Wendy St. Laurent-Coutts
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
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.
- 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
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.