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Timothy Disher (Nursing) – Cost-effectiveness of single family room care in a Canadian NICU: A randomized controlled trial

Although more lives of preterm babies are being saved than ever before, there have only been small improvements in how healthy these babies are when they go home.

Research has shown that building hospitals with single family rooms has multiple benefits. The babies tend to go home sooner, and there is a reduction in the chance of developing serious lung disease or infections. Unfortunately, single family rooms do not improve outcomes for every baby, and may be harmful to some. Currently, there is little information about what types of social and financial burdens are placed on parents when units switch to single family room design.

Timothy Disher’s research will explore how much benefit is associated with switching to single family room care in Canada. This will be the first study to provide high quality evidence for what switching to a single family room design would mean to the healthcare system and parents.

The results from the study will be used to made a decision on whether all of Canada’s 177 neonatal intensive care units (NICU) should make the switch to single family rooms and what family and hospital factors they should consider.

Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo (School of Nursing) received The President’s Research Excellence Emerging Investigator Award, recognizing the achievements of a Dalhousie faculty member at the early stages of their career. Her work on neonatal health has received both national and international recognition for improving the health of this vulnerable population. 

Dr. Ingrid Waldron (School of Nursing) received The President’s Research Excellence Research Impact Award, recognizing the achievements of a Dalhousie faculty member who has made a significant impact in their field of research. Dr. Waldron’s research on the health effects of environmental racism is already having an impact in our African Nova Scotian and Indigenous communities.

New Book by Dr. Ingrid Waldron, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Dalhousie

There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities is the new book authored by Dr. Ingrid Waldron, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University.

There’s Something in the Water is based on Dr. Waldron’s project the Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities and Community Health Project (The ENRICH Project), which is addressing the social, economic, political, and health effects of environmental racism in Nova Scotia.

Using settler colonialism as the overarching theory, Waldron unpacks how environmental racism operates as a mechanism of erasure enabled by the intersecting dynamics of white supremacy, power, state-sanctioned racial violence, neoliberalism and racial capitalism in white settler societies. By redefining the parameters of critique around the environmental justice narrative and movement in Nova Scotia and Canada, Waldron opens a space for a more critical dialogue on how environmental racism manifests itself within this intersectional context. Waldron also illustrates the ways in which the effects of environmental racism are compounded by other forms of oppression to further dehumanize and harm communities already dealing with pre-existing vulnerabilities, such as long-standing social and economic inequality. Finally, Waldron documents the long history of struggle, resistance, and mobilizing in Indigenous and Black communities to address environmental racism.

Past Research News Articles

Contratulations to Kim Hebert who is a member of Dalhousie’s Stroke Interprofessional Team that received the SIM-One’s 2017 SIM Innovator Award – Region 4. The award, presented in Toronto at the 2017 SIM Expo, recognizes organizations who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to innovate, advocate and advance simulation.

Congratulations to Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy (Principal Lead; Dalhousie University), and Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo (IWK/Dalhousie University) on their Dalhousie, IWK Led project "Helping Babies Survive in Jamaica" named among Top 20 Canadian innovations for global health by Grand Challenges Canada as one of its 2017 Stars in Global Health.

Igrid Waldron is a new member of the CIHR College of Reviewers.

Congratulations to Gail Tomblin Murphy and Marsha Campbell-Yeo for being named to Canada's top 150 nurses.

Ruth Martin-Misener is a new member of the CIHR College of Reviewers

Erna Snelgrove-Clarke's (Nursing)
 research into maternal and newborn health outcomes has been profiled by CIHR to celebrate Canada 150.

Post Doc Award

Fellow: Elaine Moody
 Ruth Martin-Misener and Grace Warner
Canadian Frailty Network
Interdisciplinary Fellowship Program
Maximum of $25,000
September 1 2017 to August 31 2018

Graduate Student Award

Jennifer Searle, MN Student (Nursing)
has been awarded the Scotia Scholar Award.  Her Supervisor is Lisa Goldberg and her area of work is raising the profile of LGBTQ+ knowledge and the vital role of the nurse.

