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  • Saturday, May 06, 2023 6:43 PM | Rebecca V. Hoden (Administrator)

    San Francisco Bay Area Chapter 

    Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association

    SFBA HPNA Dinner

    Happy Nurses Week! 

    The role you play is so appreciated...

    and exceptional.

    We took the above photo at the informal chapter gathering last week. What a treat to gather with Debra, Renita, and Kim to share, laugh, tell stories, and enjoy the company of nurses.

    You will see some beautiful desserts in front of us. I told our server about our informal gathering of hospice and palliative nurses when I arrived. As we prepared to leave, he gifted us with the desserts as thanks for all we do to serve our patients and communitites.These unexpected boosts of encouragement go such a long way! Time with other nurses is also a great source of strength as we carry out our work. Stay tuned for more opportunites to spend time together.

    I am including two amazing resources for you this week:

    • I learned of the Serious Illness Messaging Toolkit while attending the recent Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in March. An amazing team of professionals developed this excellent communication guide.
    • If you are not yet a national Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association member, now is a great time to join! National members have access to many resources and free or discounted Continuing Education offerings. Discounted educational resources are available for all from May 6-12. Check out the free Nurses Month Kit. It provides updates, resources, and printable postcards!

    We appreciate you! 

    ...and all that you do to help patients and families.  

    In gratitude,

    Rebecca and the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Leadership Team:

    • Rebecca Hoden, President
    • Renita Vinluan-Fan, Secretary
    • DiHuyen Ho, Treasurer
    • Colleen Baker, Advisor
    • Kim Carroll, Founding Member
    • Debi Davin, Founding Member
    • Tracey Krangel, Community Outreach



  • Thursday, February 23, 2023 2:26 PM | Rebecca V. Hoden (Administrator)

    February Connections 

    This winter, I have been reflecting on the importance of connections and collaboration with other nurses. Consider that feeling when talking with another hospice and palliative nurse. I often think, "They GET it – what a relief!" Our colleagues understand our work's joys, beauty, and challenges better than anyone. As a Chapter, we have these connections with other members. The beauty of palliative care is that all nurses are palliative nurses. In all specialties, nurses work to relieve suffering by supporting patients and their families. Do you know a nurse who needs this encouragement?

    Knowing that all nurses are palliative nurses energizes me as I consider the San Francisco Bay Area Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. By connecting as a Chapter, we can also better engage our communities, workplaces, and all healthcare professionals. This was a primary takeaway from our recent 2023 Member Engagement Survey.

    Watch your inbox for the launch of our new quarterly newsletter! It will highlight:

    • Chapter News and Updates
    • Upcoming Educational events
    • Informal ways to connect and engage as a Chapter
    • Creative arts, poetry, and writing (and chances to contribute!)
    • Leadership and Service Opportunities

    Are you seeking opportunities for connection and collaboration with Chapter members? Here are some initial ways to plug yourself in:

    • Make sure to follow our chapter on social media! 

    Follow the NEW LinkedIn page: SFBA HPNA LinkedIn Page

    Join the NEW Member LinkedIn Group: LinkedIn Member Group

    Follow the SFBA HPNA Facebook page: SFBA HPNA Facebook Page

    • Do you enjoy spreading the word that all nurses are palliative nurses? We have opportunities for Community Outreach volunteers.
    • Do you love education? Volunteer to help plan Chapter Programming and Educational Events.
    • Do you love technology? Volunteer to help the Chapter with communication and social media presence.

    REACH OUT for more information and we would love to plug you in!

    For myself, I am enjoying connecting with the Chapter - and look forward to more. Here’s to the future!

    Rebecca V. Hoden, DNP, RN, CHPN


  • Saturday, February 04, 2023 2:45 PM | *Information (Administrator)

    Warmest New Year’s greetings on behalf of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of HPNA!

    As I begin my term as Chapter President, I have great hope for the future, and for the continued role that hospice and palliative nurses play in all aspects of healthcare. Your service and support to patients with serious illness and their families is awe-inspiring, and it is my honor to lead this amazing chapter in the year ahead.

    The SFBA Leadership Team is mapping out the next steps for 2023. We look forward to providing ways for Chapter members to engage, collaborate, and learn together in the coming year. Stay tuned for a poll and opportunities to offer your feedback on priorities. There will also be chances to stretch your wings and use your gifts to expand the impact of the SFBA Chapter! 

