I am passionate about nursing, and have worked in clinical practice, education, research, and management. I am a doctoral student, with a research interest in nursing work and resilience in systems. I am also engaged in professional advancement in the areas of equity, social justice, social media, and nursing advocacy for vulnerable populations.
After growing up on my family’s farm in rural Alberta, I moved to Nova Scotia to attend St. Francis Xavier University. I completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Honours (First Class) and my thesis focused on student self-care. I moved to Ontario, and worked in alarge hospital in medicine, critical care, and management.
I completed my Master of Nursing through Athabasca University, while working in critical care. My thesis proposed a grounded theory of managing exposure, providing an understanding of how nurses become resilient or burnt out in critical care settings. My research was made possible with the support of the Canadian Nurses Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Currently, I hold the International Studentship in the Centre for Applied Resilience in Healthcare at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery, & Palliative Care at King’s College London. I am studying how nursing work relates to organisational resilience, with the goal of fostering resilience amongst people and systems.
My research is also supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. I am also engaged with the nursing community internationally through professional contributions to various organisations.