Kate Gagne, RN, CHPN, Achieves Hospice Nurse Certification

Cornerstone VNA is pleased to announce that Kate Gagne, RN, has achieved hospice and palliative nurse certification.  “Kate is a wonderful addition to our hospice team, and as more people are electing to have comfort and quality at the end of life for themselves and those they love, Cornerstone VNA is poised as a leader in exemplary hospice and palliative care in this region.” states Andrea Patrick-Baudet RN, CHPN, CHPCA, Hospice Director at Cornerstone VNA.

Pictured left to right:Andrea Patrick-Baudet RN, CHPN, CHPCA, Hospice Director at Cornerstone VNA and Kate Gagne, RN, CHPN

 Kate Gagne Hospice Certification

The Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN®) examination was designed for experienced registered nurses. Applicants must hold a current, unrestricted registered nurse license in the United States or Canada, and must have 500 hours of hospice and palliative nursing practice in the most recent 12 months or 1,000 hours in the most recent 24 months.


Hospice and palliative nursing practice is the provision of nursing care for the patient and family, with emphasis on their physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs when experiencing a life-limiting illness and through bereavement. This is accomplished in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team in a setting that provides pain and symptom management, family support and 24-hour nursing availability.  Cornerstone VNA cares for patients in private residences, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and hospitals, with a wide range of diagnoses such as cancer, dementia, stroke, COPD and heart failure.


Cornerstone VNA is a non-profit home, health and hospice agency currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, social work as well as volunteer and support services through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For more than 100 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay, so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end of life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

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