New iPANEL Members and Graduate Student


iPANEL would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest iPANEL team members and graduate student.

New iPANEL Co-Investigators:

Ms. Ella Garland and Dr. Kara Schick Makaroff

New iPANEL Graduate Student:

Ms. Leah Liang

Ms. Ella Garland is currently a member of the Palliative Outreach team with Providence Health Care in Vancouver, BC - her research interests lie in improving communications between patients and healthcare professionals, especially within the hearth failure patient population.

Dr. Kara Schick Makaroff is currently a KRESCENT Post Doctural Fellow at the University of Alberta.  Her research interests include improving the quality of care for end stage renal patients.

Ms. Leah Liang is currently a front line nurse at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver BC, she is pursuing a masters in nursing from Trinity Western University.    

"Religious Understandings of a Good Death in Hospice Palliative Care" - Awarded a AJN Book of the Year Award


Book with Seal 175Co-edited by Dr. Harold Coward (Centre for Studies in Religion and Society - University of Victoria) and Dr. Kelli Stajduhar (School of Nursing - Centre on Aging - University of Victoria, iPANEL Co-Lead Investigator).  

This publication addresses the significance of religious belief and practice at the end of life.  Such major religious and cultural beliefs are discussed: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Muslim, Chinese, Ugandan, and Punjabi.  Although not always apparent, spiritual pain often accompanies the physical pain of the dying person.

For more information or a small preview of this book please visit the publishers website at SUNY Press. To view the other 2012 AJN Book of the Year Award recipients please visit the AJN website.

2013 CRNBC - Distinction in Nursing Award Recipient


PatPorterfield 1752013 CRNBC - Distinction in Nursing Award Recipient

iPANEL Co-Investigator - Patricia Porterfield - was recently announced one of the 2013 CRNBC Distinction in Nursing Award recipients.

Pat started nursing in 1970, when she received her BSN from the University of Alberta.  Since then she has led a long and inspiring carreer as a nurse in the province of BC.  After retiring in June of 2012, from her position as Regional Leader of Palliative Care for the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, she continues to be a strong voice and leader within the iPANEL Team.  Always willing to listen, yet able to mediate when necessary, Pat has shown us what wisdom and years of front line experience can bring to research. 

"Pat was a clinical nurse specialist in palliative care for over a decade. She excelled in her capacity to support nurses and the interdisciplinary team to apply palliative philosophy to patient and family centered care… Pat’s clinical reputation for excellence in palliative and end of life care is outstanding and recognized across all disciplines." - Nursing Colleague - Barb Eddy, MN, NP(F)

Congratulations Pat from all of us here at iPANEL on this wonderful and well deserved award.  Click HERE to view the other recipients of the 2013 CRNBC Nursing Excellence Awards.

Upcoming Conference for those working in hospice and palliative care, grief counseling, funeral service, disaster response, pastoral care, and public health


Conference Title:  Hospice and Palliative Care, Grief Counseling and the Aftermath of Trauma and Disaster

Date & Time:  Saturday, April 27th, 2013  (all day event)

Hosted By:  The International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement  

Description:  A day-long, multi-track conference focused on current thinking and practice in responding to the needs of the dying, the bereaved, and those struggling in the wake of violent death and disaster. This conference is intended for all who work in hospice and palliative care, grief counseling, funeral service, disaster response, pastoral care, and public health.  

For a full description of the conference program, full speaker biographies and to register for this event visit the conference page at  Or click HERE to see the event brochure.  

Registration Information:  Book Early to secure your Early Bird rate, available until March 2, 2013.  

Early Bird Registration - $150 + HST
Regular Registration - $175 + HST
Late Registration - $200 + HST
Student Rate - $100 + HST  

Location: Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, BC

Contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ANS: Advances in Nursing Science Blog - Features iPANEL Co-Investigators


Recent Article published by Dr. Barb Pesut (UBCO) and Barbara McLeod (Fraser Health Authority) in the latest issue of Advances in Nursing Science (ANS) was chosen as Editor's Pick for the ANS blog.  Click HERE to read the blog.

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