Canadian Palliative Care Nursing Association 

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What's Happening

October 25, 2021- We want to hear from you! CPCNA is seeking your perspective on what you would like to see offered for Members of the Association. Whether or not you have yet to join, CPCNA invites you to participate in our 2021 Membership Survey. Click on this link... to complete our very brief survey. Takes less than 5 minutes!  Deadline is November 15th. 

October 5, 2021- Our next webinar is on November 25th. Tamara Wells RN MN, IIWCC, CHPCN(C), CLT  is a Clinical Nurse Specialist who will be presenting on malignant would management. Click here for more details and to register (free to CPCNA Members). 

October 4, 2021- Are you a new Member of CPCNA? Have you seen all of the past webinars? A complete list of all past webinars is available on the Webinar page of the site. If you are not yet a Member, check out what webinars have been presented and free for Members to watch at their convenience. 

August 31, 2021- There are new Calls for Participants for palliative care research protocols posted on our Research Page. We encourage you to take a look to see what is current in palliative care research, as well as to determine if these are studies in which you would like to participate. Questions? Email us at

August 24, 2021- Newly added to Practice Tools for Palliative Care is the Canadian Pediatric Palliative Care Nursing Competencies (2021).  Excellent work being done on a national level. Please take time to review these and share as needed. Congratulations to all who worked to develop these. 

August 12, 2021- The Fall Series of our Town Hall events is now available for registration! Michelle O" Rourke RN and Kath Murray RN continue to volunteer their time to CPCNA to facilitate and moderate these events. The Town Halls are open to everyone and free to attend. For more details and registration, click here

August 9, 2021- CPCNA has updated Practice Standards for Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing in 2021. A copy of the most current Standards of Practice can be found on our 'About Us' page  and also under  Practice Tools for Palliative Care. A more robust review is also ongoing. 

June 24, 2021- Are you interesting in certifying with CNA in Hospice Palliative Care Nursing? Are you due to recertify? Important dates, palliative are competencies and other information can be easily found on the CPCNA website.  Registration is now open!  If you are a Member of CPCNA, you are eligible for a discount on your certification fees, More more information on this, email us at

June 21, 2021- Looking for some light summer reading? Judy Simpson RN and Laurie Anne O'Brien RN, both Honorary Lifetime members of CPCNA, have compiled the history of the work of Canadian Palliative Care Nurses who have been engaged nationally into a document titled, "An Evolution of Hospice Palliative Care Nursing Leadership in Canada". To read more, visit our History page, or click on the title here. Fantastic to see the power and effect of palliative care nurses coming together. Thank you to Judy and Laurie Anne for this phenomenal work. 

Submit an Announcement

Click here to submit an announcement that you would like to be considered to be posted. Content should be specific to palliative care with a national lens of benefit and interest. 

"How people die lives in the memories of those who live on."


Our Purpose, Mission & Vision

Support for you; Support for quality care

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Upcoming Events

CPCNA Events
CPCNA Town Halls (COVID-19 focus)

CPCNA offers a series of Town Hall events which provide a safe space to share our stories, stresses and successes. The current focus is on care provision and self care in the face of COVID-19.  To register for a Town Hall, click here.

Canadian Nurses Association

The Canadian Nurses Association offers webinars which are supportive of professional development in nursing practice and supports CNA Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing. To learn more, click here.

Benefits of Membership

Be a member of the CPCNA and:

  • keep current on what is happening in palliative care in Canada;

  • enjoy the member areas of the website;

  • register free for select CPCNA webinars; and

  • attend CPCNA conferences at a discount rate

  • receive a discounted rate from CNA for certification and recertification in palliative care nursing

  • access to select past webinars on your schedule ( up to 90 days after the event)

But more importantly: 

  • enjoy the rewards of professional growth and development as you network with palliative care nurses from across Canada;

  • help ensure equitable, quality access to palliative care;

  • strengthen the competence and confidence of all nurses to integrate a palliative approach and/or provide specialized palliative care through education and advocacy;

  • serve on committees to develop national palliative care standards and competencies;

  • help with certification and specialization;

  • contribute to research in the field of palliative care and palliative care nursing.

Join CPCNA and find your professional home and a place to grow and contribute.


The CPCNA gratefully accepts donations from individuals and organizations.


We are a federal Not For Profit Corporation but we are not considered “charitable” by CRA standards. We are not able to issue to tax receipts, but we greatly appreciate your support!

If you are interested in providing a donation to CPCNA, email the President at