Ismália de Sousa, RN MSN



Doctoral Student at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Areas of interest: stroke care; health inequities; stroke survivorship; health care service delivery; critical theory; critical pedagogy; social justice

Ismália De Sousa is a Doctoral Student in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia (UBC), under the supervision of Dr. Sally Thorne, Dr. Sandra Lauck and Dr.Thalia Field. She is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Nursing and a Research Assistant in the Vancouver Stroke Program at Vancouver General Hospital/UBC.

Ismália earned her Bachelor’s Degree (with honours) in Nursing from Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa (Portugal) and a Master’s Degree in Advanced Practice Neuroscience Care from King’s College London (United Kingdom). Ismália’s extensive experience as a Registered Nure and Clinical Nurse Specialist in stroke in the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (London, UK), contributed to the development of strong clinical and advanced nursing practice foundations and knowledge about stroke systems and processes of care. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Nurse, Ismália’s role included the advanced assessment of people presenting with a suspected or confirmed stroke, service improvement and development, audit and benchmarking. Ismalia was also involved in the development of emergency stroke treatment pathways and led a stroke-specific workforce education and development program for Registered Nurses and Allied Healthcare Professionals. Her understanding of the stroke survivorship experience was augmented by overseeing a monthly stroke support group and stroke programs for people with lived experience of stroke, families and carers.

Ismália has a track leadership record in various regional and national groups. From 2015 to 2020, she served as a member of the Royal College of Nursing Neuroscience Forum Steering Committee and spearheaded the development of the first Career Framework for Stroke Nurses in the United Kingdom. Ismália also represented stroke nurses in the National Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party group chaired by Prof. Anthony Rudd (2017 – 2019) and co-chaired the National Senior Nurse Thrombectomy group (2018 – 2019) in the United Kingdom. In 2021, Ismalia served as a member of the British Columbia Stroke Standard Development Committee, a group developing the first Stroke Quality Standards in British Columbia. She is also an editorial board member of the British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing.

In September 2020, Ismália co-founded the Coalition of African, Caribbean and Black Nurses in British Columbia, a grassroots nurse-led organization to address anti-Black racism and discrimination in healthcare in the province. She is also a board director of the After Stroke British Columbia and the Chair of the Communications & Marketing Committee in the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses

© Ismália de Sousa, 2022