Position Statements

HPNA Position Statements

In HPNA's role as the lead organization representing the voice of hospice and palliative nursing, our board of directors adopts position statements on issues of importance to nursing practice in caring for patients and families with serious illness.  Once adopted by the board of directors, position statements are intended to guide the hospice and palliative nursing specialty and reflect the position of the association's membership on the issue.  

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association's, Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center's, and Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation's Joint Position Statements

Pain Management at the End of Life (with ASPMN)
Palliative Nursing Leadership

Value of Hospice and Palliative Certification

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association 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 in Hospice and Palliative Care Settings
 (Updated)
Palliative Sedation
Physician Assisted Death/Physician Assisted Suicide
Role of Hospice and Palliative Nurses in Research
Role of Palliative Care in Donation for Transplantation
 (Updated)
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