Kris Benson receives national certification

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Rice Hospice Registered Nurse Kris Benson, RN, CHPN, BAN, recently received herKris Benson national certification in hospice and palliative care nursing granted by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN®). Benson has been a registered nurse with Rice Hospice since 2008.  She is the Appleton satellite office coordinator.

To qualify for the exam, a candidate must hold a current, unrestricted registered nurse license in the United States with at least two years of experience in hospice and palliative nursing practice.  NBCHPN® certification validates an individual nurse’s competence and knowledge in the specialized area of hospice and palliative care.

The Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN) designation is the premier national credential in hospice and palliative nursing.  Hospice and palliative care nurses provide nursing care to meet the unique needs of patients and caregivers facing serious, chronic, and life-limiting illnesses.  Certification grants Benson the CHPN credential, which is valid for a four-year period.

NBCHPN® is the only organization that offers specialty certification for all levels of the hospice and palliative nursing care team and administrators.  To learn more about NBCHPN® and certification requirements, visit  To learn more about Rice Hospice, visit

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