Archived Nursing News

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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. “She was a tremendous inspiration,” said nursing dean Linda Patrick. “She lifted our hearts with her sense of humour and she had vast amounts of knowledge. She was a delight to work with. She’ll 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, 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. The interview will air on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m.
  • December 15, 2010 - Congratulations to Barb Biggar, Clinical Coordinator, who was one of 15 individuals nominated for the 2010 President's 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's like being on both sides—as 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's 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's largest immigrant populations—South 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't 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's Maternal Newborn Program."To present to all those nurses and doctors was very intimidating to me, but they told me they learned a lot," she says. "It was a lot of work, and I enjoyed 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.

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    After graduating from the Faculty of Nursing in 2005, Rankin says, he “went from one disaster to another.” He had spent four months as a volunteer registered nurse at the Tsepong “Place 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’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada and was recently named the recipient of the UCBeyond Scholarship, awarded to people with Crohn’s disease. Rankin works as a full-time nurse at Children’s 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's 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.

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    Haddad leads Canada’s most research-intensive hospital and the largest centre dedicated to improving children’s 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’s highest civilian honour, and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor in 2005. The Women’s Executive Network named her one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women in two consecutive years, 2007 and 2008. She was awarded the Canadian Nurses Association “Nurse to Know” Centennial Achievement Award in 2008 by Canada’s 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’s 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. “Atrial fibrillation is a very common cause of stroke,” explained Dr. El-Masri. “Basically 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.”
    According 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—mobile electrocardiography devices strapped to patients—to 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’s research leadership chair, will compare two types of monitors—an external loop monitor and a Vitaphone, an automatic trigger memory loop recorder—with the performance of Holter monitors. Both are similar to a Holter monitor; they’re 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. “With current technology we may be missing atrial fibrillation when it’s actually occurring,” El-Masri said. “The assumption is that the second device is better but we want empirical data to be sure.”

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    Old monitors caught atrial fibrillation about 14 percent of the time, but Tarhuni, a cardiologist at the centre, said the new devices claim to have a 66 percent detection rate. “You can’t treat this condition unless you can detect it,” he said. “And 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's 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.
  • July 12, 2010 - Congratulations to the successful applicants of the internal Faculty of Nursing grants for 2010 as follows:
    • Junior applicant category: Jamie Crawley ($4,000): "Hidden no more: Health needs assessment of services used by the hidden homeless". Faculty co-investigator: Debbie Kane
    • Collaborative category: Kathy Fryer ($4,000): "Health and well-being: A baseline study of health-related behaviours in Windsor Essex County". 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's 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's Hospital for Sick Children—Canada’s most research-intensive hospital and the largest centre dedicated to improving children’s health in the country—in November, 2004, 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's 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.

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    Her citation from the Governor General noted her "contributions to the promotion and advancement of children’s health care as a neonatal nurse and now as president and chief executive officer of Toronto’s 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.

    Dr. Groarke praised Patrick's long and dedicated nursing career, both as a practising professional and in post-secondary education. "I expect that further successes in programming, research, and graduate studies will be a key component of her future work," he said. (from the Daily News, June 21, 2010)

  • June 11, 2010 - Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Dr. Sheila Cameron, who received an Honourary Doctor of Science from her alma mater McMaster University at its convocation ceremonies Friday, June 11.
    Dr. Cameron earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from McMaster before launching a career that brought her to the University of Windsor in 1976. She was the first woman on the UWindsor faculty to attain the rank of University Professor and held a number of positions, including director of the School of Nursing from 1986 to 1995 and dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research from 1996 to 2005. She served on the University's Senate and Board of Governors and directed a 10-year project funded by CIDA to enhance nursing education in Jordan. Dr. Cameron chaired the Council of Nurse Executives Ontario, the Ontario Region Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing, and the Southwest Regional Perinatal Advisory Committee, among other volunteer associations.

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    Last week's honour is the latest in a series for Cameron. She has received the Canadian Nurses Foundation Scholar Award, been named to Sigma Theta Tau—the International Honour Society of Nursing, and elected a fellow of the American Association on Mental Retardation. In 2009, the University of Windsor Alumni Association bestowed on her its Excellence in Mentoring Award.

