I joined Health Services at Dalhousie University in 2014. I have over 30 years of nursing experience, working in healthcare in various positions: direct patient care obstetrics, surgery ,critical care ( Intensive Care, Coronary Care & Emergency). I have also managed the Intensive Care units and the Emergency Department locally for 10 years. Prior to coming to Dalhousie University I held the position of Director of Quality & Decision Support (Quality, Risk Management, Data Analysis, Infection Control) at Colchester East Hants Health Authority for seven years. I also have experience in research coordination, project management and as an educator for the Faculty of Nursing at St Francis Xavier University as well as Dalhousie University. I have also worked in forensic nursing at the Nova Scotia Medical Examiners Service.
In healthcare I'm always learning something new and is committed to ongoing education as new research emerges and changes in healthcare develop. Nurses have the opportunity to empower patients with knowledge. I truly enjoys meeting students with diverse backgrounds from all walks of life and helping them with their healthcare needs. As a nurse I try to advocate for her patients, challenge them, inspire them and provide the quality of care she would want if she was in their shoes. To attend class, study and be successful academically you need to feel well to do so.
I am a recent addition to the Health Services team, having joined in January 2019. My nursing career started in England over 40 years ago and has given me exposure to many services and specialties. Most recently I was the Health Services Manager for the Intensive Care and Dialysis Units at Colchester East Hants Health Centre.
I am enjoying the challenge of another career direction and am already learning a lot from the Dalhousie students. Education should be a life long endeavor and I welcome this opportunity to build my own knowledge base and share my experience in healthcare in return. As Carolyn has indicated, to be successful academically, you need to feel well, whether that is physically or mentally. We are here to provide support and find any resources you may need to stay well so you are positioned for success.
Dr. Andria MacAulay is on site on Mondays (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.), available by appointment.