25th Anniversary Scholarship Recipients

Renee Crossman (2016, 2017 Recipient)

About Renee Crossman

Since I graduated with my BN, I have been interested in the humanistic nature of nursing and health care. From previous nursing and academic experiences, I feel that our understanding of illness and health care is shaped by the interactions and experiences that we have. No two patients or two nurses will have exactly the same experience. As a person living with Type 1 diabetes since 2007 and being a patient in health care, I am very much interested in how prior life experiences shape who people are as patients; how they interact with others and how others interact with them.

This award will assist me to proceed with doctoral studies in nursing. For my research, I wish to explore how society makes sense of diabetes and how we have come to understand it. The rates of diabetes are rising exponentially in Canada and it represents a significant physical, emotional, mental, as well as economic burden to the individual as well as society. I would like to investigate how societal understandings shape interactions with others, most notably nurses. Nurses are the health professionals who spend the most time with people with diabetes and given the unique interpersonal nature of the nurse-client relationship, they have the potential to positively influence diabetes care. It is anticipated that this research will inform nurse-client relationships and ultimately enhance diabetes care.


Kathleen Stevens (2014, 2015 Recipient)

L to R: Lynn Power, Kathleen Stevens, Penny Grant

About Kathleen Stevens

I am a second-year PhD student at Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Nursing. My research interest is foot health and I hope to be a key contributor to this body of knowledge. I am particularly interested in populations at risk for foot health problems such as individuals with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, arthritis, and the elderly. I am interested in positively impacting government policy related to provision of foot-care services for these individuals so they can maintain independence and quality of life.

As a Nurse Educator, I am passionate about teaching the importance of foot health to undergraduate nursing students and nurses completing continuing studies. On a national level I am a member of the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses and serve as co-editor for their newsletter and on a provincial level I am a member of the Newfoundland Foot Care Special Interest Group.

The generous support of the ARNNL Education and Research Trust 25th Anniversary Scholarship will help me in the development of a program of research in the area of foot health. As well, it will allow me to avail of learning opportunities to strengthen my research skills and focus more on my areas of service.


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