College of Nursing

Custody & Caring
14th Biennial
International Conference
October 7 - 9, 2015
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Keynote Speakers

Len Bowers
- PhD, RMN

Speaker Biography: Len Bowers is a qualified psychiatric nurse with clinical and managerial experience in acute inpatient and community care. He completed an undergraduate degree, then a masters and finally a doctorate, all by part time study. His doctoral thesis was published as a book (The Social Nature of Mental Illness) in 1998, and a second book about positive attitudes to personality disordered people is influential and widely read. He first became a professor at City University where he commenced a program of research into inpatient care, and ways to reduce conflict (violence, absconding, substance use, rule breaking, and medication refusal) and containment (as required medication, coerced sedation, seclusion, special observation, manual restraint, etc.). He now leads a team of researchers investigating this issue at the Institute of Psychiatry, has completed more than £4 million of grant funded research, and has authored over a hundred peer reviewed publications. Speaking regularly at international conferences, Len has advised the UK government on policy issues and contributed to policy guidelines on psychiatric nursing practice.

Barb Fry
- RN, BN, M.AD. ED

Speaker Biography: Over the course of 30 years, Barb Fry has held staff nurse, teaching and managerial positions, specializing in psychiatric mental health nursing.  Today Barb is President of her own company - Workplace Dynamix Inc., an active member of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia, a Consultant on creating healthy workplace relationships, an educator, invited keynote speaker, facilitator, and author. She travels across Canada and the UK, speaking to varied audiences focusing on professionalism, accountability, creating healthy workplace relationships and consults in a variety of organizations under-going significant change.
Today she is working on her second edition of Fast Facts for the Clinical Nurse Manager: Managing a Changing Workplace in a Nutshell published in 2010 by Springer Publishing. One quote that fuels Barb’s passion for nursing and motivation for continuous improvement is Peter Drucker’s “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” As Barb’s career draws to a close she is concerned about the current state of professional nursing. To that end, she continues to promote nursing as a career, advocates for professionalism in practice, celebrates the leadership we possess in demonstrating the art and science of professional caring, and reminds nurses to never forget the deep privilege we have in our service to others.

Jamie Livingston - PhD

What about Success? Pushing the Conversation in Forensic Mental Health beyond Risk and Recidivism

Summary: coming soon

Speaker Biography: Dr. Jamie Livingston is a criminologist and an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He studies and teaches about issues of social inclusion and social justice for people with mental illnesses, with a special focus on the criminal justice and legal systems. Recent projects have included implementing recovery-oriented services at the BC Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, studying how people with mental illnesses perceive their interactions with the police, and evaluating different approaches for reducing the stigma that is associated with mental illness. His review of minimum standards and best practices for mental health services in correctional settings laid the foundation for the creation of Canada's first mental health strategy for correctional populations. Jamie's latest research examines stories of success in the context of forensic mental health services.

Susan Loeb

Speaker Biography: Dr. Susan Loeb is an Associate Professor at The Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing. Dr. Loeb combines an important nursing lens and set of values with rigorous scientific inquiry in her signature research focus on enhancing health, facilitating chronic disease self-management, and promoting a dignified death for those aging and dying in prison. Dr. Loeb has served as Principal Investigator on National Institutes of Health funded studies focused on the aging and dying inmate population, which were funded by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Nursing Research respectively. Her work has been disseminated through 38 refereed journal articles, 3 editorials, 1 book chapter, 5 invited publications in trade journals, and a manual of community resources for seniors, which is currently in its 5th edition. In addition, Dr. Loeb has presented her work at greater than 90 conferences ranging from local through international forums. Finally, Dr. Loeb has received a wide breadth of awards and recognitions, including: the Judith V. Braun Award for Research that Contributes to the Improvement of Gerontological Nursing Practice from the National Gerontological Nursing Association (2006); the Springer Publishing Company Award in Geriatric/Gerontological Nursing for a Distinguished Single Work of Research in Applied Geriatric Nursing (2007); served as an invited panelist at the National Institutes of Health session, Understanding and Eliminating Health Disparities in Prison Populations (2008); Inducted as a Fellow in American Academy of Nursing (2012); the International Association of Forensic Nurses Achievement Award (2013); and awarded Fellow status through the Health Sciences Section of the Gerontological Society of America (2013). She is immediate Past-President of the Eastern Nursing Research Society


Workshop Presenters - TBA

Concurrent Sessions - TBA

Poster Sessions - TBA


*DISCLAIMER: Speakers are subject to change