2018 GNABC Conference Summary

The GNABC 2018 Conference (April 2018) held in Nanaimo, BC

Thanks to Patricia Roy for sharing her reflections on the 2018 GNABC Conference.

GNABC Conference April 12 Summary from Patricia Roy

Patricia Roy, RPN RN BSN MN GNC(C)

Clinical Nurse Specialist – Geriatrics,

Frail Elderly Older Adult Network, Fraser Health

Conference presentations attached:

Rosanne Beuthin, PHD, RN.“Reflections on What Matters to those Seeking an Assisted Death (MAiD).”Dr. Rosanne Beuthin, RN, PhD completed her post graduate nursing at the University of Victoria and is an adjunct professor. She works as a nurse consultant for Island Health and has been the coordinator for the Medical Assistance in Dying Program since 2016. She has been involved with research into advanced illness since 2009, and has focused on metaphor, spirituality, and death and dying. She is currently funded for two narrative studies related to assisted dying.

Nicole Tremblay, MSW, MPA. “Providing Inclusive and Affirming Care to LGBTQ2 Seniors.” Nicole Tremblay is a Clinical Social Work Educator with Island Health. She’s been providing education and practice support in Adult Mental Health and Addiction and Seniors Strategy for the past 8 years. Over her 20+ years as a social worker, Nicole has worked in a diverse range of settings across the lifespan. She received her Masters in Public Administration from UVIC in 2006 in order to better understand and advocate for policy and systems changes that support individual health and well-being.

Tania Dick RN, MN.“Cultural Considerations: First Nation Elders” Tania Dick hails from the Dzawada’enuxw First Nations of Kingcome Inlet. Her entire career has been spent in rural and remote nursing, specializing in Emergency and Aboriginal health. She currently works full time as a general duty nurse in her father’s rural village of Alert Bay, BC, and has held the position of President of the Association of Registered Nurses of BC (ARNBC) since June of 2017.

Lanai Vek, Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist.“The Problem of Polypharmacy: is Your Patient Taking too Many Medications?”Lanai Vek is a board certified geriatric pharmacist who currently works in the long-term care setting. Her special interests include palliative care and reducing polypharmacy. She has been involved in several projects in different communities in which she works, including the CLeAR Initiative to reduce antipsychotics, the Shared Care Provincial. Polypharmacy Initiative, and the Residential Care Initiative with local physicians and long-term care partners.

Dr. John Coyle, Geriatric and Internal Medicine.“Parkinson’s Disease: The Geriatrician’s Perspective.”Dr. Coyle is a UK trained Geriatric and Internal Medicine physician, working with the Geriatric Specialist Service in Nanaimo since 2015. During training and since staring as a Geriatric specialist in 1999, Dr. Coyle has been involved in care of Parkinson’s patients, including setting up dedicated clinics and working with therapy and nursing colleagues to improve Parkinson’s care. Dr. Coyle is also involved with the stroke service at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, and when in the UK had various managerial roles within the local health community.