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Hospice Palliative Care Nursing Standards of Practice – Download

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Available as DOWNLOAD ONLY. PDF Format. 18 pages.
Published in 2009.


Since the publication of the first Canadian Hospice Palliative Care (HPC) Nursing Standards edition in 2002, the Canadian HPC Nurses Group has had a continuing commitment to the ongoing development and revision of the HPC Nursing Standards to support the delivery of high quality (HPC) nursing. The 2002 edition encompassed specific competencies as well as general standards because there were no detailed competencies developed in Canadian HPC nursing at that time. Competency development advanced in 2003 when the Canadian HPC Nurses Group advocated for and succeeded in establishing HPC nursing as a Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) specialty. The first CNA development and administration of the HPC nursing certification exam occurred in 2004. The 2009 Canadian HPC Nursing Standards will be the foundation for future revisions to competencies, certification exams and programs of professional development.