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Nursing Director named Fellow of Canadian Academy of Nursing

Queen’s Health Sciences Vice-Dean and School of Nursing Director Dr. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke was inducted into the 2021 class of Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Nursing this week, in a ceremony celebrating the academy’s second class of nursing leaders.

Established by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) in 2019, the Academy is the first pan-Canadian organization dedicated to identifying, educating, and celebrating nursing leaders across all regulated categories and domains of practice. They seek to empower and support these nursing leaders as they advocate and influence public policy that works towards sustainable change. Nominated Fellows are selected based on their substantial and continued contributions to advancing the nursing profession.

A strong advocate for advancing women’s health and for radical collaboration amongst health professionals, Dr. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke has steadfastly pursued person-centered care and evidence-based practice goals throughout her 35-year career as a nurse, mentor, educator, researcher, and policymaker. Spurred by her desire to improve the lives of patients, especially women during pregnancy, birthing, and postpartum, Dr. Snelgrove-Clarke has worked extensively in educational research, developing knowledge frameworks for interdisciplinary students and health care providers so they can most effectively apply their skills and hone their evidence-based interactions with patients, families,  caregivers, and decision makers. This research has focused on several areas, including maternal health, palliative care, surgical recovery procedures, and even community engagement issues. She has also built frameworks to improve patient outcomes with both the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. Dr. Snelgrove-Clarke has been Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director of the School of Nursing at Queen’s since 2019.

Queen’s School of Nursing is proud to see Dr. Snelgrove-Clarke recognized by CNA and the Canadian Academy of Nursing for her achievements in health research, practice, and education, as well as her continuous impact on health systems in Canada.

For the full list of Class of 2021 Fellows please visit the Canadian Academy of Nursing website.