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  • In Recognition of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association on Their 27Th Anniversary

    by Representative Lois Capps

    Posted on 2013-03-04

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    CAPPS of california in the house of representatives Monday, March 4, 2013 Mrs. CAPPS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in recognition of my fellow nurses within the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) as they celebrate their 27th anniversary. HPNA is the Nation's largest and oldest professional nursing organization and has consistently been a leader in excellence in the field.

    Nurses are truly the backbone of our healthcare system. As our Nation ages, we will increasingly depend on the skilled care of hospice and palliative nurses to help our loved ones through difficult times. Their tireless dedication to patient education and care sustains our communities.

    Last year I spoke at a briefing on Capitol Hill with hospice and palliative care nurses, families, caregivers, and patients to encourage discussion on this very important, yet often overlooked area.

    Palliative care is a patient-centered philosophy that provides quality, compassionate end-of-life care. By honoring informed patient choice, palliative care nurses help make a challenging time a little easier for patients and their loved ones. I hope this topic continues to be part of our professional and personal dialogues.

    This is important work and I hope you will join me in recognition of these leaders in aging and long-term care. Thank you for your unwavering commitment to quality nursing. I congratulate my hospice and palliative care nursing colleagues and wish them continued success.


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