Pain research student gains valuable experience at Memorial

Feb 29th, 2012

School of Nursing

Visiting PhD student Ella Mann
Pain research student gains valuable experience at Memorial

Ms. Mann met Dr. LeFort when the Memorial professor was asked to sit on Ms. Mann’s thesis committee because of her extensive background in chronic pain and self management research. Ms. Mann’s dissertation research is in the area of pain and coping and self management; examining if there’s a relationship between the self management strategies people use and how much health care they need as well as what helps people with self management and what are the obstacles. 

“It’s exciting to get exposed to a different school of nursing to see how it works and how the curriculum is developed and how decisions are made. There’s a lot of learning that can happen, including from talking to different faculty members. I’m here to soak up all of the experience I can.” Ms. Mann has also taken some of the teaching seminars at DELTS, which she said has been phenomenal.

The biggest difference she’s noticed between Memorial’s School of Nursing and Queen’s: Memorial’s School of Nursing is a lot bigger with a lot more professors, which in her opinion translates into more thoughts and ideas. “There’s a synergy that happens with that so I think it’s really exciting that Memorial has that. There are so many different research interests represented.” Ms. Mann is using this opportunity to observe some teaching as well and is impressed that Memorial is very modern in terms of technology.

“I don’t take as much work home with me here so there are books in the library I’m hoping to read related to my area of research that I otherwise wouldn’t have time to read at Queen’s. It’s nice to have some time to get around to those really important things that are always on the back burner.” While here, she’s also attending faculty forum and academic council as an observer, and gave a talk on her research.

The Ontario native said she loves Newfoundland and feels very much at home here. “My parents grew up around Deer Lake so I’ve grown up hearing about how wonderful Newfoundland and Labrador is. Some of the phrases I hear, I think to myself ‘That’s exactly what my grandparents would have said’.” Ms. Mann is already looking forward to coming back with her husband in the summer to hike in Gros Morne National Park.


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