PhD (Educational Studies- Cognition & Learning Stream), Lakehead University
MPH (Nursing Specialization), Lakehead University
BScN, Lakehead University
My philosophy of teaching is that my role centres on the facilitation of learning and critical thinking. In my courses, I expect and demonstrate respect, openness to new ideas and changes, professionalism, and enthusiasm (effort). I believe in grounding learning in the foundations of individuals’ life experiences and personal strengths. With a holistic approach to instruction, I plan and implement content with attention to relevant knowledge, attitudes, and skills; a head, heart and hands approach to education. I consistently integrate current events and trending media topics into class discussions. I create assignments and experiential learning situations that engage students meaningfully and allow them to bring themselves more fully into their practice of the art and science of nursing.
I am an interdisciplinary, psycho-educational, health researcher. My scholarship interests include: everyday ethical issues, moral distress, moral conflict, mental health & well-being (including resilience, self-compassion), northern and rural communities, qualitative and narrative inquiry research.
As the Director of the Centre for Health Care Ethics (CHCE) at Lakehead University, I lead and collaborate on education, training, and research projects in a variety of areas.
Current projects include:
Ethical decision-making experiences of Registered Nurses (RNs) in acute care settings in northern Ontario.
Enhancing capacity for mental health with rural, volunteer emergency first responders (funded by Regional Research Fund, LU).
Student Supervision & Clinical Placements:
I am an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and the Director of the Centre for Health Care Ethics, Lakehead University. I have preceptored undergraduate and graduate students in post-secondary nurse educator clinical placement experiences.
I am an internal adjunct professor in the Masters of Public Health program in the department of Health Sciences, Lakehead University. I also hold an adjunct faculty appointment with the Masters in Science in Nursing Graduate Program at York University. I am available to supervise, be a committee member, or provide examination of students' theses. I have expertise in nursing, mental health/addictions, ethics, palliative/end-of-life care, simulation, rural/northern communities, narrative inquiry and qualitative research.
I welcome inquiries from undergraduate and graduate students.