My program of research has focused on improving patient safety among nurses. In particular I focus on nursing care processes to improve the EFFICIENCY of care, provide ETHICAL care, and ensure safe care is EVIDENCE-based. I have conducted several funded studies on improving adverse event reporting system software, managing nursing care around falls management, reducing physical restraints and siderails, improving adverse event disclosure, and assessing safety culture in the nursing home setting. My service work has included working with the National Quality Forum to update their list of Serious Reportable Events to include Long-Term Care as well as working as a Faculty member with Safer Healthcare Now! Initiative in Canada to develop the "Getting Started Kit" for falls management in healthcare settings and also chairing the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Best Practice Guideline development for Alternatives to Restraint Use.
Honors and Awards
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2013
New Investigator Award in Aging, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2009
Springer Award in Geriatric Nursing Research, Springer Publishing Company, 2008
Deleterious Effects of Higher Body Mass Index on Subjective and Objective Measures of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Cancer Survivors.
Nursing Home Implementation of Health Information Technology: Review of the Literature Finds Inadequate Investment in Preparation, Infrastructure, and Training.
Resident and Facility Factors Associated With the Incidence of Urinary Tract Infections Identified in the Nursing Home Minimum Data Set.
Examining differences in nurses' language, accent, and comprehensibility in nursing home settings based on birth origin and country of education.
The benefits associated with volunteering among seniors: a critical review and recommendations for future research.
Impact of infection preventionists on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid quality measures in Maryland nursing homes.
Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders - a model for optimising the geriatric nursing practice environment.
Measuring administrators' and direct care workers' perceptions of the safety culture in assisted living facilities.
Assessing resident safety culture in nursing homes: using the nursing home survey on resident safety.
Falls among community-residing stroke survivors following inpatient rehabilitation: a descriptive analysis of longitudinal data.
Description of an advanced practice nursing consultative model to reduce restrictive siderail use in nursing homes.
Impact of a falls menu-driven incident-reporting system on documentation and quality improvement in nursing homes.
Homes For The Aged