Shigeko Izumi is an assistant professor at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing, Portland, and a Sojourns Leadership Scholar supported by the Cambia Health Foundation. Contact author: firstname.lastname@example.org. Perspectives on Palliative Nursing is coordinated by Marianne Matzo, PhD, APRN, AOCNP, FPCN, FAAN, director of research for the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Pittsburgh, PA, and a contributing editor of AJN. The author has 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, certification, advocacy, leadership, and research.