Vasiliki Bitzas

Vasiliki Bitzas, PhD, RN, CHPCN(C)
Head Nurse, Palliative Care, Jewish GeneralHospital
Faculty Lecturer, McGill University Ingram School of Nursing
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Vasiliki Bitzas has specialized in palliative care, both as a clinician and as an adminstrator.   Her research interests include understanding the patients’s experience of transitioning to end of life, the use of interpretive phenomenology in the context of palliative care, patient satisfaction and quality of life at the end of life, nurses engagment with patients who desire death, and end of life education needs of non-specialist palliative care nurses.  


Selected Publications

Bitzas V, Calestagne P, McVey L, & Lapointe B. (Oct-Dec,2011). Encouraging patients and families to influence change on a palliative care unit : the value of patient satisfaction surveys. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 26(4), 350-357

Wright D, Brajtman S, Bitzas V. (2009). Human relationships at the end of life : an ethical ontology for practice. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 11(4), 219 – 227.

Bitzas V. (2009). Encouraging patients and families to influence care : results of a series of patient satisfaction surveys. Journal of Palliative Care, 25(3), 233.

Bitzas V. (2008). Countertransference and professional caregivers’ emotions in end-of-life care. Journal of Palliative Care, 24 (3), 217

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