Item Writer Workshops

Secrets of Competency Testing - Writing Items for Hospice and Palliative Certification Exams

With expert assistance from PSI/Applied Measurement Professionals, HPCC offers a unique opportunity for health care professionals involved in the care of patients and families facing life limiting illnesses (APRN, RN, Pediatric RN, NA, Perinatal Loss Care professional) to make a direct contribution to developing the certification examinations. Individuals who have a strong knowledge base in hospice and palliative care are welcome. Expertise in item writing or test development is not required. Certification is also not a requirement for the workshop, but those who current hold certification may be eligible to apply for membership on an HPCC Exam Development Committee, and attendance in an Item Writers Workshop would be helpful.

The workshop is offered as a three-part course; the first two parts must be done online, the third and last part is a live webinar.

To apply, complete the first two courses online, including post-test and evaluation. Then complete and submit the IWW Application for the third course, and at least one item. For ease of submission, print out an Item Submission Form, write your item, then transpose it to the online application. The application deadline is 2 weeks prior to the date of the webinar. The application includes the Item Contributor Agreement, an Item Submittal Form, and registration for the third course: a live webinar scheduled for these upcoming dates:

  • Thursday, June 14, 2018 – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm ET
  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET
The HPCC national office will review your application, and you will receive confirmation of your acceptance by email within two weeks. A week before the live webinar, you will receive the necessary information to participate in the interactive live meeting. This requires a telephone and access to a computer.

  • There is no fee for the workshop
  • The two online courses take an hour each, while the third live webinar course takes 1.5 hours
  • Upon completion of all three courses, including the post-test and evaluation, you will receive 3.5 contact hours. Nursing assistants will receive a certificate of participation.
  • Contact hours do count toward your Hospice and Palliative Accrual for Recertification (HPAR), and may be listed as "continuing nursing education." 
  • You must complete the live webinar within a year after you complete the first two online courses.

Item Writer Workshop Application

Register for the Item Writer Workshop below, or through the events listing or events calendar.  Prepare for the application by downloading an Item Submittal Form and using those answers online.

Accessing the Online Course

  • Go to Nurses Learning Network
  • Register (if this is your first time) or login
  • Access the course listings
  • Click on Palliative Care
  • Scroll to the bottom of the list and select The Secrets of Competency Testing.