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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Jennifer Boyd, RN, MHSc, CNN(C), MSCN

The Hospital for Sick Children
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Neurology
Advanced Practice Nurses

Research Institute
Project Investigator
Research Institute

University of Toronto
Adjunct Lecturer
Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing


Phone: 416-813-7738
Fax: 416-813-6334
Email: jennifer.boyd@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Jennifer Boyd has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Neurology since 1996. In addition to her broad nursing expertise in child neurology, she has subspecialty interest and advanced knowledge in the care of patients with neuromuscular disorders, infantile spasms, new onset seizures and multiple sclerosis (MS). She is recognized internationally as an expert in the nursing care of children and adolescents with MS. Jennifer obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario and Master of Health Sciences from McMaster University. She has her Certification in Neuroscience Nursing in Canada – CNN(C), and is a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Nurse – MSCN. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer  with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto and a Project Investigator with the SickKids Research Institute. Active in numerous professional organizations, Jennifer is a Past President of the Association of Child Neurology Nurses (2009-2011), a former member of the Board of Directors of the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (2006-2012) and is currently a member of the Multiple Sclerosis Nurses International Certification Board (2016- ). Jennifer is a peer-reviewer for manuscripts submitted to the Canadian Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, and frequently writes and presents on topics relating to child neurology nursing.

Clinical Care Activities

Working in both in-patient and ambulatory settings, Jennifer provides education, support and advocacy to children with neurological disorders and their families and offers consultation throughout the hospital and in the community on the care of these patients.

Research Interests

  • Qualitative studies exploring the impact of chronic illness on children
  • Quality of life of children with neurological disorders and their families

External Funding

The Experiences of Children and Adolescents Living with Multiple Sclerosis study was funded by an unrestricted research grant from Biogen Idec Canada.

Achievements

  • Association of Child Neurology Nurses (ACNN) Education Travel Award 2014
  •  Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses (CANN) Abstract Award 2014
  •  Nominated for the Toronto Star Nightingale Award 2010
  • Top 10 Abstract award for Brief Cases in Child Neurology Nursing. – 10th Quadrennial Congress of the World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses, Toronto, May 2009.
  • Grace Evelyn Simpson Reeves Award for Excellence in Nursing – Team Category (Neurology Ambulatory Nursing Team), The Hospital for Sick Children, May 2008
  • Outstanding Presentation Award for Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis: Caring for kids with an “adult” disease. – World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses 9th Quadrennial Congress, Barcelona, Spain, May 2005
  • Journal of Neuroscience Nursing Case Study Writing Award, April 2004

Publications

Boyd J, Cartwright C, Holleman J, Johnson A, Ledet D, Nielsen N, Tuppeny M, Wallace D, Zakrzewski  P.  ( in press).  Pediatric and Developmental Disorders. In: MK Bader, LR Littlejohns & D Olson (Eds.), AANN Core Curriculum for Neuroscience Nursing, 6th Edition.

Boyd, J. & Tymianski, D. (2012). Neurological assessment for the nurse: It all comes down to this. In: D. Tymianski, A. Sarro & T. Green (Eds.), Navigating Neuroscience Nursing: A Canadian Perspective, (pp. 49-71), Pembroke, ON: Pappin Communications.

Boyd, J.R. & Milazzo, M.C. (2011). Working With the Pediatric Patient Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis. In: J. Halper & N.J. Holland (Eds.), Comprehensive Nursing Care in Multiple Sclerosis, 3rd Edition (pp. 193-213).  New York: Springer.

Boyd, J., Cartwright, C., Ledet, D., Szatkowski, M. & Wallace, D.  (2010).  Pediatric and Developmental Disorders. In: M.K. Bader & L.R. Littlejohns (Eds.), AANN Core Curriculum for Neuroscience Nursing, 5th Edition, (pp. 811-888). Glenview, IL: American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. (Author of the Neurological Disorders in Children section, pp. 868-879)

Boyd, J.R. & Milazzo, M.C. (2010). Working With the Pediatric Patient Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis. In: J. Halper & N.J. Holland (Eds.), Comprehensive Nursing Care in Multiple Sclerosis, 3rd Edition. New York: Springer.

MacAllister, WS, Boyd, JR, Holland, NJ, Milazzo, MC, Krupps, LB. (2007). The psychosocial consequences of pediatric multiple sclerosis. Neurology, 68(16, suppl. 2), S66-S69. (in Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders supplement)

Boyd, JR & MacMillan, LJ. (2005). Experiences of Children and Adolescents Living with Multiple Sclerosis. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing 37(6), 334-342.

Boyd, JR & Hebbard, M. (2004). Withholding Aggressive Seizure Treatment from a Child with Severe Intractable Epilepsy: A Case Study. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 36(2), 67-71. (*Winner of the 2004 JNN Case Study Writing Award).

Boyd, JR. (2001). A process for delivering bad news: Supporting families when a child is diagnosed. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing 33(1), 14-20.

Boyd, JR & MacMillan, LJ. (2000). Multiple Sclerosis in childhood: Understanding and caring for children with an adult disease. Axon, 22(2), 15-21.

Boyd, JR & Hunsberger, M. (1998). Children coping with repeated hospitalizations: Their perceptions and suggested interventions. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 13(6), 330-342.