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Faculty of Community Services

Karen LeGrow

Title:

RN, PhD

Telephone:

416-979-5000, ext. 556327

Email Address:

klegrow@ryerson.ca

Specialization:

  • Pediatric nursing
  • Nurse-family relationships
  • Family nursing practice
  • Advanced practice nursing

Biography:

I received my BN from Memorial University of Newfoundland, my MN from Dalhousie University, and my PhD from University of Toronto. My clinical expertise is in the areas of high-risk neonatal, pediatric nursing, and family-nurse relational practice. I have held positions as a staff  nurse in a Level II - III Special Neonatal Care Unit, as a nursing instructor in the areas of pediatrics, maternal-newborn, and neonatal nursing, as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in various acute and sub-acute pediatric health care settings.

The major foci of my program of research is to develop and nurture a innovative program of research, which is oriented in Pierre Bourdieu’s Logic of Practice (Bourdieu, 1990, 1991; Swartz, 1997) that: 1) critically examines the specific mechanisms by which “place” affects health and how it influences parent-health care provider relational care practices, specifically communication and decision making practices, for children with complex health care needs across the continuum of care, and 2) identifies and strengthens causal inferences, particular to “place” that leads to identifying potential avenues for intervention. This new knowledge will inform clinical practice guidelines, parent-health care provider partnerships and education, future research queries, and health policy for this unique population of children and their families.

I have received funds over the past 12 years from national funding agencies and foundations to support the above research interests. I am committed to ensuring that families of children with complex health care needs receive respectful and supportive care to ensure they receive the information they need to make important decision related to their child’s health care.

Research Interests:

Research projects

2015 Source: Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)

Type: Research Operating Grant

Amount: $10,000

Co-investigator

Study titled, “Exploring team handover: Development of an OR-PACU team building tool”

 

2014 Source: Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative (NSCCI) Grant

Type: Research Operating Grant

Amount: $26,152

Principal Investigator

Study titled, “Exploring parent-health care provider decision making practices for children with complex health care needs receiving home care services: A pilot study using a multiple-case study design

 

2006-2011 Source: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Type: Research Operating Funds

Amount: $25,000

Principal Investigator, PhD Dissertation study

Study Titled, “A feasibility study of a Bourdieu-informed parent briefing intervention to improve parents’ satisfaction with decision making for hospitalized children with complex health care needs”.

 

2000-2001 Source: Bloorview Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCHF)

Type: Research Operating Grant

Amount: $24,750

Principal Investigator

Study Titled, “Development of professional practice based upon the McGill Model of Nursing in a paediatric rehabilitation ambulatory care setting”.

 

1999-2000 Source: Bloorview Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCHF)

Type: Research Operating Grant

Amount: $27, 450

Principal Investigator

Study titled, “Development of professional practice based upon a family systems nursing approach: Nurses’ and families’ experiences”.

Current Courses:

Teaching responsibilities:

  • NSE 417 & 418: Nursing Practice IV
  • NUR 825/CNUR 825: Family Health
  • MN 8903: Nature & Development of Nursing Knowledge
  • MN 8904: Seminars in Professional Nursing Advancement
  • MN 8905: Practicum in Professional Nursing Advancement   

Teaching interests:

  • Advance Practice Nursing competencies
  • Family nursing practice
  • Practice Development methodology

Selected Publications:

Journal articles:

  • LeGrow, K., Campbell, K., Elford, N., McLaughlin, K., & Over, A. (in press). Person-centredness in graduate nursing education: Practice development in action! International Journal of Practice Development
  • Gross, M., Grant, R., Espin, S., LeGrow, K., & Friedman, Z. (2016). The surgical journey: The OR-PACU handover. Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Journal, 103(2), 149-150.
  • LeGrow, K. S., Hodnett, E., Stremler, R., McKeever, P., & Cohen, E. (2014). Bourdieu at the bedside: Briefing parents in a pediatric hospital. Nursing Inquiry, 21(4), 327-335. Doi: 10.1111/nin.12063
  • LeGrow, K. S., Hodnett, E., Stremler, R., & Cohen, E. (2014). Evaluating the Feasibility of a Bourdieusian-informed Parent Briefing Intervention in a Pediatric Acute Care Setting. Journal for Specialists in pediatric Nursing, 19(3), 219-228. Doi: 10.1111/jspn.12073
  • LeGrow, K. S., Hodnett, E., Stremler, R., & Cohen, E. (2014). Psychometric testing of the Family Satisfaction with Decision Making subscale (FS-ICU/DM) in an acute care paediatric hospital setting. European Journal for Person-centered Healthcare, 2(3), 383-392.
  • Schwind, J., Beanlands, H., Lapum, J., Romaniuk, D., Fredericks, S., LeGrow, K., Edwards, S., McCay, E., & Crosby, J. (2014). Fostering person-centred care among nursing students: Creative pedagogical approaches to developing personal knowing. Journal of Nursing Education, 53(6), 343-347.
  • Schwind, J. K., McCay, E., Lapum, J., Fredericks, S., Beanlands, H., Romaniuk, D., LeGrow, K., & Edwards, S. (2014). Developing a faculty research cluster using Narrative Reflective Process (NRP). Creative Nursing: A Journal of Values, Issues, Experience, & Collaboration, 20(3), 164-170.
  • LeGrow, K., Hubley, P., & McAllister, M. (2010). A conceptual framework for advanced practice nursing in a paediatric tertiary care setting: The Sick Kids’ Experience. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 23(2), 32-46.
  • LeGrow, K. S., & Rossen, B. E. (2005). Development of professional practice based upon a Family Systems Nursing framework: Nurses’ and families’ experiences. Journal of Family Nursing, 11(1), 38-58.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Jan Metcalfe Award, Registered Nurses’ Foundation of Ontario (RNFOO) (2006-2007
  • Allied Health Fellowship Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (2006-2011)
  • Alma Rae Fellow Scholarship, The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation (2006-2007)
  • Health Care, Technology, & Place Fellowship Award, University of Toronto (2007-2008)
  • Open Fellowship Award, University of Toronto (2007-2008)
  • Alma Rae Fellow Scholarship, The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation (2007-2008)
  • Health Care, Technology, & Place Fellowship Award, University of Toronto (2008-2009)
  • Open Fellowship Award, University of Toronto (2008-2009)
  • Alma Rae Fellow Scholarship, The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation (2008-2009)
  • Doctoral Thesis Completion Grant, University of Toronto (2010-2011)
  • Jan Rotman Fellowship in Home Care Innovation, The Hospital for Sick Children (2012-2014)

Position Currently Held:

Associate Professor

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  • DCC-575-F, Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex