I have been passionately involved with the profession of nursing in one form or another for my entire professional career. I started working with the Centre of Nursing and Health Studies in 2003 as a sessional instructor and in 2005 became an Assistant Professor and was Program Manager of the Advanced Nursing Practice Program from 2005 until 2010. I am involved on various levels with local, provincial, and national nurse practitioner issues, committees and organizations.
My background prior to working in advanced practice includes work in community health development and emergency/trauma nursing– two very different disciplines that have combined to assist in my preparation as a primary health care nurse practitioner.
I have a BScN from the University of Ottawa, an Emergency/Critical Care diploma from Red River College, an Advanced Graduate Diploma from Athabasca, and was one of the first students to receive a Masters of Health: Advanced Nursing Practice degree from AU. I completed a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree with a concentration in Clinical Leadership from Case Western University. I have a firm belief in the scholarship of practice, and to that end maintain a part time NP practice to maintain my clinical competencies.
My research interests include job satisfaction and role transition for PHC NPs, online education methods, mobile technology in practice, NP specific clinical outcomes and pharmaceutical influences for APNs.
I currently live in Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia and work mainly from a home office. I share my life with my paramedic husband Patrick, and two young daughters.
I consider it a privilege and eagerly anticipate learning, sharing, and developing professionally with students and staff as we navigate together through the exceptional programs offered in the Faculty of Health Disciplines.
Updated May 26 2015 by Student & Academic Services