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American Nurses Association and Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association Call for Palliative Care in Every Setting

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The American Nurses Association (ANA) and Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) have partnered up to issue the Call for Action: Nurses Lead and Transform Palliative Care. This supports the belief that in all care settings seriously ill and injured patients, families and communities should receive quality palliative care.

ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN  said, “Every nurse should have the knowledge and ability to facilitate healing and alleviate suffering through the delivery of safe, quality, and holistic person-centered primary palliative care.” She went on to say “Nurses within the palliative care specialty may practice in designated palliative and hospice teams – our call is for all nurses to take action to transform palliative care across all specialties and care settings.”

January 2016 the ANA and HPNA setup the Palliative and Hospice Nursing Professional Issues Panel. The task of this panel was to complete an environmental assessment, examining palliative care nursing within today’s health care system, then identifying strategies and steps for nurses to lead and transform palliative care. Five focus areas were examined and the Call for Action was drafted and widely disseminated for public comment.

The comments yielded much feedback and additional resources which aided in the document’s completion. The Call for Action outlines twelve key recommendations as reviewed and approved by members of the ANA and HPNA Boards of Directors. The recommendations support the conclusion of the Call for Action and also outline the steps needed to achieve quality primary palliative nursing regardless of the setting.

HPNA CEO Sally Welsh, MSN, RN, NEA-BC said “This call to action is the blueprint for America’s 3.6 million nurses to transform the care and culture of serious illness, by sharing a common framework for the delivery of primary palliative nursing care to all patients and families, whenever and wherever they need it.” “Now it is up to all nurses to take action.”

The ANA and HPNA is encouraging nurses to lead and transform palliative care in practice, education, administration, policy, and research.