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December 20, 2010 An instructor in the Faculty of Nursing is remembered by colleagues for her passion, energy and sense of humour. Prof. Dianne Paquette, 60, and her husband Roy, 58, died Wednesday, December 15, in a two vehicle accident on Highway 401 near Chatham. was a tremendous inspiration, said nursing dean Linda Patrick. lifted our hearts with her sense of humour and she had vast amounts of knowledge. She was a delight to work with. She be sadly missed by everyone here. Originally from Australia, Paquette was a sessional instructor in the faculty since 2006. She taught nursing and public health in community settings and at Windsor Regional Hospital, where she brought her knowledge, louis vuitton outlet experience and skill as a midwife. Details and messages of condolences may be sent via Reaume Funeral Home. (from the Daily News, December 20, 2010).
December 17, 2010 Prof. Jamie Crawley was interviewed by the University radio (CJKM, 99.1 FM) to speak about poverty.
December 15, 2010 Congratulations to Barb Biggar, Clinical Coordinator, who was one of 15 individuals nominated for the 2010 President Achievement Award. This award recognizes a University of Windsor staff member who has made an outstanding contribution to the university beyond what is required for his/her position. Barb and the other nominees received a Certificate of Merit from president Alan Wildeman and human resources executive director Rita LaCivita.
December 9, 2010 Molyka Kong, a fourth year nursing major, understands the difficulties facing members of cultural minorities when they consult health care professionals. “My parents are both from Cambodia,” says the Windsor native. “I see the challenges they face because there is a language barrier.” That concern led her to develop a presentation on culturally sensitive healthcare for doctors and nurses at Windsor Regional Hospital during her community clinical placement there, under the supervision of preceptor Heather Ryan and nursing professor Mary Cole. “I know what it like being on both sides a patient as well as a nurse,” Kong says. “It can be a challenge to get past those barriers.” She was inspired by nursing expert Jean Watson philosophy of care: “To care for someone, I must know who I am. To care for someone, I must know who the other is. To care for someone, I must be able to bridge the gap between myself and the other.”
Kong concentrated on three of Windsor largest immigrant populations Asian, Arab and Chinese. She presented strategies to overcome language barriers and urged caregivers to embrace cultural competence. “There are a lot of misconceptions about these cultures, and I just wanted to increase awareness,” she says. “Other people may have differences, but that doesn mean better or worse. You have to accept that and respect that.” She cites the example of patients who arrive suffering from dehydration. If they are Muslim, it may benefit the caregivers to know they are observing the Ramadan fast: “A doctor or nurse who knows this can explain that in Islam it is permissible to break fast for health reasons.”
Her initial presentation to the Neonatal Neurodevelopmental Follow up Progam was so well received, neonatologist Chukwuma Nwaesei encouraged her to repeat it for the larger group of all staff in the hospital Maternal Newborn Program.”To present to all those nurses and doctors was very intimidating to me, but they told me louis vuitton outlet they learned a lot,” she says. “It was a lot of work, and I enjoye louis vuitton outlet d every minute of it.” (from the
Daily News, December 9, 2010)
November 23, 2010 Alumnus Aric Rankin (BScN 2005) is one of five recent graduates being honoured by the University of Windsor Alumni Association with an Odyssey Award at its annual general meeting on Wednesday, November 24. The Odyssey Award recognizes alumni who are in the early years of their career path, having distinguished themselves through successes in career endeavours, notable achievements in their local community or the University of Windsor, or through significant or innovative achievement in their professional or personal lives.
After graduating from the Faculty of Nursing in 2005, Rankin says, he from one disaster to another. He had spent four months as a volunteer registered nurse at the Tsepong of Hope HIV/AIDS clinic in Lesotho, before joining a mission with the Canadian Medical Assistance Team as first responders to the Haiti earthquake earlier this year. He is a volunteer and counsellor for the Crohn and Colitis Foundation of Canada and was recently named the recipient of the UCBeyond Scholarship, awarded to people with Crohn disease. Rankin works as a full time nurse at Children Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre and is a part time clinical instructor at the University of Western Ontario School of Nursing. This fall, he began as a part time nurse practitioner here at the University of Windsor, commuting from his home in Hamilton. (from the , November 23, 2010)
November 22, 2010 Alumnus Mary Jo Haddad (BScN 1984, LLD 2005), president and CEO of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, will receive the Alumni Award of Merit, which is the Alumni Association highest honour, on Wednesday, November 24, at its annual general meeting. The Alumni Award of Merit is presented to a graduate for distinguished accomplishments which have brought honour to the University.
Haddad leads Canada most research intensive hospital and the largest centre dedicated to improving children health in the country. She began her career at SickKids in 1984 as an assistant manager in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and moved on to several leadership positions, including executive vice president and chief operating officer, chief nurse executive, vice president child health services, and director of neonatology and critical care. She is a member of the Order of Canada, the country highest civilian honour, and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor in 2005. The Women Executive Network named her one of Canada 100 most powerful women in two consecutive years, 2007 and 2008. She was awarded the Canadian Nurses Association to Know Centennial Achievement Award in 2008 by Canada prime minister. In October 2009, she was the recipient of both the 2009 Leadership Award from the Society of Graduates of the University of Toronto Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and the Toronto Business Excellence Award for Leading CEO. (From the , November 22, 2010)
November 5, 2010 One of the best ways to prevent a stroke is early detection of the conditions that lead to it, so a nursing researcher will team up with a local cardiologist to gauge the effectiveness of new technology designed to spot the warning signs. Faculty of Nursing associate professor Maher El Masri and his collaborator Wadea Tarhuni received $53,830 in funding from the Windsor Cardiac Centre to determine the best methods of detecting atrial fibrillation. fibrillation is a very common cause of stroke, explained Dr. El Masri. what happens, is the two top chambers of the heart quiver. That causes irregular beating of the ventricles and then the heart pumps less blood. If the blood stagnates, clots can be pumped back into the brain and cause a stroke. to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, about 3 per cent of people over the age of 45 years and 6 per cent of those who are 65 years or older suffer from atrial fibrillation. About 250,000 Canadians are currently living with atrial fibrillation. Until now, cardiologists have relied on Holter monitors electrocardiography devices strapped to patients record heart data over a 24 hour period as they go about their daily routines. That technology has become dated and new devices are being introduced.
Dr. Tarhuni and El Masri, the faculty research leadership chair, will compare two types of monitors external loop monitor and a Vitaphone, an automatic trigger memory loop recorder the performance of Holter monitors. Both are similar to a Holter monitor; they strapped on the patient and heart data is collected. The first however, requires the patient to manually transfer the data through a phone line to the cardiology clinic, while the Vitaphone relies on Bluetooth technology to automatically transmit it, El Masri said. The second device also automatically begins recording data when atrial fibrillation is suspected. current technology we may be missing atrial fibrillation when it actually occurring, El Masri said. assumption is that the second device is better but we want empirical data to be sure. can treat this condition unless you can detect it, he said. according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, if we can detect atrial fibrillation, we can prevent as many as 75,000 strokes. The pair will enlist the help of 180 patients from the Hotel Dieu Grace transient ischemic attack clinic who will be randomly assigned to use one of the devices over a 90 day period. The researchers expect the study will determine which technology provides more accurate detection and patient data. El Masri said several neurologists interested in stroke research have also been brought on board for the study. Stephen Fields (from the , November 5, 2010). Also featured in in The Windsor Star (November 9, 2010).
September 17, 2010 Congratulations to Susan Dennison, Lab and Education Coordinator, who successfully defended her MSc thesis. Susan research on the validation of an Undergraduate Nursing Students Satisfaction Scale is of paramount importance to the nursing program and nursing education.
September 9, 2010 Congratulations to Prof. Laurie Freeman Gibb on the successful defence of her PhD thesis proposal.
September 1, 2010 Congratulations to Prof. Kathleen McMahon, who is the recipient of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Advanced Clinical/Practice Fellowship. The University of Windsor Faculty of Nursing is the Sponsoring Organization for this Fellowship. Faculty co investigator: Mary Cole
Clinical Partnership grant: Linda Patrick ($10,000): “Development and evaluation of nursing curriculum designed to ease transition of professional practice for baccalaureate preparing nurses in the final semester of a nursing program”. Faculty co investigators: Judy Bornias and Kathy Pfaff
Best wishes to all of these colleagues on the research of these interesting topics.
July 9, 2010 Congratulations to Professors Debbie Dayus and Judy Bornais for their successful grant application, under the University of Windsor Centred on Learning Innovation Fund program (CLIF), in the amount of $2,490. Their project is entitled, “Enhancing nursing education of large groups: Using simulation on a grander scale.”
July 5, 2010 UWindsor alumna Mary Jo Haddad (BScN 1984) was among 74 new appointees to The Order of Canada, the country highest civilian honour, announced last week. The Order of Canada was created 40 years ago to recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in all sectors of society. She will accept her insignia at a formal induction ceremony later.
Haddad was appointed president and CEO of Toronto Hospital for Sick Children most research intensive hospital and the largest centre dedicated to improving children health in the country November, 2 louis vuitton outlet 004, after serving as interim president and CEO. She serves as chair of MaRS Innovation, the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario, and the Provincial Council for Maternal Child Health and is a board member of the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network and the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres. Haddad also lectures at the University of Toronto Department of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, and at the Rotman School of Business. She received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor in 2005.
Her citation from the Governor General noted her “contributions to the promotion and advancement of children health care as a neonatal nurse and now as president and chief executive officer of Toronto Hospital for Sick Children.” (from the , July 5, 2010).
June 30, 2010 Congratulations to Professor Kathy Pfaff, who successfully passed her PhD comprehensive exam. Prof. Pfaff is currently in the PhD program at McMaster University.
June 21, 2010 Congratulations to Professor Linda Patrick, who was formally announced to become the new Dean of the Faculty of Nursing effective July 1, 2010. Provost Leo Groarke announced last week that Linda Patrick will fill the role, after three years as associate dean. Dr. Patrick holds two degrees from the University of Windsor her BScN (1990) and MSc (1997), along with her RN diploma, MA, and PhD.
She said the University has a history of graduating nurses who excel in compassionate care and as leaders in the profession. “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to lead the Faculty of Nursing into the next decade,” Patrick said. “This is a period of opportunity for us to collaborate with others for the common goal of enhancing the health, safety, and well being of society.” She joined the faculty as a sessional instructor in 1998, became an assistant professor in 2001, and an associate professor in 2007. Patrick sits on the governance council of the Schulich School of Medicine Dentistry Windsor Program, and holds an appointment as adjunct associate professor at the Labatt Family School of Nursing, University of Western Ontario. Her research focuses on the prevention of type 2 diabetes in women with gestational diabetes.