My three “must-have” professional association memberships…What are yours?

Memberships in professional associations have helped me to develop as a professional, and a hospice and palliative care provider. Through membership I have experienced opportunities for learning, providing feedback to the community and connecting with colleagues across the continent. These are my three “must-have”  memberships. I also invite you to comment here on the Blog […]

More Moments in Time: a Free Ebook!

Several years ago I found a book titled, More Moments in Time: Images of Exemplary Nursing. The book is by Beth Perry, a nurse from Alberta. The book is based on a study of the beliefs, actions, and interactions of a group of extraordinary palliative care nurses. Full of stories, poetry and wisdom, this book […]

Strategies for Safe Opioid Use

Managing pain and dyspnea for people with life limiting illnesses requires safe opioid use. Opioid misuse can be minimized by using risk assessment tools, contracts for opioid use, and following guidelines for safe storage and disposal. The following are examples of tools you might see or use in your facility. Risk Assessment Tools When a […]

Kath’s Conference Highlights – CHPCA 2017

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Conference  The Canadian Conference followed immediately after the International conference. Jeanne Weis, (CLPNA), Stephanie Buchanan and I delivered our presentation titled,  “From Competencies to Curriculum, Classroom and the Clinical Setting”. It was right near the end of the conference, and I was so grateful to Cheri Purpur, Rose DeAngelais, Carol Banks and […]

The Many Reasons That I Celebrate Front-line Caregivers

“Singers sing, painters paint, and I am a hospice aide and I care. I love it. It is what I do… It is what I have to do.” Terry, a hospice aide October is the month to celebrate personal support workers1 in several provinces in Canada. In the US, the contributions of hospice aides and […]

September …..

September… The end of summer, the beginning of a new year (school), and for some… a time when the time felt like it stopped and life changed. My heart and prayers go out to the many people affected by the wild fires, the floods and the other disasters and dangers. As I sit in my […]

Medical Assistance in Dying – One Year Later

In the year since Bill C-14 passed, legalizing Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID), over 1300 Canadians have exercised their right to die[1] [2]. Depending on your feelings about this topic, this may feel like a large or small number. It terms of total deaths, MAiD accounts for approximately 0.6% of the total number of deaths […]