Graduate Student Supervision
I am currently accepting MNSc and PhD students.
My philosophy of teaching is shaped by my experiences as a learner, a mentor, a nurse practitioner, and an educator. My objectives are foster critical thinking skills and help students develop evidence-based problem-solving strategies.
I currently teach a health assessment course (NURS202). This course provides students with the knowledge, theory, and skills for conducting systematic health histories and assessments across the lifespan employing both classroom and “hands-on” experiential learning. I also teach in the Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program, the Roles and Responsibilities Course. This course facilitates the understanding of the broad role of the Nurse Practitioner and how that role fits into advanced practice nursing as defined by the competencies of the Canadian Nurses Association and the College of Nurses of Ontario.
My research interest is guided by my clinical experience as a Nurse Practitioner with a specialty practice in pain management. My projects fall under the Queen's Nursing and Health Research clusters of Populations with Complex Conditions and Health Care Quality. My program of research focuses on evidence-based management of pain and adverse symptoms and advanced practice nursing roles. This includes examining nurses’ roles in managing pain, evaluating interventions to improve patient outcomes with advanced analgesic techniques, and patient’s post-hospital discharge pain experiences. I am also interested in research in the area of nursing outcomes in acute care settings and primary care settings, and nurse practitioner outcomes.
Secretary, Nursing Issues Special Interest Group with the Canadian Pain Society (2014-2016)
Member of the RNFOO Gala Committee (2014- present)
Expert panel member for the development of Guidelines for Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain and Guidelines for Opioid Prescribing for Acute Pain with Health Quality Ontario (2016-2017)
Expert panel member for the development of the Best Practice Guideline for the Assessment and Management of Pain (3rd edition) with the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. (published in 2013)
School of Nursing representative on the Health Sciences Research Ethics Board, Queen's University (2014- 2017)
Nurse Practitioner Chronic Pain Management Hotel Dieu, Kingston, ON. I have practiced in this specialty area for since 1995 at different hospitals in the Toronto area and in Kingston.
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