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New director for School of Nursing

Dr. Judith McFetridge-Durdle has been appointed as the new director of Memorial’s School of Nursing. The appointment was approved at the Board of Regents March 31 meeting. Dr. McFetridge-Durdle will begin her term as director on Aug. 1, 2009.

Dr. McFetridge-Durdle is currently an associate professor in the School of Nursing and Department of Medicine at Dalhousie University. She holds a PhD in Nursing and has post-doctoral education in behavioural medicine. Her program of research in cardiovascular nursing includes 13 projects funded primarily by established granting organizations such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Health Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. She has published 19 refereed articles in high impact academic journals. She is also the author of 63 published abstracts. She has delivered 25 invited presentations and has supervised eight masters’ of Nursing and three PhD students.

Previous academic nursing experience includes her tenure as director of a Nurse Practitioner Program at Duke University and as an associate director of a CIHR Nurse Scientist Program. Dr. McFetridge-Durdle has taught and developed courses at the undergraduate and graduate level and is past recipient of a Teacher of the Year Award.

She served on the National Expert Committee on Interprofessional Education for Collaborative Patient-Centred Practice, and was an important contributor to two large Health Canada initiatives related to interprofessional health education. She also has extensive experience with faculty and university-wide committees at different institutions and has made significant contributions for the profession of Nursing, serving as chair of the Education Advisory Committee of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia.