I am currently a graduate student at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Nursing’s Masters of Nursing (Family/All Ages Nurse Practitioner stream) with a Specialization in Aging. Having completed both a Bachelor of Science Degree and an After Degree in Nursing, I have worked as a research technician in the field of neuroscience and for the past 8 years as a registered nurse in the emergency department at the University of Alberta Hospital. I endeavour to meld these two passions into a career as a clinician scientist in the field of geriatric emergency care. The financial assistance you have provided will allow me to focus on my studies while maintaining a manageable connection to my practice.
Clinical practice drives my research; it provides me a direct link to the families and individuals I hope to improve care delivery for and provides me with a forum to develop research questions. My research project addresses the quality of care provided to older adults during care transitions between the emergency department and home. With a passion for lifelong learning, health care and science I hope to improve the care provided to older adults using evidence informed practice strategies. I feel very fortunate to be able to integrate my practice, education and science and to be supported in such efforts by fantastic organizations like the Canadian Nurses Foundation.