Jane M. Kirschling, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Marian Grant, RN, DNP, CRNP, ACHPN, from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore have received honors from the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. HPNA, a national non-profit professional nursing organization dedicated to promoting excellence in palliative nursing care, announced that Kirschling, dean, is the recipient of its 2013 Leading the Way Award, and Grant, assistant professor, is a 2013 Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing.
“I am honored that the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association is pleased with not only my contributions to palliative care nursing, but with Dr. Grants work as well,” Kirschling said in a news release. “These honors truly highlight our schools commitment to excellence and leadership in nursing.”
The Leading the Way Award is regarded as one of HPNAs highest honors, according to the release. It recognizes those who have been consistent leaders in palliative care nursing while demonstrating a deep and abiding commitment to furthering the philosophy, mission, and quality of palliative care. Early in her career, Kirschling, a past president of HPNA, became involved in hospice care as a staff nurse. She eventually published numerous academic research papers on the experience of terminal illness among patients and caregivers and the grief process, among other topics.
HPNA Fellows are association members who are nursing leaders in education, management, advanced practice and research. Eligible applicants include association executives, chancellors and deans, chief executives and vice presidents for nursing, nurse consultants and researchers and entrepreneurs. Fellows have demonstrated lengthy dedication to the association, extensive professional experience in hospice and palliative care and a significant commitment to scholarship in the field of hospice and palliative care.
Grant has served as an HPNA board member and as its content expert for communication. In addition, Grant is a national and international End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium faculty member, having researched online palliative care.
“It is a privilege to help patients and their families during what is a very difficult transition,” Grant said in the release. “I am happy to help and am honored that the care I provide is recognized by my colleagues.”