Research and Innovation News

Nurse Practitioner, Elizabeth Hobson, providing primary health care through VirtualCareNS Throughout her nursing career, Elizabeth Hobson, nurse practitioner, has seen many Nova Scotians who were negatively impacted by not having a primary care provider. Knowing how challenging this can be for a patient, she was excited about the opportunity to become a nurse practitioner with VirtualCareNS.
After a diagnosis of cancer, patients can often wait for a long period of time for an initial consultation with an oncology team. And sometimes, patients learn at this stage that further investigation is still required before a treatment plan can be made. Not only does this lead to significant delays in starting treatment, but it can also have a big impact on patient outcomes. Dr. Abdulmajeed Dayyat, with the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Cape Breton Cancer Clinic, and his research team are looking to improve patient experience. Dr. Dayyat has spent most of his career in Jordan and came to Nova Scotia about a year and a half ago.
As a nurse for over ten years, Abigail Sawler, now a Nurse Practitioner, has cared for many people who did not have a primary care provider. When she heard about VirtualCareNS, she was interested in the opportunity to provide primary care to unattached people in such an innovative way. VirtualCareNS is a pilot program led by Nova Scotia Health’s Innovation Hub in partnership with Nova Scotia Health’s Primary Health Care team, IM/IT team, and other health system partners, which provides free, temporary access to primary medical care for people on the Need a Family Practice Registry. Through VirtualCareNS, people on the registry can make a same-day virtual medical appointment for their primary health care needs.
Although still early in his career, Dr. Karthik Tennankore is already making great strides in kidney disease research and care. As a Principal Investigator for the past seven years, he has made a name for himself across Nova Scotia, throughout Canada and around the world, and is helping to establish a highly regarded nephrology research program within Nova Scotia Health.
A critical part of cancer care is clinical trials. In fact, over the past four decades, all advances in cancer treatments have only been possible because of this important part of research. Located at the QEII Health Sciences Centre’s Victoria General site, the Atlantic Clinical Cancer Research Unit (ACCRU) coordinates trials across all cancer specialties – medical, radiation, and surgical. Treatments that are now available as a result of these clinical trials are built on previous data to make sure the medicines are safe and effective.
Based out of the QEII Health Sciences Centre, Dr. Bailey has been a practicing anesthesiologist and researcher since 2019. His area of research is in regional anesthesia (nerve blocks), acute pain management, and global health education. He is a member of the thoracic and liver transplant teams, regional anesthesia and acute pain teams, and is actively involved in global health initiatives. He is the Rwanda lead for the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society International Education Foundation and was just appointed Medical Director of Serving and Engaging Communities in the Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine.
This is National Nursing Week, which celebrates the many contributions of nurses across our country. Nurses represent the highest proportion of health care workers globally, and we are pleased to recognize the incredible difference they make to our health and well-being.

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