Meet Michelle Webb, DNP, RN, CHPCA, 2023 HPNA and HPNF Board President

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As part of HPNF’s 25th anniversary celebrations, we will be spotlighting the 2023 HPNA and HPNF Board members. To kick off the celebrations, we recently sat down with Michelle Webb, DNP, RN, CHPCA, the current HPNA and HPNF Board President. Dr. Webb lives in North Carolina, and currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor, as well as a Certified Cultural Intelligence Facilitator and Unconscious Bias Coach, at the Duke University School of Nursing.

1. How has HPNA/HPNF supported you throughout your career?

“My membership in HPNA and the support of HPNF has provided me with countless opportunities to build a professional network, to be mentored, and to become an expert in leadership as well as clinical practice in hospice and palliative care. It’s really been instrumental in helping me achieve my professional goals as a nurse.”

2. What inspired you to become a Board member?

“I was inspired to become a board member because of the opportunity to be a part of building a sustainable membership organization. It’s my way of paying forward what I’ve received from my own membership. I wanted to be part of ensuring access to an organization that truly strives to fulfill its mission and live into its vision. I saw Board service and I still see Board service as a great way to use my strategic planning and visionary skillset to ensure that the mission is fulfilled well into the future.”

3. How do you want HPNA/HPNF to impact your patients and/or community?

“I believe that if HPNA and HPNF fulfill their missions, anytime they do that, the impact on patients and/or the communities where they live and receive nursing care will be significant. I think about HPNA’s mission to advance nursing expertise in hospice and palliative care through education, advocacy, leadership, and research, and HPNF’s mission to support hospice and palliative care research, education, and leadership development to advance expert nursing care, and I think access to nurses with expertise in hospice and palliative care is critical to ensuring that seriously ill patients, families, and communities have both access to and can receive the highest quality of care available when and wherever they need it now and in the future.”

4. What is a fun fact about yourself?

“I’m a very zealous fan of both football (especially college football, not necessarily professional football) and basketball (both college and professional). To be honest, I’m only one or two heartbeats away from being a crazy fanatic and I’m always one of the loudest, most enthusiastic fans whenever I attend any basketball or football sporting event. You definitely know I’m there! My favorite teams are the Alabama Crimson Tide, Duke University basketball, and the Golden State Warriors.”