Montreal Palliative Care Nurse- Rose De Angelis -
Receives Canadian Award
Montreal, Monday, October 19, 2005 - The West Island Palliative Care Residence announced today that Rose De Angelis, Nursing Director and Assistant Executive Director, is the recipient of the 2009 Award of Excellence from the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.
Rose De Angelis
manages, coaches, and motivates an inter-disciplinary team at the West Island Palliative Care Residence
counsels patients and their family members and educates and sensitizes the community to better understand what palliative care is.
was chosen for the Award of Excellence for her
tireless efforts in the coordination and development of best palliative care practices first at the Royal Victoria Hospital
and then as part of the founding team at Montreal's West Island Palliative Care Residence
"Palliative Care is something I never heard of until I enrolled in graduate school at McGill
," said Rose
"Even death as a topic was not covered in my basic nursing education.
I wondered since death was something we were all going to experience, why was the subject taboo?
As a young critical care nurse working in various hospital units, I questioned myself when we lost a patient had I said the right thing to help the family?"
In 1999, Rose
made the move from saving lives to accompanying people who were dying, when she
migrated from critical care to palliative care at the Royal Vic.
It was there that she
learned what it meant to work with terminally ill patients, coordinating their care, managing symptoms and pain, arranging home care follow-up with community services, counseling patients and families, educating other health care professionals in demystifying palliative care and helping understand end-of-life-decisions.
When the opportunity arose in 2002 to be part of the new West Island Palliative Care Residence, she
jumped at the chance.
Educating others about palliative care is extremely important to her
In addition to her work at the Residence, she is a guest lecturer in palliative care nursing at Montreal CEGEPs, McGill University and regional, national and international conferences.
Now that she
is more comfortable with many of the patient situations that she
struggled with as a young nurse, she
encourages those dealing with the terminally ill patients and their families how to better understand their situations.
"The West Island Palliative Care Residence is lucky to have someone as dedicated as Rose De Angelis", said Teresa Dellar, co-founder and Executive Director.