Wendy St. Laurent-Coutts

Lecturer

Department: 
Email: 
wastlaur@lakeheadu.ca
Phone Number: 
+1 (807) 343-8396
Office Location: 
SN 1033
Office Hours: 
Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Academic Qualifications: 

PhD in Education program: currently enrolled/in progress: Lakehead University, 
Cognition and Learning Stream

Master in Public Health with Nurse Practitioner – Primary Health Care certificate 2011/2012

Registered Midwife: Ontario 1998.  United Kingdom 1985

Registered Nurse: Post RN BScN - St Francis Xavier University 2008.

RN Diploma – United Kingdom 1983

Previous Teaching/Work: 

Informal: clients, families, consumer groups

Formal: post registration, continuing education programs for multiple health disciplines such as MDs, RNs, RTs; hospital based programs, community college program, preceptorship throughout my careers, and now with the BScN program at Lakehead University.

Research Interests: 

-       Knowledge translation as a pathway to improving population health outcomes

-       Health promotion, disease prevention

-       Inter-professional education and collaboration

-       Exploring current as well as relevant methods for effective teaching and student    

        engagement using multi-media methods

-       Importance of work life balance in addressing Mental Health concerns among learners,

        educators, and frontline health care workers

-      Compassionate, client centred care

-      Story telling as a significant part of health research

Career experience:

1980 – 1988           Nursing and Midwifery experience acquired in the United Kingdom

1988 -  1990           General Duty R.N. Geraldton Community hopsital. N. W. Ontario

1990 – current.       Thunder Bay.  ON. [R.N.: NICU, Family Birthing Center, Labour Delivery:

                                Primary Care Registered Midwife; Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner at a multi-disciplinary Family Health Team].

While the majority of my career has been as a frontline PHC provider (Registered Midwife for 18 years) and Nurse Practitioner - PHC all ages (4 years), the experience has been invaluable for the following reasons: it fostered, critical thinking as well as inter-professional communication and collaboration, a focus on client centered care as well as the importance of informed choice decision making, and, simultaneous clinical experience in both hospital as well as community settings. These experiences will guide my teaching, and hopefully enrich the learning experience for BScN students in our Nursing program.