Ismalia de Sousa, RN MSN (She/Her/Hers)

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

Research interests: stroke; equity; patient experience; qualitative research methodologies; intersectionality; Black Feminist Thought

Ismalia De Sousa is a Doctoral Student and a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia since September 2019, under the supervision of Dr. Sally Thorne, Dr. Sandra Lauck and Dr.Thalia Field.

Ismalia earned her Bachelor’s Degree (with honours) in Nursing from Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa (Portugal). During this time, she had the opportunity to participate in a three month practicum in Helsinki (Finland) as part of the ERASMUS program, an European Exchange program.

Ismalia holds a Master’s Degree in Advanced Practice Neuroscience Care from King’s College London (United Kingdom). She worked as a Registered Nurse and later as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Stroke in the Comprehensive Stroke Centre at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (London, UK) for 10 years. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Nurse, Ismalia’s role included the advanced assessment and education of patients with a potential or confirmed stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack; service development, quality improvement, audit and benchmarking. Ismalia was involved in developing the emergency stroke pathways (thrombolysis and thrombectomy) while leading the stroke specific workforce education and development of Registered Nurses and Allied Healthcare Professionals in the service. She oversaw monthly the stroke support group and stroke programs for patients, families and carers, and maintained close relationships with the Stroke Association UK.

From 2015 to 2020, she was a committee member of the Royal College of Nursing Neuroscience Forum and led the development of the first Career Framework for Stroke Nurses in the United Kingdom. Ismalia represented stroke nursing in the National Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party group chaired by Prof. Tony Rudd (2017 – 2019) and served as co-chair of the National Senior Nurse Thrombectomy group (2018 – 2019). She is an editorial board member of the British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing and a board director of the Stroke Recovery Association of British Columbia.

© Ismalia de Sousa, 2021