The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association provides educational opportunities not only to our members, but to all hospice and palliative nurses and members of the nursing team. In addition to yearly conferences like the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care and the Clinical Practice Forum, HPNA offers a variety of publications, e-learning courses, and other resources that can help you in your profession.  See below for a list of some of our offerings. 



You can purchase books and publications through the HPNA Shop , including professional practice guides, competencies, core curriculums, and other key titles.  Click on the HPNA Shop  to find what you are looking for.  


We offer electronic access for HPNA members through the member portal to both the bimonthly Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing  and the monthly Journal of Palliative Medicine .  Print subscriptions to the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing are also available to members for a nominal fee.  



We offer over 50 online courses on a variety of topics, for both hospice and palliative nurses and members of the nursing team.  Most of our courses are free to all HPNA members. Click to find out more about our eLearning Courses.

Certification Review Courses

We offer three online certification review courses specifically created for those looking to certify through the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center in the near future as an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN), Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN), and a Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse (CHPPN). Follow the link to our certification review courses to find out more and to register.

Practice Exams

Looking for a way to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses for an HPCC certification exam?  These practice exams will help you see what you are strong at and what you need help with. These are available for all our certification exams for a nominal fee and are a great way to help prepare for the actual examination. A portion of the cost is donated directly to the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation, to help support hospice and palliative nurses. Click on the practice exam link to find out more and to apply.  


Approved Educators

The HPNA Approved Educator Program recognizes the importance of high-quality continuing nursing education and skills-based competency program offerings by providing a pathway for registered nurses to become knowledgeable presenters in the field.  Click the links to find out more details about the HPNA Approved Educator Program


There are several education-related scholarships and grants available through the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation.  These include conference scholarships to events, individual education scholarships to nursing professionals earning academic degrees, grants for educational programs through HPNA chapters, and more.  Follow the link to our grants and scholarships page to find out more details.   

Palliative Care APRN Resources

We offer several programs specifically created for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).  Our Palliative Care APRN Externship at five national locations is a five day immersion course with faculty from leading palliative care programs across the country. The goal is to provide extensive primary palliative education to enrich competency to care for patients with serious illness.  We also provide a list of available Palliative Care APRN Fellowships across the country, for those looking for a fellowship.  Follow the links to learn more. 

HPNA Standards for Clinical Education

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association first published a Standards for Clinical Education in 2005, as a way to define the basic standards and criteria needed to promote quality palliative nursing education.  Since then, the field of palliative care has advanced, and our original document needed to be updated to help identify those advancements.  Created by nurses for nurses, the second edition of the Standards of Clinical Education helps identify palliative nursing and specific types of clinical experiences in the field.  The full document is available online through the link below.
If you have any specific questions about the HPNA Standards of Clinical Education, please do not hesitate to contact us at or by calling 412-787-9301.
HPNA Standards for Clinical Education