2023 Team Conference for Hospice & Palliative Care

The 2nd annual Team Conference for Hospice & Palliative Care took place virtually on Friday, September 29, 2023. It is not too late to participate! The full conference was recorded and is available for purchase in an on-demand format until November 15, 2023. Learners have until November 30, 2023 to view the sessions and complete evaluations to receive continuing education credit. On-demand viewing of sessions amounts to the same number of continuing education credits as attending the live event.
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About The Team Conference

The Team Conference brings together colleagues in hospice and palliative care to explore best practices that enhance the specialty and improve patient and caregiver outcomes. This conference aims for colleagues to leave feeling rejuvenated and inspired in their own journey of hospice and palliative health care.

Intended Audience

The Team Conference is designed for registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, licensed practical/vocational nurses, nursing assistants, chaplains, social workers, physicans, students, and other members of the interdisciplinary health care team.


The complex management of patients living with serious illness continues to grow throughout the United States. The challenges that arise from the increased demand and complexity of cases can become overwhelming to the health care team. Hospcie and palliative health care providers need to have evidence-based discussion points on issues related to the specialty.

Registration Pricing

APRN – HPNA Member: $425

APRN: $550

RN – HPNA Member: $375

RN: $500

LPN/Nursing Assistant – HPNA Member: $225

LPN/Nursing Assistant: $295

Physician Assistant – HPNA Member: $425

Physician Assistant: $550

Physician: $600

Social Worker: $300

Chaplain: $225

Pharmacist: $375

IDT Role Not Listed Above: $500

Continuing Education Information

This activity has been planned and implemented through the joint providership of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN), and Transforming Chaplaincy.


The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association is an accredited provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Successful conference session completion awards the RN participant a maximum of 14 NCPD hours in a blended activity format. In order to receive credits, you will need to watch the session in its entirety and complete an evaluation for each individual session as well as an overall conference evaluation by November 30, 2023.

Social Workers:

The Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN), #1716, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. SWHPN maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 7/18/2023-7/18/2026. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in each course will receive 1 continuing education clock hour. SWHPN is recognized by the New York state Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0503.


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemted by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). NHPCO is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.

CME Credit Designation Statement: NHPCO designates this other/blended learning activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Sessions & Speakers
Live (Recorded) Sessions

These sessions were presented in a live virtual format on 9/29/23. The sessions were recorded and will be made available for viewing approximately 2 weeks after the live event.

C01 – Enhancing the Power of Word Choice and Language in Palliative Care: It Takes a Team?
Terry Altilio, LCSW, APHSW-C; Christine Hallman, DNP, APRN, ACHPN®, NP-C

C02 – Healing-Centered Engagement in Palliative Care: Improving the Quality of Palliative Care Through Trauma-Informed Practice
L. Emily Cotter, MD, MPH; Rev. AO Fergusion, MDiv; Jeanna Ford, DNP, ACNS-BC; Suzanne Stern-Brant, LCSW

C03 – A Pilot Program for Improving Palliative Care Teamwork in the ICU: Interprofessional Education: IMPACT-IPE
Michelle Milic, MD, FCCP; Janet Jumper, ACNP-C; Rev. Tarra Taylor

C04 – Acknowledging the Sins of the Past: The Importance of Anti-Racist Engagement in Hospice & Palliative Care
Anne Lelemen, LICSW, APHSW-C; Arika Patenaude, SW; Michelle Webb, CNPRN, CHPCA®

C05 – Intergrating Palliative Care within Home Health Care: Assessing Knowledge, Attitudes, and Confidence Among Clinicians, Patients, and Caregivers
Jung “Chloe” A. Kang, APRN; Komal Patel Murali, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC

C06 – Early Palliative Care Engagement by Screaning Implemented by the Emergency Department’s Care Coordination Team: A Pilot Program
Balakrishna Vemula, MD; Razzen Karim, MD Candidate; Tina Vest, CRNP-PMH

C07 – A Dual-Discipline Virtual Outpatient Clinic for Patients with Advanced Heart Failure
Tara Orgon Stamper, DNP, CRNP; Rachel Evans Park, LSW, MSW

C08 – Unlocking Compassion Satisfaction Through the Eat Pray Love Tour
Donna Fahey, MSN, MFA, RN, AHN-BC, CHPN®, CNL; Joan Ordille, DSW, LCSW; Kimberly Rumaker, MSS, LCSW

Closing Session: Palliative Care PR: Exploring New Messaging Strategies
Jared Rubenstein, MD; Claire Crawford, PhD, LMSW, APHSW-C

On-Demand Sessions

These sessions were recorded prior to the live event and are available for viewing now.

Advance Care Planning at the End-of-Life: New Issues for a New Generation
Mari Adams, MSN-Ed, BSN, RN CHPN®

Boosting Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses in a Midwestern State
Janelle D. Williamson, MSN, APRN, NP-C, ACHPN®, FPCN; Tammi Watkins, APRN, ACHPN®

Opening the Door to a Gentler Grief
G Jay Westbrook, RN

Improving Patient-Centered Care for End-State Renal Disease Patients at a Community Palliative Setting
Becky Rouhi, DNP, ANP-C, ACHPN®

Doulas in Interprofessional TEams: Incorporating an Evolving Role for Better Patient Care
Jessica Curd, LCSW, ACSW, ACHP-SW, APHSW-C, PhD Candidate; Erin Collins, MN, RN, CHPN®

Poster Presentations

A Total Pain Approach in Hospice Care Planning
Olga Ehrlich, PhD, RN, CHPN®; Alyssa Lackowski, RN, BSN, PhD Student

Collaborative Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Improves Outcomes
Joanne Benedict, MSN, RN, CHPN®; Maria T. Pace, LMSW, APHSW-C

Hospice CTI Research Survey: Advanced Practice Providers – Barrier Creates Confusion, Delays in Care, and Unnecessary ER Visits
Deborah Wolff Baker, MSN, ACHPN, FNP-BC, GS-C; Beverly A Lang, MScN, RN, ANP-BC, FAANP; Constance Dahlin, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN®, FPCN, FAAN; Jeannette Meyer, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, CCNS

Hospice Transitions
Christine Harlander, MSN, ARNP; Rebecca Crawford, RN

Implementing the NJ POLST from a Holy Name Medical Center
Lisa Blumer, RN, BSN, CHPN®; Ashley R. Elrod, LSW; Sara Schatz, RN

Nurses’ Approaches to Suffering Among Children Dying in the Pediatric ICU – A Key Role for Primary Palliative Care
Elizabeth Broden, PhD, RN

Placing Emphasis on the Use of Palliative Care in the Multidisciplinary Treatment of a Critically Ill Patient
Charles Robinson, MS, BSN, ATC, RN, CCRN, NREMT, CDP

Take Your Food Out of Your Mouth: The Need for Communication Training for Interdisciplinary Hospice & Palliative Care Team Members
Michelle Tate, BSN, RN, CHPPN®; Michelle Spaulding, MSN, RN, CHPPN®; Amy Thomas, MSW, LISW-S; Luke Mosley, MD, MTS