Sandra has been in the health care industry for over 30 years; practicing as a pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the newborn intensive care unit at McMaster Children’s Hospital; a Health Care Ethicist at Hamilton Health Sciences, an Advance Health Care Consultant at Quality Life Planning; and a hospice nurse at the Bob Kemp Hospice. Sandra holds a degree in Nursing and Master of Sciences from McMaster University, and a Master of Health Science in Bioethics from the University of Toronto. In 2020 Sandra became certified as Master Trainer in the Serious Illness Conversation Program, which originated from Harvard University and Ariadne labs in Boston, Massachusetts. Sandra was co-founder of Ontario STABLE, an education program focused on training health care professional to stabilize critically ill infants.
Sandra’s career has largely focused on supporting patients, families, and the community with end of life care planning; educating and supporting health care professionals on caring with compassion for the dying patient; and navigating the moral, ethical, and legal landscape that individuals may encounter within the health system.
Since 2015 Sandra has partner with the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice to offer community education on Advance Care Planning with a specific focus on planning for the last portion of life. Sandra Co-produced a mini-series titled “When there is no Cure, Living Well” in collaboration with Bob Kemp Hospice that was nominated for the Community High Impact Awards.
Sandra is a dynamic speaker who as the ability to simplify complex health care issues and challenging conversations using humor, honesty, and analogies of common everyday life experiences.
Areas of Expertise:
- Development of Advance Health Care Directive and Living Wills
- Medical Ethics
- Conflict resolution and mediation
- Policy development, evaluation, and implementation
- Health Education
- Educational programming
- Project management