Canadian Palliative Care Nursing Association 

    Live well - Die well - Nurse well


CPCNA is pleased to announce that for Nursing Week, we are launching two Palliative Care Nursing Awards of Excellence:

The CPCNA Leadership Award is to honour a member of the Canadian Palliative Care Nursing Association (CPCNA), whose practice reflects components of the mission and purpose of the CPCNA.

The CPCNA Lifetime Achievement Award is to honour a registered nurse and/or nurse practitioner, who is member of the Canadian Palliative Care Nursing Association (CPCNA), has made outstanding contributions to palliative care, palliative care nursing and the CPCNA (and/or the CHPCNG) during the course of their nursing career.

For more information about nominee eligibility or the nomination process, visit our CPCNA Awards page or email us at



Deadline for 2021-- EXTENDED to September 15th. 

What's Happening

July 15, 2021- CPCNA is pleased to announce that our Fall Webinars series is coming together. Maryse Bouvette RN MN is presenting "Inter-Professional Teamwork…an experiential skill" in October 2021. Tamara Wells RN MN is presenting "A 'Wholistic' Approach to Malignant Wound Management" in November 2021. for more information and to register to attend, visit our Webinar web page.. These events are FREE TO MEMBERS, and available for $40 to non-members. 

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. 

June 17, 2021- Did you miss the webinar by Dan Grover BN and Dr, Kelli Stadjuhar on "The role of nurses in equity-oriented palliative care"?  It was amazing! If you are a Member of CPCNA, not to worry! You can see a recording of this presentation and other past webinars. Click here to be directed to the Members Only area to view this video. 

June 14, 2021- Originally to be published in 2020 in celebration of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, the report was delayed to 2021 due to COVID-19.  The report was developed by the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (, in partnership with the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) and the International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care (IAHPC).   Click on this link to download a copy of the "Palliative Care Celebrating Nurses Contributions Report".

May 20, 2021- Canada is home to incredibly talented palliative care nurses and the CPCNA wants to celebrate and share our member’s accomplishments across the country. Are you a CPCNA Member who has completed a project that improved quality care in your community, published a paper, received an award?  Let us know and we’ll spread the word! For further information, or to help us share your news,  email us at

May 17, 2021- CPCNA seeks to highlight ongoing research in palliative care. The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Research Group at Queen’s University is seeking participants for their study titled "Community-Based Palliative Care for Patients with Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Disabilities". For more information, visit our Research page. 

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."


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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.

Other Group Events

CPCNA is supportive of other groups who are offering education in Hospice Palliative Care. Click here to learn more.

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.


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