Ismália De Sousa

Ismália De Sousa
University of British Columbia - Vancouver | UBC · School of Nursing

BSN, MSN, RN

About

27
Publications
9,565
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
22
Citations
Introduction
Ph.D. Student at the University of British Columbia. Past Clinical Nurse Specialist with more than 10 years experience in stroke care. I'm interested in inequities in stroke care and healthcare service delivery, stroke survivorship and Black nurses history. https://ismaliadesousa.com
Additional affiliations
September 2019 - May 2022
University of British Columbia - Vancouver
Position
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant
May 2013 - July 2019
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Position
  • Medical Professional
November 2009 - May 2013
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Position
  • Medical Professional
Education
September 2019 - September 2023
January 2012 - September 2015
King's College London
Field of study
  • Neuroscience nursing
September 2005 - July 2009

Publications

Publications (27)
Article
Full-text available
After 40 years, the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is the resource of choice for assessing the level of consciousness in patients with neurological conditions. Clinicians’ ability to monitor patients’ conditions, identify deterioration and make clinical decisions depends on their ability to carry out GCS assessments, so it is vital that they understand i...
Article
Full-text available
Innovations in the treatment of valvular heart disease have transformed treatment options for people with valvular heart disease. In this rapidly evolving environment, the integration of patients’ perspectives is essential to close the potential gap between what can be done, and what patients want. Shared decision-making (SDM) and the measurement o...
Article
Full-text available
In Canada, the Eurocentric epistemological foundations of knowledge translation (KT) approaches and practices have been significantly influenced by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) KT definition. More recently, integrated knowledge translation (IKT) has emerged in part as epistemic resistance to Eurocentric discourse to critically...
Presentation
In recognition of Black History month, the Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry at the UBC-V School of Nursing hosted an online nursing history panel on February 25, 2021, called: “Black (in)Visibility: Black Nurses in Canada who Paved the Way.” It recognizes the significant historical contributions of Black nurses to health care in British Colum...
Article
Full-text available
Femininity and whiteness dominate Western nursing, silencing ontologies and epistemologies that do not align with these dominant norms while perpetuating systemic racism and discrimination in nursing practice, education, research, nursing activism, and sociopolitical structures. We propose Black feminist thought as a praxis to decenter, deconstruct...
Article
Full-text available
Funding Acknowledgements Type of funding sources: None. Background People living with aortic stenosis (AS) experience poor quality of life (QOL), repeat hospitalizations, and a poor prognosis in the absence of valve replacement. There is increasing equipoise in the evidence supporting the use of surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) and transca...
Poster
Full-text available
Introduction: Mechanical thrombectomy is a newly developing clinical area in UK stroke care with commissioning and payment decisions made by the NHS during 2018. Stroke and neuroradiology nurses are crucial to the developing thrombectomy services and patient care. This paper reports the challenges and successes of thrombectomy nursing in the UK. Me...
Poster
Full-text available
Introduction: Research suggests 30% of stroke survivors experience depression with a significant proportion of these left untreated (Ayerbe et al. 2014). This hidden disability can have deleterious consequences upon psychosocial functioning. Yet, many multi-disciplinary stroke team clinicians are not trained to assess and treat mental health proble...
Poster
Full-text available
Introduction: Prevention is at the core of health promotion. It aims to empower people to self-manage and choose health-promoting behaviours. Stroke guidelines highlight the importance of secondary stroke prevention to be reinforced by all healthcare professionals, but it is unknown how best to do it. In our service, this responsibility rests with...
Article
Emergency treatments for acute ischaemic stroke have been hugely dominated by the efficacy of thrombolysis (clot busting treatment) in reducing stroke disability and are deeply rooted in stroke care and practice. In recent years, thrombectomy (mechanical removal of a thrombus) has emerged and the results of randomised control trials have also prove...
Poster
Introduction: Psychological problems are common in stroke survivors but little is known about post-stroke mood problems in patients with minor stroke (Broomfield et al. 2014). A stroke care centre in London holds a stroke support group monthly for stroke survivors, families and carers. The group, led by the stroke specialist nurses, aims to provide...
Article
Nurse-led stroke clinics are not standard practice in the model for stroke care in London, UK, and it is unsure what their effect on patients is. This article is the second of two that looks at the development of a nurse-led stroke clinic in London. In this part, the author focuses on the evaluation of the nurse-led clinic by conducting an audit. I...
Article
Strokes are medical conditions that develop due to a blockage in the artery (ischaemic stroke) or bleeding within or around the brain (haemorrhagic stroke). Secondary stroke prevention is part of the role of the clinical nurse specialist. In one stroke care centre in London, stroke survivors reported long waiting times between hospital discharge an...
Article
Full-text available
The UK Stroke Forum Conference was held from the 1–3 December 2015 in Liverpool. Those that attended were undoubtedly exposed to great speakers, interesting sessions and the latest research developments in stroke care. For those that were unable to attend this year—like myself, Twitter was an excellent way to get updates from the #UKSF15. Among the...
Poster
Background: Guidelines in the United Kingdom recommend the use of antiplatelet and statin in secondary prevention of ischaemic strokes and Transient Ischaemic Attacks (TIA). The aim of this study is to understand if patients attending a new outpatient nurse-led stroke clinic in hospital are adhering to these medications. Methods: We included all pa...
Poster
Full-text available
Background: Excessive alcohol intake is a risk factor for ischaemic and haemorrhagic strokes. Guidelines in the United Kingdom recommend that stroke patients should be advised on maximum alcohol intake per day: 2 units in women and 3 units in men. The aim of this study is to understand alcohol habits and awareness of patients attending a new nurse-...
Conference Paper
Background: Diabetes is a condition in crescendo and a major risk factor for stroke. Impairment caused by stroke can put patients with diabetes at increased risk of developing foot problems. The aim of this study is to understand how HASU (Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit) nurses perceive the importance of foot care and its key care aspects. Methods: All st...
Article
Foot care in patients with diabetes has been acknowledged as crucial in preventing amputations, reducing the costs for the NHS and improving patients' quality of life. Diabetes is a condition in crescendo and a major risk factor for stroke. Comprehensive changes in stroke care have taken place in the UK in the last few years, and acute stroke setti...

Network

Cited By

Projects

Project (1)