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Margot Thomas
Research Nurse, CHEO Research Institute
Advanced Practice Nurse, CHEO

thomas@cheo.on.ca
613-737-7600 Ext. 6013
Current Research:
Ms.Thomas's research interests include nurses’ clinical decision making, family centered care in the paediatric intensive care unit, and knowledge utilization in clinical practice. She is also a research nurse supporting the portfolios of J. Rashotte and D. Harrison on projects related to pediatric pain management and the CHEO Nursing Professional Practice Model evaluation.
Biography:
Margot Thomas was in the position of Advanced Practice Nurse in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at CHEO from May 2004 to January 2012. Margot has worked in both adult and paediatric intensive care units as a staff nurse and was a clinical educator for over ten years in the Critical Care Patient Service Unit at CHEO. She is a well known national and international presenter and published author, particularly related to critical care issues. Her graduate research work involved the exploration of cue utilization by expert paediatric critical care nurses in making clinical judgments related to endotracheal suctioning; the findings have been published in Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America. She recently completed an interventional research project examining the utilization of evidence by nurses in their implementation of best practice guidelines; the findings have been published in the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research.
Sample Publications:
 
Thomas, M., Dhanani, S., Irwin, D., Writer, H. and Doherty, D. (2010). Development, dissemination and implementation of a sedation and analgesic guideline in a pediatric intensive care unit...it takes creativity and collaboration. Dynamics, The Official Journal of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses. 21(4):16-25.

Parush A., Simoneau, Y., Foster-Hunt, T., Thomas, M., and Rashotte, J. (2010) The Use of Resources during Shift Hand-offs in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's 54th Annual Meeting. San Francisco, California, September 27-October 1, 962-966. DOI: 10.158/10711811079006581.

Thomas, M. (2008). Teachable moments in clinical practice: Promoting clinical judgment skills. In Critical Thinking and Clinical Judgment in the Health Sciences. Edited by N. Facione, and P. Facione. Milbrae CA: The California Academic Press.


Rashotte, J., Thomas, M., Gregoire, D. & Ledoux, S. (2008). Impact of the Implementation of a Two-Part Unit-Based Multiple-Intervention Program: Moving Evidence-Based Practice into Action. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research. 40 (2): 94-114.


Irwin, D. , Vaillancourt, R., Dalgleish, D., Thomas, M., Grenier, S., Wong, E., Wright, M., Sears, M., Doherty, D. and Gaboury, I, (2008) Standard concentrations of high-alert drug infusions across paediatric acute care. Paediatrics & Child Health.


Thomas, M. & Fothergill-Bourbonnais (2005). Clinical judgments about endotracheal suctioning: what cues to expert pediatric critical care nurses consider?” Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America. 17. 329-340.
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