Harvard Medical SchoolCenter for Palliative Care

Our Mission

The Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care (HMS CPC) aims to ease suffering and enhance the quality of care for patients and their families dealing with life-threatening and/or serious illness, through fostering leadership and supporting outstanding educational programs in palliative care. By educating future generations of physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals, the Center serves as a national and international resource for the best practices in palliative care education and practice.


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Connie DahlinConstance Dahlin, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN

Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care Service, Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA) and North Shore Medical Center (Salem, MA)

Director of Professional Practice, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (Pittsburgh, PA)

Consultant, Center to Advance Palliative Care (New York, NY)

Faculty, Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care (Boston, MA)


Educational and Professional Experience


AB, Harvard-Radcliffe College


MSN, Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions


ANP, Post Master's in Adult Primary Care, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions


Adult Nurse Practitioner - ANCC Certification


Advanced Certification in Hospice and Palliative Nursing -NBCHPN Certification


Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, President and Board Member, Various Committees, Annual Assembly Planning Committee Co-Chair 2012 and 2013


Promoting Excellence at The End of Life Advanced Practice Nurse Forum


End-of-Life Nursing Education Curriculum (ELNEC) Faculty, Graduate, Oncology, Critical CareĀ - consultant to curriculum development, Public Hospitals, APRN - co-developer of APRN Curriculum


National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care Steering Committee, Editor, 2nd and 3rd editions


American Hospital Association Circle of Life Award Committee Member


Merging Critical Care and Palliative Care Cultures Robert Wood Johnson Grant at MGH


Geropalliative Nursing Residency - MGH HRSA Grant which turned into national program AgeWISE, content expert, faculty, and advisor.


Center to Advance Palliative Care, Consultant - consulting on nursing issues, education, and TJC Advanced Palliative Certification


Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Director of Professional Practice - responsible for APRN practice, policy, and education

Current Teaching and Research Interests

Ms. Dahlin's career has centered on hospice and palliative care. After directing an urban and community hospice, she moved to palliative care in order to work with patients with non-cancer diagnoses. Ms. Dahlin co-founded the MGH Palliative Care Service with Dr. Andy Billings. Her current role at HPNA focuses on hospice and palliative APRN in the areas of education, clinical practice policy, and reimbursement. At CAPC, she is mentoring palliative programs to attain The Joint Commission's Advanced Palliative Care Certification and working on palliative education with in the Oncology Nursing Society. She recently collaborated to develop the APRN ELNEC curriculum. Ms. Dahlin is Co-PI on a grant to promote primary palliative education to community APRNs. She serves on the American Hospital Association Circle of Life Committee, the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care Task Force, and End of Life Nursing Education Consortium national faculty. She served on the National Quality Forum Hospital Efficiency Task Force and currently serves as palliative care content expert for the clinician workgroup for MAP. In addition to authoring numerous articles and chapters, Ms. Dahlin has presented at national and international venues.