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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Marilyn Ballantyne, RN, BScN, MHSc

The Hospital for Sick Children
Clinical Nurse Specialist / Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Developmental Follow-up Clinic
Advanced Practice Nurses

University of Toronto
Faculty of Nursing

Phone: 416-813-8818
Fax: 416-813-5245
Email: marilyn.ballantyne@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Marilyn graduated with her BScN from the University of Western Ontario and her Master of Health Science (MHSc) in Neonatal Health Care Practice from McMaster University. Marilyn is currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto.

Marilyn is a Clinical Nurse Specialist / Nurse Practitioner who practices in the Neonatal Developmental Follow-up Clinic and previously in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Marilyn has held positions as a Clinical Educator and Project Manager, Clinical Practice Guidelines and Patient Care Pathways Implementation Project , Quality Management, at SickKids. Marilyn is a leader in shaping paediatric advanced practice nursing through her clinical practice, mentorship of others and previous role as Program Director of the Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner Diploma Program at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. Through her practice and research, Marilyn is interested in improving the care and outcomes of children and families at risk of developmental issues and neonates experiencing painful procedures.

Clinical Care Activities

Marilyn's clinical expertise is neurodevelopmental assessment from birth to two years, the care of infants and families experiencing chronic and critical illness and neonatal pain assessment.

Marilyn is a Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Practitioner in Neonatology and Neonatal Developmental Follow-up.

Research Interests

  1. Outcomes research in families and infants at high-risk for developmental delay
  2. Neonatal pain assessment and management

Research Activities

Research Project Director for Program of Research, Phase 2: Pain in Infants at Risk for Neurological Impairment, A multi-site CIHR funded initiative under the superivision of Dr. Bonnie Stevens (Principal Investigator )

Future Research Interests

PhD Thesis - Investigating the Impact of Neonatal Follow-up Care: Parent and Infant Outcomes of Attenders and Non-Attenders

External Funding

Jakobson L, Frisk V, Ballantyne M & Sananes R. Developmental outcomes in toddlers born weighing less than 750 grams. Funding: NSERC & University of Manitoba research program seed grant

Green P, Kelly E, Ryan G, Pinelli J, Sananes R & Ballantyne M. The neurodevelopmental outcomes and impact on the family for twin pregnancies who undergo laser ablation therapy for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. Grace Evelyn Simpson Reeves Nursing Research Grant


  • 2004 - 2005 - Ontario-Student Opportunity Fund – Hospital for Sick Children Foundation Student Scholarship Program, $19,000 of which $13,000 accepted
  • 2004 - 2005 - Alice Girard Fellowship, Canadian Nurses Foundation, $6,000
  • 2004 - Almae Rae Fellows Nursing Scholarship Award, The Hospital for Sick Children, $8,500 – declined
  • 2004 - Institute of Medical Science Continuing Fellowship Award for the 2003-2004 academic year, $5,000.00
  • 2001 - Grace Evelyn Simpson Reeves Excellence in Nursing Research Award
  • 2001 - Grace Evelyn Simpson Reeves Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Team Award
  • 1999 - Grace Evelyn Simpson Reeves Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award


McNair C, Ballantyne M, Stevens, B & Dionne K. (2004) Postoperative pain assessment in the neonatal intensive care unit. Archives of Disease in Childhood, Fetal Neonatal Edition, 89, F537 – F541.

Ballantyne M, Frisk V, Green P, & Ushycky I. (2004) Language impairment in extremely-low-birth-weight infants (ELBW). Pediatric Research, 55 (4), Abstract No. 2730, 481A.

Ballantyne M, McNair C, Ung E, Gibbins S, & Stevens B. (2003) Evaluation of the safety and efficacy of tetracaine gel for pain relief of peripherally inserted central catheters in neonates. Advances in Neonatal Care.3 (6), 297-307.

Ballantyne M, McNair C, Stevens B, Gibbins S, Ung E & Newman C. (2002) Evaluation of the safety and efficacy of amethocaine gel for pain relief of peripherally inserted central catheters. Pediatric Research, 61, Abstract No. 2110, 363A.

Ballantyne M. (2001) Commentary to Amethocaine gel reduced pain during venipuncture in newborn infants. Evidence Based Nursing, 4 (3), 73.

Ballantyne M, Stevens B, McAllister M, Dionne K & Jack A. (1999) Validation of the premature infant pain profile in the clinical setting. Clinical Journal of Pain, 15(4), 297-303.

Lee K-S, Perlman M, Ballantyne M, Elliot I. & To T. (1995) Association between duration of newborn stay and readmission rate. Journal of Pediatrics, 127:758-766.

Symington A, Ballantyne M, Pinelli J & Stevens B. (1995) Indwelling versus intermittent feeding tubes in premature neonates. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecological and Neonatal Nursing, 24(4), 321-326.

Stevens B, Ballantyne M, McAllister M, Dionne K & Willems J. (1995) The premature infant pain profile: Is a measure developed for research valid and reliable in clinical practice? Pediatric Research, 37(4, Pt.2), Abstract No. 1415.

Lee, K-S, Ballantyne M, Elliot I & Perlman M. (1994) Early newborn discharge is associated with increased readmission rate. Pediatric Research, 35(4, Pt. 2), Abstract No. 688.