Happy New Year! ...

OK, so I am a bit late in offering seasons greetings or wishes for a New Year ... and I am very late in sending out the monthly newsletter! My sincerest apologies. In fact, after we sent out the last newsletter announcing the launch of the next nursing text, Essentials in Hospice and Palliative Care: A Practical Resource for Every Nurse, Ted and I left for points south and east.
When we returned home we needed some down time (thus no newsletter). As it is now well into the new year, it is more than appropriate to come out of hibernation!
We so appreciate the notes that we received over the past months, the visits that we had with friends and colleagues near and far, and the times we had exploring new communities.
I want to acknowledge those who helped with research, writing, reviewing, encouraging, editing, layout, design, and so on before I anymore about the new textbook for nurses. It truly took a team to create this text! Words seem insufficient to truly express my gratitude. Please take a moment and read the Acknowledgements section.
The nurses book has been well received and highly recommended in the hospice and palliative care communities of Canada and the United States. I am so excited by the fact that it may be able positively affect nurses in their practice and enhance the provision of hospice and palliative care. You can read what HPC professionals are saying about the book in these Reviews.
In the coming months we will be attending eight (8) conferences (see the list below). I invite you to come by the exhibit booth for a visit if you're at any of the same conferences. Also, if we are in your area, do not hesitate to connect and see if we can arrange a cuppa something, a visit to your school, or a hike. I cherish the stories that you share with me, and I love to hear about your work and your lives. 

Warm regards and thoughts,
- Kath
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Once upon a time, there were competencies ...

Once upon a time, competencies were developed for health care providers in palliative and end of life care. There were competencies written for nurses, health care workers (nursing assistants, personal support workers, hospice aides), physicians and social workers, and others. There were competencies developed in many lands, in Ireland and the United States, in Nova Scotia and Alberta, in Ottawa and Vancouver, to name just a few. After creation, competencies struggled to be heard and adopted and too often were not used to inform curriculum or education development....

Have a look at this blog to see how I found inspiration in professional competencies and to see my list of favorite competency documents.

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Upcoming Conferences, Speaking Engagements and Events


ABHES Conference in Palm Desert

February 22-24, 2017
Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa
44400 Indian Wells Lane
Indian Wells (Palm Springs), California 92210 USA
We’ll be there!
Visit us at the exhibit booth.
Take home a bag of "Care Planning Cookies" to your school.


AAHPM and HPNA Conference

February 23-25, 2017
Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ
We’ll be there!
We are attending February 24-25 and are so looking forward to meeting our American hospice and palliative colleagues. We won't have a booth but hope to see you there. Contact me to meet for a cuppa!

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Conference

April 23-25, 2017
Sheraton Parkway Toronto North
Hotel & Convention Centre
9005 Leslie Street,
Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 1G7
We’ll be there!
Visit us at the exhibit booth. I'll also be presenting a workshop with a few of the fabulous team (Megan, Kat and Lynn) from Roger Neilson House, titled, Games, cookies and creativity: Addressing the needs of children when caring for adults.

Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses

April 25-26, 2017
Delta Regina
Regina, Saskatchewan
We’ll be there! 
I will be providing two workshops and we will have an exhibit booth.

College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta

April 26-28, 2017
Grey Eagle Resort and Casino,
Calgary, Alberta
We’ll be there!
I will be presenting a pre-conference workshop-Palliative Care: Every Nurses Business and we will have an exhibit booth. Link to Registration  Limited seating available
Summary: Hospice palliative care was developed to best address the needs of the dying person and their family. In Canada, less than 30% of dying persons receive services from a specialized hospice palliative care service. Although most people want to die at home, in reality, most will die with long term life-limiting illnesses, in acute and long term care settings. The purpose of this session is to explore palliative care as “every nurse’s business”, identify best practice interactions, and discuss practical tools and strategies to increase physical comfort and address psycho-social issues. The role of the LPN in responding to requests for Medical Assistance in Dying will also be addressed. This session is open to all care providers; however, the focus will be on the role of the Practical Nurse and the PN educator.
This one-day session can accommodate 60 participants so sign up soon to secure your spot. 

Canadian Association of Continuing Care Educators (CACCE)

May 10-12, 2017
Hotel Fort Garry,
Winnipeg, Saskatchewan
We’ll be there!

CECU Conference

June 6-8, 2017
Las Vegas
We’ll be there!

Career Colleges of Ontario (CCO)

June 14-16, 2017
Niagara on the Lake
We’ll be there!
If you would like to connect with Kath Murray when she's in your area, or are interested in a campus visit, please drop me an email
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Preparing for Advance Care Planning Day

In Canada, National Advance Care Planning Day is April 16, 2017
In the United States, National Health Decisions Day is from April 16 to 22

Advance care planning is a topic that everyone needs to be talking about. In Canada and the United States, April 16th is a day for beginning conversations about advance care planning with people of all ages and levels of health. According to the Speak Up campaign, "You may never need your advance care plan – but if you do, you’ll be glad that it’s there for you." Are you ready to talk about advance care planning?

Having experienced the difficulty of initiating and facilitating these conversations, we created Care Planning Cookies. Delicious treats with a message inside, each one intended to stimulate conversations about living well and dying well.
It is great to see people having success with the Care Planning Cookies - it can lower the stress around the conversation, increase the number of people who are willing to participate in conversations, and help people to start talking earlier in their lives, before it becomes a critical conversation. In the past year, Care Planning Cookies have helped start and facilitate care conversations for:
  • Advance Care Planning volunteers
  • Law office professionals and staff
  • Patients, family and staff of a community hospital for their Advance Care Planning Day activities
  • University students, with the comment that, "If our students learn to have conversations, then they will be more ready to facilitate conversations in their professional practice"
  • Dinner parties - can we discuss death over dinner?
Read here to get the conversation started.

Have you used Care Planning Cookies to stimulate conversations? Tell us your story....

Care Planning Cookies are available in English, French, Spanish and Chinese. We are also working on a set for kids!
Our Mission
Our mission is to develop educational resources to prepare nurses, nursing students, health care workers and health care worker students to meet the competencies and recommendations to care for the seriously ill person and their family.
We provide support to help educators integrate hospice palliative and end-of-life care content in core curriculum so that nursing students will be better prepared to meet the competencies and recommendations as identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and to succeed with the NCLEX exam.

Life and Death Matters texts, videos, podcast library, and newsletters can help you increase your knowledge, strengthen your skills and help you reflect on the attitudes you bring to caregiving. If you are new to hospice and palliative care the resources will provide you with a strong foundation in hospice and palliative care. If you are experienced in hospice palliative care, the resources will help you to support, teach and mentor your colleagues. If you are an educator, the materials will reinforce what you know and help you prepare to teach. while meeting education standards and vocational learning outcomes.

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