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Friday, April 29, 2016

Niagara Hospice nurse Holly Ann Makai RN, CHPN recently received Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN) status.

Holly Ann Makai
Makai graduated from NCCC in May of 2015 and obtained her NYS license as a Registered Professional Nurse on June 30, 2015. She started her career at Niagara Hospice July 28 as a staff nurse at Hospice at Jeanne’s House – a Northgate and Niagara Hospice Collaboration.

“At 41 years old I decided to pursue an education and career in nursing as an adult learner,” said Makai. “I decided later in life that I wanted a profession that was more meaningful. I wanted to be that nurse that made a difference in the lives of others.” Her journey in preparing for the CHPN exam began last November when she became a member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA). In preparation for the exam, she used the Study Guide for the Hospice and Palliative Registered Nurse Fourth Edition and the Core Curriculum for the Hospice and Palliative Registered Nurse Fourth Edition from the HPNA website, focusing on pain and symptom management, and cancer.

The Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) affirms that hospice and palliative nursing practice is the provision of nursing care for the patient and family, with emphasis on their physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs when experiencing a life-limiting illness and through bereavement. This is accomplished in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team in a setting which provides pain and symptom management, family support and 24-hour nursing availability.

Niagara Hospice Vice President of Hospice Services, Joann Stoll, RN, CHPN said: “We are very proud of Holly for taking this important step as a certified hospice and palliative care provider. Certification validates an individual’s competence and knowledge in the specialized area of hospice and palliative care.  It is highly valued and provides formal recognition of having achieved a standard of knowledge in the specialty of hospice and palliative care.”

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