Palliative Care Externship

Promoting Access to Quality Primary Palliative Care – A Workforce Development Program

Announcing the Palliative Care Externship, a five day immersion course with faculty from leading palliative care programs.  The goal of this program is to provide extensive primary palliative education to all Advanced Practice Providers (APP), to enrich their competency to care for patients with serious illness.

The course combines multiple learner engagement strategies for transformative experimental learning including didactic education about pain and symptom management, communication skill building, quality, and program development, with clinical examples. Each cohort is limited to only six participants, allowing individual participant attention from the site facility. The program is targeted for the novice APP or those seeking a course to update their palliative care skills.  The application process is based on rolling admission and program availability.

The three sites for this program listed below were chosen based on maturity, depth, collaborative partnership, and commitment to palliative advanced practice nursing education. Those faculty involved in the program are listed here, as well as the scheduled courses at each location for later this year. 

Duke University Hospital and Health System Palliative Care (Durham, NC)

June 15-19, 2020

University of Minnesota Palliative Care Service (Minneapolis, MN) 

October 12-16, 2020

Medical University of South Carolina Palliative Care Service (Charleston, SC) – Clinical Leadership Site 

September 14-18, 2020

Dahlin, C., Coyne, PJ., Cassel, B. (2016) The Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Palliative Care Externship: A Model for Primary Palliative Care Education. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 19(7), 753-759.


The cost of the program is $2,500 per participant, and includes all materials and resources, breakfast and lunch during the course, Continuing Nursing Education awarded for successful program completion, and post-course mentoring and support.  Participants are responsible for travel, room and board, and meals outside of the course.  Eligibility includes APRNs in any setting or role, including Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, and Nurse Midwife, as well as Physician Assistants and other advanced practice providers.

This program has been created with the financial support of the Cambia Health Foundation’s Sojourns Scholars Leadership Program, and with administrative support from the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. 

Continuing Nursing Education

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation under provider number P0284. This activity has been approved for 50 accredited contact hours and 18 Pharmacotherapeutic Category 1 designated credit hours specific to national ANCC re-certification of the APN/CNS which includes drug specific information, safe prescribing practices, safe medication administration, prescribing methodologies, new regulations, and/or similar content.

Disclosures: It is the practice of HPNA to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all program offerings. In compliance with the American Nurses Credentialing Center, we require that faculty disclose all financial relationships with commercial interests over the past 12 months. The planners of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial, professional, or personal relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity. This activity is for educational purposes only. 

How To Apply

For more information and to obtain an application, contact:
Constance Dahlin, MSN ANP-BC ACHPN FPCN FAAN, Palliative Care Externship Director 

Download an Application Here
List of Site Descriptions and Program Dates
Click Here to Read the Press Release

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