I am an Assistant Professor, and Chair in Nursing Care of Children, Youth and Families at CHEO. Taking up this position in January 2011 involved a move of 16,558 kms, from a hot sunny Melbourne, Australia to a chilly but beautiful white Ottawa winter.
My research career began as a single clinical question; “how can we reduce pain during painful procedures in sick babies?” This came after working for many years in neonatal and paediatric intensive care where infants and children are exposed to large numbers of painful procedures during their care. Seeking answers to this single question led to many more questions about pain management in our youngest patients and effective methods of translating knowledge into practice. Knowledge translation requires a strong advocacy role and understanding how to use all mediums for communicating research findings. I was therefore proud to be a 2011 Mayday Pain and Society Fellow which supports scholars to go beyond their own professional pursuits to become leaders and advocates for improvements in the pain field.
|2007||Ph.D.||Philosophy||The University of Melbourne, Australia|
|2002||M.Sc.||Nursing||The University of Melbourne, Australia|
|1992||B.Sc.||Nursing||Deakin University, Geelong¸ Australia|
|1990||Midwifery||Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia|
|1988||Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing Course||Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia|
|1984||Diploma||Nursing||Geelong Hospital, Geelong, Australia|