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, 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)

Co-Director, Art and Science of Palliative Nursing, Harvard Medical Center for Palliative Care (Boston, MA)

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


Adult Nurse Practitioner - ANCC Certification


Advanced Certification in Hospice and Palliative Nursing - HPCC Certification


Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, President and Board Member, and Board 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 for Graduate, Oncology, Core, Critical Care, and APRN. Consultant for development of Critical Care and APRN


National Consensus Project for Palliative Care. Task Force. Clinical Practice Guidelines. Reference Editor 1st edition, Editor 2nd and 3rd edition


American Hospital Association Circle of Life Award Committee Member


Merging Critical Care and Palliative Care Cultures, Nursing Content Expert 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, Co-lead Community based program development education initiatives


Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, focus on practice issues for hospice and palliative nurses including education, policy, and professional development such as scope and standards, competencies, educational design and standards, and reference materials.

Current Teaching and Research Interests

Ms. Dahlin's career has centered on solely within hospice and palliative care. After graduate school, Connie directed both an urban hospice in Massachusetts and a community hospice in Oregon. 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 leads the community-based palliative care initiative. She co-created the APRN ELNEC curriculum as well as the Critical Care ELNEC curriculum. Ms. Dahlin is Co-PI on a grant to promote primary palliative education to rural and community APRNs. She is a member of the Massachusetts Quality of Life and Palliative Care Advisory Council and co-chair of the palliative care Workgroup for the Massachusetts Comprehensive Cancer and Prevention Control Network. She serves on the American Hospital Association Circle of Life Committee, the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care Task Force. She is national and international faculty for End of Life Nursing Education Consortium. She served on the National Quality Forum Hospital Efficiency Task Force as well as the Measure Application Partnership Clinician workgroup as a palliative care content expert. She was first editor on the inaugural advanced practice reference from Oxford University Press Advanced Practice Palliative Nursing. She has produced numerous educational materials for hospice and palliative nurses. In addition to authoring numerous articles, chapters, and educational products, Ms. Dahlin has presented at national and international venues.