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DNA 5.

The CNA District 5 held a March meeting to discuss goals for the coming year and how to enhance Western Colorado nurses' involvement. Those in attendance felt that we need to have a strong focus in order to promote participation. We decided that focusing on palliative care and improving the quality and number of serious illness conversations between health care providers and the community is an important need we should help meet. During the meeting, we searched the American Nurses Associations' website and found that ANA and the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) have worked together and developed a call to action related to palliative care. The action plan has twelve key recommendations (see American Nurse Today: May 2017, Volume 12, No. 5). The list of action items is quite extensive.

We are not ready to act on them all, but felt that we would start by promoting the conversations through increasing awareness of models, education on how these conversations happen, and supporting both practitioners and patients in moving to open and clear communication about serious illness conversations. We invite you to join us in the conversation.

Sandie Nadelson, RN, PhD

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Title Annotation:District & Special Interest Group Reports
Author:Nadelson, Sandie
Publication:Colorado Nurse
Date:May 1, 2018
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