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Jennifer Schuler

Jennifer SchulerJennifer Schuler, BScN (Hons.), MPN(c), RN
Manager, Practice & Clinical Performance / Research Scholarship Awardee 

Jennifer Schuler joined Waypoint in August 2021 as a Clinical Educator and now holds the role of Manager, Practice & Clinical Performance. Jennifer manages the Clinical Educator team and supports the operations and functions of the Department of Professional Practice. Jennifer has been nursing for 20 years, with experience in pediatric emergency medicine and dermatology as a nursing research coordinator. Jennifer has worked primarily in the areas of mental health, addictions, and pediatrics throughout her career, and has worked in a variety of care settings with inter-disciplinary teams in both Ontario and Nova Scotia. 

Jennifer applied for and was generously granted a Waypoint Research Institute Research Scholarship, with her fellowship commencing in November 2022 and running for two years. Jennifer is currently in progress of completing her Master of Psychiatric Nursing (MPN) at Brandon University, and is applying her scholarship time towards the completion of her thesis research project and subsequent scholarly dissemination activities.

Jennifer’s qualitative research project is exploring the meaning of hope in the lived experiences of sexual and gender minorities who use opioids in the context of the opioid overdose crisis, utilizing a descriptive phenomenological Lifeworld methodology, grounded in feminist and emancipatory principles. Her research objectives include: a) learning about the experiences of sexual and gender minorities who use opioids during the opioid overdose crisis, b) understanding the role of hope in their lived experiences and the recovery journey, and c) implications for clinical practice.

Keywordsclinical educator, nursing, qualitative research. 

Research Interests

Opioid overdose crisis; lived experiences of sexual and gender minorities; recovery journey; clinical practice. 


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