Palliative Nursing Summit Underscores ANA and HPNA Call for Action

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5/18/17
ANA was one of the attending organizations at the Palliative Nursing Summit convened by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association on May 12 at George Washington University. 

Representatives from 26 specialty nursing organizations worked to develop a collaborative nursing agenda and action plan focused on three aspects of palliative nursing: communication and advance care planning, coordination/transitions of care, and pain and symptom management.  The meeting’s objectives were to identify both the current state of and the greatest opportunities in the three identified aspects of primary palliative nursing.

Convening the summit and focusing its participants’ discussions on these areas underscores some of the key recommendations offered in the Call for Action: Nurses Lead and Transform Palliative Care that ANA and HPNA issued last month:

  • Convene a thought leader summit to address practice barriers and develop initiatives to implement primary palliative care.
  • Position nurses at decision-making and policy-setting venues, such as healthcare and regulatory boards, to address palliative care needs.
  • Conduct intervention studies testing strategies to alleviate compassion fatigue and moral distress to maintain a healthy workforce.
These and other recommendations resulted from a Palliative and Hospice Nursing Professional Issues Panel the two organizations convened earlier this year. The conclusion of this Call for Action was that seriously ill and injured patients, families, and communities should receive quality palliative care from all nurses in all care settings.

Similarly, the post-summit objectives are developing an implementation plan and identifying strategies to address the greatest opportunities to help nursing transform the care and culture of serious illness. As ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, has said, “Our call is for all nurses to take action to transform palliative care across all specialties and care settings.”

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