Jennifer Anderson

RN, MScN, CPMHN(C); Advanced Practice Clinical Leader – Nursing, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health

Poster Title: COVID-19 sparks need for access to evidence based palliative care in mental health settings

Poster Description: The literature indicates that individuals with mental health illnesses face significantly higher morbidity and mortality rates compared to individuals without mental health illness, still mental health patients have limited access to adequate palliative care. (Evenblij et al, 2016). The COVID19 pandemic has highlighted the imminent need to integrate palliative care into complex care planning for patients with diagnosis of COVID19 as they can become rapidly and terminally ill (Wentlandt et al, 2021). Patients in long-term tertiary mental health settings are more prone to rapid and unpredictable physical health decline, due to underlying mental health diagnoses, which can make it difficult for them to follow COVID19 related precautions and articulate physiological symptoms when exposed to COVID19. This underscores the importance of early identification of symptoms and initiation of palliative care services by interprofessional teams in these mental health settings.

Learning Objectives:

Outline the best practice palliative care guidelines in mental health settings.   Identify clinical considerations for the care of palliative patients diagnosed with COVID19

Biography: 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?


Satinder Kaur, RN, MSc(N), MEd(HPE), PhD(N), CPMHN(C); Advanced Practice Clinical Leader – Nursing, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health

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.

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