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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Karen LeGrow, RN, MN

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

University of Toronto
Clinical Appointment
Faculty of Nursing

Phone: 416-813-5713
Fax: 416-813-7299
Email: karen.legrow@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Karen obtained her Bachelor of Nursing from the Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's (1985), a Diploma in Neonatal Intensive Care from the Grace Maternity Hospital in Halifax (1990), Master of Nursing from Dalhousie University in Halifax (1996), and a Diploma from the Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Family Nursing Externship (1996). She has a clinical appointment as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto and is a peer-reviewer for manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Family Nursing. Prior to joining the Critical Care Unit at the Hospital for Sick Children in 2001, Karen's professional experience included a staff nurse role at The Dr. Charles A. Janeway Child Health Centre in St. John's, nursing educator roles at the General Hospital School of Nursing and at the School of Nursing of Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's, and APN roles at the IWK-Grace Health Centre for Children, Women, & Families in Halifax, and at the Bloorview MacMillan Children Centre in Toronto.

Clinical Care Activities

Karen LeGrow is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Critical Care Unit, Department of Critical Care. In addition to her broad nursing expertise in neonatal and paediatric critical care nursing, she has advanced knowledge and skill in the application of Family Systems Nursing frameworks to clinical practice. In her clinical role, Karen works closely with families, members of the interdisciplinary care team, and advance practice nursing colleagues throughout the hospital to provide comprehensive care to families whose child requires cardiac and/or medical/surgical critical care for varying periods of time.

Research Interests

Research related to: (1) the application of a Family Systems Nursing approach to nursing practice;(2) family-centered care; and (3)methodology of triangulation.

Research Activities

Past research includes triangulation studies of the experiences of nurses and families when (1) a Family Systems Nursing approach is used to guide clinical practice of staff nurses in a paediatric rehabilitation inpatient setting, and (2) the McGill Model of Nursing is used to guide clinical practice of ambulatory care nurses in an paediatric rehabilitation outpatient setting.


LeGrow, K. S. & Rossen, B. E. (2005). Develeopment of professional practice based upon a Family Systems Nursing framework: Nurses' and families' experiences. Journal of Family Nursing, 11 (1), 38-58.