Value and Position Statements

HPNA Value and Position Statements

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) develops positions relevant to palliative nursing to represent the voice of hospice and palliative nurses. Position statements guide the specialty and reflect the position of the association's membership on the issue.

The process used in the development of a position statement is: 
  1. HPNA Board of Directors will approve the relevant topic for a new statement or a revision/update of a current statement.
  2. A task force representing membership and stakeholders will be appointed to research and develop a draft position. 
  3. Once the task force completes its work on the new position statement, the draft will be posted on the HPNA website for public comment. 
  4. Following public comment, the statement will be revised if needed and approved by the HPNA Board of Directors. 
  5. Finalized position statements will be available to view on the HPNA website. 

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

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

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Value and Position Statements:

Advance Care Planning
Assuring High Quality in Palliative Nursing
 (Updated)
Complementary Therapies in Palliative Nursing Practice
 (Under review)
The Ethics of Use of Opioids in Palliative Nursing
Evidence-Based Practice 
(Under review)
Medical Cannabis  
Medically Administered Nutrition and Hydration
Medication Safety in Hospice and Palliative Care Settings

Palliative Sedation (Under review)
Physician Assisted Death/Physician Assisted Suicide

Role of Hospice and Palliative Nurses in Research (30-day comment period open. Provide feedback here.)
Role of Palliative Care in Donation for Transplantation
Spiritual Care
(Updated)
Value of the Professional Nurse in Palliative Care (Updated)
Withholding and/or Withdrawing Life Sustaining Therapies (Under review)
Guidelines for the Role of the RN and APRN When Hastened Death is Requested