Leslie McLean completed her BScN from McMaster University, following an earlier degree in Arts from Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB. Her graduate degree in nursing (MScN) was obtained from Dalhousie in 2002 with a focus on clinical ethics. Ms. McLean’s CV lists a number of post graduate professional development and certification achievements, including facilitation, quality improvement, leadership, board governance, project management and capacity building training. She has served on a large number of local and national professional committees and boards as both an active member and chair.
Ms. McLean’s early clinical practice first took place in long-term care in Norway followed by a focus on patients with haematology/oncology diagnoses in both Ontario and Nova Scotia. Later her career took her to progressive leadership roles as a team leader, educator, project lead, and advanced practice nurse. She has taught in the highly successful Inter-professional Psychosocial Oncology Distance Education (IPODE) program which registers students from across the country. In addition, she has long held an adjunct appointment with the School of Nursing where she has contributed to graduate student supervision, clinical instruction, oncology course teaching, and guest lecturing on a variety of topics, including inter-professional collaboration, international nursing, ethics, therapeutic communications and compassion fatigue. Her research interests include quality of care and care processes for persons experiencing a diagnosis of cancer and she is the author of numerous publications and invited presentations to a variety of audiences. Of particular note, Ms. McLean is a passionate volunteer whose generous gift of time and expertise has taken her to relief projects in Africa, Central America, and India, in addition to local contributions in Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia with a particular emphasis on health and social justice issues. Currently, Ms. McLean is a successful consultant for individual and team development in topics such as conflict management, collaborative practice, addressing ethical issue in practice, and compassion fatigue.
Ms. McLean has been recognized with a number of professional awards in recognition for her contributions to nursing and to health care including: Women’s Wall of Honour, Mount Saint Vincent University (2015); Accreditation Canada “Leading Practice Award” (2010); Nurse Acknowledgement Award, Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (2010); Canadian Progress Club “Woman of Excellence” Award (2005) Dalhousie University School of Nursing “Outstanding Alumni” Award (2004) and Clinical Research Award”, Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Jansen Ortho Inc. (1999).