Hospice & Palliative Care

HPCC SUGGESTED REFERENCES in Preparing for the Certification Examination for Hospice and Palliative Registered Nurses

***Primary Reference List (Used for CHPN exam item validation):


Berger, A., Shuster, J. and Von Roenn, J. (Eds.) (2013). Principles and Practice of Palliative Care and Supportive Oncology (4th Ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.


Cherny, N., Fallon, M., Kaasa, S., Portenoy, RK. and Currow, DC. (Eds.) (2015). Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine (5th Ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.


Ferrell, BR., Coyle, N. and Paice, J. (Eds.) (2019). Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing (Oxford Textbooks in Palliative Medicine)(5th Ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.


Martinez, H. and Berry, P. (Eds.) (2015). Core Curriculum for the Hospice and Palliative Registered Nurse (4th Ed.) Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.


Pasero, C. and McCaffery, M. (2010). Pain Assessment and Pharmacologic Management (Pasero, Pain Assessment and Pharmacologic Management). St. Louis: Elsevier.

Compendium of Nursing Care for Common Serious Illnesses

Whitehead, P. and Dahlin, C. (2019). Compendium of Nursing Care for Common Serious Illnesses (3rd Ed.). Pittsburgh, PA: Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

***Secondary Reference List
CMS Medicare Hospice Center, https://www.cms.gov/Center/Provider-Type/Hospice-Center.html  Competencies for the Hospice and Palliative Registered Nurse (3rd Ed.). (2015). Pittsburgh, PA: Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.


Coyle, N. (Ed.); Ferrell, BR. (Series Ed.) (2016). Legal and Ethical Aspects of Care (Hpna Palliative Nursing Manuals). New York: Oxford University Press.


Coyle, N. (Ed.); Ferrell, BR. (Series Ed.) (2015). Social Aspects of Care (Hpna Palliative Nursing Manuals). New York: Oxford University Press.


Coyne, PJ., Bobb, B. and Plakovic, K. (Eds.). (2017). Conversations in Palliative Care: Questions and Answers with the Experts (Conversations in Palliative Care). (4th Ed.). Pittsburgh, PA: Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.


Matzo, M. and Sherman, DW. (Eds.). (2019). Palliative Care Nursing: Quality Care to the End of Life, Fifth Edition – New Chapter Included – Instructor Resources (5th Ed.). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.


McPherson, M.L. (2018). Demystifying Opioid Conversion Calculations: A Guide for Effective Dosing, 2nd Edition (2nd Ed.). Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists.

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care

(The fourth edition of this publication is available for download as a PDF or e-pub, online, or in book form through the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care website at http://www.nationalcoalitionhpc.org/ncp/.)

National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care (2018). Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care – 3rd Edition (4th Ed.). Pittsburgh, PA: National Consensus Project.


Paice, JA. (Ed.); Ferrell, BR. (Series Ed.) (2015). Care of the Imminently Dying (Hpna Palliative Nursing Manuals). New York: Oxford University Press.


Paice, JA. (Ed.); Ferrell, BR. (Series Ed.) (2015). Physical Aspects of Care: Pain and Gastrointestinal Symptoms (HPNA Palliative Nursing Manuals). New York: Oxford
University Press.


Quill, T. et al. (2014). Primer of Palliative Care, 7th Edition (6th Ed.). Glenview, IL: American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.


Stafford, C. (Ed.). (2012). Core Curriculum for the Long-Term Care Nurse (Core Curriculum for the Long-Term Care Nurse). Pittsburgh, PA: Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.


Wilson, BA., Shannon, MT. and Shields, KM. (2019). Pearson Nurse’s Drug Guide 2019. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.


Yarbro, C., Wujcik, D. and Gobel, B.H. (Eds.). (2018). Cancer Nursing: Principles and Practice(8th Ed.). Boston: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.

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