The goal of High Peaks Hospice (HPHPC) is to deliver the highest quality end of life healthcare to our patients and their families by certifying, and subsequently retaining, an experienced, competent, and confident nursing staff. Currently, our organization has no hospice certified nurses and only one social worker that is trained (not certified) in H/C PRI and Screening.
Research has shown that specialized certification for nursing staff has a significant impact on patient care and patient safety. Additionally, certified nurses routinely report a sense of pride, fulfillment, and empowerment, making it more likely that they will remain with an organization that supports individual professional growth.
At a time of increasing awareness regarding quality in healthcare, board certification is considered a measure of excellence by patients, physicians, and government agencies. The Certification for Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse (CHPN) and the Certification for Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse (CHPLN) both require the ability to show competency in collaboration, education, advocacy, evaluation, patient care for life-limiting conditions, pain management, symptom management, nutrition, and family care, including grief and loss. The NYSDOH Hospital/Community (H/C) Patient Review Instrument (PRI), and Screen Training certification will allow our nurses to assess patients to determine the level of care and appropriateness of placement in Residential Health Care Facilities (RHCF). PRI and screening will help ensure that individuals are appropriately placed in nursing homes for long term care.
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