- PhD (Nursing) University of Alberta (2008)
- MA (Health Education & Health Promotion), Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (1989)
- BN Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (1986)
- RN Aberdeen Hospital School of Nursing, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia (1982)
My clinical practice has been in the area of home care, community health, and outpost nursing. My areas of special interest include clinical decision-making, resource allocation, health policy, and knowledge utilization particularly as they relate to better outcomes for home care clients.
I founded a private vocational school licensed under Alberta Advanced Education and Technology. Through our college we offered an 18 week health care assistant program in addition to a number of specialty courses for health care aides in home care. I developed the initial curriculum for health care aides working with children with complex medical needs and high technology in the home. That program continues to be offered through the former Children's Home Care Team in Capital Health.
My citizenship and service work encompasses home care policy at both national and provincial levels. I am a past Board Member of the Canadian Association for Community Care, the Alberta Home Care and Support Association (including past-presidencies), and the Alberta Continuing Care Association. Through both formal and informal channels I am an advocate for quality home care for all Canadians delivered in environments that are respectful, supportive, and safe for clients, family caregiver, and paid providers alike.
I am a past Director/Owner of We Care Home Health Services in Edmonton (1992-2014). We Care provides home health care; professional nursing services in homes, in the work place, and in the community; and intravenous therapy in our community infusion clinic. My role from 2001-2014 has been Clinical Practice Consultant. I provide advice and direction around risk management, home care policy, and clinical programs.