UBC School of Nursing
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Canada V6T 2B5
BSN (Nursing (Honours)), University of British Columbia
MSN (Nursing (Education Stream)), University of British Columbia
PhD (Nursing), University of Victoria
Honours & Awards
2010 – BC Hospice Palliative Care Research Award
2010 - Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology Helen Hudson Lectureship Award
2008 – BC Hospice Palliative Care Association’s Award of Excellence
2004 - Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology Award for Excellence in Education
2009 – March 2011 – Provincial Implementation of Distress Screening – successful in a grant application to the Canadian Partnership against Cancer ($ 0.5M) for implementing Screening for Distress with preparation of electronic support starting with BCCA and working with Regional palliative care partners in a state of readiness.
2008 – Pilot Phase ISAAC BC – successful in a grant application to the John and Lotte Hecht Foundation ($155K) for the adaptation and installation of electronic screening at the Vancouver Island Cancer Centre.
2007 -- Symptom Audit BCCA – conceived and conducted an agency wide prevalence survey of symptom distress to provide an evidence-based platform for introducing electronic screening for distress
International Union against Cancer – Host of Ghanian Fellow (2004)
Founding Board Member of new Canadian Branch INCTR (2011 -2014)
Contributing Member Palliative Access Group (PAX)
Andrha Pradesh, India - Visiting teacher to the MNJ Cancer Treatment Centre Palliative Care Program – assisting in teaching interprofessional students cancer palliative care
Chair for Nursing Curriculum for Cancer Palliative Care – international nursing team creating a suitable curriculum for developing countries.
Impact of a Palliative Care Approach for Nursing
2010 – 2014 – Michael Smith Foundation – BCNRI Grant – Impact of a Palliative Care Approach for Nursing – co-leading one of three themes in this health services research grant
A Mixed Methods Knowledge Synthesis of a Palliative Approach
2011 – 2012 - CIHR Knowledge Synthesis Grant. A Mixed Methods Knowledge Synthesis of a Palliative approach. Sawtzky R. Stajduhar K, Syme A., Pesut B., Bruce, A. McLeod B., Tayler C., Roberts D., Porterfield P., & James, P. $100,000. (under review)
Selected Publications not Indexed in PubMed
Purkis, M.E., Borycki, E., Kuziemsky, C., Black, F., Cloutier-Fischer, D., Fox, L.A., Mackenzie, P., Syme, A., & Tschanz, C. (2001). Extending the team component of the Latimer ethical decision-making model for palliative care. Journal of Health Care Leadership, 3. 11-12.
Syme, A. & Bruce, A. (2009). Hospice and Palliative Care: What Unites Us, What Divides Us? The Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing, 11(1).
Downing, G. Michael, Kuziemsky, Craig, Lesperance, Mary, Lau, Frances, Syme, A. (2007). Development and Reliability Testing of the Victoria Bowel Performance Scale (BPS). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, November.
Syme, A. (2005). Anorexia Cachexia; Sexuality and Palliative Care. In G. M. Downing (Ed.), Medical Intensive Care of the Dying.
West, P.J., Ferris, F.D., Balfour. H.M., Bowen, K., Farley, J., Hardwick, M., Lamontagne, C., Lundy, M., & Syme, A. (2004). Not just any old standards. Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal. Spring.
Ferris F.D., Balfour, H.M., Bowen, K., Farley, J., Hardwick , M., Lamontagne C., Lundy, M., Syme, A., & West, PJ. (2002) A Model to Guide Patient and Family Care: Based on Nationally Accepted Principles and Norms of Practice. J Pain Sympt Management, Summer.
Ferris, F.D., Balfour, H.M., Farley, J., Hardwick, M., Lamontagne, C., Lundy, M., Syme, A., & West, P.J. (2002). A National Model to Guide Hospice Palliative Care: Results of the Consensus-building Process. Presented at the European Association for Palliative Care, Lyon, France, May, 2002. Published in: The Abstracts of the 2nd Congress of the EAPC Research Network, European J Pall Care, 65. PA
Crooks, D,. Budz, D,. Guebert, N,. Hershon, L,. Stotts, M,. Struthers, C,. & Syme, A. (2001) CANO Pain Initiative Report - Victoria Conference, October, 2000. Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal, 11(2), p. 86-7, Spring.
Crooks, D., Allen, K., Budz, D., Guebert, N., Hershon, L., Stotts, M., Struthers, C., & Syme, A. (2000) Consolidating the educational mandate for the CANO Pain Initiative. Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal, 10(2), p. 77-9, Spring.