Overall, I regard myself as a mentor to the students with whom I interact. The majority of my teaching experiences have pertained to nursing research, about which I am deeply passionate. My 20 years of clinical and academic research experience has shaped this passion and has provided me with a treasury of insight with which I aspire to introduce students to research in meaningful ways. Over the course of my career, I have witnessed the importance of research as an agent to inform and/or change practice, improve patient care, and advance cancer treatments. For this reason, I regularly bring ‘real life’ applications of research into the classroom to present research in a meaningful way, clearly demonstrating its practical and clinical utility.
My goal for teaching is to intentionally engage academic communities wherein learning is brought to life through a diversity of active learning strategies. My intent is that this learning promotes self-reflection and critical appraisal of one’s beliefs and practices to generate considerations for alternative positions and approaches.
I am currently accepting graduate students for supervision.
Additionally, I also teach in both the undergraduate and graduate programs:
- Nursing Research course (NURS 324)
- Project in Evidenced-Based Practice course (NURS898).
Full Member, Queen's University Cancer Research Institute, Division of Cancer Care and Epidemiology
The conceptualization of my research program is rooted in my experiences as a Clinical Trials Nurse Coordinator at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. In this role, I routinely observed the need for continued research so as to inform improvements in cancer treatments and/or change practices to improve patient care. For these reasons, it is my sincerest intention that the outcomes of my research have important implications for health care providers and the cancer patients/survivors for whom they care. To facilitate this goal, I prioritize research partnerships with clinicians and cancer patients, survivors, and/or their informal caregivers.
My research program reflects three complimentary foci: 1) Preparing for transitions along the cancer trajectory; 2) Gaining insights into the cancer experience, and; 3) Understanding compassionate care in healthcare contexts. To complete this work, my team has used quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods and scoping review methods. We have received competitive research funding from a variety of sources, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Specific project details can be found here.
I believe that it is important to contribute to the societies in which I belong and therefore always look for ways to be involved. I have been involved in a variety of service capacities that span local, provincial, and national communities. These communities reflect oncology-specific and broader healthcare system ventures, some of which are identified below.
Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Association canadienne des infirmières en oncologie (CANO/ACIO), Research Committee member (2018 - present)
Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) Program in Evidence-Based Care, Guideline Development Group (2018 - present)
Kingston Nursing Research Conference Planning Committee, Committee Member (2018 - present)
Frontenac Lennox and Addington Ontario Health Team - Coordinated Discharge Working Group, Co-Lead (2020 - present)