Call To Action: You Can Influence Nursing Education

HPNA congratulates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for its groundbreaking development of comprehensive recommendations for undergraduate nursing education, Competencies and Recommendations for Educating Undergraduate Nursing Students: Preparing Nurses to Care for the Seriously Ill and Their Families.

AACN has recognized HPNA’s contribution to and influence in this work through our work in Palliative Nursing Leadership. Now it’s time for you to take action.

To expand AACN’s reach, HPNA is calling upon its members and other stakeholders and partners to take action by joining us in promoting these recommendations. One quick and easy way to do that is to write a letter to your nursing school and other universities where you have affiliations, telling them why it’s important to include the palliative care curriculum in their undergraduate nursing program.

HPNA has provided our members with materials to help with responses, including a sample letter linked below that can be personalized and used to add your own voice. There is a list of nursing programs online through the link below, as well as the official HPNA news release for more information and to find links to related resources.

Call to Action Sample Letter
Online List of Nursing Programs
HPNA News Release

HPNA continues to lead the transformation of care by evaluating the educational needs of hospice and palliative professionals, and designing programs and curriculum to advance expert care in serious illness. Help us get the message out to nursing programs, to include the AACN palliative care competencies in their academic undergraduate nursing curriculum.  In addition, we would request to you send us a copy of your letter to  Be sure to put “Call To Action” in the subject line.


To read the AACN recommendations:
To read the entire AACN news release, visit:


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