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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Elisabeth White , RN, MS, FNP, NP-PHC,

The Hospital for Sick Children
Nurse Practitioner
Neurosurgery


Phone: 416-813-7487
Fax: 416-813-6828
Email: elisabeth.white@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Elisabeth is a Nurse Practitioner for the Division of Neurosurgery. Her role encompasses neurosurgical outreach to support the continuum of care from hospital to community, providing education and support to patients, families and nurses on the management of diseases and disorders of the brain and spine along with transition and integration into adult neurosurgical care.

Clinical Care Activities

Elisabeth has been with SickKids since 1995 in various departments such as infectious diseases, general paediatrics, and emergency medicine. Upon completing her graduate studies in 2002 she provided education and management of complex allergic disease and anaphylaxis as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Division of Immunology/Allergy. With an interest in neurocognitive development, Elisabeth transitioned to the Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic working as a Nurse Practitioner with high risk neonates and toddlers with moderate to severe brain injury. In 2014 an exciting new role was established in Neurosurgery Outreach supported by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to improve neurosurgical care in Ontario by identifying educational needs and priorities within the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). Elisabeth has been working in this role since its inception.

Academic Background

University of Toronto – Bachelor of Science in Nursing
D’Youville College Buffalo – Masters of Science & Post Masters Family Nurse Practitioner

Research Interests

As part of her role, Elisabeth works in collaboration with both adult and paediatric outreach nurse practitioners to provide system-wide improvements building education materials aligned with Ontario’s neurosurgical plan. In addition, Elisabeth provides education to the public on traumatic brain injury. As a hockey mom, Elisabeth began educating people about concussions in 2014 to the Ontario Minor Hockey Association. Since then, she has spoken to both parents and trainers about the importance of recognizing signs and monitoring concussions. With research interests in concussion, Elisabeth is involved in a pilot project in conjunction with the University of Toronto and works as a Nurse Practitioner seconded to the concussion clinic at the MacIntosh Clinic.

Public Appointment

Elisabeth was publically appointed to sit on the Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee by the Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport in September 2016. This committee was created in the name of Rowan Stringer, a young girl who died as a result of second impact syndrome having sustained multiple concussions while playing rugby. This committee will advise the Ontario government on strategies to improve the detection, prevention and treatment of concussion across the province.