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Registration links can be found below each individual webinar.

Medical assistance in dying: navigating new legislative terrain and supporting family grief

Thursday, December 9, 2021 – 12 to 1 p.m. ET

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Medical assistance in dying (MAID), the practice of intentionally ending the life of a patient at their request to alleviate suffering, has been legal in Canada since 2016. In 2021, changes to Canada’s MAID laws are resulting in significant changes to nursing practice. In this workshop, we will:

  • Provide an overview of MAID legislation in Canada and its implications for nurses
  • Discuss the nursing role in MAID care
  • Review recent research about how MAID influences family grief

Presented By

Louise Lemieux White

David Kenneth Wright, ,PhD, RN, CHPCN(C)
Associate Professor
University of Ottawa

David Kenneth Wright is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa School of Nursing, and Academic Lead for Palliative Care and Nursing Ethics within the Centre for Research on Health and Nursing. He teaches and leads research about experiences of death, dying, and grief, and maintains an active clinical practice as a direct-care nurse at the St-Raphael Palliative Care Home and Day Centre in Montreal. He has held specialty certification in hospice palliative care nursing from CNA since 2012.

Lisa Gibbs

Laura Wilding, RN, MHS, ENC(C)
Advanced Practice Nurse, Program Manager
Champlain Regional MAiD Network
Ottawa General Hospital

Laura Wilding is an Advanced Practice Nurse at The Ottawa Hospital and Program Manager for the Champlain Regional Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Network. As a certified emergency nurse, Laura has worked to develop, implement and evaluate regional and provincial initiatives that support an improved approach to the assessment and management of complex older adults. In her current role she supports clinical care, education and program surveillance of this new and evolving practice. Her research interests include cognitive and risk screening, and the patient and family experience surrounding end-of life.

Addressing health inequities during the COVID-19 pandemic

Thursday, December 16, 2021 – 12 to 1 p.m. ET

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, community health nurses witnessed greater health inequities among people in situations of marginalization. The Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC), in collaboration with the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health and Brandon University, conducted a national survey to explore how health inequities among client populations contributed to moral distress. The survey was completed by 245 nurses and their responses revealed several solutions, including: advance health equity; expand community relationships and partnerships; strengthen leadership and management; ensure quality care with professional nursing practice; and enhance safety, health and wellness for nurses. CHNC identified leadership competence in system transformation and engaging others as most important in achieving these solutions.
This webinar aims to:

  • Describe how health inequities among client populations contributed to moral distress among community health nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Examine solutions to address health inequities through leadership in system transformation

Presented By

Catherine Baxter

Catherine Baxter, RN, PhD
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Brandon University

Catherine has worked in nursing education for over 20 years in teaching and administrative positions. She has experience in curriculum design, accreditation, and program evaluation. Catherine is currently an assistant professor at Brandon University and a member of the Community Health Nurses of Canada Leadership Standing Committee. Her current research is centred around the phenomenon of work. Specific interests include workforce migration, moral distress, and the health of Canadian workers.

Ruth Schofield

Ruth Schofield, RN, MSc(T)
Assistant Clinical Professor
McMaster University

Ruth is an experienced nursing professor in community health nursing at McMaster University. Her research focuses on community health nursing, nursing education, and mental health and housing. Ruth has over 23 years of public health nursing practice experience in various positions and programs. She currently is the chair of Community Health Nurses of Canada, Leadership Standing Committee.

Recordings of Past Webinars

Please visit CNA’s Progress in Practice YouTube channel to:

  • View recordings of webinars held after March 2017

Webinars recorded prior to March 2017 are no longer available.

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