Joyce Palmieri, assistant vice president of MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.
Palmieri, RN, MS, CHPN, hopes to contribute to the board and learn from other members during her term.
I hope to bring my knowledge and experience of how we provide hospice and palliative care in the metropolitan area, to educate the nation on how we do it, to learn about how others do it in the nation. Then I hope to bring to the board a unique perspective on cultural sensitivity and diversity for the types of programs we have, she said. In just speaking to them, we have some programs that other parts of the nation dont have. Among those programs are MJHS Halachic Pathway in its Orthodox Jewish program, pediatric concurrent care in a pilot program in New York State, and an Asian program for Chinese, Korean and Japanese patients.
We really look to have competencies-based practice for each of those different programs, Palmieri said.
Palmieri was elected to one of four board seats open for 2014. Six terms are expiring, but the board is contracting to seven members plus two advisory members. She already had been active with the NBCHPN. MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care requires its nurses to sit for the CHPN certification exam within their first year of employment.
We feel that if we want to have a quality program, we want to have experts in the field, and we believe in the certification, Palmieri said. I feel that Ill learn a lot being part of the board, and I feel I can bring the diversity of the metropolitan area and our programs to the rest of the people in the nation.
John Grochowski is a copy editor.