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

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

Research interests: women and stroke; health equity

Ismalia qualified as a general registered nurse in Portugal in 2009, after completing a four-year BSc in General Nursing at Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa, including a three month clinical placement in Helsinki (Finland) as part of the ERASMUS program.

In 2009, she moved to London and started working as a staff nurse in one of the newly set-up Hyper-Acute Stroke Units in London. Her nursing experience also includes Acute Stroke units, medical and surgical nursing.

In 2013, Ismalia became a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in stroke at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. She completed her MSN in Neuroscience Nursing Care Advanced Practice at King’s College London (United Kingdom).

In her 6 years as a CNS in stroke, she was involved in developing the emergency stroke pathway in the trust, including thrombolysis and thrombectomy. Her role also included the advanced assessesment and education of patients with a potential or confirmed diagnosis of stroke or TIA; service development, quality improvement, audit and benchmarking. Ismalia led the stroke specific workforce education and development of nurses across the service, whilst also overseeing the monthly stroke support group and stroke programs for patients, families and carers.

From 2015 until 2019, Ismalia was a steering committee member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Neuroscience Forum. She represented stroke nursing in the National Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party group from 2017 to 2019, and co-chaired the National Senior Nurse Thrombectomy group.

Ismalia is a published author and a peer-reviewer. She is a member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing and its Stroke Supplement. At present, she is leading the development of a UK Career Framework for Stroke Nurses funded by the RCN.

Since September 2019, she is a Doctoral Student at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), under the supervision of Prof. Sally Thorne and Dr. Sandra Lauck; and a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

© Ismalia de Sousa, 2020