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Hospice Palliative Care Nursing Certification (CNA)

CPCNA supports professional development and advocates for equitable access to quality palliative care for all persons in Canada.

Our organization holds membership with the Canadian Network of Nursing Specialties with the Canadian Nurses Association.

Certification in Hospice Palliative Care Nursing is one way in which nurses demonstrate expertise in their field of practice, in turn, contributing to the delivery of quality palliative care. 

Why Become Hospice Palliative Care Certified?

  • Gain confidence in your skills and specialized knowledge​

  • Show your commitment to lifelong learning

  • Provide the best care possible to your patients and families

  • Demonstrate leadership on your team and encourage evidence-based practice

  • Employers trust your commitment to excellence

Palliative care nurses from across Canada, some of whom helped to create CPCNA, have worked with CNA to develop competencies for Hospice Palliative Care Nursing Practice


These competencies are reviewed and revised every 5 years. They guide the development of the CNA Certification Exam for Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing

Explore what it takes to become certified ...

CNA processes:

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