Jo-Anne Henson

I have been privileged to work in the healthcare field for over 25 years. I was a Licensed Practical Nurse for five years in a small town in Northern Alberta prior to continuing my nursing education and the majority of my clinical experience has been in the community. I have been teaching at the University of Alberta for ten years; currently as a Faculty Lecturer. I primarily teach in the first two years of the Collaborative Program because I am committed to helping nursing students establish a firm foundation on which to develop the skills that they will need in order to excel within the challenging and constantly changing world of healthcare.My clinical focus is in end-of-life care with a special interest in family caregivers. My interest in this area has developed as a result of my past general medical nursing background and my Master's degree studies. My thesis is entitled "Family Caregivers of Home-based Clients with Advance Cancer: Needs and Preferences". Also, I was Care Manager at Pilgrims Hospice Society in Edmonton, Alberta for five years prior to joining the faculty.

My past and present professional interests include being Chair of the Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association (AHPCA) from 2004 - 2006 and a member of the Chronicity Area of Excellence.