Canadian Virtual Hospice | Portail palliatif canadien
ENEWS -- June 2015
  SPOTLIGHT ON
PROFESSIONALS
In recognition of the complex clinical and ethical demands palliative care workers face on a daily basis, our June eNews highlights new tools for health care providers. We are featuring new articles, Asked and Answereds, videos and more to help you care for and support patients and families and, very importantly, yourself.
FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCE – GUIDE FOR NURSING CURRICULA
Virtual Hospice has created a Nursing Curricula Resource Guide. We heard from nurse educators that they can spend a great deal of time searching for resources to supplement their lectures. By reviewing nursing curricula from across the country, we identified themes and then listed relevant videos, articles and other content on Virtual Hospice to support those themes. We will be updating the guide when new content is posted. Special thanks to the following nursing faculty members who contributed to the Guide: Dr. Patrician Strachan, McMaster University; Dr. Sharon Kaasalainen, McMaster University; Dr. Manon Champagne, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue; Dr. Genevieve Thompson, University of Manitoba; and Dr. Christine McPherson, University of Ottawa.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
THE EXCHANGE – ASSESSING AND MANAGING A REQUEST FOR HASTENED DEATH
A new article by Romayne Gallagher’s MD, CCFP in the Exchange draws upon medical literature, vast experience and case examples to suggest approaches for the assessment and management of patients who have asked to end their lives.

 

FOR PROFESSIONALS
ASKED & ANSWERED – CARING FOR A COLLEAGUE
We are caring for someone who worked with us. How do we best support her as a person and patient, as well as meet the needs of the staff who know her well? Read our answer.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
SELF-CARE: HOW GOOD ARE WE AT ACTUALLY DOING IT?
In his Pallium Canada Blog, Gordon Giddings MD writes about the vulnerability of palliative care workers to caregiver fatigue. He stresses the importance of managing one’s own well-being in order to properly care for patients dealing with life-threatening illnesses.
 

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCE – PALLIATIVE CARE COURSE FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
Saint Elizabeth Health Care has developed a number of health-related courses through their e-platform, @YourSide Colleague. Their palliative care course educates the learner on providing quality palliative care and a better understanding of the needs of First Nation, Inuit and Metis patients, families and caregivers. The course is free of charge to healthcare providers working in First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
FREE ONLINE EDUCATION RESOURCES

Life and Death Matters has created a variety of free downloadable palliative care resources including instructor’s guides, podcasts, videos, and PowerPoint™ teaching presentations for your continued professional development or to help you teach the essentials to others.
 

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCES AND TOOLS FOR PRACTICE

NEW ON VIRTUAL HOSPICE


FOR THE PUBLIC
TOPICS ARTICLE – PLANNING A HOME FUNERAL
For cultural, traditional or personal reasons, you may wish to have a viewing, wake or funeral in your home. Our new Topics article will guide you through the process.

FOR THE PUBLIC
ASKED & ANSWERED – PAIN PATCH DISPOSAL
How should pain (fentanyl) medication patches be safely disposed of at home? Read our answer.

 

FOR PROFESSIONALS
ASKED & ANSWERED - RESOLVING CONFLICTS BETWEEN COLLEAGUES
What communication strategies are recommended for dealing with conflicts between palliative team members? Read our answer.

FOR THE PUBLIC
RESOURCE – INTERACTIVE ADVANCE CARE PLANNING WORKBOOK
Speak Up’s National Advance Care Planning Workbook  is now available in an interactive, online format. It allows people to record their wishes for future care and save them as a PDF file that can be shared with their family, substitute decision maker and health care team.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
TAKE A BOW LLOYD COWIN
For the past 8 years Lloyd Cowin has led Roger’s House Children’s Hospice. He has helped enrich the lives of many children and families facing life-threatening illnesses who have come to the hospice seeking support. Lloyd is now retired and spent a busy first year of retirement travelling, golfing and volunteering in the community. Lloyd left a positive impact on everyone he met and worked with during his time with Roger’s House and his former colleagues are inviting Lloyd to Take a Bow!

FOR PROFESSIONALS
VIDEO - CARING 2.0 SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE RISE OF THE EMPATHIC PHYSICIAN
In this DotMed Conference video, Dr. Jordan Grumet discusses moving away from the days where patients express emotions to indifferent and expressionless physicians. He proposes that we instead move towards a collaborative patient physician relationship leading to more humility, healing and empathy.

FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCE – LITERATURE SEARCH: GRIEVING OR BEREAVED CHILDREN
Region of Peel: Children's Collaborative’s literature search features key articles, reports, etc. published between 2010 and 2015 that reflect current thinking on the many different aspects of grief and bereavement among children. An overview and supplement to the literature search have also been developed.

NEWS

NATIONAL PALLIATIVE MEDICINE SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED
The first comprehensive national survey for palliative medicine in Canada has provided critical direction for improving access to palliative care services for all Canadians. The survey was conducted by the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, the Canadian Medical Association, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network.

SURVEY: SUGGESTIONS FOR USING QUESTIONNAIRES FOR ELDERLY PATIENTS
As part of a national research project on elderly patients, Eric Chan PhD, a postdoctoral student with Rick Sawatzky PhD at Trinity Western University, invites clinicians, policy makers, researchers, and patients to complete a survey on the use of health surveys for elderly patients. Chan hopes to understand elderly patients' quality of life from their own perspective. The long-term goals of the project are to improve quality of care and to advance the science of patient-centered care. Deadline: June 12, 2015.

NEW RELEASE: CANADIAN CANCER STATISTICS 2015  
On May 27, The Canadian Cancer Society, Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada released Canadian Cancer Statistics 2015. This annual publication provides health professionals, researchers, policy-makers and the public detailed information about incidence, mortality, survival, prevalence and other statistics on the most common types of cancer. The 2015 edition also includes a special section on predictions of the future burden of cancer.

CANADIAN SOCIETY OF PALLIATIVE CARE PHYSICIANS AWARD WINNERS
Congratulations to Dr. Michael Downing on winning the Lifetime Achievement Award, to Dr. Martin LaBrie on winning the Humanitarian Award and to Virtual Hospice’s own Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov winner of the 2015 Eduardo Bruera Award in Palliative Medicine. Award winners were selected by the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians in acknowledgement of their contribution to the field. The awards were presented in Calgary on May 29.

CONGRATULATIONS SHANE SINCLAIR!
Shane Sinclair PhD has been elected president of The Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology for a two-year term. Shane is Assistant Professor, CancerCare Research Professorship in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. He is also a certified spiritual care specialist with the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care and a spiritual care consultant with Virtual Hospice. Thank you to @JoanBottorff for her leadership over the past two years.

NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR HOSPICE RENFREW
Congratulations and best wishes to Maureen Sullivan-Bentz in her new endeavour as Hospice Renfrew’s new executive director. Diane Coughey, who provided excellent leadership of the hospice since the doors opened in 2008, has recently retired.
 

WORLD CONGRESS OF THE EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR PALLIATIVE CARE (EAPC)

Virtual Hospice Team members, Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov and Dr. Shane Sinclair presented at the 14th EAPC World Congress in Copenhagen. Harvey presented “Insights into Effective Communication:  Addressing Distress in the Cancer Setting,” “Dignity, Personhood and the Culture of Medicine” Shane presented “Obtaining Funding and Developing Research in Existential Issues: An Example of a Programme of Research on Compassion in Canada” and “Family Caregivers.”

CALENDAR


June 3-5, 2015, Dignity Therapy Workshop, Winnipeg, MB, hosted by Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov  and the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit. SOLD OUT!

June 11-12, 2015, Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association Conference, Truro, NS.

June 22-24, 2015, Conference of Community Health Nurses of Canada, Winnipeg, MB. Virtual Hospice will be hosting a pre-conference workshop and looks forward to seeing you at the booth.

September 17-18, 2015, Palliative Manitoba Annual Provincial Conference, Winnipeg, MB. Virtual Hospice team members will be presenting at the conference on our KT Tools projects and look forward to meeting with you at the booth.

September 23-25, 2015, Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nursing Biennial Conference, Winnipeg, MB. Virtual Hospice Clinical Nurse Specialist Janice Nesbitt will be speaking at the conference and hopes to meet you at the booth.

September 27-29, 2015,  Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses Conference, Winnipeg, MB. Virtual Hospice will be hosting a workshop.

October 4 -7, 2015, Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Association (CANO) Conference, Toronto, ON. Executive Director, Shelly Cory and Clinical Nurse Specialist Brenda Hearson will be presenting on our KT Tools Projects. Community Moderator, Colleen Young will be presenting with Heather Sinardo of Canadian Cancer Society on Patients Pushing the Boundaries of Privacy and Support in the Digital Age.

October 14-16, 2015, Bereavement Ontario Network Conference, Orillia, ON.

October 26- 27, 2015, Palliative Education & Research Days, Edmonton, AB. ED Shelly Cory and Spiritual Care Adviser Shane Sinclair will be presenting on our KT Tools projects.

October 29- November 1, 2015, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association Conference, Ottawa, ON. We will be exhibiting four presentations at the conference and look forward to seeing you at the booth.
 
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