-C, ACHPN

"Thank you HPNF for choosing me to generously receive the July 2019 HPNF Certification Scholarship. I am proud to be able to acknowledge my expertise in Advanced Hospice and Palliative Nursing with certification being validation of that expertise. It takes a special person to thrive in this environment. I am so blessed to have a career that is so fulfilling and like-minded co-workers as well as local, regional, and national professionals that all work together doing this important and sacred work for the best quality of life as our patients complete their life journey here on earth. I plan to continue to work on educating the public, as well as healthcare professionals, on the value of palliative care and hospice."

2019 ELNEC Core Train-the-Trainer Scholarship (San Antonio, Tex.)
Jude Krause, RN, BSN, CHPN

"I recently attended the ELNEC Train-the-Trainer course in San Antonio, Tex. I was awarded an HPNF scholarship for conference and travel costs. Attending the course was a perfit fit for my needs. Just being in an environment with other professionals from throughout the country was invigorating. The passion and expertise of the instructors, as well as the attendees, was inspiring. I am hoping to enhance the communication skills of our newer staff. I plan to present some case studies in an interactive manner, hoping to capture some of the "pearls" of ways to say things and perhaps sharing with the agency in a written format. I will also share and recommend signing up for an HPNF scholarship. It was a relatively easy process and I am so thankful that I was chosen."

2019 ELNEC Core Train-the-Trainer Scholarship (San Antonio, Tex.)
Marie Carmel Garcon, DNP, FNP

"I am currently working with my community here to raise awareness of palliative care and helping nursing students learn how to collaborate with patients and their family to support their palliative care needs. I will continue to support the education of the nurses in Haiti. I have a long way to go, but with the knowledge and skills that I am acquiring, I am better equipped to address their concerns regarding the trajectory of their diseases; to prevent or relieve their pain/suffering; to discuss their wishes for end of life; to enhance their quality of life, including their experience with hospice. Thank you to HPNF for this scholarship!"

July 2019 ELNEC Pediatrics Train-the-Trainer Scholarship (San Antonio, Tex.)
Thomas Haire, BSN, RN, CPN

"While I was honored to have received this scholarship allowing me the opportunity to attend the ELNEC Train-the-Trainer Course, I didn't initially realize just how informative this course would be. One of the modules about pharmaceuticals and pain management proved to be incredibly informative as it contained many lessons and examples that seemed so different from what's considered best practice. It's lessons like these that I can bring to my own faculty to help improve our practice. I gained exactly what I was looking for from ELNEC. I never would have had this valuable learning experience if not for the generosity of HPNF.  Thank you for allowing me to attend this conference. I, and my entire unit, are grateful to you."

2019 Ho Chiang Grant, Pediatric Palliative Care CHPPN Online Review Course and Pediatric Book Bundle HPNF Scholarships
April Anderson, RN, MSN, CPNP

"Thank you for awarding me the Ho Chiang Gran,t Pediatric Palliative Care CHPPN Online Review Course, and Pediatric Book Bundle scholarships! I believe that by completing the CHPPN courses and obtaining the Pediatric Book Bundle, I will be able to grow and develop my skills. It will allow me to advance my career and train health care providers. Most importantly, I will improve the quality of life for patients. Words cannot express my sincere gratitude to HPNF. I feel privileged to join such a humbling career in Pediatric Palliative Care."

2019 Ho Chiang Grant, Pediatric Palliative Care Membership, and Pediatric Book Bundle Scholarships
Alexandra (Lexi) DiGilio, BSN, RN, CPN

"I am honored and grateful to have been awarded the HPNF scholarships for both the HPNA membership and Pediatric book bundle. I work as a nurse in pediatric hematology and oncology outpatient clinic in Virginia. We are currently working to establish a more defined palliative care team in our outpatient setting and have just started to implement interdisciplinary bereavement debriefing sessions postmortem to foster better communication among our clinic staff and identify ways in which the palliative care of our patients can be improved. In the short term, I plan to use the resources provided to help establish a strong interdisciplinary palliative care team in our outpatient setting. In the long term, I hope that these resources will also help bridge the gap between our inpatient and outpatient palliative care teams. I sincerely thank you for the opportunity this scholarship has provided to strengthen not only my own palliative care education as a nurse, but also my clinic's palliative care practice."