Your health care team: Spotlight on nurse practitioners

In this webinar, DWDC was joined by nurse practitioners Valerie Cooper and Elizabeth Leonardis, who shared their insights, experiences and perspectives related to end-of-life care.

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Valerie Cooper is a Hospice Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner with Home and Community Care Support Services South East. She sees patients in their homes in a variety of geographies, from urban to remote. She works in a shared-care model with patients’ existing primary care providers to support patients with malignancies and end-stage organ diseases to die in their preferred place of death. She lectures in the undergraduate program at Queen’s School of Nursing and has developed and taught an elective undergraduate course on hospice palliative care nursing. She has also contributed to a continuing education course for nurse practitioners on palliative care through the University of Toronto. Valerie is a member of the Dying With Dignity Canada’s Clinician Advisory Council, as well as many Communities of Practice related to both Palliative and End-of-Life Care and Medical Assistance in Dying. She recently became co-chair of the NPAO Palliative and End of Life Care Community of Practice.

Elizabeth Leonardis is a nurse practitioner practicing in Vancouver, BC providing primary care to homebound elders through the Home ViVE (Visiting Vancouver’s Elders) program. She has also been a MAID Assessor and Provider since 2017. While originally hailing from the US, she now calls Canada home and recently made it official with Canadian citizenship.