2017 Program

Our 2017 Conference Program is nearly complete!
All events take place at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino, Calgary, Alberta.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

7:30 am Workshop Registration Opens
8:00 am – 3:00 pm Pre-Conference Workshop – Palliative Care: Every Nurses Business
Katherine Murray, RN, BSN, MA, FT, CHPCN(C)
Jeanne Weis MN, RN, CHPCN(C)

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 psychosocial 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 all-day Workshop, including a fresh lunch, is only $85 (without textbook). For $135 you will also receive the new textbook, “Essentials in Hospice and Palliative Care: A Practical Resource for Every Nurse” (a 58% discount). Additional textbooks will be available during the conference for $90 (24% discount).
This one-day session has limited seating, so sign up soon to secure your spot.


Conference Program

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

3:30 – 5:30 pm AGM Registration
4:00 – 5:30 pm Annual General Meeting
5:30 – 7:30 pm Conference Registration
5:30 – 7:30 pm Free time
7:30 – 7:45 pm Conference Opens
7:45 – 8:45 pm KEYNOTE: Authentic Leadership / Caring is Everything
David Irvine, The Leader’s Navigator(TM)
The work of an LPN goes well beyond tasks. Nursing is much more than planning and managing patient care, administering medications and IV’s, taking vital signs, dressing wounds, and escorting patients to their procedures and rooms. After all, you chose nursing as a career because you care. Yet the demands on nurses in our under-resourced health care system are immense and can devour your energy. With a sense of both exhaustion and loss, you begin to realize that you have lost touch with what matters most in the midst of the tyranny of the urgency.
In this inspiring and engaging opening address, you will be reminded of why you went into nursing and how to stay connected to the heart of your work. You will get in touch with your humanity and the vital role that you all serve in creating a healing environment with your colleagues and patients.
8:45 – 9:30 pm Wine and Cheese Reception; Exhibits & Silent Auction Open

Thursday, April 27, 2017

7:30 am Registration Desk Opens
7:30 – 8:30 am Breakfast, Exhibits and Silent Auction
8:30 – 9:00 am Opening Ceremonies
9:00 – 10:15 am KEYNOTE: LPNs – Aim High!
Chris Fields
A heartbeat of healthcare is an LPN profession that has maintained fundamental connectivity to people amidst increasing system complexity. LPNs are the people’s nurses. In this context, we’ve all heard “aim high” before and for the most part, each of us wants to rise to the occasion in our personal lives, our professional lives, and as part of a community creating a bright future. But the big question – a stumbling block we often run into – is how do we do this consistently? In a heartfelt presentation that explores LPN past, present and future from the unique, “outside” perspective of someone who has been feature story writing about the LPNs for a decade, we identify five ways to leap hurdles and raise the bar in pursuit of exceptional people and organizations. You will be challenged to think ambitiously about what you do and what you can do to affect change in your workplace, or simply your daily life.
10:15 – 10:45 am BREAK
10:45 – 11:45 am Wisdom & Wonder – An Armchair Conversation
This panel session features an interactive discussion with experienced LPNs who have seen many changes in practice, healthcare and technology throughout their careers, along with those freshly immersed as student and new graduate practical nurses. Guest moderator Teresa Bateman will engage these LPNs throughout the discussion and open the floor to conversation with the audience. This session is sure to be interesting and enlightening as we hear from our own as they share their perspectives.
11:45 – 12:30 pm LUNCH
12:30 – 1:15 pm Mindful Work: Managing Stress through Awareness and Movement
Trish Huston
This interactive presentation will teach participants about the powerful research behind mindful practices, the benefits they can receive, and tangible takeaways to practice better focus in your workspace. Participants will feel empowered to reduce stress, increase energy and positivity, and become more efficient with their time. Trish will share the transformative benefits of simple mindful practice: from being more focused and efficient in our work, kinder in our relationships to experiencing less stress and burnout on a daily basis.
1:15 – 2:00 pm Starry Starry Night Play
Schizophrenia Society of Alberta
As part of the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta, this group wrote a play to help people understand how it feels to live with schizophrenia and pave the path for more empathy and understanding. Starry Starry Night is an extraordinary performance by extraordinary individuals. Each performer brings new insight, courage and hope to all who are touched by this disorder.
2:00 – 2:45 pm SHIFT to Safety: A Canadian Patient Safety Institute Initiative
Cecilia Bloxom, Senior Director, Strategic Communication, CPSI
Today’s patients are overwhelmed with information, treatment options, and complicated systems and procedures. Healthcare providers need to use that information to make sound decisions to safely care for their patients. Ensuring the whole system works together seamlessly, while encouraging a patient safety approach in an organization is challenging. SHIFT to Safety is a new program designed to empower you with the tools and information you need to keep patients safe, whether you are a member of the public, a practitioner, or a leader.
2:45 – 5:00 pm Free Time
3:00 – 4:30 pm Conference Workshop Session 1 – Increasing Physical Comfort

