Improving Hospice Care with Advanced Certification

Monday, August 13, 2018 | Joe Nester

Advanced Certification
The non-clinical public is used to seeing abbreviated designations following the names of nurses and other clinicians within the medical community. As with other industries, these designations mean little to people who are not a part of or have an affiliation with those organizations. Although, the designations when prevalent within an organization, can provide clues to a company’s dedication and commitment within its chosen specialty.


In hospice for example, there is the Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN). The CHPN designation through the National Board for Certification of Hospice and palliative Care Nurses (NBCHPN) is a validation that the practicing nurse has the qualifications and knowledge required to be successful in the specialization of hospice and palliative care. A nurse who earns this designation has a prerequisite of possessing an unrestricted RN license and a minimum of 500 hours of hospice and palliative care practice in the most recent 12 month period.


According to an article in The Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, there have been numerous studies which have shown a direct correlation between specialized certifications and positive performance outcomes for patients. Below are some of the desired results those studies have found.


•Fewer adverse events in patient care
•Higher patient satisfaction ratings
•Fewer disciplinary events
•Fewer work related injuries
•Increased personal growth and professional satisfaction


Agapé Hospice understands better care often begins with better education. The company encourages employee education through an established internal university with over 900 courses, federally approved apprenticeship programs and paying for the costs associated with obtaining advanced certification like CHPN.


Our hospital is a tertiary care facility that is right off interstate. We get patients from across the country and around the world. This has been my most difficult placement. Assisting a patient back to Pakistan was easier than South Carolina. Your team will remain in my contact list. I only wish I had found them sooner. 


Misty Otey, RN, Case Manager