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Palliative Nursing Leadership Institute


Palliative Nursing Leadership Institute Update


The inaugural class of the Palliative Nursing Leadership Institute was conducted July 15 -20 in Pittsburgh, PA. The scholars were welcomed at a luncheon hosted by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Board of Directors and members of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation Board of Directors.  The curriculum during the 6 day intensive featured dynamic and interactive sessions that were presented by leaders in nursing, healthcare and technology. The sessions focused on leadership theory, collaboration, change theory, professional development, and communication. The goal of the Institute is to enhance the skills of current nursing leaders to take on even larger roles in promoting Palliative Nursing.  The candidates have committed to this two-year program, which includes quarterly educational sessions, regular meetings with  mentors, and the development and implementation of an individual project.



2012 Palliative Nursing Leadership Institute – Scholars and Projects


Improving the Coordination and Synergy of Palliative Care in an Academic Medical Center

The  “Palliative Matters Council”  has been formed and is meeting monthly.  The first aim of the project is to share palliative initiatives, and promote them within the organization to assist and inform other health care professionals. The first step is to explore electronic options for a repository of palliative resources.  (updated 5/2013)


The "Palliative Matters Council" continues to meet monthly.  The project team is developing content for the electronic palliative resource site. In addition, the Council agreed to conduct surveys of families who have had patients die at the hospital, to inform the council of needs for improving inpatient care around the dying process. The pilot survey has been completed, and the surveys are in process. The project team has also expanded to include a community hospice that serves Northwestern’s patients. (updated 8/2013)


Jeanne M. Martinez RN, MPH, CHPN®, FPCN

Quality Coordinator for the Stem Cell Transplant Program

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Chicago, IL

Phone: 312-926-4590





Enhancing and Sustaining Principles of Palliative Care in a Baccalaureate Nursing Program through Curricular Change

The first phase of my project was to assess the current BSN courses for content related to the principles of palliative care. A review of the written course materials provided to students found that although end of life (EOL) care and hospice are discussed in some courses, the concept of palliative care is not evident. Over the summer I will be meeting with instructors who currently include EOL care in their course content and clinical experiences in order to collect more detailed information including their level of expertise in palliative care and their identified learning needs related to the content. (updated 6/2013)


Two courses have been identified where we would like to include simulation as a strategy for undergraduate students to experience end-of-life and palliative care situations. The junior level Gerontological Nursing course will focus on end-of-life care and the senior level Critical Care Nursing course including ICU setting would focus on palliative care. (updated 3/1/2014)




Barbara M. Raudonis, PhD, RN, FNGNA, FPCN

Myrna R. Pickard Professor

Distinguished Teaching Professor  

University of Texas at Arlington

College of Nursing

Arlington, TX

Phone: 817-272-2776





Utilizing Social Media (LinkedIn and Twitter) to Create an Identity and Enhance the Presence of a Nursing Leader and a Professional Nursing Organization

As of May 7, 2013, I have formally completed my project with the release of the new HPNA Social Media Guide for Hospice and Palliative Nurses and a companion webinar. These resources were announced as new, free resources to HPNA members as part of our Nurses Week celebrations. Go to Social Media Guide. Another component of my project was to develop an on-line presence on Twitter.  As of today, I have 210 followers on Twitter. I will continue to develop my presence on this social media platform. This has been a very interesting project and one has helped me develop new skills and also provided resources for our HPNA membership.

As of today, I have 248 followers on Twitter.  Follow me,  @ WelshRN   (updated 8/2013)

I have 305 followers on Twitter. Follow me! (updated 12/2013)

Sally Welsh, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Chief Executive Officer

The Alliance for Excellence in Hospice and Palliative Nursing

°        Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

°        National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses

°        Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation

Pittsburgh, PA

Phone:  412-787-9301

Twitter: @WelshRN



Testimonials from the 2012 event


 “This Leadership Institute provides nurses with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to navigate the complexities of the health care environment and create and sustain change with a greater good in mind.”

-- Daniel Pesut PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of the Katharine Densford Center for International Nursing Leadership at the Minnesota University School of Nursing. Palliative Nursing Leadership Institute Faculty

 It is an honor and a privilege to be a member of the first cohort of the Palliative Nursing Leadership Institute. I am looking forward to developing my leadership development plan and implementing my project. I would like to express my profound appreciation to HPNF for the visionary leadership to establish the Palliative Nursing Leadership Institute.

-- Barbara M. Raudonis PhD, RN, FNGNA, FPCN, Myrna R. Pickard Professor, University of Texas at Arlington. College of Nursing.

“The Institute was envisioned with a mission to ‘develop nursing leaders who will embrace, utilize, and integrate palliative nursing concepts into professional nursing practices throughout the healthcare system,’ through a model of education and mentoring.”

Jane Sidwell MSW, RN, CHPN®, FPCN, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation Board of Directors