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Students write about mental health nursing

May 1, 2020


Photo above: Matthew Mutamiri

Two students in the McMaster graduate nursing program have published articles in the Spring 2020 issue of the RNAO Mental Health Nursing Interest Group newsletter.

Matthew Mutamiri wrote the feature article, “In Crisis: Instilling Hope” about the importance of listening, providing support and cultivating trust during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mutamiri is graduating from the Master’s program this spring, and will be joining the PhD program in September with Dr. Naomi Thulien as his research supervisor. “I would like to focus my scholarly activities on mental health and substance use issues, especially seeking knowledge that advances client/community emancipation and self-determination of mental health survivors and consumers. More specifically, I will focus on exploring how Canada’s health infrastructure is inhibiting or promoting independence in life choices and living, compared to other developed nations,” says  Mutamiri. He is interested in researching supportive housing for people with mental health and substance use disorders, and the experiences of homeless youth receiving maintenance therapy for substance use.

Pamela Duperos

Photo above: Pam Durepos

Pam Durepos is a PhD Nursing student at McMaster University. In 2018, she received the RNAO Mental Health Nursing Interest Group award. In her article, she reports on some of her work to date, which includes three publications and 20 presentations, from her research study, Caring Ahead: Development and Evaluation of a Questionnaire to Measure Death Preparedness in Family Caregivers in Dementia. She also recently won the 2020 Dr. Hildegard E. Peplau Award (Mental Health Nursing Interest Group) from the RNFOO. Durepos’ thesis supervisor is Dr. Sharon Kaasalainen.

You can read the students’ articles online at: RNAO Mental Health Nursing Interest Group newsletter – Spring 2020

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