Timothy Disher, PhD student (Nursing) 
has been awarded the prestigious Vanier Scholarship for his work on "Cost-effectiveness of single family room care in a Canadian NICU: A randomized controlled trial." The Vanier Scholarship provides funding in the amount of $50,000 per year for three years.

Faculty Grants

Principal Investigator: Lori E. Weeks
 Justice Partnership and Innovation Program – Family Violence Initiative, Justice Canada File Number 8850359
 Identifying and Responding to the Needs of Diverse Older Women Who Experience Intimate Partner Violence
: Arsenault, R., Dupuis-Blanchard, S., Helpard, H., Jackson, L., MacQuarrie, C. Waldron, I.
 Gagnon, D., Poirier McLernon, L., Murray, S., Rickett, A.
 August, 2017-July 31, 2019

Principal Investigator: Marilyn Macdonald
Sigma Theta Tau International,
 2016 Sigma Theta Tau International/Canadian Nurses Foundation Grant
The experiences and perceptions of unpaid caregivers providing care for community-dwelling adults with a dementia: A Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) qualitative systematic review
Funding amount:

Margot Latimer received a CIHR Meetings and Dissemination Grant to support thePICH2Go Indigenous Conference that she is co-hosting in the Fall 2017 in Halifax.  (CIHR $23,613, IWK $10,000).  

Principal Investigators: Drs. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke & Krista Ritchie
Agency: Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF)
Name of competition:
Catalyst Grant
Title: Building evidence-based practice capacity in Nova Scotia schools.
Funding Amount:
Dates of funding:
April 2017 – March 2018

Principal Investigators: Dr. Dolores McKeen & Ms. Tracy Dryden
 Drs. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke & Nancy Van Eyk
IWK Health Centre
Name of competition:
Translating Research into Care (TRIC)
Implementation of guidelines for enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) pathway for urogynecology surgery at the IWK Health Centre
Funding Amount:
Dates of funding:
July 2017 – June 2019

Dr. Ingrid Waldron awarded NSHRF Developmental Innovative Grant

Agency: Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF)
Name of Grant: NSHRF Developmental Innovative Grant
Title: Examining protective factors for children's welfare: The case of Indigenous, African Nova Scotian, and Immigrant and Refugee Children of HRM
Principal InvestigatorsDrs. Ingrid Waldron & Sara Torres (Social Work) Co-investigator: Nancy Ross (Social Work) Partners: Jemell Moriah, Association of Black Social Workers of Nova Scotia; Natalie Downey, Department of Community Services; Naiomi Metallic, Chancellor's Cahir in Aboriginal Law and Policy, Schulich School of Law Faculty of Law, Dalhousie University; Wenche Gausdal, Manager, Refugee Settlement, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) Mentors: Drs. Jeff Karabonow and Micheal Ungar (Social Work)
Grant Amount: $14 988

Dr. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke receives $65,000 in research grants

Agency: Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF)
Name of competition: Catalyst Grant
Title: Building evidence-based practice capacity in Nova Scotia schools.

Principal Investigators: Drs. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke & Krista Ritchie
Funding Amount: $5,000.00
Dates of funding: April 2017 – March 2018

Agency: IWK Health Centre
Name of competition: Translating Research into Care (TRIC)
Title: Implementation of guidelines for enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) pathway for urogynecology surgery at the IWK Health Centre

Principal Investigators: Dr. Dolores McKeen & Ms. Tracy Dryden
Co-Is: Drs. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke & Nancy Van Eyk
Funding Amount: $60,000.00
Dates of funding: July 2017 – June 2019

Congratulations to the following Faculty:

In recognition of their strong results in the recent CIHR Project Scheme competition, Dr. Janet Curran and Dr. Sheri Price were each awarded $10,000 bridge funding from the Faculty of Health to assist and support them in the resubmission of their proposals.

