12th Annual Palliative Care Symposium

When:  Apr 18, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PT)
Associated with  Gamma Tau at-Large Chapter
The journey of Palliative Care and Hospice includes the Culture and Spiritual Beliefs of the patient, caregivers and healthcare providers. These elements can provide an opportunity to honor our patients and their loved ones, and to individualize their care. Tragically, they can also contribute to anxiety and confusion, particularly where issues such as pain management, existential suffering and bereavement come into play. This year’s Palliative Symposium seeks to address the uniqueness of Culture and Spiritual Beliefs through the lens of multiple specialties, and to offer tools and strategies to optimize the care provided throughout the pathway of long-term illness and the dying process.


0730-0800 Registration and Continental Breakfast

0800 – 0815 Welcome and Introduction: Chris Pietras, MD, Palliative Program Director.

0815 – 0930 Keynote Speaker: The Cumulative Losses through the Palliative Care Journey: An Exploration of the Lived Experience of Anticipatory Grief Shirley Otis-Green MSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C, FNAP

0930 – 0940 Break

0940-1040 Cultural and/or Spiritual Challenges in Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice Glen Komatsu, MD

1040-1140 How a Geriatrics Unit Embraced End of Life: a Comfort Care Journey Dr. Chris Pietras, Palliative Program Director; Erin Castle, RN; Lynette, Ayala, Clinical Care Partner, 2017 Compassion Award Recipient

1140-1230 Lunch/Sponsors: The Impact of Palliative Pups on Pain, Suffering and Bereavement Erin Rice, Jennifer Dobkin, Kunal Wahi

1230 – 1330 When Culture and Care Collide: Ethical Case Study Reviews Dr. Thomas Cunningham, PhD, MA, MS, Bioethics Director for Kaiser Permanente West LA and Nicole Van Buren, MD, Kaiser Palliative Care.

1330-1340 Break

1340- 1440 “What Should We Tell Mom?” Culture and Collusion in Palliative Care Alissa Ulanday, MSN, BSN, AGACNP-BC, ACHPN

1440-1450 Break

1450 to 1530 Managing End of Life Symptoms: a Nursing Perspective Jeannette (Jeannie) Meyer, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, CCNS, PCCN-K, ACHPN

1530-1630 Navigating the Infinite Cultural and Spiritual Struggles and Traditions in Death and Dying at the Bedside Teresa Poy, RN-BC, BS, CCRN, Blake Arnall, MDiv, BCC with Guest speakers: Dan Karlin, MD and Jacobett Wasonga-Agak, RN, MSHCM.

1630-1700 Closing Ceremony:The Collage of Caring: An Integrative Approach Nishi Jumna, MASG, BA, RN, UZIT

Contact hours will be provided


UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center- Tamkin Auditorium
757 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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Jeannette (Jeannie) Meyer, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, CCNS, PCCN, ACHPN