Visiting Physicians Association
Cathleen Graham, RN, CHPN is a nationally respected speaker, educator, and thought leader on matters of end of life care in general, and, specifically, the potential and the problems of using medical cannabis in hospice and palliative care. She is a renowned expert in explaining the dying process to families, healthcare professionals and the community at large.
Cathleen has held both clinical and leadership positions, including nurse case manager for one of the largest and most respected hospices in the US. She is nationally certified as a hospice and palliative nurse (CHPN). Currently, Cathleen is clinical educator for the Visiting Physicians Association in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has twenty one years’ experience delivering quality care to patients of all ages and ten years’ experience with terminal medical conditions. She provides intensive care focused on pain relief, comfort and enhanced quality-of-life.
In addition, Cathleen was a co-founder of the Cannabis Standards Institute and has testified as an expert witness on health care issues before committees of the Michigan House Of Representatives and the Michigan State Senate. She has also provided written analysis to legislatures and departments of health in Colorado, Arizona, Massachusetts and Oregon concerning impact on patients of proposed laws and regulations. Cathleen is passionate in her desire to bring comfort and dignity to patients and families dealing with life-limiting illnesses and to enhance the competencies of health care professionals so they can effectively utilize cannabis in providing hospice and palliative care.