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Dr. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke appointed as Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director, School of Nursing

Dr. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke

Dean Richard Reznick is pleased to announce that Tom Harris, Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s University, has appointed Dr. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke as Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) & Director, School of Nursing. The appointment begins on July 1, 2019 for a five-year term.

Dean Reznick would also like to offer his sincere thanks and best wishes to Dr. Jennifer Medves, who served so spectacularly as Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) & Director, School of Nursing since 2009. Her exceptional service to the Faculty has engendered several innovative programs and initiatives and we thank her for what will inevitably be a lasting contribution to the School of Nursing.

Dr. Snelgrove-Clarke is a strong advocate for advancing women’s health and a dedicated supporter of collaborating with interdisciplinary health care providers to implementing evidence to improve outcomes for maternal and newborn health. She has pursued this person centred goal both in clinical and in research settings. Throughout her career, Dr. Snelgrove-Clarke has advocated for better patient outcomes, both through her academic appointments and in leadership roles at Dalhousie University.

Dr. Snelgrove-Clarke began her career by earning a Bachelor of Nursing degree at Memorial University in 1986; she transitioned to Dalhousie University where in 1997 she earned a Master of Nursing and doctoral degree from McGill University in 2010. Dr. Snelgrove-Clarke began her obstetrical career in 1986 and has continued this clinical career, since then, with the IWK Health Centre’s Birth and Antepartum Units in Halifax. Dr. Snelgrove-Clarke’s clinical career has spurred her desire to improve the lives of patients, especially women during pregnancy, birthing, and postpartum.

Dr. Snelgrove-Clarke is also no stranger to public service, having worked with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as well as the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, building a framework to improve patient outcomes.

Her time at Dalhousie University produced nearly 40 funded research projects, on nearly half of which she served as principal investigator. Dr. Snelgrove-Clarke is also a CIHR Embedded Clinical researcher at the IWK promoting interdisciplinary care for women that live with obesity during pregnancy, birthing, and postpartum. She has worked extensively in educational research, developing knowledge frameworks for interdisciplinary students so they can most effectively apply their skills and hone their evidence based interactions with patients, families, and caregivers. This work extends beyond maternal health into palliative care, surgical recovery procedures, and even community engagement issues.

Dr. Snelgrove-Clarke’s research and her person centred care and compassion in the clinic have led her to be honoured with many awards and commendations, including the Excellence in Nursing Research Award from the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (2016); the CAPWHN Leadership Award (2017) and the CASN Preceptor and Mentorship Award (2017). She has been the recipient of 15 additional major awards and grants.   

Dr. Snelgrove-Clarke’s unique skill set – encompassing so many vital areas of modern healthcare, from teaching to research to leadership to advocacy – make her an ideal addition to our faculty and to the School of Nursing in particular.

Please join the Dean in welcoming Dr. Snelgrove-Clarke to the Faculty.