Heather MacDonald

Heather MacDonald, RN, MN, PhD

Contact information

Heather MacDonald
Phone: (506) 458-7644
Fax: (506) 453-4519

Education summary:

  • RN, Saint John School of Nursing
  • BN, UNB
  • MScN, University of Toronto
  • PhD, University of Manchester
  • 1998 Training Workshop on QSR NUD*IST Computerized Qualitative Data Analysis Software
  • 1999 University of Essex Summer School Studies Title of Course: Ethnography

Key area(s) of interest/expertise:

  • Parent-child health
  • Chronic illness
  • Parenting a child who requires complex care
  • Respite care and social support
  • Ethnography
  • Action research

Classroom/clinical teaching summary

  • Chronic Illness Across the Lifespan
  • Advanced Nursing Practice, Nurs6030,6031, & 6032

Research, grants & publications summary

  • MacDonald, H. & Callery, P. (2003). Different meanings of respite: A study of parents, nurses and social workers caring for children with complex needs. Child: Care, Health and Development. Accepted for publication September 2nd.
  • Harker, R., Waterman H., Mclauchlan R., MacDonald H., & Waterman C. (2002) ‘Endless nights’ Patients’ experiences of posturing face down following vitreoretinal surgery. Ophthalmic Nursing: International Journal of Ophthalmic Nursing. 6(2), 11-5.
  • Mclauchlan, R., Waterman, H., Harker, R., MacDonald, H., & Waterman C. (2002) 'Eyes down!' Developing research based practice in ophthalmic nursing. Nursing Times. 98(27), 39-40.
  • $45,000- Health Canada-Environment & NB Lung Association Evaluation of ‘Tools for Schools’ Pilot Project (Indoor Air Quality in Canadian Schools). Evaluation consisted of pre & post questionnaires, focus group interviews and individual qualitative interviews of participants at 42 Canadian Schools. Study started in December 2001 and final report was submitted March 2003. Investigators: Heather MacDonald & Grace Getty UNB.
  • 1998- ongoing University of Manchester PhD in Nursing Thesis: Respite Needs for Families of Children who Require Complex CareSUPERVISOR: Dr. Peter Callery Dissertation is in final review.
  • June 1999 – 2001 Research Assistant to Dr. Heather Waterman School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Visiting University of Manchester

Professional practice, committees, volunteer work summary

•OPAL III Respite Services – I chair the board of this charitable organization that organizes respite for parents caring for children and adults with developmental challenges.