I am entering the third year of the PhD nursing program at Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Nursing. My research interest is foot health and I hope to be a key contributor to this body of knowledge. I am particularly interested in populations at risk for foot health problems such as people with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, arthritis, and the elderly. I am interested in positively impacting government policy related to provision of foot-care services for these populations so they can maintain independence and quality of life. My dissertation research will focus on the use of non-contact commercially purchased infrared thermometers as a self-assessment tool for diabetic individuals at risk for ulceration.
As a Nurse Educator, I am passionate about teaching the importance of foot health to undergraduate nursing students and nurses completing continuing studies. On a national level I am a member of the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses and serve as co-editor for the newsletter and on a provincial level I am a member of the Newfoundland Foot Care Special Interest Group.
I am very pleased to be the recipient again this year of the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador Education and Research Trust 25th Anniversary Scholarship. This generous scholarship will help me continue to develop a program of research in the area of foot health and avail of learning opportunities to strengthen my research skills and ultimately improve patient care.