Every hospice employs registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and state tested nursing assistants (STNAs) to provide the hands-on nursing and personal care for its patients.
But at Ohio’s Hospice, our nurses are certified by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), the leading national organization for end-of-life care nursing. It’s a standard that few, if any, other hospice providers can match.
It’s a commitment driven by our mission to provide superior care and superior services, a fierce determination to set an unparalleled standard for quality care, and a desire to provide employees with both a fulfilling job and opportunities for career development and advancement.
“We do this because we believe certification simply reflects our mission to provide superior care,” says Brandi Barlow, Ohio’s Hospice vice president of Administration, Human Resources, Education and Volunteer Services. “Our staff are able to show they have this level of knowledge and expertise in caring for hospice patients. It brings us to a higher level compared to other providers.”
Ohio’s Hospice makes a considerable investment each year in supporting its nurses in their pursuit of certification. It provides test preparation courses, a practice test, and coaching and counseling after the practice test. Participants are paid for their time in class, and Ohio’s Hospice pays for the cost of the certification test.