Scholarship

Lifelong learning is an important part of excellence and professionalism. As guided by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, Boyer’s model is used to organize the presentation of my scholarly activities.

Scholarship of Discovery 

My commitment to research is evident in an ongoing commitment to build new knowledge and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. My research to date has focused on student experiences in education, primarily from their perspective. As a research team member and principal investigator, I have explored topics such as safety in clinical learning, rural nursing education, and interprofessional clinical education among other topics. For a list of publications, presentations and other forms of dissemination that support all four domains of scholarship please click here.

 

Scholarship of Teaching

With a firm commitment to quality improvement and innovation in my day to day teaching practices I am always trying new things and testing their effectiveness, formally and informally. These practices are informed by my scholarship of integration as true excellence in teaching relies on interprofessional collaborations. Connecting with educators across disciplines. A common thread in my scholarship of discovery is the need for students to experience a strong connection with educators so students feel supported in their learning. As an educator, I strive to reflect the characteristics of someone students can feel connected to and comfortable with – available, approachable, supportive, honest, trustworthy, and fair, which is reflected in my teaching philosophy. As a part of a recent conference I started blogging. In the future this blog will be used to share reflections on my learning. While not peer-reviewed, the comments section invites public review and critique of all postings.

 

Scholarship of Integration

Collaboration with Cambrian’s Quality Teaching and Resource center has enabled the development of personal learning networks. Currently I am in discussions with managers as well as professors from business, English and more. We are discussing evidence around gamification of learning and open educational resources. As we informally discuss evidence and experiences new research opportunities are surfacing involving possible future collaborations.  Beyond Cambrian I have developed a personal learning network with peers from eCampusOntario and educators from Kindergarten to Post-secondary levels through the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE). Our learning is made public through internal and external presentations and social media.

 

Scholarship of Application

My commitment to education extends beyond my role as an educator. Service to the community is an important aspect of my role as a professional. Over the past 10 years, I have volunteered at the schools my children have attended in various capacities from teaching karate lessons to serving as Vice Chair of Parent Council. As a community representative I used my skills to advocate for community needs during the accommodation review process of the Rainbow District School Board. As a result of community efforts some school closures were prevented and/or modified.

Within Cambrian, I have also volunteered to sit on numerous committees including Academic Advisory, Collaborative Scholarship, Teaching and Learning Framework, Innovation, and, most recently, Ethics. These efforts are disseminated through the college in various ways. For example, the Teaching and Learning Framework was launched in the 2015 to 2016 academic year. Externally, within my nursing role I am an active member of the RNAO and serve on their research committee. These contributions to both the community and my academic institution demonstrate my commitment to quality education, governance, and decision making.

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