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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Sherri Adams, MSN, NP-Paediatrics, CPNP-PC/AC

The Hospital for Sick Children
Paediatric Nurse Practitioner
Paediatric Medicine

University of Toronto
Lecturer, Associate Member, School of Graduate Studies
Faculty of Nursing

Other Positions

D'Youville College, Buffalo, New York
Department of Nursing
Adjuct Clinical Faculty


Phone: 416-813-5787
Fax: 416-813-2144
Email: sherri.adams@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Sherri Adams is a Paediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Paediatric Medicine within the Complex Care Program. She received her undergraduate degree from Queen’s University and her graduate education from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto and previously led the Paediatric Nurse Practitioner stream of the Master in Nursing Program. Sherri has over 15 years’ experience caring for children with medical complexites in both an inpatient and outpatient setting and was the first Nurse Practitioner in the Complex Care Program at SickKids. Sherri is a Project Investigator with the Research Institute and her program of research is focused on health services related to coordinated care provision for this population of children and families. She has presented and published nationally and internationally in this area.

Clinical Care Activities

Sherri works with children with medical complexities and their families. She provides ambulatory care within the Complex Care Clinic at SickKids and at local satellite partners including the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre. Sherri’s work focuses on collaborating and coordinating care between multiple health-care providers within SickKids and the community in order to develop collaborative plans of care. She works closely with her patients and their families to address evolving health-care concerns and goals of care.

Research Interests

Sherri is interested in improving care co-ordination, communication, and family-centred care for children with medical complexities.  Her program of research is focused on health services related to coordinated care provision and is currently focused on the concepts of care planning and care mapping as tangible modalities to facilitate and improve care.

External Funding

Research Funding - Peer Reviewed

A Complex Care Clinic in a Paediatric Tertiary Care Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC).  Eyal Cohen, Friedman J, Mahant, S, Adams SL, Rosenbaum, P: Pediatric Consultants Partnership ($10,000 2006 - 2008)

Sleep Disturbance in Hospitalized Children.  Robyn Stremler, Sherri Adams, Christopher Parshuram, & Shelly Weiss: Sleep Research Society Foundation ($ 22,854 2008-2009) and the University of Toronto, Connaught Grant ($ 17,500 2008-2009)

The Usefulness of comprehensive care plans for children with special health care needs (CSHCN).  Sherri Adams, Eyal Cohen, Sanjay Mahant, Jeremy Friedman, David Nicholas: Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative ($21, 660 2009-2013).

Nurses’ views on providing care at night and sleep for hospitalized children and their families:
a focus group study.  Robyn Stremler, Sherri Adams, & Karen Dryden-Palmer: Rosenstadt Health Research Fund, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. ($5600, 2010)

The MASC (Medical and Social Complexity) Screening Tool Derivation Study Phase 1 - Tool construction and pilot-testing. Maguire JL, Birken CS, Cohen E, Adams S, McNeill T, Netten K, Pai N, Parkin PC.  Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative Grant Competition. ($42,982, 2009-2013).

Developing and evaluating a support network for families caring for medically complex children.  Muskat, B, Adams S, Cohen E, Hetherington R, Milbury K, Netten K, Soscia J.  Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative Grant Competition ($24, 549.50, 2012-2013)

Improving the identification of hospitalized children at social risk – The MASC (Medical and Social Complexity) Screening Tool Development Project. Principal Applicants: Maguire M, Cohen C, with Co-applicants Adams S, Birken C, Dougherty G, Moffatt M, Muskat B, Nicholas D, Pai N, Parkin P, Straus S: Canadian Institutes of Health Research ($22,955, 2012-2013)

Care in the Long Term for Youth and Young Adults with Complex Care Needs. Jennifer Major, Stephen Samis, Debra Stewart, Khush Amaria, Jan Burke Gaffney, Alisha Lee,  Sherri Adams, Jan Willem Gorter,  Miriam Kaufman, & Jenna Doig. Co-Applicant with Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. Ministry of Health and Long-term Care ($49,500 granted November 2012).