    Other honourees at McMaster's spring convocation included comedian Rick Mercer and former Privy Council clerk Kevin Lynch. (from the , June 17, 2010)

  • June 9, 2010 - Professor Christine Thrasher was recently appointed vice-chair of the primary health care task group for the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network. The purpose of the group is to make the present system a more comprehensive one that provides necessary care “in the right place, at the right time, by the right people.” See details in Daily News.
  • June 2, 2010 - The Faculty of Nursing was one of two recipients of Ensemble's Community Partnership Award, which recognises community partners that have worked closely with Ensemble to reach out to families and have truly valued family leadership. Lisa Raffoul, a parent consultant with Ensemble stated that “True family leadership occurs when the expertise of families is recognized as an integral part of a family’s support structure. These two organizations have demonstrated their value for Ensemble’s role in the community.” The award was presented to Professors Lucia Yiu, Mary Cole and Associate Dean Linda Patrick at Ensemble's 3rd annual Celebrating Families and Community Partnership dinner and awards event on Wednesday, June 2nd at the Ciociaro Club. See complete story in the Daily News, June 30, 2010.
  • May 7, 2010 - Professor Anne Foote is profiled in The Windsor Star's special feature to celebrate National Nursing Week (published May 7, 2010).
  • May 7, 2010 - Professor Emeritus Dr. Sheila Cameron is profiled in The Windsor Star's special feature to celebrate National Nursing Week (published May 7, 2010).
  • May 4, 2010 - Congratulations to Professor Sharon McMahon, who authored a chapter titled "The Loss and Death of a Pet" (Chapter 7) in Helping Bereaved Children: A Handbook for Practitioners, Third Edition; edited by Nancy Boyd Webb (2010, The Guildford Press).
  • May 1, 2010 - Congratulations to Professor Diana Stewart, who along with Jesus (Jessie) Casida, co-authored the 2010 article “Diagnosis and management of an adult patient with atrial septal defect”, published in The Nurse Practitioner, 35(2), 8-11.
  • March 19, 2010 - Congratulations to Professor Sharon McMahon, whose article "Values, value type, and moral reasoning of MBA students" was recently published in Business Ethics: A European Review. 19(2). 183-198 (2010). Professor McMahon co-authored this article with Odette School of Business colleagues George Lan, Maureen Gowing and Fritz Rieger, as well as Norman King of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Windsor.
  • March 17, 2010 - Nursing alumnus Janet Davidson (BScN '71, MHSA, LLD '09), President and CEO, Trillium Health Centre visited the Faculty of Nursing and gave a presentation on "Reflections on Leadership: Some Implications for Nursing". 50 Nursing faculty, students and staff attended this presentation. Janet was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2009 by The Women’s Executive Network.
  • February 26, 2010 - The University of Windsor, in collaboration with Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital and Windsor Regional Hospital, hosted a webcast for The Canadian Institute's Conference on "Managing Legal & Business Risks in Clinical Trials in Canada" on February 22 and 23, 2010. This webcast offered practical tips, innovative techniques and proven strategies to help individuals navigate the clinical trials arena.
  • February 22, 2010 - Congratulations to Professor Kathy Pfaff, whose thesis study "Comparing the psychological stress between non-smoking patients and smoking patients who experience abrupt smoking cessation during hospitalization for acute myocardial infarction: a pilot study" was published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Volume 19, No. 4. Professors Maher El-Masri and Susan Fox are co-authors. Click here for the full text.
  • February 18, 2010 - Congratulations to Professor Lorna de Witt, who will collaborate in the Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance over the next five years. She is one of 11 co-investigators, along with co-principal investigators Sherry Dupuis, Ph.D. (Director, Kenneth G. Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program – MAREP, and Associate Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo) and Carrie McAiney, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University).
    The PiDC Alliance brings together researchers from five universities (Queen’s University, McMaster University, University of Western Ontario, University of Waterloo and the University of Windsor) and 50 partners at the regional, provincial, and national levels representing all key stakeholder groups in dementia care (i.e., persons with dementia, family members, staff at all levels, dementia care specialists/educators, specialists in knowledge translation, a range of community and long-term care social support service agencies, policy makers, and a multidisciplinary team of co-researchers and students). The goal is to facilitate sustainable culture change in long-term care that reflects a relationship-centred/partnership approach to care and support for persons living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia (ADRD).

