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Nurse and researcher Dr. Lianne Jeffs inducted as Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing

Toronto, October 23, 2015

By Corinne Ton That

Dr. Lianne Jeffs
Dr. Lianne Jeffs

Dr. Lianne Jeffs, director of Nursing, St. Michael’s Hospital Volunteer Association Chair in Nursing Research, and associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty, was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) on Oct. 17.

The AAN has more than 2,200 members, who are considered to be the most accomplished nursing leaders in practice, research, education and management.

“This experience has been so humbling,” said Dr. Jeffs. “The AAN awards fellowships to nurses who have contributed to health care systems and have gone above and beyond the job requirement – so it’s such an honour to be recognized in this way, and being known as a thought leader in your field.”

Dr. Jeffs, who began her career at St. Michael’s Hospital in 2005, was nominated as a Fellow for her work in improving patient experience by optimizing care transitions, professional nursing practice, health system performance and providing point-of-care nurses with the tools to engage in academic research.

“After 10 years of being in the director role, I’ve been able to work in a team to put a strategy in place that helps nurses and other health disciplines to successfully engage in research at the hospital,” said Dr. Jeffs. “It’s so wonderful to see how nurses and other health disciplines have embraced research opportunities that are improving practice and patient care at our hospital, with several going on to pursue master’s and PhD degrees.”

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

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