On Wednesday, April 4th, 2012, Barabara Hennessy and Bonnie Caitlin will lead a workshop and discussion entitled “What is Hear Failure?” with the UBC Learning Circle.
Heart Failure (HF) has been identified as a significant health problem in BC. The Specialized Populations Working Group has been established by the Provincial Heart Failure Committee to identify needs of specialized populations, gaps in service and plans to address these needs. As part of our work with Specialized Populations, there has been recognition that more dialogue is required between our Working Group and the Aboriginal Population. Our presentation and workshop is an opportunity for us to share what we have learned about Heart Failure, the care of the individual with Heart Failure and an opportunity for us to learn from the Learning Circle participants’ experiences and knowledge.
About the Speakers
Barbara Hennessy is the Regional Coordinator of Cardiovascular & Cerebrovascular Services and is responsible for all activities related to Northern Health’s participation in the BC Stroke Strategy and Cardiac Program as well as leading the development of services under the NH CCVS strategy as part of the NH Chronic Disease Program. This position is responsible for establishing and maintaining working groups to participate in various NH and provincial initiatives under the CCVS domain. This includes leading NH’s participation in provincial Clinical Care Management initiatives for stroke and congestive heart failure. She has a Masters in Nursing from Dalhousie University, N.S. with specialty in Adult Cardiac, and is a current member of the Provincial Heart Failure Strategy Resource Development Working Group. In her spare time, Barbara loves to read books, gardening (she is a new gardener), crafting, and she is very excited to see more of beautiful Northern BC.
Bonnie Catlin is the Provincial Heart Failure Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and is a member of the Provincial Heart Failure HUB (St Paul’s Hospital) which is co-leading BC’s Heart Failure Strategy and established BC HF Network and website. In her Provincial CNS role she is responsible for co- chairing many of the provincial HF working groups. Some of her responsibilities include creating provincially standardized patient and interprofessional HF education programs, practice tools and resources. Bonnie is working with cardiologists to establish principles to ensure best practice for Heart Failure Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology Services in British Columbia (BC) as well as creating a provincial standardized echocardiography referral process and form and diagnostic reporting template for echocardiography. As well, Bonnie is working with BC HF Network special populations working group to understand and support the HF needs of the Frail Elderly, South Asian, Chinese and 1st Nations populations. She was part of the team that created BC’s HF indicator framework and minimum data set that will inform the foundation for the provincial HF data base. Her nursing practice over the last 26 years has focused primary on cardiology, with experience in coronary care, critical care, emergency, rural nursing, nursing education [general nursing and critical care specialty] as well as emergency manager, cardiac research nurse, professional practice consultant, leading practice and system change both regionally and provincially. Bonnie received her BSN from the University of Victoria and her MScN from York University in Toronto.