Hospice and Palliative Nursing assistants are important health care team members who provide effective care for patients nearing end of life and for their families.
Hospice and palliative nursing assistants need to possess specialized knowledge and skills because they play a central role in providing care to patients with progressive, life-limiting illnesses, and support for the families of those patients.
There are many programs for hospice aides wishing to develop and improve their practice and those preparing for the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant certification examination. NBCHPN has provided certification for hospice and palliative nursing assistants since 2002. Each certification is valid for a four-year period, at which time CNAs may renew their credential.
To be eligible for the NBCHPN Nursing Assistant Examination, CNA must provide achievement of 2000 practice hours under the supervision of a registered nurse in the past two years. Also they should have at least two years of experience in hospice and palliative nursing assistant practice to consider themselves eligible for the exam.