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Meet the 2019 CANNT bursary, award, and research grant winners.


Nursing Research Project Grant --Novice Researcher: Carol Wright, BScN, RN

Carol Wright has been a practicing nurse for over 30 years. She works as a kidney post-transplant assessment coordinator at the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at the Toronto General Hospital. Carol completed her nursing diploma at George Brown College and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Ryerson University, Toronto. She is a member of numerous professional organizations, and has been a collaborator on many published projects in kidney transplantation.


Research Grant: Olusegun Famure, MPH, MEd, CHE

Segun Famure is the manager for new knowledge and innovation in the kidney transplant program, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario. He is also the co-director of the Multi-Organ Transplant Student Research Training Program (MOTSRTP) at the same institution. In addition to the advanced degrees he obtained in the fields of public health and education, he holds a Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation from the Canadian College of Health Services Executives. He is also a past recipient of the Health Services and Policy Research Training Award from Ontario Training Centre. His research interests lie in areas of health curriculum development, chronic care delivery modeling, health program evaluations, and quality of life assessments.


Franca Tantalo Bursary Award (Graduate Level): L. Dawn Power, BN, RN, CNeph(C)

Dawn grew up in the beautiful province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and graduated from the General Hospital School of Nursing in 1992. She began her nursing career in a busy medicine unit at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John's, which sparked her passion for nephrology nursing. She moved to Edmonton, Alberta in 1998 and started work on the inpatient nephrology unit at the University of Alberta Hospital. In 2001, she became the clinical supervisor of the unit, which then evolved into the unit manager position. In 2012, she transitioned into the role of a renal transplant coordinator. In this role, Dawn cares for and monitors the health of more than 250 patients who have received the life changing gift of a kidney transplant. Throughout this time, Dawn has maintained her CANNT membership, her CNeph(C) certification, and work with the Canadian Nurses Association as a member of the Nephrology Certification Exam Development Committee. After completing her Bachelor of Nursing degree via distance education through Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2013, Dawn felt her educational journey was not over. Currently, she is enrolled in the Master of Nursing program at the University of Lethbridge. Furthermore, Dawn is the proud mother of a 16-year-old son, Griffin, and the maidservant for two cats. Dawn would like to graciously thank CANNT President Janice MacKay and the selection committee for awarding her the Franca Tantalo Bursary and Fresenius for supporting the bursary. She would also like to remind everyone to sign their organ donor card, but more importantly, to tell their loved ones of their wishes.


CANNT Award of Excellence (Administrative): Manuela Felsberg, RN

I had never considered nursing as a career choice until a colleague told me that I would "make a good nurse". So at the age of 27, I entered the three-year nursing program at the Misericordia School of Nursing in Edmonton, AB. I was one of a small handful of mature students in a class of 88 students. I surpassed the goal I set for myself by finishing in the top 10, achieving the highest academic marks in all three years, receiving three bursaries and a scholarship. I graduated in May 1988 and was offered three jobs, two at the Misericordia Hospital and one in a rural hospital. I had done a practicum at St. Therese Hospital in St. Paul, AB and, due to my strong desire to "live in the country", I chose the rural option. In 1990, I accepted a position at Our Lady's Hospital in Vilna, AB. Being a small rural hospital, I was exposed to pediatrics, geriatrics, ER, obstetrics and everything in between. In 1999, when the hospital was closed, I had the opportunity to join the two LPNs who ran the dialysis unit in St. Paul, AB. I had found my calling in nephrology nursing. I had an excellent mentor and role model in Tracy Delorme, my unit manager. In 2003, I received my certification in nephrology.

While on a road trip in BC, Tracy texted me to say she had accepted the patient care manager position and wanted me to apply for the unit manager position. I had told Tracy numerous times that "she couldn't pay me enough to do her job" as I knew how hard she worked and I just was not interested in management. Needless to say, in October 2016, I started my new position as unit manager of five, then nine, and now seven rural dialysis units. When I accepted the unit manager position, I thought about the type of manager and leader I wanted to be.

1. I would listen to my staff and be supportive of them.

2. I would focus on my staff's individual strengths and build on those strengths knowing their lesser traits would also grow stronger.

3. I would encourage my staff to be the best they can be by giving them the support and opportunities they needed to succeed.

4. I would hold them accountable for their behaviour by encouraging them to strive for insight and personal growth.

5. I would lead by example and be a positive mentor and leader. My goal was and still is that, by treating my staff with kindness, respect and encouragement, my staff will be happy and fulfilled in their work, and will therefore give the best patient care they are capable of giving. Patient care is at the root of all we do. The first RN I hired as a new unit manager is now a new manager in our renal program, and I have the privilege and honour of being her mentor. This is a wonderful opportunity for me as I am nearing the end of my nursing career.


CANNT Journal Award: Transhepatic central venous hemodialysis catheter insertion: A creative approach for managing challenging vascular accesses by Patricia A. Quinan, MN, RN, CNeph(C) (primary author), Abdurrahman Eddeb, MD, FRCPC, and Harold Borenstein, MD, FRCPC

I graduated in 1981 from the Humber College Registered Nursing diploma program in Toronto and in 1983, I started working as a staff nurse in the hemodialysis unit at a large downtown teaching hospital. In 1998, after 15 years of nephrology experience, I wrote the Canadian Nursing Association (CNA) exam in nephrology and became a CANNT member, which began my interest in and recognition of the importance and value of specializing in nephrology. I have continued to maintain my CANNT membership, and find that being a member of professional organizations provides me with opportunities to network with other experts in the field, and the confidence to pursue further educational opportunities and leadership roles.

