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I have been passionately involved with the profession of nursing in one form or another for my entire professional career. I started working with the Centre of Nursing and Health Studies in 2003 as a sessional instructor and in 2005 became an Assistant Professor and was Program Manager of the Advanced Nursing Practice Program from 2005-2010 & 2019-2021. I am involved on various levels with local, provincial, and national nurse practitioner issues, committees and organizations.

My background prior to working in advanced practice includes community health development and emergency/trauma nursing– two very different disciplines that have combined to assist in my preparation as a primary health care nurse practitioner.

I have a BScN from the University of Ottawa, an Emergency/Critical Care diploma from Red River College, an Advanced Graduate Diploma from Athabasca, and was one of the first students to receive a Masters of Health: Advanced Nursing Practice degree from AU. I completed a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree with a concentration in Clinical Leadership from Case Western University. I have a firm belief in the scholarship of practice, and to that end maintain a part time NP practice to maintain my clinical competencies.

My research interests include job satisfaction and role transition for PHC NPs, online education methods, mobile technology in practice, resilience in practice, NP specific clinical outcomes and pharmaceutical influences for APNs.

I currently live in Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia and share my life with my paramedic husband Patrick, and two daughters.

I consider it a privilege to continue learning, sharing, and developing professionally with students and staff as we navigate together through the exceptional programs offered in the Faculty of Health Disciplines.




Scholarship of Practice:
Building, Demonstrating, and Disseminating Clinical Expertise



Scholarship of Application:
Integrative, Mission Critical, and Community Focused



Scholarship of Discovery:
Exemplary Discipline-Specific Knowledge Curation 



Scholarship of Teaching:
Pedagogy Driven, Evidence Based Knowledge Translation 

Demonstrating Excellence in Clinical Scholarship 

 Somewhat unique to the nursing academic field is the fundamental requirement to remain connected to clinical practice, while ensuring the more traditional model of research through the scholarship of discovery is fostered. My vision of academic scholarship is aligned with the commitment to  lifelong learning, thinking, questioning, and pursuing answers through the demonstration of exemplary nursing practice. 


Using the Boyer Model of Scholarship and Paskiewicz’s (2003) Clinical Practice Model as a guide, this professional portfolio will demonstrate my commitment to the university mission, to excellence in administration, to the scholarship of discovery,  the scholarship of application demonstrated through service, and the scholarship of integration demonstrated through clinical practice, service and dissemination.


Boyer’s Model of Scholarship integrates four types of scholarship to form the basis of scholarly work, contributing to effective teaching and learning.  The four types of scholarship include:  discovery, integration, application, and teaching (Wilkes, Mannix & Jackson, 2013).  

Wilkes, Lesley & Mannix, Judy & Jackson, Debra. (2013).

Paskiewicz’s (2003) model speaks more specifically to an organizational framework that reflects the strengths of nursing practice in a faculty role  and allows for consideration of the contributions of administrative roles. 

Paskiewicz, L. S. (2003).

Recommended Reading/References

  • Pape, T. (2000), Boyer’s Model of Scholarly Nursing Applied to Professional Development. AORN Journal, 71: 995-1003. https://0-doi-org.aupac.lib.athabascau.ca/10.1016/S0001-2092(06)61549-4
  • Paskiewicz, L. S. (2003). Clinical Practice: An Emphasis Strategy for Promotion and Tenure. Nursing Forum, 38(4), 21–26.
  • Peterson, K.A., & Stevens, J. (2013). Integrating the scholarship of practice into the nurse academician portfolio. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 3, 84.
  • Prado, K. B., Napierkowski, D., & Marshall, B. (2016). Cultivating and Refining Clinical Knowledge and Practice: Relating the Boyer Model to Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarship. Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 9(2), 226–228.
  • Wilkes, Lesley & Mannix, Judy & Jackson, Debra. (2013). Practicing nurses perspectives of clinical scholarship: A qualitative study. BMC nursing. 12. 21. 10.1186/1472-6955-12-21.