• Three quarters of British Columbians who die, do so without being identified as people 
    who could benefit from the services associated with palliative care.
  • Specialized palliative units and hospices are essential for end of life care but not appropriate for all persons facing life-limiting chronic conditions. By offering a palliative approach in multiple settings, we can better care for people and their families through the many transitions of chronic conditions like dementia, lung, kidney and heart diseases, and cancer.

  • Through research, we create new knowledge about how nurses can further integrate palliative philosophies and services into non-specialized settings that provide end-of-life care.
    Throughout BC, people are dying in many settings including residential care facilities, on general hospital wards and at home. Our research seeks to understand how to apply and integrate the palliative approach to any care setting where people with life-limiting chronic conditions are cared for.

  • Our research is informed by and informs clinical practice.
  • By creating a cycle of nursing practice to nursing research and back again, we can ensure our research is informed by clinical practice. And that the evidence we gather is relevant, useful, and well-communicated to nurses. We accomplish this through our partnerships with both practicing and academic nurses throughout BC.

  • Our ultimate goal is to advance the further integration of the palliative approach into nursing practice in every care setting.
    We know this takes the support and cooperation of many parties including health professionals, employers and health care consumers, but we believe that nurses can and will contribute to a better and more supported experience for British Columbians toward the end of their lives.

What's New?

Kelli Stajduhar receives CUFA Award

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Dr. Kelli Stajduhar has received the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC (CUFA) Ehor Boyanowsky Academic of the Year Award.  This award recognizes a specific and recent outstanding contribution to the community beyond the academy through research or other scholarly activity by an individual or group at any stage of their career. 

Kelli has been working with nurses on the front lines for over 30 years to improve point of care services, her passion and commitment to both healthcare providers and their patients is truly inspirational. 

Read our news story for more information.


Richard Sawatzky appointed Professor in School of Nursing at Trinity Western University

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Congratulations to Dr. Rick Sawatzky on his new appointment to full professor in the School of Nursing at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC.

Read our news story for more information.


Patricia Porterfield receives UBC Alumni Recognition Award

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Patricia Porterfield has received the University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Nursing 2017 Alumni Recognition Award.  This award recognizes an alumni who has made a sustained and meaningful contribution to nurses and/or nursing at a local, community and/or provincial level.

Pat is an amazing and passionate nurse. One of iPANELs founding practice partners, she has long carried and continues to carry the torch for kind, considerate, and compassionate healthcare for all. This recognition is much deserved and all of us here at iPANEL would love to say, "Congratulations Pat!"    

Read more about her accomplishments.


iPANEL now has a YouTube Channel

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Interested in watching iPANEL webinars? We are now in the process of uploading past webinar presentations to our new YouTube Channel. Several are currently available for viewing, but check back regularly for new additions! If you subscribe to our channel, you can receive a notification when a new video is added.


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