My nursing career includes practice in acute oncology, community health, and nursing education. Currently I am a faculty member in nursing at the University of the Fraser Valley and director for the Centre for Education and Research on Ageing. My teaching focuses on issues related to the care of older adults and ageing. In this role I have a powerful opportunity to excite nursing students about the importance of nursing research and the central role that nursing plays in the lives of many older adults.
I am also a doctoral student in nursing at the University of British Columbia. It was my interest in research and ageing, and my belief in the important role that nursing can play in promoting health for older adults that led to my pursuit of doctoral studies. My research interests explore issues of engagement, meaning, and quality of life for older adults living in residential care including those with advanced dementia. Recently I completed a study highlighting the benefits of an inter-generational ballet programme for both children and older adult participants; and, I am currently involved in a research project exploring the impact of art on older adults living in a transitional care facility.
I am very appreciative of the support provided through receiving the CNF Dr. Ann C. Beckingham award. Ultimately, through my research, I hope to enhance the capacity of nurses and other care-providers to design and deliver person-centred care better tailored to meet the needs of older adults, including those with dementia.