Hospice Aides’ Certifications Enhance Patient Care

June 8, 2017

LCFH certified nursing assistants pass national exam to obtain CHPNA

Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s strategic plan, under president and CEO Gwen Whitley, is focused on and committed to education that improves care. Recently, four of its CNAs have become Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing Assistants (CHPNA): Tameca Bethea, hospice aide for Columbus County; Cathy Coleman, hospice aide at the Dr. Robert M. Fales Hospice Pavilion in Wilmington; Amy Grove, hospice aide for Onslow County; and Myra Williams, hospice aide for Horry County. Each passed the National Hospice and Palliative Care Exam.

The certification is incredibly desirable because it validates a person’s qualifications and knowledge in the specialized area of hospice and palliative care. To be eligible to take the exam, an applicant must have 500 hours of hospice and palliative nursing assistant practice in the most recent 12 months or 1000 hours in the most recent 24 months under the supervision of a registered nurse.

“We pride ourselves in being experts in our field,” said Gwen Whitely, president and CEO. “Eighty percent of our physicians and more than 30 percent of our nurses have achieved advanced certifications in hospice and palliative care. With our focus on expanding and strengthening our expertise to ensure we are providing our patients and families the highest level of care, we’re committed to supporting members of our clinical team who want to earn their certification in hospice and palliative care. These four CNAs are our first group of hospice aides who have accomplished earning the certification. We couldn’t be prouder of them and their dedication to our mission.”

The CNAs have been with LCFH for varied periods of time. Coleman has been with the agency for eight years, Bethea for almost five years, Grove for three and a half years, and Williams for a year and a half.

“I’m very thankful to Lower Cape Fear Hospice for giving me the opportunity to further my education,” said Amy Grove. “The certification will help me take better care of my patients and contribute more to my interdisciplinary team. It was a good refresher and covered a lot that I didn’t know. I really enjoyed it!”

National Nursing Assistants week is June 15-22, 2017, with June 15 being designated as National Career Nursing Assistant’s Day. It recognizes nursing assistants who have dedicated their lives to the well-being of others.

Lower Cape Fear Hospice is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the highest level of care and comfort to patients with life-limiting illness; support and counseling to families; and education to the community. For more information, visit www.lcfh.org.