iPANEL Newsletter - Issue 2, December 2012 is HERE!!


The latest issue of our iPANEL Newsletter contains our "in nurses words" feature - focused on recognition of the dying.  Carolyn Tayler (iPANEL Co-Principle Investigator) discusses her reasons for engaging in research partnerships, and we highlight a recently graduated iPANEL student - Ella Garland and her work around improving communication with heart failure patients at the end of life.  To read more, or view the full newsletter, please click HERE.

Upcoming Presentation - January 30th 12:00 - 13:00 at St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, BC


iPANEL Co-investigators Rick Sawatzky and Della Roberts are presenting on some of the iPANEL Provincial Survey results at an upcoming CHEOS Work in Progress Seminar Series.  Click HERE to view the poster or visit our events calendar to learn more.

Rural Nursing and Quality End of Life Care. Palliative Care... Palliative Approach... or Somewhere In-between?


This article was written by iPANEL team members; Dr. Barb Pesut (UBCO) and Mrs. Barbara McLeod (Fraser Health) as well as Dr. Rachelle Hole (Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship) and Miranda Dalhuisen (UBCO).  Published in the December edition of the Advances in Nursing Science Journal (Volume 35 Issue 4).  See PUBLICATIONS for more information.  

Abstract:    Secondary analysis of data from 2 studies examining palliative care in rural areas was conducted with the aim to better understand how a nursing palliative approach influences quality outcomes at end-of-life. Nurses’ ways of being that brought connection and comfort at end-of-life included paying attention to time, privacy, and family support. The rural context with its geography, relationships, and unique resources influenced nurses’ abilities to enact a palliative approach. Findings demonstrate that urban-centric models of palliative care do not fit well in rural nursing practice and highlight the importance of understanding the rural context. 

Awards and Recognition of iPANEL Members


Pat Porterfield was just named the recipient of the CHPCA Award of Excellence.  This award recognizes that Pat is an exemplary member of CHPCA and that she has made significant contributions to the hospice/palliative care community nationally by enhancing the quality of life for individuals and their loved ones who are facing a life threatening illness and bereavement.   Barbara McLeod was named the Fraser Health Healthcare Hero earlier this year- an award that recognizes healthcare employees who go the extra mile to make a difference - those who inspire us to be better employees and better people!   Congratulations Barbara and Pat - you certainly inspire all the members of iPANEL and we know that you will continue to do so for years to come.

Researchers' Café - “Building Knowledge Together: Integrating a Palliative Approach into Your Care”


Hosted by the FH Department of Evaluation & Research Services (DERS) in partnership
with FH Professional Practice & Integration and the iPANEL Research Team

Date: November 20, 2012
Location: Royal Columbian Hospital, Sherbrooke Lounge

  • Those who attended were able to learn about a palliative approach;
  • Hear about iPANEL research findings: the 2011-2012 BC Nurses Survey and the 2012 Kelowna Education Symposium
  • Participate in a discussion about iPANEL research findings and how they apply to your practice

Presenters included:
Rick Sawatzky, PhD, RN
Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, PhD, RN
Della Roberts, MSN, RN, CHPCN(C)
Pat Porterfield, MSN, RN, CHPCN(C)
Barbara McLeod, MSN, RN, CHPCN(C)
Judy Lett, MSc, RN, GNC(C), CHPCN(C) 
Gina Gaspard, MN, RN

Thank you to all those who were able to participate or attend both online or in person

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