Satinder Kaur (October 28)

PhD, MSc.N, CPMHN(C); Advanced Practice Clinical Leader (Nursing), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Presenting on: Thursday October 28

Session Title: APNs rising to the occasion during COVID19 pandemic in forensic mental health services

Session Description: Mental Health Nurses have extensive experience with responding to rapidly changing mental health needs, however, COVID19 pandemic has highlighted an opportunity to optimize nursing expertise in responding to acute physical health needs. The COVID19 pandemic intersected across acute care hospitals, tertiary health care facilities, community settings, and even correctional facilities. The impact of the pandemic was even more pronounced in tertiary mental health hospitals, especially due to the physical set-up of units, and vulnerable patient population. The complexities in providing care to forensic mental health patients make them more vulnerable to the impact of COVID19 as there might be challenges with comprehending and following COVID19 related precautions. The Forensic Advanced Practice Nurses are pivotal in supporting the interprofessional teams in planning and implementing best practice interventions for preventing the spread of COVID19 and managing care of patients with COVID19.

Learning Objectives:
1. Demonstrate effectiveness of APN role in responding to health emergencies
2. Examine the importance of intraprofessional nursing collaboration to support quality patient outcomes
3. Identify diverse roles played by APNs during pandemic

Speaker Biography: Satinder Kaur works as an Advanced Practice Clinical Leader (Nursing) in Forensic Mental Health program at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto. Satinder is a Doctoral prepared and Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse, and has over 16 years of work experience in professional practice, education and research in mental health and addictions. At CAMH, Satinder has steered quality improvement initiatives related to palliative care, family psychoeducation groups, restraints minimization. In her Adjunct Lecturer position at University of Toronto, Satinder teaches interprofessional education courses and provides preceptorship to Nursing Graduate students. Her research focus is in areas of alcohol use, co-occurring physical and mental health conditions and adolescent health.


Jennifer Anderson (co-presenter)

RN, MScN, CPMHN(C); Advanced Practice Nurse, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health

Jennifer Anderson, RN, MScN, CPMHN(C), is an Advanced Practice Clinical Leader in Nursing at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), supporting Unit 3-1: Structured Observation and Treatment Unit (SOTU), Forensic Women’s Secure Unit (WMSFU), Forensic Brief Assessment Unit (BAU) and the Sexual Behaviour Clinic (SBC). Jennifer also works as a Casual Shift Nurse Manager at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care. She is a Clinical Teacher within the Practical Nursing and Bachelor of Nursing Programs at Humber College and the University of New Brunswick. Furthermore, she maintains a casual position as a front-line Mental Health Nurse within a Provincial Correctional Facility.

Jennifer values the integration of best practice and research into clinical practice. She successfully defended her thesis as part of her Master of Science in Nursing at York University in the spring of 2020: Inpatient mental health: what helps/hinders the transition into communities?