Esther Laforest, RN, BScN, PhD Student
Doctoral Student, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University
Heart Failure Nurse Clinician - Heart Failure Supportive Care Clinic, Division of Cardiology, Jewish General Hospital
Nurse Clinician, Division of Cardiology, Jewish General Hospital
esther.laforest [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Email)
Esther Laforest is specialized in cardiovascular clinical care and has worked in medical cardiology, coronary care unit and in outpatient heart failure clinic. Since 2012, she has been part of a team developing a Heart Failure Supportive Care clinic to address the needs of patients with advanced cardiac disease. Her research interests include understanding what is important to the quality of life of heart failure patients and their caregivers, existential well-being for patients living with advanced heart failure and their family caregivers, and developing interventions to help support health care professionals in developing a palliative approach to caring for this population. Esther is completing her doctoral degree under the supervision of Dr. Robin Cohen in the Ingram School of Nursing at McGill University. Her project involves developing and implementing a provisional program to train nurse champions in a palliative approach for advanced cardiac disease in acute care. She was the recipient of the McGill University - Richard and Edith Strauss Fellowship in Nursing in 2012 and is currently the recipient of the McGill University - Eileen Peters Fellowship.
Presentations at Conferences
Laforest E, Chen-Tournoux A. Acute cardiac care and the aging patient. Presentation conducted from the 13th Jewish General Hospital Nursing Symposium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2014.
Sawatzky R, Cohen SR, Laforest E, Voth J, Stajduhar K. The development and use of tablet-based quality of life assessment instruments in clinical practice. Workshop conducted at the 20th International Congress on Palliative Care. Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2014.
Michel C, Laforest E. Integrating heart failure and palliative care. Presentation conducted at the 19th International Congress on Palliative Care. Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2012
Laforest E, van Ockenburg M. Heart failure and palliative care. Poster session presented at the 18th International Congress on Palliative Care. Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2010.