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M.Sc. Health Systems candidate Emily Rowland will attend an international conference this week to present her research examining the maternal experience in a neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU) environment.

Working under the supervision of Dr. Ivy Bourgeault and Dr. Muriel Mignerat, University of Ottawa, Rowland is exploring the significance of the relationships between neonatal nurses and mothers. The research examines how nurses can include mothers in the care processes to improve their experience in the NICU. Using an institutional ethnographic framework, data will be collected through participant observation, interviews with mothers in the NICU and textual artifacts. This research will be of interest to neonatal nurses and unit managers as it will provide information on how care delivery can influence mothers’ feelings and wellbeing.

Ms. Rowland presents her paper at the Academy of Neonatal Nurses 11th National Advanced Practice Neonatal Nurses Conference in Honolulu, April 23-26, 2014.

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