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    The $1.8 M project is buoyed by $999,347 over five years from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in the form of a Community-University Research Alliances (CURA) grant. The support is complemented by approximately $800,000 in staff, cash, and in-kind contributions from Alliance partners. for more information about this project.
  • February 9, 2010 - Professor Susan Fox was honoured at the Celebration of Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity held on February 8.
  • February 9, 2010 - Professors Susan Fox-Wasylyshyn and Maher El-Masri, along with Dr. Nancy Artinian from Wayne State University College of Nursing, are co-authors of the 2010 article entitled: "Testing a model of delayed care-seeking for acute myocardial infarction", Journal of Clinical Nursing Research, 19(1) 38-54.
  • January 27, 2010 - Congratulations to Professors Lucia Yiu and Dr. Lynette Leeseberg Stamler (University of Saskatchewan and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Windsor), along with Madeleine Buck (McGill University), whose Fundamentals of Nursing (Kozier) textbook completed last year was named the "Product of Year" (Hardside) at Pearson Education Canada's National Sales meeting this month.
  • January 20, 2010 - Brittany Desjardins says a lot of visitors to the Giant Colon walk in laughing, but they learn a lot during their tours of the educational exhibit, on display yesterday and today in Devonshire Mall to raise awareness of testing for colorectal cancer. Desjardins is one of a team of fourth-year UWindsor nursing students helping to staff the display as part of their community clinical placements. The exhibit is a 40-foot-long, eight-foot-high walk-through inflatable model, on a cross-province tour organized by ColonCancerCheck. "We've been getting a lot of people through—older people and younger people," Desjardins said.

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    The exhibit, located in the mall outside the entrance to the Bay store, had attracted more than 1,000 visitors in its first few hours of operation, according to organizer Beth Dulmage, manager of cancer prevention and screening with the . She said the students made valuable contributions to the team staffing the display. "They've been great at encouraging passersby to stop and tour the exhibit, handing out the literature, answering questions," said Dulmage, a graduate of the University's nursing program (BScN 1984). "It has been a great help."

    Nursing student Jennifer Pham called the placement an eye-opening experience. "People seem to learn visually," she said. "This exhibit brings the information home to them: they can see it, they can touch it." Although Pham plans a career in emergency medicine, she said she appreciates the opportunity to experience a range of practices during clinical placements: "It's great they incorporate so much into the nursing program." (from the January 20, 2010)

  • January 12, 2010 - Helping hospitals encourage more of their nurses to be vaccinated for seasonal flu is the aim of a research project being conducted by a master’s student in nursing. “We’d like to be able to give hospitals useful information so that they can move on with this,” said Theresa Marentette. “We don’t have any specific local data to help increase our vaccination rates.” Under the guidance of nursing professors Maher El-Masri and Susan Fox, Marentette will conduct an online survey to determine the attitudes and beliefs among area registered nurses, RPNs and nurse practitioners in regards to flu vaccinations. Marentette said previous research has shown that about 54 percent of staff in area hospitals do not get flu shots, while on a national level, between 26 to 61 percent of healthcare workers in Canadian hospitals are immunized against seasonal influenza. “What are the barriers?” Marentette wondered, adding that vaccination is currently not mandatory for nurses. “Do they not see it as effective?” Marentette said her survey will be Web-based and she is hoping for about 460 respondents from Windsor hospitals to make the study statistically significant. The survey was launched yesterday at Windsor Regional’s Metropolitan Campus and she hopes it will soon be available at Hotel Dieu. She said she won’t seek respondents in long-term care facilities because compliance rates there are already much higher. (from the Daily News, January 12, 2010)


