The graduate will be prepared to apply for certification as an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN) through the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (HPNA). The online program will emphasize culturally competent evidence-based nursing expertise in clinical practice. Hospice and palliative nursing practice is defined as the provision of nursing care for the patient and family, with emphasis on their physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs when experiencing a life-limiting illness and through bereavement. This model of care is accomplished in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team in a setting which provides pain and symptom management, family support and 24-hour nursing availability. Graduates will be prepared to provide and manage evidence-based palliative health care for individuals in a variety of settings. Graduates will also coordinate and develop health care programs for those living with or dying from chronic, progressive illnesses. The program was developed in an effort to increase the number of nurse practitioners with expertise in palliative care to meet the needs of our aging society.
The interactive online classroom provides opportunities for active learning, discussion, problem solving, debating, critical thinking, research, networking, and community building.
Attention ALL Palliative Care NP students entering the Palliative Care Track Clinical Course (AHN 533) Fall Semester 2012: The mandatory PC Clinical Orientation date is Wednesday, August 15th. If you have any questions contact Dr. Joyce Varner at firstname.lastname@example.org.