Nursing Research Fund May 2017 competition

Congratulations to the following recipients of the Nursing Research & Development Fund Grants:

Kelly Lackie
Dissemination Grant
Presentation at Sigma Theta Tau   International Honor Society of Nursing 44th Biennial Convention, Indiana, October 2017

Ruth Martin-Misener (PI) Team: Marilyn Macdonald,  Janet Curran, Andrea Murphy, Mary Ellen Gurnham, Sheri Roach, Cathy Walls
Using integrated knowledge translation to develop an evaluation plan for RN prescribing in Nova Scotia

Development Grant
July 2017 to June 2018
$4,984 awarded

Marilyn Macdonald (PI) Team: Ruth Martin Misener, Lori Weeks, Janice Keefe, Melissa Helwig, Susan Stevens
The experiences and perceptions of unpaid caregivers providing care for community-dwelling adults with dementia: A qualitative systematic review protocol

Operating Grant
July 2017 to June 2018
$5,000 awarded

Dr. Ruth Martin-Misener Receives a Live More Distinction Award

On April 29, 2017 Dr. Ruth Martin-Misener (School of Nursing, Dalhousie University)  received a Live More Distinction Award for Research from the Northwood Foundation for her research on nurse practitioners in long-term care.

Kate MacWilliams, Jean Hughes, Megan Aston and Faith Wight Moffatt receive the 2017 Authors of the Year Award

Dr. Sheri Price is the recipient of the 2017 Faculty of Health Professions' Early Career Research Excellence Award.

This award was established to recognize "outstanding research that leads to significant progress in the understanding and/or management of a health related problem”.

Dr. Price's program of research is broadly centered on health services with a specific focus on professional socialization, interprofessional collaboration and healthcare work environments. Dr. Price is currently leading a CIHR funding study which explores health professional socialization across 5 cohorts of students (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy) to better understand the process of professional identity formation in the context of collaborative teamwork. Dr. Price has also lead several innovative knowledge translation and dissemination projects including the use of arts-based media to promote interprofessional collaboration and career choices in the health professions. 

School of Nursing Hosts the Centre for Transformative Nursing and Health Research (CTNHR) Open House

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017 the SON hosted an open house for the Centre for Transformative Nursing and Health Research (CTNHR). The event was well attended by guests, knowledge partners as well as faculty and staff. Dr. Kathleen MacMillan welcomed the attendees and cut the ribbon on the opening of the CTNHR’s physical space.

Since Senate designation, the research entities at the SON have been very productive. Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy led The WHO/PAHO Collaborative Centre for Health Human Resources and Health Systems Planning in receiving its third re-designation. In addition, the SON was approved as an affiliate site for the Joanna Briggs Institute under the leadership of Dr. Marilyn Macdonald.

While the Centre itself was officially launched in November of 2015, it was a virtual entity with no physical space assigned to it. “There is overlap in the research pillar foci among these groups, and in the faculty researchers so it was a natural decision to co-locate them into a central space,” said Dr. MacMillan.

With the opening of Collaborative Health Education Building (CHEB), space on the ground floor of the Forrest Building, previously used for simulation learning activities could be partially re-purposed to accommodate the CTNHR.

“The SON is excited to have dedicated physical space for its growing research enterprise,” said Dr. MacMillan. She thanked the Faculty of Health Professions for supporting a purchase of new furniture and equipment which will “enhance our ability to support collaborators, faculty and students in our research activities.”

The Centre’s activities focus on four research pillars: Health Needs of People, Marginalized Populations and Health Equity, Health Systems and Health Workforce Planning and Impact, and Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science.

The CTNHR is an open and inclusive collaboration with a wide range of scientists who have research interests that align with it and encourages partnerships with many disciplines of inquiry. The CTNHR is the only university Senate approved, nurse led, research centre in Atlantic Canada.

Grants Awarded

Dr. Ingrid Waldron was awarded a SSHRC Connection Grant to hold a public and academic symposium on October 27, 2017, entitled “Over the Line: A Bilateral Conversation on Race, Place & Environment”.


Dr. Ingrid Waldron's ENRICH Project is a featured case study in the "Learning from Practice: Advocacy for Health Equity" publication, which is published by the National Collaborating Center for the Determinants of Health. The case study outlines the health equity advocacy experience of the ENRICH Project and is based on an interview they conducted with her last year. 