  • December 4, 2009 - Nursing Experiential Specialist Judy Bornais is one of four UWindsor professors competing to be named Ontario’s Best Lecturer. They are among 332 nominees in the competition, sponsored by the TVOntario program Big Ideas, created to recognize and celebrate the most engaging lecturers in the province’s post secondary education system. TVO's Best Lecturer Competition committee will announce 20 semifinalists next week. A panel of independent judges will then winnow that group down to 10 finalists, who will deliver their lectures on Big Ideas in March 2010. Viewers will vote to determine Ontario's Best Lecturer 2010. The winning professor's school will receive a $10,000 scholarship from sponsor TD Meloche Monnex. More information is available on the TVO Web site, including student comments about each nominee and a list of all of the nominees. (from the Daily News, December 4, 2009)
  • December 4, 2009 - Working nurses who come back to the university for a new degree are improving patient care in their hospitals by analyzing their own methods to determine if they are indeed the best ones, according to Christine Thrasher. "This is very empowering," said the associate professor in nursing and instructor of a course called Current Professional Nursing Roles. "This is real life stuff." The course is part of the post-diploma Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, which is aimed at working nurses with diplomas who wish to upgrade to degrees. Thrasher's course requires them to look at patient care practices in their own hospitals and review existing academic literature about those practices to determine if they are using the best techniques. "It's evidence-based practice," said Thrasher. "It inspires a great deal of confidence in them because they will be talking to other health care providers such as doctors in their own language. Several of the students have told me they've already gone back to their own hospitals and implemented changes because of what they've learned." On December 3, about 20 students in the course displayed posters describing what they have learned about their own practices on the second floor lobby of the Toldo Health Education Centre. (from the Daily News, December 4, 2009)
  • November 30, 2009 - Congratulations to our colleagues Allan McCallum RN(EC) NP-PHC (Sessional Instructor), Cheryl Poisson RN(EC) NP-PHC (Sessional Instructor), Vida Routley RN (Sessional Instructor), NP Graduate Catherine Schooley RN(EC) NP-PHC (Sessional Instructor) and Pauline Gemmell on being awarded a Nurse Practitioner Led-Clinic. The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care has announced funding for the next 8 Nurse Practitioner Led Clinics across Ontario. The Town of Essex and surrounding rural communities received news that they will be the recipients of an NP- Led Clinic. An outreach site will also be located on Drouillard Road (Ford City). As part of the service delivery, they will partner with the House of Sophrosyne to offer primary care.
  • November 25, 2009 - Professor Emeritus Sheila Cameron received the Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Alumni Association at its Annual General Meeting and Awards Presentations on November 25. The Excellence in Mentoring Award was established in 2002 by Patrick Palmer (BComm 1970) and recognizes faculty who offer personal, academic and professional guidance to students, and who contribute to their development up to and following graduation.

    Dr. Cameron began her career at the University of Windsor in 1976 and has served in a number of capacities, including director of the School of Nursing, now known as the Faculty of Nursing. From 1996 through 2005 she was the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research. Her resume boasts a record of honours—scholarly and professional activities, professional memberships, research and project funding, papers in refereed journals and scholarly journals, community involvement, and many other contributions to the University of Windsor.

    Common themes emerge from letters written in support of Cameron’s nomination for this award:
      • She exemplifies all of the characteristics of a great mentor with her caring, generosity, kindness and professional assistance.
      • She has an impact on educational, professional, and personal development well beyond the student experience—noting 20-, 25-, and 30-year relationships.
      • Most importantly, former students strive to emulate her by providing the same guidance and encouragement, “paying it forward.” (from the "Daily News")
  • November 13, 2009 - Professor Judy Bornais was interviewed by the Afternoon News on AM 800 (CKLW) for her Diabetes expertise re World Diabetes Day on Saturday, November 14, 2009.
  • November 13, 2009 - Professor Laurie Freeman-Gibb, who is currently in the PhD program at the University of Michigan, successfully completed her oral comprehensive examinations in Fall 2009.
  • October 20, 2009 - Several Nursing faculty members were recognized at the Celebration of Teaching Excellence. Professor Emeritus Sheila Cameron was honoured as the 2008-9 recipient of the Alumni Excellence in Mentoring Award. The Celebration also included a poster session in which faculty, with collaborating staff and graduate students, presented the findings and outcomes of initiatives supported by the 2008-09 Centred on Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF) grants. This CTL-funded initiative supports faculty with grants of up to $3,000 for innovative projects focused on teaching and learning at the University. Nursing faculty members were involved in a number of these projects, including: Student Academic Entitlement by Year and Faculty (Ken Cramer, Laurie Freeman-Gibb, Kathryn Lafreniere, & Craig Ross), and Enhancing the Teaching and Learning of Physical Assessment Skills: Peer Mentors as Standardized Patients (Judy Bornais & Kathy Pfaff).
  • September 16, 2009 - Professor Maher El-Masri and a collaborator from the University of Miami conducted a study that found many in the health care field do not comply with hand hygiene guidelines when performing low-risk procedures. They observed 612 procedures performed by 67 health care providers last year at a Florida oncology hospital over a 16-week period. They found 41.7 percent of the workers washed their hands before such low-risk procedures as administering oral medications, walking patients and checking intravenous tubes, while 72.1 percent of the workers washed their hands after a procedure. The overall compliance rate for both was 34.3 percent.

