BScN, RN, MN. Certified Hospice Palliative Care Nurse, Fellow in Thanatology (FT®)
Kath Murray is a hospice palliative care nurse, educator and author. She is passionate about the role of Health Care Assistants. As founder of Life and Death Matters, she develops education and resources specifically to support HCAs and strengthen their capacity to integrate a palliative approach.
Providing culturally safe and trauma-informed care that is free of systemic bias and racism for all people is a requirement if we are committed to supporting quality of life for patients/families in our care. Using the Ontario (Ontario Palliative Care Network, 2019) palliative care competencies that specifically address the needs of Indigenous people, (anyone identifying as First Nations, Inuit, Metis and urban Indigenous people) this session will explore strategies for preparing for and providing care for Indigenous people that is culturally safe, free of systemic bias and racism, and includes a trauma-informed approach. Application for other marginalized people such as immigrant, LGBTQ2S+ and vulnerably housed people will be discussed. Strategies for teaching HCAs to meet these competencies will be discussed, using the Life and Death Matters resources as examples.
3 Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to: 1) Reflect on the need for providing culturally safe and trauma-informed care that is free of systemic bias and racism for all people.
2) Discuss strategies for providing culturally safe and trauma-informed care that is free of systemic bias and racism within the context of three competencies for Indigenous people from the Ontario palliative care competencies.
3) Identify three strategies for teaching HCAs to prepare for providing care for Indigenous people in acute care, long term care, and in their home community.
Health Care Assistants (HCAs) are often referred to as the "heart and hands" of the health care team. During the pandemic they have been referred to as "heroes." HCAs provide care that is essential to the person and the family. Unfortunately, HCAs may not feel valued and may not be invited to participate fully in the team. Using the recently published Alberta palliative care competencies for HCAs as a framework, this session will highlight stories of HCAs in action to illustrate the central role of HCAs in integrating a palliative approach and to become familiar with the competencies.
3 Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to: 1) Discuss three palliative care competencies that illustrate the valuable role of HCAs in integrating a palliative approach.
2) Identify three strategies to support HCAs to develop skills and knowledge to meet the palliative care competencies.
3) Reflect on and celebrate the valuable role of HCAs as vital members of the health care team.