Sunday, January 25, 2015          
Position Statements

In HPNA's role as the lead organization in end-of-life and palliative nursing care, the Board of Directors will sometimes adopt a position statement on an issue of importance to the membership. Such statements can be written in support of or in opposition to a specific position. There is also the option of deciding not to take a position but rather to acknowledge both the pros and cons of the issue. A position statement is intended to represent the position of the Association's membership on the issue. Once adopted by the Board, the position becomes the official statement that Directors and National Office staff use when asked to comment on the issue.

The development of position statements is an on-going process within the Board of Directors. This site will be updated as the Board of Directors adopts additional position statements. (NOTE:  please be advised the Position Statements listed below are only available in pdf format.  If you initially have difficulty retrieving the document, please refresh your screen.  Thank you.    Click here for pdf info.)

Artificial Nutrition and Hydration in Advanced Illness


Assuring High Quality in Palliative Nursing


Complementary Therapies in Palliative Care Nursing Practice 


Evidence-Based Practice 


Legalization of Assisted Suicide


Medication Error Reporting in the Home Setting


Pain Management


Palliative Sedation


Role of Hospice and Palliative Nurses in Research


Role of Palliative Care in Organ and Tissue Donation 


Role of the Nurse when Hastened Death is Requested


Shortage of Registered Nurses


Spiritual Care


The Ethics of Opioid Use at End of Life


The Nurse's Role in Advance Care Planning


The Use of Medical Marijuana


Value of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Palliative Care


Value of the Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse in Palliative Care


Value of the Nursing Assistant in Palliative Care


Value of Hospice and Palliative Nursing Certification 


Value of the Professional Nurse in Palliative Care


Withholding and/or Withdrawing Life Sustaining Therapies