By Patrick Callan, Communications Coordinator
Nurses are the backbone of a hospital.
They are known for providing hands-on care, getting to know their patients and helping them manage and cope with their illness, administering medication, as well as serving as a vital liaison between patients, doctors, families and the health care team.
A lesser-known fact about these passionate professionals is many return to school to pursue a master’s degree or PhD to deepen their knowledge about specific populations to find a solution to a problem they’ve encountered working in direct care.
Dr. Gillian Strudwick, a Registered Nurse and an Independent Scientist at CAMH, says nurses providing direct care see firsthand what’s working well and where there’s room to make improvements for patients and staff.
“That’s often the catalyst for people going back to school to formally study a problem and identify a solution,” says Dr. Strudwick. “We hope it’s a cycle of nurses identifying important clinical issues at CAMH, doing the research at CAMH, and now applying the findings at the organization. That’s how nurses can make a difference in a different way.”
And that’s exactly what two of CAMH’s Advanced Practice Clinical Leaders (APCL) are hoping to do.