Obtaining professional certification prompted me to return to university in 2002 where I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Masters in Nursing in 2006 with a focus on chronic illness. Over my 36-year nephrology career, I have been very fortunate to meet and work with many experts in the field and have the privilege to care for patients living with kidney disease. Returning to university helped me to achieve both professional and personal growth, and the ability to incorporate theoretical knowledge into my clinical practice. I believe that I am a better nurse and advocate for my patients as a result of my experiences.

I am currently working as a clinical nurse specialist in a large nephrology program in Toronto where I provide comprehensive vascular access care in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team. In collaboration with the interventional radiologist, nephrologist, and vascular surgeon, an exotic vascular access was achieved for our patient who had exhausted more conventional vascular accesses. A tunneled transhepatic central venous catheter was inserted and functioned as a bridge to placement of an arteriovenous leg graft. Due to the documented risks of bleeding, dislodgement, and catheter migration associated with transhepatic catheter placement, our patient was hospitalized and closely monitored.

Nephrology nurses on the inpatient and hemodialysis units played a vital role to ensure that the transhepatic catheter remained in situ, that associated risks with this procedure were mitigated, and that successful cannulation was achieved, thereby allowing for removal of the transhepatic catheter. Our single patient experience proved to be highly successful, and may be considered for patients who have exhausted conventional vascular access options. I would like to personally thank CANNT for selecting our article for the CANNT 2019 manuscript award. We are truly honoured.


CANNT Poster Awards

Adopting palliative care in the dialysis unit

Terri McAuslan, RN, Terri Pask, BScN, RN, Bluewater Health, Sarnia, ON

Terri McAuslan

Terri McAuslan is a registered nurse with the Renal Network Initiative, working in the dialysis unit at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, Ontario.

Terri Pask

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Terri Pask is a palliative nurse working at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, Ontario

Journey of the peritoneal dialysis (PD) catheter--From creation to termination

Mina Kashani, BHScN, RN, CNeph(C), Niki Dacouris, BSc Department of Nephrology, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, ON

Mina Kashani

Mina Kashani is a nurse navigator in nephrology at St. Michael's Hospital. She completed her nursing education primarily in Toronto, and holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) degree. Mina's interests include patient education in home dialysis and peritoneal dialysis access outcomes. She has been working in the same areas of interest for over 20 years. She is also co-chair of the Home Dialysis Interest Group.

Niki Dacouris

Niki Dacouris is a research coordinator in nephrology at St. Michael's Hospital. She completed her education at the University of Guelph, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Biochemistry and a minor in Biomedical Sciences. Niki's interests include relational database design and automation in data collection. She has been working in research at St. Michael's Hospital since 2000, and also provides database support to some of the nephrology speciality clinics including the Kidney Transplant Program.

Supportive care pilot program Nancy Hemrica, BScN, RN, Debbie Filmore, RN, CNeph(C), Brooke Cowell, BScN, RN

Kidney Urinary Program, St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, ON

Nancy Hemrica

I was an ICU nurse at the Hamilton General for over 20 years. In 2003, I became the Trillium Gift of Life Organ and Tissue Donation coordinator for the Hamilton region. In this position I supported grieving families through the option of donation and worked alongside the staff to honour these wishes. In 2012, I left Trillium Gift of Life to work at McMaster Children's Hospital developing a pediatric palliative care program. I am now the manager at the Brantford satellite dialysis unit and involved with Ontario Renal Network (ORN) initiatives working to support the implementation of a palliative approach to care along the renal journey.

Working together with the nephrology program at St. Joseph's healthcare Hamilton as well as the ORN to draw attention to the unique symptoms and challenges patients with ESRD have is a wonderful opportunity for me to do work that has great meaning, and fuels my professional passion for practising person-centered, exemplary palliative, and end-of-life care, and to help support others as we learn together.

Debbie Fillmore

Debbie is the modality educator for the kidney/urinary program at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, where she educates patients and family members about ESRD options, including pre-emptive transplant, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and conservative care. She started her nursing career working in a pediatric medical/surgical unit, and was also involved in educating pediatric patients and family members in diabetes and asthma programs. She spent the next 14 years of her career working with adult hemodialysis patients in the in-centre and in the self-care units, and was a member of the hemodialysis access resource team. She then transitioned to the home hemodialysis unit for the next five years, during which time she also gained experience in the peritoneal dialysis unit as well as in assisting during non-surgical PD catheter insertions. She is excited to be a part of this novel approach of incorporating psychology into the modality model.

Brooke Cowell

Brooke Cowell is the Clinical Director of the St. Joseph's Healthcare Kidney & Urinary and Patient Flow Programs with a passion for improving patient care throughout the patient experience. As a compassionate, results-orientated, and perceptive healthcare professional with over 16 years of experience in diverse clinical and cross-functional positions across a large continuum of care, Brooke is committed to building relationships that will benefit patients and their families. She is a strong advocate for patient-led co-design processes and a sponsor of innovative models for comprehensive conservative care to support patients to meet their goals in their community.
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Title Annotation:PROFILING
Publication:CANNT Journal
Geographic Code:1CONT
Date:Oct 1, 2019
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