ENRICH Case Study Outline  

Case Study on ENRICH  

April 21: Earth Day Launch of Nova Scotia Environmental Bill of Rights: Marking Earth Day, the Environmental Rights Working Group (ERWG) (including working group member Dr. Ingrid Waldron) held a press conference to launch a new provincial non-partisan Bill of Environmental Rights (EBR to give everyone in the province legal access to demand a healthy environment. Residents from Boat Harbour, Harrietsfield, Lincolnville, Sipekne’katik and Shelburne gathered to share their stories and describe how a Bill of Environmental Rights would have made a difference to their communities, and how it can change the future.

WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre expanding its work in the Caribbean

The WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre has been awarded a contract from Pan American Health Organization to assist both Grenada and St. Vincent & the Grenadines in the development of their health workforce action plans. As part of the Centre’s four-year designation work plan, Dr. Tomblin Murphy is thrilled to be working with these Caribbean countries to strengthen their health systems and workforce planning, using approaches based on population health needs.

Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo was awarded a large partnership grant of $4.9M (ACOA, IWK Health Centre and Cisco Canada) for commercializing parent support tools

Full story in the Dal News...

Dr. Sheri Lynn Price is the recipient of the College of Registered Nurses 2017 Excellence in Nursing Research Award.  

The award will be presented at the College’s Annual Celebration of Nursing Awards Banquet on May 11, 2017.  

Jennifer Searle publishes research findings of experiences of queer birthing women across rural Nova Scotia based on a CIHR-NSHRF partnership funded grant (NRF/FHP)

Jennifer Searle, former undergraduate student (2015), winner of the Matthew Ayer Award, and  clinical educator for the LGBTQ+ group in community health nursing recently published research findings based on a CIHR-NSHRF partnership funded grant (NRF/FHP) with Drs. Goldberg and Aston. The findings from the research examined the experiences of queer birthing women across rural Nova Scotia to better understand how health care providers, including nurses, could better develop strategies to create more inclusive and meaningful spaces for alternate birthing trajectories. 

While continuing to practice in acute care at the QEII, Jennifer also presented her findings this past year at Rainbow Health Ontario.  Building on her clinical, research and educational experience, including those developed in community health nursing with collaborative guidance provided by expert community health nurse educators, including Dr. Adele Vukic, partnerships with the Dalhousie Health Clinic, and research scholarship undertaken with Drs. Goldberg and Aston,  Jennifer plans to pursue graduate studies in nursing in the areas of stigma, mental health and their relationship to queer experience and provider-patient care.

Searle, J., Goldberg, L., Aston, M., & Burrow, S. (2017). Accessing new understandings of trauma-informed care with queer birthing women in a rural context. Journal of Clinical Nursing, , n/a-n/a. doi:10.1111/jocn.13727).

Searle, J. Pringle, S., Goldberg, L., & Aston, M. (March, 2016). The invisibility of LGBQ+ women’s identities in the context of rural birthing care. Paper presentation: Rainbow Health Ontario 2016 LGBTQ Health Conference, London, ON.THEME: ENGAGING FOR IMPACT: PARTNERSHIPS IN PEDIATRIC PAIN (IFPP)

The IWK Centre for Pediatric Pain Research is thrilled to share their exciting line up for the 2017 International Forum on Pediatric Pain to be held at the beautiful White Point Beach Resort, Nova Scotia, October 12-15th.

Our opening Keynote speaker is André Picard; One of Canada’s top health policy observers and commentators, currently the public health columnist for The Globe & Mail.

Internationally renowned keynote speakers include:

Dr. Paula Forgeron- University of Ottawa,
Dr. Fiona Campbell- Sick Kids Hospital and University of Toronto,
Dr. Laura Simons- Stanford University,
Dr. Serge Marchand – Univ. de Sherbrooke,
Dr. Mats Eriksson - Örebro University

And…back by popular demand... the Sunday Marquee Event featuring debates:

The Dirty World of Profit- Dr. Cathy Driscoll versus Dr. Patrick McGrath and 

Special Grudge match: Bunk, Hope and Reality with Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf versus Dr. Bill Zempsky. 