    The new year is a time to honor the past and trust the magic of new beginnings. I am so grateful to our leadership team and founding chapter members who have prepared a solid foundation for the future of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. Renita Vinluan-Fan (Secretary) and Dihuyen Ho (Treasurer) join me in honoring our team members who continue to serve in many ways: Colleen Baker, Kiran Dhesi, Christine Stewart, Kelly Kuhl-Merz, Kim Carroll, and Debi Davin. 

    We wish you great hope in the year ahead.

    Here’s to the future!

    Rebecca V. Hoden, DNP, RN, CHPN, President (2023)

    Renita Vinluan-Fan, GNP-BC, ACHPN, Secretary (2023)

    DiHuyen Ho, BSN, RN, CHPN, Treasurer (2023)

  • Friday, February 03, 2023 8:00 AM | *Information (Administrator)

    Welcome to our Online Community.    We are excited to share the different features which will bring you opportunities to network, share ideas and participate in events. 

    If you aren't already a member, please consider joining.  There are at least 8 great reasons to join and they are listed on our Membership page.  You don't have to live in the Bay Area or be a nurse to join us; we welcome all Hospice and Palliative Care Healthcare Professionals from all areas of the county.  If you are a member, please take a moment to update your member profile and password.  You can update your profile and password by locating the small icon on the top right portion of this page.

    Here are a few things you can do to get started
    • Download our Phone App (Wild Apricot) to keep updated and register for events at your fingertips.
    • Visit HPNA Happenings for up-to-date information. 
    • Learn about Leadership Team Opportunities on our About Us page.
    • Take a spin at our  Resource Center.  You'll find Covid-19 & National Resources and Videos & Short Films.
    • Follow us on Facebook.
    Thank you for visiting our site!
  • Wednesday, February 01, 2023 8:00 AM | *Information (Administrator)

    HPNA National offers Resources Guides to Members


    Nursing Resource Guides (NRGs) offer HPNA members a quick reference on a variety of symptoms and topics, and include an overview of the symptom, common causes, and nonpharmacological and pharmacological interventional strategies.  As a member, you must log into your HPNA account to access the full NRG library. 

    Recently added to the NRG library:

    • Advance Care Planning
    • Telehealth
    • Opioid Dosing and Conversion Calculations
    • Fungating Wounds
    • Tips to Develop Into a Strong Nurse Leader
    • Palliative Wound Care
    • Evaluating Published Research
    • How to Conduct a Literature Review
    • How to Create a Scholarly Abstract
    • How to Create a Scholarly Presentation
    • Submitting a Scholarly Abstract
    • Hypercalcemia
    • Superior Vena Cava Syndrome
    • Spinal Cord Compression
    • Nausea and Vomiting
    • Dementia
    • Dyspnea
    • Seizures
    • Anxiety
    • End-of-Life
    • Fatigue
    • Delirium
    • Bereavement During a Pandemic
    • COVID-19 Anxiety
    • COVID-19 Communication
    • COVID-19 Delirium
    • COVID-19 Dyspnea
    • COVID-19 End-of-Life
    • COVID-19 Nausea
    • COVID-19 Pain
    • COVID-19 Terminal Secretions
  • Monday, January 02, 2023 1:30 PM | *Information (Administrator)

    What we'e recommending... CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care 

    What we're pondering... Bronnie Ware's, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

    Who we're following... Dr. Samantha Boardman's Positive Prescription

    What we're reading... The Beauty in Breaking, A Memoir by Michele Harper, MD

    What we're listening to... Reiki Meditative Sounds

    What we're watching... Ted Lasso, Bridgerton & Yellowstone

    What we're talking about... End Well,  Making Your Death Plan .

    What we're creating... When life gives you lemons..use them.  Check out these 67 lemon recipes. 

  • Thursday, February 10, 2022 9:34 AM | Colleen Baker (Administrator)

    Congratulations!  The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter is a winner in HPNA’s Clinical Practice Forum Chapter Challenge.  There was a tie with the Metro New York Chapter.  Each had four members in attendance at the CPF, and both chapters have been declared the winners!

    The prize is a waiving of the chapter renewal fee for 2022! 

    Again – congratulations! 

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