Sunday December 17th 2017

Panel assembles to examine issues in palliative and hospice nursing

The American Nurses Association and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association have embarked on an innovative partnership in jointly convening the 2016 Palliative and Hospice Nursing Professional Issues Panel. More than 250 nurses, both RN and APRN participants, applied to the widely disseminated call for membership.

A rigorous, multi-step application review process culminated in the selection of 21 members of the Palliative and Hospice Nursing Professional Issues Panel Steering Committee. Harleah G. Buck, PhD, RN, CHPN, FAAN, FPCN, a Pennsylvania State Nurses Association member, and Mi-Kyung Song, PhD, RN, FAAN, a Georgia Nurses Association member, volunteered to serve as Steering Committee co-chairpersons. All Steering Committee members have affirmed their commitment to contribute to intense professional discussions, writing and other activities projected to end by October.

The Advisory Group, a second constituency of applicants, has been established to engage in online community discussions and provide consultant services to the Steering Committee on specific questions and topics. Two hundred twenty-eight applicants confirmed their interest in contributing in this way.

Diversity characterizes the membership of both groups, with representation from nearly all states and various practice settings including acute care, long term care, rehabilitation and hospice facilities; ambulatory, community and home care services; academic institutions; research programs; and health information technology solution providers. Most applicants reported membership in one or more nursing specialty organizations, with 72 percent holding at least one ANA organizational affiliate membership, primarily HPNA.

At this time the Steering Committee is beginning to examine the long list of issues/concerns about palliative and hospice nursing care identified by all panel participants as part of their application process. The members are exploring the categorization of findings of such an environmental scan for administration, education, practice, policy and research domains. For example, the panel will consider the concepts of cultural competence, vulnerable populations, and interprofessional relationships and activities. Such efforts are expected to provide insight into the panel’s next steps and recommendations.

As the work proceeds, the Steering Committee may seek public comments about specific questions, writings or products. Please use that opportunity to respond and join the ANA and HPNA panel in its work focused on ensuring safe, quality, and patient-centric palliative and hospice care for all.

— Carol J. Bickford and Ruth Francis are senior policy advisors in the
Nursing Practice & Work Environment Department at ANA.

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