In addition to this fabulous line up and your own excellent submissions, we will have the annual Nordic Swim…be sure to bring your costumes for this invigorating event!

Centre for Pediatric Pain Research website

Call for abstracts

Dalhousie University School of Nursing Well Represented at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland

Enhancing Practice Conference
Understanding the Architecture of Practice Patterns
Following a series of flourishing preconference workshops, this conference was comprised of three keynote presentations. Professor Tanya McCance, Director for the Institute of Nursing and Health Research and Head of the Person-Centred Practice Centre at Ulster University in Northern Ireland opened with a keynote presentation about exploring the essence of person-centredness. We explored the person centred processes and the interaction between the professional and the patient.

Julian Stodd, a writer and explorer of the Social Age, shared with us his interpretation of social learning, the nature of trust, and building community.  

The final keynote captured the audience with stories from the show of conflict. In this presentation, Padraig O Tuama, talked about the importance of words, being present, and naming mistakes to grow.

Throughout the conference, we were challenged and supported, in each of the presentations, show and tell sessions, and clan gatherings, to reflect on our practice of being person centred and being a practice developer. Brenda Sabo, Shelley Cobbett, and Erna Snelgrove-Clarke represented the SON faculty with each presenting at the conference; Alexis Milligan, Owner of Transitus, Halifax, also attended the conference.

Curriculum Symposium
In this international person centred community of practice, 32 educators came together for a day to share their experiences and stories of leading a person centred curriculum. Using creativity, we explored our experiences and our ways of working, while challenging ourselves to find future steps to ensure we remain true to the values and principles of being person centred. Dalhousie University’s modified people centred nursing program was one of the few new and innovative curricula that were shared during this inspiring day.

Person Centred
“An approach to practice established through the formation and fostering of healthful relationships between all care providers, service, users, and others significant to them in their lives. It is underpinned by values of respect for persons, individual right to self-determination, mutual respect, and understanding. It is enabled by cultures of empowerment that foster continuous approaches to practice development” (McCormack & McCance, 2016, p. 3).

Person-centred Curriculum Symposium, Edinburgh Scotland, September 2016. SON attendees Drs. Brenda Sabo, Erna Snelgrove-Clarke and Shelley Cobbett.

Queen Margaret University Enhancing Practice (EP-16) Conference- Halifax Representation:(r to l) Betty Ann Robinson, (IWK; PhD Student at QMU); Shelley Cobbett (SON); Erna Snelgrove-Clarke (SON); Alexis Milligan, Transitus, Collaborator on the Palliative Education through Art, Communication and Engagement Project led by Dr. Sabo (missing from picture).

Integrating Knowledge Translation Experiences Competition 2016

Posted December 8, 2016: Christine Cassidy, PhD(c), was one of two winners of the 2016 student competition, Integrating Knowledge Translation Experiences, sponsored by the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy, Collaborative Healthcare Improvement Partnerships Thematic Group.  Christine’s submission was titled “Fostering an Academic-Clinical Partnership to Redesign Care on a Pediatric Inpatient Unit.” Congratulations, Christine!

4th year BScN student, Maike van Niekerk, is named Dalhousie's 90th Rhodes Scholar, which is one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world.

Posted November 22, 2016: Eleven students from Canada each year are chosen to join a global cohort of 95 students to study at Oxford University in England. Worth in excess of $100,000, the scholarship provides funding to cover travel and study at Oxford for two years, with an option for a third. Recipients must demonstrate character, commitment to others and potential to become a world leader. Dalhousie University announced Monday that Maike van Niekerk of Corner Brook, N.L., had achieved the honour and will be the school's 90th Rhodes Scholar.
Maike has gained national recognition with her CBC news article on winning the Rhodes Scholarship, November 22nd, 2016

Maike's many awards include: Dal’s Board of Governors award, the Governor General's Meritorious Service Decoration and the Newfoundland and Labrador Red Cross Young Humanitarian of the Year award. She plays oboe with the Halifax Music Co-Op, volunteers with Ronald MacDonald House and the Out of the Cold shelter, and last year was named one of Canada’s Top 20 under 20 by Plan International Canada.

WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning & Research engages in global knowledge exchange 

Posted November 22 2016: The work of the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning & Research and its partners was well-represented at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Services Research, held in Vancouver from November 14th to 18th. This global conference, hosted for the first time in North America, brings together health services researchers, policy-/decision-makers, non-governmental agencies and funders from many countries every two years.

Highlights from sessions and presentations on projects the Centre has partnered on include:

  1. An interactive day-long workshop to build capacity in needs-based health systems and workforce planning, ongoing monitoring and evaluation. During this session, participants learned more about needs-based health systems and workforce planning approaches and their applicability to building a health system that is responsive and sustainable. Participants heard about the political and technical processes that need to be in place and some successful work in Zambia applying an integrated needs-based approach (work funded by the Global Health Research Initiative) and discussed the challenges and trade-offs faced when trying to plan in the long-term and together propose strategies for overcoming these. Chairing the session was Dr. Giorgio Cometto from the World Health Organization and Global Health Workforce Alliance. Our team of presenters included Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy (Director) and Mr. Adrian MacKenzie (Doctoral Trainee) from the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning & Research, Dalhousie University, Dr. Stephen Birch, Professor at McMaster University and Dr. Fastone Goma, Dean and Professor at the University of Zambia.
  2. An award for the poster entitled “The Critical Role of Nurses in Leading Quality Primary Care and Advancing toward UHC”, presented by Dr. Fastone Goma (co-Principal Investigator, University of Zambia). This poster presented the early findings of the Primary Health Care to Communities (PHC2C) project funded by Johnson & Johnson.
  3. An award for the poster entitled “Resilience to the Consequences of Health Worker Migration: Policy Responses in Four 'Source' Countries (Philippines, India, South Africa & Jamaica)”, presented by Dr. Ivy Bourgeault (co-Principal Investigator, University of Ottawa). This presentation highlighted the message that health worker migration cannot be addressed without addressing health system issues in source countries; a finding generated from the CIHR-funded study “Health Worker Migration from South Africa, India, Jamaica and the Philippines:  Causes, Consequences and Responses”.

Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo visiting Scholar at the Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo was invited to be a visiting scholar at the Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She was invited to give Grand Rounds entitled " Partnering with Parents to improve Newborn Pain Care - Evidence and Implementation" as well as meet with nursing and medical leaders in neonatal and pain care. Dr. Campbell-Yeo was also interviewed and filmed to be added to their online OpenPediatrics resource (an online educational learning platform overseen by Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital ), which will be an overview on the impact of her research and implications for newborns worldwide. She was also asked to lead a journal club at Boston Children's where they reviewed a paper whose first author was Britney Benoit (PhD Nursing Student, Dalhousie), about our staff nurse utilization of SSC.

WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre receives an additional four years at the School of Nursing

August 2016: The School of Nursing has been re-designated as a WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research for an additional four years, to 2020. The Collaborating Centre has achieved much success in its first eight years and looks forward to another successful four years of global collaboration to advance needs-based health systems and workforce strengthening.

Kathryn Hayward recieves the Best of JOGNN Award

Kathryn Hayward is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and last week she was awarded the Best of JOGNN Award by the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN) for her research article on cobedding twins entitled “Effect of Cobedding Twins on Coregulation, Infant State, and Twin Safety.” The winning article is chosen by the members of the Editorial Advisory Board and the criteria are originality, clarity and scholarliness.

Press release:
As a result of the award she was interview by CBC NS Information Morning. Here is the link to the interview:
Here is the written post link:

Dr Megan Aston, Dr Sheri Price and their research team launched their new video Mindful Matters: Caring for children with intellectual disabilities.

Mindful Matters is an educational video about caring for children with intellectual disabilities (ID). Based on research conducted at the IWK we present real experiences of children with ID, their parents and nurses who cared for them. Their stories are personal, powerful and focus on stigma, building positive relationships and working together to share information.

You can watch the video at