Educational Updates
NSMHPCN Regional Symposium 

The NSMHPCN Regional Conference has been transformed into the Regional Symposium which will take place online.  The theme for the Regional Symposium is "What Matters Most in COVID-19". Participants will have access to all prerecorded content for the duration of one week beginning on January 25th, 2021.  
With the Regional Symposium having gone virtual it provides us with the
opportunity to
explore new sessions that may not have been feasible before.  
We are excited to be partnering with Beth Foster to provide you with a Forest Bathing session with Beth right from the comfort of your own home (or office). Participants will have access to a prerecorded Forest Bathing session that is sure to please the senses and provide a much needed mindfulness break.
What is Forest Bathing?
"Simply being present in the natural world--with all our senses fully alive--can have a remarkably healing effect. It can also awaken in us our latent but profound connection with all living things. This is 'forest bathing', a practice inspired by the Japanese tradition of shinrin-yoku. It is a gentle, meditative approach to being with nature and an antidote to our nature-starved lives that can heal our relationship with the more-than-human world."
M. Amos Clifford-Your Guide to Forest Bathing  
PLUS Don't miss out on your chance to win with the Early Bird draw!  Register before December 10th for your chance to win!
Advance Palliative Practice Skills (APPS)
Building on the Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care Program, The Advanced Palliative Practice Skills (APPS) program is an interactive, educational opportunity for Personal Support Workers (PSWs), Health Care Aides and Hospice Volunteers who are graduates of the Core Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care Program.

Duration: Approximately 9 weeks
Fee: $60.00
Pre-requisite: Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care

Course Components:
  • Three, 3-hour virtual in-class Case Based Learning sessions
  • Self-directed online learning modules x 4
  • Two peer-to-peer exchanges
  • Ongoing self reflection with practical application activities
All course components are mandatory, including attendance at all virtual in class learning sessions.

Upcoming Course Dates:
January 19th, February 9th and March 2nd, 2021
The Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care (FHPC)

The Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care program is a highly interactive, introductory course for all healthcare providers, support workers, and volunteers interested in enhancing their knowledge of Hospice Palliative Care.

Duration: Approximately 9 weeks
Fee: $60.00
Pre-requisite: None

Course Components:
  • Three, 3-hour virtual in-class Case Based Learning sessions
  • Self-directed online learning modules x 11
  • Two Peer-to-peer exchanges
  • One reflective Activity
All course components are mandatory, including attendance at all virtual in-class learning sessions.

Upcoming Dates:
January 7th, January 28th and February 4th, 2021
February 2nd, February 23rd and March 16th, 2021
Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) Core Training  

LEAP Online is a facilitated online learning program that provides health care professionals with the essential skills and competencies of the palliative care approach. LEAP Online includes 16 online modules and 2 three-hour webinars led by LEAP facilitators who are experienced palliative care clinicians and educators. This program is ideal for any health care professional (e.g. physician, nurse, pharmacist, social worker, etc.) who would like to complete training in palliative care at their own pace and who provides care for patients with life-threatening and progressive life-limiting illnesses.

This program is certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 24 Mainpro+ credits.

Upcoming Course Dates:
Thursday, November 12 & Thursday, November 19, 2020
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
At Your Own Pace
Throughout the year we will be offering education sessions which will be prerecorded presentations that participants will be able to register for and view on their own time. The list of sessions available will be updated as new recordings are added.  The cost per session is $25 which provides you with access to the session for 30 days. Current session(s) available:
Session 3
  • MAID
  • Final Days and Hours
Session 4
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Food and Fluids at End of Life
NSMHPCN Brown Bag Series
NSMHPCN is proud to be able to provide free educational opportunities that are available for healthcare workers to view on their own time.  This series of video's will be within the 8-15 minute length which will allow for you to watch while on your lunch.  To view the complete list of video's currently available in the Brown Bag series please click the button below:
Palliative Care for the Dementia Journey
In Partnership with the Alzheimer's Society this workshop will be offered online as one day for 3 hours. This workshop is designed for family, volunteers and professional staff to find ways of using a person's strengths to bring comfort and joy to their life while living with dementia and not just at end of life.

Cost: $40
Course Dates Available:
Thursday, November 12th
10:30am - 2:30pm (with a 1 hr lunch)

Pills, Pumps and Patches - The Pharmacologic Management of Pain in Palliative Patients

These hands-on workshops will discuss common opioids and adjuvants utilized in managing pain.  These workshops are suitable for NP's, RN's, RPN's and Pharmacists.
  • Understand commonly used opioids
  • Opioid conversions
  • Switching routes from oral to SC
  • Converting from oral to continuous sub c infusions
  • Gain an understanding of Equi-analgesia and adjuvant medications
Cost: $40
One Day Online Course
Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm