After completing POLARIS APRN modules, 100% of learners stated they increased their knowledge in:

evidence-based prescribing practices for symptom management medications, including controlled substances;

social, psychological, cultural, spiritual, and existential dimensions of a patient/family in hospice and palliative care;

developing a plan of care that maximizes the patient’s priorities regarding comfort and symptom control;

understanding the appropriate words and phrases to use for common situations in hospice and palliative care.

POLARIS APRN is a state-of-the-art eLearning resource consisting of nine (9) modules that are designed to provide essential practice knowledge on hospice and palliative care.

POLARIS APRN modules are:

  • self-paced
  • interactive
  • structured with shorts bursts of information
  • engaging, with learning activities such as case studies and videos
  • available in multiple purchase options
  • eligible for NCPD hours and Pharm credits

POLARIS APRN is designed to provide essential practice knowledge to early-career APRNs who could benefit from interactive learning involving hospice and palliative care. Seasoned APRNs will also benefit from this innovative approach to education and will enjoy the engaging format while earning NCPD credit.

Note: Module 4: POLARIS Pain Management is so great we thought it deserved to be its own eLearning resource consisting of 4 modules. Click here to visit the POLARIS Pain Management webpage.

Purchase Options

Individual Modules


This purchase option gives the individual user access to only the modules that interest you.

$20 for members
$30 for non-members

Total Package


This purchase option gives the individual user access to 8 POLARIS APRN modules + 4 POLARIS Pain Management modules for one bundle price.

$175 for members
$325 for non-members

Orientation ProgramComing Soon!

This purchase option gives the individual user access to 8 POLARIS APRN modules + 4 POLARIS Pain Management modules + an orientation program, which includes a learner and preceptor guide, for one bundle price.

POLARIS APRN was funded by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation through generous grant support from the Ho Chiang Foundation, McElhattan Foundation, and the Jack Buncher Foundation.

Description of Modules

Module 1: Moving into APRN Palliative Nursing Practice
This module provides an overview of professional practice for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) as well as guidelines, principles, and processes related to the practice of hospice and palliative care. This module also includes easy-to-understand resources to support growth and leadership in your early-career role as an APRN practicing in hospice and palliative care.

2.0 NCPD hours

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Module 2: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
This module reviews the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in hospice and palliative care. It includes an exploration of social determinants of health and ways that you, as an advanced practice registered nurse, can advocate for equitable care for your patients and families.

1.0 NCPD hour

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Module 3: Communication in Palliative Care and Hospice
This communication module provides techniques you can use for patient and family meetings as well as discussions with patients, family members, and your referral base. It also offers multiple opportunities to engage in exercises which hone your skills to de-escalate emotionally charged situations, provide education on palliative care and hospice, and conduct family meetings.

1.25 NCPD hours

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Module 4: Pain Management
The POLARIS Pain Management module is so great we thought it deserved to be its own eLearning resource! Click the button below to visit the POLARIS Pain Management webpage.

For the remainder of 2023, HPNA members receive complimentary access to all 4 POLARIS Pain Management modules. Non-members may purchase these modules individually or as a total package (8 POLARIS APRN modules + 4 POLARIS Pain Management modules).

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Module 5: Symptom Management
In addition to managing pain, as a hospice and palliative care advanced practice registered nurse, you are expected to manage other symptoms common in patients receiving hospice and palliative care. Through case studies, this module gives you the opportunity to apply strategies to effectively relieve dyspnea, nausea/vomiting, delirium, anxiety, and depression. (To learn about managing pain symptoms, refer to the POLARIS pain management modules.)

1.25 NCPD hours
1.25 Category 1 Pharm Credit

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Module 6: Social, Psychological, Cultural, Spiritual, and Existential Care
This module focuses on the social, psychological, cultural, spiritual, and existential factors in hospice and palliative care. Case studies illustrate how you, the advanced practice registered nurse, working with other team members, can provide medically appropriate care that is congruent with patients’ and families’ values and preferences.

1.5 NCPD hours

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Module 7: Professionalism and Personal Well-being
This module includes education on professionalism, leadership, and personal well-being. Through an interactive format, you learn about consultation etiquette, guidelines for determining how you work together with other providers, the advanced practice registered nurse’s leadership role, strategies for managing work-life balance, and how to best deal with the psychological challenges you may face in working with the seriously ill.

1.5 NCPD hours

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Module 8: Ethics
This module provides an overview of ethical considerations in hospice and palliative care. It explores common ethical dilemmas and how to best apply core ethical principles to the medical decision-making process.

1.0 NCPD hour

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Module 9: Caring at Life’s End
This module focuses on care provided to patients and their families near the end of life (EOL). The module covers your role as an advanced practice registered nurse, assessing common EOL symptoms, and developing an appropriate plan of care. Through case studies, you learn how care team members work together in a variety of care settings to accomplish best practices in EOL care.

2.0 NCPD hours
1.0 Category 1 Pharm credit

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Refund Policy

POLARIS Individual Modules: HPNA does not offer refunds or cancellation on individual, stand-alone POLARIS module purchases.

POLARIS Total Package or POLARIS Orientation Program: Refunds are permitted within 15 days of purchase, minus a $75 administrative fee. No refunds will be provided if a CE certificate has been awarded. No refunds or cancellations will be permitted beyond 15 days after purchase. Please contact the HPNA Education Department in regard to cancellations at education@hpna.org. Cancellation requests must be received in writing.  

Group Purchases

Group purchase options are available through the Employer Partner Program. Contact EPPartnership@hpna.org or 412-282-8206 to learn more.