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USF Health College of Nursing Launches New Hospice and Palliative Care Graduate Certificate Program for Nurses

In response to the increasing need for skilled professionals in end-of-life care, USF Health College of Nursing has launched a graduate certificate program in Hospice and Palliative Care. This program will equip registered nurses with the education, training, and clinical hours required to take the Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN®) exam. 

The USF Health College of Nursing Hospice and Palliative Care Certificate is an online training program consisting of six courses taken over three semesters. Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate proficiency in pain management, symptom assessment, interdisciplinary teamwork, and effective communication with patients and families in hospice and palliative care settings. 

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“End-of-life care is a critical part of our practice as nurses,” said Usha Menon, PhD, RN, FAAN, FSBM, senior associate vice president of USF Health and dean of the College of Nursing. “We are dedicated to teaching nursing students how to provide compassionate and comprehensive care. This program enables us to equip both registered nurses and advanced practice nurses, with the skills to address an urgent growing healthcare need."

Florida has a growing population of older adults, leading to an increase in chronic illnesses that require nurses with specialized training to meet their unique needs. 

“We are pleased to announce that applications will be accepted until August 1, 2024,” said associate professor and program director, Janet Roman, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, CHFN, ACHPN. “Patients have better outcomes when cared for by certified nurses, which is paramount.”

Certified hospice and palliative care nurses have increased competence and confidence in practice with sharpened skills and knowledge as well as personal pride in accomplishment.

For more information on this certificate, click here. 

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