An Exploration of Care Mapping Among Families of Children with Medical Complexity.  Sherri Adams, Ronik Kanani, Eyal Cohen, Sanjay Mahant, David Nicholas.  Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative Grant Competition ($24, 515  2014-2016)

An Exploration of Care Mapping Among Families of Children with Medical Complexity.  Sherri Adams, Eyal Cohen, Ronik Kanani, Sanjay Mahant, David Nicholas, Katherine Boydell.  Associated Medical Services (AMS), AMS Phoenix Project Call to Caring Grant ($20, 000, 2014-2015)

The experience of caregivers of children with medical complexity receiving blenderized tube feeding: a qualitative study. Joanna Soscia, Julia Orkin, Sherri Adams, Eyal Cohen, Jeremy Friedman, Peggy Marcon, Kellsey Gallagher, David Nicholas. Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative Grant Competition ($ 11,730.00, 2014-2015).

Investigating the association between proton-pump inhibitor therapy and hypophosphatemic rickets in children with medical complexity at SickKids Hospital. Jennifer Harrington, Eteinne Sochett, Margaret Wolfe-Wylie, Marielena Mouzaki, Julia Orkin, Laura Vresk, Lucy Duan, Sherri Adams. (2016-2017).

The experiences and expectations of family caregivers and health care providers of advanced care planning in children with medical complexity. Reshma Amin, Julia Orkin, Eyal Cohen, Adam Rappaport, Kathy Netten, Sherri Adams. Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative Grant Competition ($23, 304, 2016-2017).

Achievements

Robert Salter Humanitarian Award (The Salter Award honours staff at The Hospital for Sick Children for their  humanitarianism, demonstrated through their interaction with children, parents, and colleagues) - The Hospital for Sick Children.  2005

Pediatric Palliative Care and Bereavement Care Service Award - This award is given to honour those care providers who have provided excellence in caring for pediatric palliative patients.  2006

Grace Evelyn Simpson Reeves Award for Excellence in the Nursing Research Category – The Hospital for Sick Children.  This award is given to honour excellence in the area of nursing research.  2010

Excellence in Precepting: Graduate Award – The Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.  This award is given to award excellence in precepting, approaches to clinical learning and effectiveness in fostering critical thinking. 2012.

Grace Evelyn Simpson Reeves Award for Excellence in Nursing Innovation – The Hospital for Sick Children. This award is given to honor excellence in Innovative Nursing Practices. 2014.

Publications

Cohen, E, Friedman, J, Nicholas, DB, Adams, S, & Rosenbaum, P: A Home for Medically Complex Children: The Role of Hospital Programs. Journal for Healthcare Quality 2008: 30 (3): pp 7-15. C

Adams, SL. & Mahant, S: Introduction to the medically complex child. In: Comprehensive Pediatric Hospital Medicine. (Zaoutis, LB. & Chiang, VW, eds). Mosby Elsevier, Philadelphia: 2007: pp: 1185-1187. CPA

Srivastava, R, Adams, S, & Murphy, N: Common reasons for admission and secondary complications. In: Comprehensive Pediatric Hospital Medicine (Zaoutis, L.B. & Chiang, V. W, eds). Elsevier, Philadelphia. 2007: pp 1192-1194. C

Adams, S.: Feeding your Baby. In: The Baby Care Book: A complete guide from birth to 12 months old (Friedman, J & Saunders, N, eds). Robert Rose Inc., Toronto. 2007: pp 122-181 PA

Adams, S. & Birken, C.: Helping Your Baby Sleep. In: The Care Book: A complete guide from birth to 12 months old (Friedman, J & Saunders, N, eds). Robert Rose Inc, Toronto. 2007: pp 232-255 CPA

Weinstein, MJ, Adams, SL: Smith-Lemli-Opitz (Case 3). Pediatrics in Review 2003: 24 (4): pp 137-142. CPA

Adams, SL, Van Soeren, M, & Pogue, P: Nurse practitioners. RNAO Practice Page 2003: 3(1): pp 1-2. PA