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Marilyn White - Nursing

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Marilyn White

Marilyn White is from Corner Brook, Newfoundland She received her Bachelor of Nursing from Memorial University in 1976. She has just completed a Master of Nursing with a focus on nursing related clinical issues.

"I felt that more education was needed to keep up with the fast pace of Health Care reform, specifically in regard to the expanding role of the nurse. I believe that nursing is very important in shaping health care delivery and that nurses have a key role to play in improving the health of persons. I realized that in order to continue in my job as a nurse educator, I had to first improve my own level of education so that I could facilitate the education of others. I wanted my students to have a good role model and mentor, who was better able to deal with the challenges of today's health care restructuring.

"I chose Memorial University because it was willing to offer the Master of Nursing program by long distance teleconferencing. This agreement came about as a result of the need to provide more reasonable access to nurses who wanted to pursue higher education. Increased levels of education were needed in order to prepare an adequate work force to teach in the newly developed Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program that is being offered at Western Regional School of Nursing in conjunction with Memorial University.

"I have become more familiar with the faculty at Memorial's School of Nursing and with the professional and educational milieus which I need to be a part of for my present job. Having fellow nurses as my Professors was very beneficial in that we had common goals and interests and could appreciate where the other was coming from in class discussions, projects etc.

"The affiliation of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College with Memorial was very beneficial as I was able to access library resources from the west coast either directly or indirectly through interlibrary loans and similar services.

"Working and studying in Newfoundland has enabled me to become more familiar with health care resources, issues, programs etc, in my own province versus another area.

"My degree is now finished, and I am currently employed as a nurse educator delivering the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) program at Western Regional School of Nursing. I am now in the process of trying to disseminate the results of my thesis through conference presentations, presentations to key stakeholders and through journal publications. My thesis was entitled "A correlational study examining the relationships among maternal breastfeeding confidence, problem-solving skills, satisfaction with breastfeeding experience and breastfeeding duration." I would like to become involved in other research projects in the future.

Marilyn has a full time job as a nurse educator at Western Regional School of Nursing, and is actively involved in a breastfeeding action group for the promotion, support and maintenance of breastfeeding on the West Coast. She has completed a post basic course in breastfeeding from Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology, Hamilton, Ontario. She regularly volunteers at the breakfast program at her child's school, and is the mother of 3 teenagers. In her spare time she likes to read, go for walks, cheer on her children in their various sports and do crafts.

During her Master's program, Marilyn held the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Health Personal Training Bursary; the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland Education and Research Trust Scholarship; and the Violet D. Ruelokke Research Grant.

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