I am an associate professor and nurse scientist focused on improving incontinence in older people. I am interested in serving as the nursing representative for the scientific committee with the primary aim of promoting interdisciplinary research on conservative and behavioural treatments for incontinence and other complex symptoms. If elected to this position my goals would be to develop conference sessions that highlight innovative research on conservative and behavioural treatments that span across settings, populations, and health conditions. Additionally, I would highlight the exciting work being done on multi-morbidity and its effect on complex symptoms. I would also like to increase engagement by early career researchers and trainees. I would be honoured to use my expertise to help ICS plan exciting and engaging sessions on conservative and behavioural treatments.
Skills, abilities and experience
I am a mid-career nurse scientist who has conducted clinical trials investigating behavioural treatments for incontinence in frail older women and sexual minorities following prostate cancer treatment. I have created toileting disability measures, identified risk factors for toileting disabilities, and conducted systematic literature reviews on incontinence issues for older people and their caregivers. I regularly publish and present my incontinence research at national and international conferences including several presentations at ICS. I have served on committees with other professional organizations committed to advancing the care of older adults and nursing. I have chaired committees, moderated presentation sessions, and reviewed abstracts, grants, and manuscripts. Most recently I have been focusing my service on organizations committed to improving continence. Currently I serve on the nursing committee for the International Continence Society, and on the publication committee and continence specialist task force for the Society for Urologic Nursing.