Yvonne P. Rowe Samadhin RN(EC), NP-Adult Gerontology, BScN, MN, CHPCN(C)

Nurse Practitioner Hospice Palliative Care, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network

Yvonne Rowe Samadhin is a Nurse Practitioner specializing in hospice palliative care, in the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN). She has over 29 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings such as the community, acute care and occupational health. Using her palliative care expertise, Yvonne collaborates with the primary care team and specialist providers, increases clinical capacity and palliative care access within the region, addresses complex palliative care needs and reduces unnecessary hospitalizations where appropriate. Through face-to-face clinical assessments in the patient’s home or by using virtual conferencing options, Yvonne offers patients and families support with oncological and chronic disease illnesses. She also assists with complex and refractory psychosocial needs, and assists patients to develop goals of care, end-of-life planning, and provides eligibility assessments for patients requesting medical assistance in dying (MAID). Yvonne earned her baccalaureate Nursing degree from Ryerson University, her Masters of Nursing Degree and Post-Masters Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Diploma from the University of Toronto, and is certified in Hospice Palliative Care Nursing through the Canadian Nursing Association. Yvonne also holds a Diploma in Advanced Crisis and Counselling from Humber College. She has been a facilitator of the LEAP (Learning Educational Approaches in Palliative Care) program and is a Serious Illness Conversation (SIC) Trainer. As a nurse leader, Yvonne contributes her palliative expertise and health care experience as a member of the Cambridge North Dumfries Ontario Health Team Transitions/Care Delivery Co-Design Group, in helping the Ontario Health Teams move to transform the provincial heath care landscape.