Nursing Conference: Using a Palliative Approach in Supportive and End of Life Care

Join us for an exciting conference as we hear from experienced palliative care nurses on best practices in supportive and end of life care. Topics covered at this conference will interest nurses whose primary focus is not palliative care but whose work includes caring for patients with progressive, life-limiting and advanced, chronic illnesses.

Friday, June 7, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre
1335 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, QC

Free parking onsite

$150 (includes lunch and snacks)

Continuing Education:
7 accredited hours (SOFEDUC) or 0.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Register online by June 6, 2019.

Should you have questions or need assistance, please contact Nicole Lapointe: 514-630-2109 or

Conference Outline

8:00 ─ 8:25 a.m. Sign in | Morning coffee and snacks
8:25 ─ 8:45 a.m. Welcome address  and overview of current knowledge

Rose DeAngelis, Montreal Institute for Palliative Care

8:45 ─ 10:15 a.m.  Self-compassion versus compassion fatigue: Nursing challenges and rewards

Anita Mehta, McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)

10:15 ─ 10:30 a.m. Health break |Door prize draw #1
10:30 ─ 11:45 a.m. End of life symptom management challenges: delirium and dyspnea  

Susanne Bless, McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)

11:45 a.m. ─ 1:00 p.m. Pain assessment and management

Maryse Bouvette, Bruyère Continuing Care

1:00 ─ 1:40 p.m. Lunch break |Door prize draw #2
1:40 ─ 2:40 p.m. End of life in different settings: Providing care and support for clients and their loved ones 

Leslie Mitchell and Maxine Lybert, NOVA West Island                           

2:40 ─ 2:50 p.m. Afternoon stretch |Snacks
2:50 ─ 4:15 p.m. Medical aid in dying and palliative sedation: They’re not the same thing

Bessy Bitzas, Mount Sinai Hospital/Jewish General Hospital

4:15 ─ 4:30 p.m. Post-conference assessment with review and discussion of answers

Rose DeAngelis, Montreal Institute for Palliative Care

4:30 ─ 4:45 p.m. Closing address

Rose DeAngelis, Montreal Institute for Palliative Care

The above schedule may be subject to change

Conference Planning Committee

Manon Allard, BsN, MBA - Associate Director, Nursing Directorate

Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de service sociaux de l‘Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal

Maryse Bouvette, RN, BSc, Med, CSIO(C), CSIP(C) - Coordinator of the Regional Palliative Care Consultation Team

Palliative Care Advanced Practice Nurse, Nurse Consultant, Bruyère Continuing Care

Rose DeAngelis, N, BSN, MSc (A), CHPCN (C) - Director, Special Projects, Education and Knowledge Transfer

Montreal Institute for Palliative Care | Branch of the West Island Palliative Care Residence, Kirkland

Marie-France Juneau, RN, BScN, MScN

Executive Director, NOVA West Island

Brenda Kudsieh, RN

Director of Nursing Care, Manoir Beaconsfield, Long-Term Care

Rosemary O’Grady, RN, BScN, MN

Executive Director, St. Raphaël, Palliative Care and Day Centre, Montréal

Sylvie Simard, RN, BScN

Clinical Coordinator, CHSLD Bayview, Pointe-Claire