Jacqueline is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University (BScN with Adv. Major, 2012), Dalhousie University (MN-NP: Family/All-Ages, 2016) and a current PhD (Nursing) student at McGill University. She is an Assistant Professor in the Elizabeth & Thomas Rankin School of Nursing at St. Francis Xavier University and has taught courses and clinical in research methods, pharmacology, healthy aging, community health, maternal-child & family health and wellness.
Her nursing practice career as a registered nurse began in Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU) before transitioning into Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) where Jacqueline worked full-time until beginning her Masters in Nursing. While completing her MN at Dalhousie University in the primary care nurse practitioner (NP) stream, Jacqueline continued to work in the NICU, as a family practice nurse for Dalhousie Student Health Services and in the undergraduate nursing program at Dalhousie University.
Jacqueline has spent much of her time both as a student and during her RN career involved in a leadership capacity with Nursing the Future and subsequently, the Nova Scotia Transition Facilitation Network. Through these non-profit organization, she has provided New Graduate nursing support within the province and has been invited to give several guest lectures & workshops to new graduate RNs, LPNs and nursing students with the goal of preparing them for transition into professional practice.
Currently, Jacqueline is enrolled in the PhD (Nursing) program at McGill University’s Ingram School of Nursing under the co-supervision of Drs. Sonia Semenic (McGill) and Megan Aston (Dalhousie). The focus of her doctoral work is related to infant feeding support interactions in the NICU using a feminist lens. Her broad research interests include children adolescent, maternal-newborn and family health as well as new graduate nursing transition. Jacqueline is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, amongst other professional associations.