Kimberly Radtke is a palliative care NP at Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital in Weston, WI, and Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point, WI. Marianne Matzo is director of research, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Oklahoma City, OK. She is an AJN contributing editor and the coordinator of Perspectives on Palliative Nursing. Contact author: Marianne Matzo, firstname.lastname@example.org. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.
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This series on palliative care is developed in collaboration with the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA; http://hpna.advancingexpertcare.org). The HPNA aims to guide nurses in preventing and relieving suffering and in giving the best possible care to patients and families, regardless of the stage of disease or the need for other therapies. The HPNA offers education, competence, advocacy, leadership, and research.