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    “Though the study was conducted in a U.S. hospital, we believe the results are consistent with practices in most North American facilities,” Dr. El-Masri said. “Other research suggests compliance generally ranges between 10 and 60 percent. However, with increased awareness of H1N1, we certainly hope health care providers are being much more vigilant now about hand hygiene.” Compliance was approximately 95 percent when workers performed such high-risk procedures as drawing blood, changing surgical dressings, emptying urinary bags or suctioning. The results of the study by Professor El-Masri and D.M. Korniewicz were published in an article titled "Exploring the factors associated with hand hygiene compliance during routine clinical practice" in the journal ,23(2), 86-90, 2010.
    Washing hands prior to a procedure is often performed with the intention of protecting the patient, El-Masri said, while washing afterward is intended to protect health care providers and other patients. The findings indicate that health care providers wash their hands to protect themselves more than their patients, the authors wrote—though it is also possible that they perceive their hands to be cleaner before a procedure than after. The relatively low compliance results are especially disturbing because participants knew they were being watched and that health care providers are expected to demonstrate 100 percent compliance with hand hygiene standards, El-Masri said. (from the "Daily News")
  • May 28, 2009 - Professor Maher El-Masri was interviewed by The Windsor Star for its article on the 1918 Spanish Flu and lessons learned today re influenza.
  • May 21, 2009 - Professor Cheri Hernandez is heading a research team studying "Attitudes, Preferences and Behaviours Associated with Normal Weight and Obesity in Subjects with or without Type 2 Diabetes", and is seeking volunteers for this study. See the "Daily News" for more detalis.
  • May 8, 2009 - Professors Debbie Kane and Liz Haugh are profiled in The Windsor Star's special feature to celebrate National Nursing Week.
  • March 9, 2009 - Congratulations to Professor Maher El-Masri on his recent appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor with the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • March 3, 2009 - A team of UWindsor researchers, including Professors Maher El-Masri, Susan Fox, Deborah Kane and sociology Professor Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, will test failure rates in condoms in order to help stop the spread of sexually transmitted infections. The team will recruit 100 male students and employees at the University to donate used condoms, which will be examined for microscopic holes. The study is a pilot project and will lay the groundwork for a much larger project to compare different brands and types of condoms. (Article in the Windsor Star)
  • February 26, 2009 - Congratulations to Professors Lucia Yiu and Dr. Lynette Leeseberg Stamler (University of Saskatchewan and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Windsor) who, along with Madeleine Buck (McGill University) are co-editors of Kozier's Fundamentals of Nursing, 2nd Canadian edition. Other nursing faculty members from the University of Windsor, St. Clair College and Lambton College contributed to this book and its companion web resources, My Nursing Lab: Professors Sharon McMahon, Jamie Crawley, Kathy Hungerford, Kim McAlpine, Judy Bornais, and Claudette Cartier. View the showcase website for this Kozier book.
  • December 7, 2007 - Simulation Laboratory and Critical Care Certificate Program article in The Windsor Star.
  • October 23, 2007 - Nursing faculty and students participated in the university's first Employee Wellness Fair. Students Sheila Pretty and Maryam Salem helped to organize the event as part of their community placement in the human resources office. As well, Professor Debbie Kane presented the "Work/Life Balance" Information Session.
  • October 10, 2007 - Congratulations to Professor Karen Williamson, who is a recipient of the International Orem Society New Scholar Award.