A Celebration of Health Care Aides and the Integration of a Palliative Approach
Join us for this two part interactive workshop to celebrate your role on the health care team and to explore ways to integrate a palliative approach in the care that you provide. Learn about the common symptoms associated with dying, principles of palliation, the importance of gathering and communicating essential information to the health care team, and practical strategies (including the use of the Comfort Basket) to enhance physical comfort and address psychosocial needs.These two sessions are open to all care providers but will utilize educational resources tailored to the learning needs of the Health Care Aide. The primary text for this session, Integrating a Palliative Approach: Essentials for Personal Support Workers is not required for participation in the session however it will be available at a discount price for purchase at the Life and Death Matters conference booth for the duration of the conference.
3:15 pm Silent Auction Items can be picked up & paid for at the Registration Desk
6:00 pm Reception
7:00 – 10:00pm Awards Dinner, Ceremony & Dancing: A Satin & Tails Celebration70! Event
Emcees & Entertainment: Jan Randall and Matt Day
Its time to put on the GLITZ as we celebrate the significance of 70 years of practice and recognize excellence in the LPN profession by dancing the night away. This Awards Dinner always proves to be an enchanting evening where we honor our shining stars and raise a glass to nursing excellence. So put on your best gowns and baubles and join the fun…which will continue late into the evening with dancing, dueling pianos and a few surprises!

Friday, April 28, 2017

8:30 am Registration Desk Opens; Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 am Opening Remarks
9:15 – 10:15 am KEYNOTE: Rekindling the Passion: Moving through Mid Life Malaise (Assessing Now)
Pat Katz, Optimus Consulting
Malaise is that experience of rusting out – feeling uninspired, apathetic, disinterested – coasting on autopilot or just plain stuck. Something’s ‘off’, and it’s not clear why. Have you ever experienced malaise or know someone who has? This session will help us identify the causes of malaise and how to detect this in ourselves and others.
10:15 – 10:45 am BREAK
10:45 – 12:00 pm KEYNOTE: Rekindling the Passion: Path of Exploration (Where to Next)
Pat Katz, Optimus Consulting
Now that we’ve identified the causes of malaise and how to recognize it, what now? We now have the choice to see it as something to endure and suffer through; or we can choose to tap into its power as a catalyst for change. Pat’s second session will focus on the following steps to help guide us through malaise with less angst and fewer regrets:
– Give yourself permission to take charge
– Set your intentions for how you want to be
– Start noticing what calls to you
– Pick a spark and take it for a test run
– Integrate that passion into everyday life
– Repeat as necessary
12:00 – 1:00 pm LUNCH
1:00 – 2:30 pm Conference Workshop Session 2: Increasing Physical and Psychosocial Comfort
Continued from Session 1.
1:00 – 2:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
Engaging concurrent sessions themed around three areas will offer dynamic and varied topics for delegates to choose from:
THEME A: What’s Gone Before Us: History and Research
THEME B: What’s Among Us: Today’s Best Practices
THEME C: What’s Yet to Be: Futuristic Opportunities
3:00 – 4:00 pm CLOSING KEYNOTE:
Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare – The Future is Bright
Dr. Brian Goldman
Canada’s population is aging, and rates of dementia and other chronic diseases are on the rise. New knowledge, technology and fragmentation are putting pressure on the health care system as never before. Along with the challenges come new opportunities for licensed practical nurses and others. As a front line ER physician, “White Coat, Black Art” host Dr. Brian Goldman knows all about that. He unpacks disruptive innovation, and the role LPNs can play in making health care meet the needs of Canadians.