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Palliative & Hospice Nursing : Professional Associations

Become a Palliative or Hospice Nurse

The Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN®) examination was designed for experienced registered nurses. Applicants must hold a current, unrestricted registered nurse license in the United States or Canada, and must have 500 hours of hospice and palliative nursing practice in the most recent 12 months or 1,000 hours in the most recent 24 months.

Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) currently provides the following seven certifications:

Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN) Recertification.

For more information, please see the Hospice and Palliative Certification Center.

Hopice Care in Wisconsin

Hospices by Wisconsin County (not an all inclusive list)

Palliative & Hospice Associations

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine  A professional organization for physicians specializing in hospice and palliative medicine. Membership is also open to nurses and other health care providers who are committed to improving the quality of life of patients and families facing life-threatening or serious conditions.

End-of-Life Education Consortium  A national education initiative to improve palliative care. The project provides undergraduate and graduate nursing faculty, CE providers, staff development educators, specialty nurses in pediatrics, oncology, critical care and geriatrics, and other nurses with training in palliative care so they can teach this essential information to nursing students and practicing nurses. 

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)  A collaborative and visionary professional hospice and palliative specialty nursing organization with evidence-based educational tools to assist members of the nursing team.

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF)  HPNF supports the efforts of Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) and its members, and National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN®) and its certificants, through donor cultivation and fundraising efforts.

National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN®)   The only organization that offers specialty certification for all levels of the hospice and palliative nursing care team and administrators.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization  The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.