Alexa's professional life as a Clinical Research Nurse focusses on translating scientific evidence on how infant pain can be improved into practice. Led by the esteemed Dr. Bonnie Stevens at the Hospital for Sick Children, she has had the privilege of learning the ways to better reach the health care practitioners who work in specialized environments; what these health care professionals will need to be effective advocates for change; and how to measure the impact on clinical outcomes.
General research interests include understanding how the environment shapes brain development and overall health in the early lives of children, and what the health care community and families can do to make a difference. Specific areas of interest include: pain, sedation, and mobilization practices in hospitalized children, paediatric delirium management; improving support for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities; and to reduce pain and anxiety and stress for children who need heart surgery.
Alexa is a short person with big ideas, trying to make the world a better place through compassionate healthcare and by sharing the joy of homemade food passed down from her grandmothers. As a graduate of Canada's most research-intensive institutions, she has learned to organize clinical trials, quality improvement initiatives and educational outreach for health care groups committed to developing innovative solutions for hospitalized children and their families. Her clinical expertise lies in caring for children with life-threatening illnesses in the urban tertiary setting and providing evidence based knowledge for clinical decision-making in Neonatology, Paediatric Critical Care and Paediatric Cardiology subspecialties. Proud moments include working with Dr. Bonnie Stevens, collaborating on the first ever cross-disciplinary working groups dedicated to paediatric delirium, and contributing to first editions of international guidelines for nurses in paediatric cardiac critical care. In her spare time Alexa volunteers with the Young Professionals Committee (YPC) at Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto to help families of seriously ill children stay together at a time when they need each other the most. To date, YPC's efforts have raised more than $130,000 for the house in 3 years.