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Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN) Live Virtual Review Course

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) supports registered nurses desiring to advance their professional development with specialty certification. This live CHPN® Review Course is designed to assist the registered nurse with preparation for the Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN) certification exam.

This one-day immersion course is aimed to assist with preparation for the CHPN® exam by highlighting topics that may require further study before sitting for the specialty certification examination. This full-day intensive CHPN® Review Course offers participants a framework for review and self-study. The sessions provide a deep dive into test content areas based upon the detailed content outline for the test from the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC). The HPNA faculty educators for the CHPN® Review Course are nationally recognized subject matter experts with career experience in hospice and palliative nursing. All faculty are certified by the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center in the specialty of Hospice and Palliative Nursing.

HPNA’s CHPN® Certification Review Course delivers an in-depth review of the domains included in the current detailed content outline (DCO) from the HPCC’s 2020 CHPN® Candidate Handbook.

Please note: This course requires a HTML 5 internet browser such as, but not limited to, Safari, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla and Chrome.

Activity Details
Start Date: March 16, 2021
End Date: March 16, 2021
Time: 8:00 am – 5:50 pm (Log In: 7:45 – 8:00 am)
Location: Virtual
Download: Event Flyer

Registration is online and by credit card only. Register Now

The registration fees are as follows:

Need-based scholarships are available. Please email Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org with your need.

Preregistration and payment required. The registration deadline is 10 days prior to the activity date. There will be no refunds after the registration deadline has been reached. A $25 administrative fee will be retained on all refunds requested before the registration deadline. For registration questions, please e-mail clpd.support@hitchcock.org or call (603) 653-1234.

If you need to cancel your registration, please call (603) 653-1234 or email clpd.support@hitchcock.org. Cancellations should be made 10 days in advance. If you need to cancel within 10 of this event please email: Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org

8:00 am - 10:15 am Welcome and Overview of the Day

CHPN® Examination Structure (.75)

Life-Limiting Conditions in Adult Patients (1.50)
identify and respond to indicators of imminent death and patterns of progression, complications, and treatment for conditions
10:15 am - 10:30 am All Things Break Related
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Symptom Management
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Pain Management
+ additional e-learning course The Basics of Opioid Conversion (1.0 CNE) through HPNA Home Study
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm All Things Break Related
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm Patient and Family Care, Education and Advocacy
4:45 pm - 5:30 pm Let’s Practice – Sample Examination Questions
5:50 pm Adjourn and Good Luck with your CHPN® Board Exam
Course Content Summary

Module 1. 0. A.
Focuses on identifying and responding to indicators of imminent death in life limiting conditions in adult patients. Content emphasis is directed towards:

  • Family goals of care
  • Physical indicators of imminent death
  • Symptom management during the dying phase
  • Environment of care
  • The death eventCoping and support

Module 1 .0. B.
Focuses on the identification and response to specific patterns of progression, complications, and treatment for life-limiting conditions in adult patients. Content emphasis is directed towards:

  • Hematologic, Oncologic and Paraneoplastic disorders (cancer and associated disorders)
  • Neurological disorders
  • Cardiac disorders
  • Pulmonary disorders
  • Renal disorders
  • Gastrointestinal and Hepatic disorders
  • Dementia
  • Endocrine disorders (diabetes as a comorbidity)

Module 2.0 - Patient Care: Pain Management
Focuses on the assessments, interventions and evaluations of pain and pain management approaches in adult patients with life-limiting conditions. Content emphasis is directed towards:

  • Comprehensive pain assessments
  • Pharmacologic interventions
  • Non-pharmacologic/complementary interventions
  • Evaluation/assessment of interventions

Module 3.0 - Patient Care: Symptom Management
Focuses on applying the nursing process to actual or potential symptoms or conditions realized in adult patients with life limiting conditions. Content emphasis is directed towards a systematic approach to the pathophysiology, illness trajectory, assessments and interventions for common diseases/ conditions seen in palliative care.

Module 4.0 - Patient and Family Care, Education and Advocacy
Focuses on identifying, developing, and evaluating patient/family goals of care to support adult patients with life limiting conditions. Content emphasis is directed towards:

  • Goals of care
  • Resource management
  • Psychological, spiritual, and cultural components to care
  • Grief and loss
  • Caregiver support
  • Education and Advocacy

Module 5.0 - Practice Issues
Focuses on the coordination of care, collaboration, applying scope, standards, guidelines into practice and professional development.

Module 6.0 - The CHPN® Examination Overview, Test Taking Strategies, and Application
Focuses on preparation for the CHPN® Certification Examination.

  • Material reviewed includes the highlights from the CHPN® Candidate Handbook, the structure of the examination, question design, complexity and test taking strategies.
  • A robust bank of sample retired test questions is used throughout the course.

All information regarding the hospice and palliative nurse examination, testing policies, procedures, and application form can be found in the CHPN® Candidate Handbook free download from the HPCC website.

Target Audience

Registered Nurses

Learning Outcome(s)
  • Provide participants with a framework in which to prepare for the Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing (CHPN®) examination.
  • Provide participants with a process to assess individualized core content strengths and opportunities for improvement in preparation for the CHPN® examination.

The HPCC registered nurse certification examination requires the ability to apply the nursing process (i.e., assess, plan, intervene and evaluate) in helping patients and their families (defined as including all persons identified by the patient) toward the goal of maintaining optimal functioning and quality of life within the limits of the disease process, while considering factors such as fear, communication barriers, economic issues and cultural issues. Using the nursing process, the learner will self-report the ability to apply, analyze, and evaluate:

  1. Clinical knowledge of life-limiting conditions in adult patients as determined by the identification and response to indicators if imminent death and the specific patterns of disease progression, complications, and treatment.
  2. Comprehensive pain management, pharmacologic, nonpharmacologic and complementary interventions and evaluation of the interventional response.
  3. Actual or potential symptoms or conditions realized in adult patients with life limiting conditions.
  4. A systematic approach patient and family care, education, and advocacy.
  5. The effective integration of care coordination, interdisciplinary/collaborative practice, scope, standards, and guidelines into patient care.

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). Provider number P0284. To receive your NCPD award and certificate, the participant must be in attendance for the entire course and complete and submit the online evaluation form(s) within the time frame required. CHPN® Review Course certificates will delineate pharmacology hours earned in addition to the NCPD cred its earned for successful course completion.

Successful course completion awards the RN participant:

8.0 hours NCPD and 4.0 Category 1 Designated Pharmacotherapeutic Credit Hours specific to national ANCC and AANP recertification of the NP/CNS, which includes current clinical application of pharmacology across the life span including, drug-specific information, safe prescribing practices and information, safe medication administration, prescribing methodologies, new regulations, and/or similar content.


It is the practice of HPNA to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all formal educational offerings. In compliance with the American Nurses Credentialing Center, we require that faculty disclose all financial relationships with commercial interests over the past 12 months.

No planning committee member or faculty has indicated a relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest. This activity was developed by HPNA without support from any commercial interest.


The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), its officers and directors, and the authors, reviewers, faculty of this course make no claims that completing this course will guarantee success on the CHPN® Certification examination. HPNA has exclusive rights to this course. All rights reserved. No part of this course may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise.

Additional Information

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The CME and CNE Offices are not liable for expenses incurred by participants due to cancellation or changes in programs.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Employees - Tuition fees must be paid online by credit card. D-H Accounts Payable will no longer process internal transfers of registration fees. Individuals must pay online with a credit card and then seek reimbursement, if appropriate.

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