Introducing our Synapse 2019 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Tracie Risling!

This year, the BScN annual Synapse Nursing Symposium will be held on Thursday May 23rd, 2019 on the Cornwall Campus of St. Lawrence College under the theme Continuing our Scholarship Journey: Celebrating 10th anniversary of the first graduating class and we are excited to confirm our Synapse 2019 keynote speaker: Dr. Tracie Risling!

Tracie Risling RN, PhD is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan with a practice background in pediatric nursing. She began her nursing education career at Saskatchewan Polytechnic and spent five years teaching, and engaged in curriculum development, before assuming a leadership role in the Institute for Nursing Scholarship. In that position, she supported the scholarly work of nursing faculty including the development of research grants, publications, conference abstract submissions, and presentations. Dr. Risling currently leads a patient-oriented program of research in health informatics at the University of Saskatchewan. This work includes study on social media, co-design of patient-centered technologies, and patient access and use of electronic health records. Balancing this research with her teaching and administrative duties as the Curricular Chair for nursing has provided extensive experience on navigating the demands of scholarship and academic life.

Dr. Risling will be delivering a keynote address in addition to moderating a two-part scholarship workshop. The deadline for abstract submission is fast approaching on March 31st, 2019! We encourage all faculty, students, community partners and alumni to present to our conference! For further information and our submission link, please visit

For any questions or further information, please contact Julie Dyke at We look forward to receiving your submissions and to your participation in our conference! Julie Dyke, Chair Synapse 2019 Committee

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