Connie Schumacher RN, PhD

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Connie Schumacher PhD

Office: EA 322

Extension: x4441 

Dr. Connie Schumacher is a registered nurse with expertise in emergency avoidance and transitions from hospital to home. She has 20 years of clinical experience in Cardiac Care and Emergency, and 5 years in Community nursing. Prior to joining Brock University, Dr. Schumacher completed a 3 year post-doctoral appointment with McMaster University’s Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact where she was the clinical lead for the DIVERT-CARE trial and collaborated on projects using interRAI home care and ICES data.   Dr. Schumacher is an AMS Fellow in Compassion and Artificial Intelligence and an Alzheimer’s Society Canada New Investigator.

  • Utilization of interRAI assessments and scales, interRAI DIVERT Scale for emergency avoidance strategies and models of care 
  • The lived experience of community populations with cardiorespiratory symptoms 
  • Caregiver education resource development 
  • Qualitative Methods 
  • Heart Failure Self-Care
  • Associate Editor Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nurses 
  • Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nursing, Provincial Director – Ontario
  • Registered Nurses Association of Ontario 
  • RNAO Nursing Research Interest Group
  • American Association of Heart Failure Nurses 
  • iCARE- interRAI Clinical Application of Research Evidence 
  • Canadian Nurses Association 

Schumacher C, Dash D, Mowbray FI, Klea L, Costa AP. A qualitative study of home care client and caregiver experiences with a complex cardio-respiratory management model. BMC Geriatrics. 2021. 21:295. doi: 10.1186/s12877-021-02251-5

Dash D, Schumacher C, Jones A, Costa AP. Lessons learned implementing and managing the DIVERT-CARE Trial: A community-based chronic disease self-management model. BMC Geriatrics (2021). 21:303

Mowbray FI, Jones A, Schumacher C, Hirdes J, Costa AP. External validation of the detection of indicators and vulnerabilities for emergency room trips (DIVERT) scale: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Geriatrics. 2020 Dec;20(1):1-7.

Bielska IA, Manis DR, Schumacher C, Moore E, Lewis K, Agarwal G, Mondoux S, Jewett L, Speicher DJ, Liu RH, Leyenaar M, McLeod B, Upadhye S (2020) 18 (1) 9. Health Sector Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Ontario, Canada – January to May 2020. Public Health and Governance/Zdrowie Publiczne i Zarządzanie; 18(1) 9. doi:10.4467/20842627OZ.20.010.12664.

Schumacher C, Jones A, Costa AP. Home Care Nursing Visits and Same-Day Emergency Department Use: Which Patients Are Most at Risk? Canadian Journal of Nursing Research. August 2020. doi:10.1177/0844562120949426

Qureshi D, Schumacher CTalarico R, Lapenskie J, Tanuseputro P, Scott M, Hsu A.  Describing differences among recent immigrants and long-standing residents waiting for long-term care: a population-based retrospective cohort study. 2020. JAMDA  

Jones A; Bronskill S; Schumacher C; Rahim A; Feeney D; Seow H; Costa AP. Effect modification of access to afterhours primary care on the association between home nursing visits and same-day emergency department use. 2020. Annals of Family Medicine. doi:10.1370/afm.2571  

Schumacher, C L. Using the Grounded Theory Method to Delineate the Central Concept in a Qualitative Study: Crafting the Story. 2020. SAGE Research Methods Cases.  doi:10.4135/9781529734485. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.  

Costa, A.P.; Schumacher, C.; Jones, A.T.; Dash, D; Campbell, G.; Junek, M., Agarwal, G.; Bell, C.; Boscart, V.; Bronskill S.; Feeny, D.; Hebert, P.C.; Heckman, G.A.; Hirdes, J.P.; Lee, L.; McKelvie, R.S.; Mitchell, L.; Sinha, S.; Davis, J.; Priddle, T.; Rose, G.; Gillan, R.; Mills, D.; Haughton, D. The DIVERT-CARE (Collaboration Action Research & Evaluation) Trial Protocol: A Multi-Provincial Pragmatic Cluster Randomized Trial of Cardio-Respiratory Management in Home Care. 2019. BMJ Open. 9 (12). doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2019-030301  

Schumacher C; Dash D; Correia R; Reid L; Chesney C. Standardized Care Plans for Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Community Care. 2019. Canadian Cardiovascular Nursing Journal. 29 (2), 23-30.  

Schumacher C; Lackey C; Haughton D; Peirce T; Boscart V M; Davey M; Harkness K; Heckman G A; Junek M; McKelvie R; Mitchell L; Sinha S and Costa A P. A chronic disease management model for home care patients with cardio-respiratory symptoms: the DIVERT-CARE Model. 2018. Canadian Cardiovascular Nursing Journal. 28(3), 18-26.  

Jones, A.; Schumacher C.; Bronskill S.; Campitelli M.; Poss J.; Seow H.; Costa A.P. The association between home care services and same-day emergency department utilization: a case-crossover study. 2018. CMAJ, 190(17), E525-E531. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.170892 

 Schumacher C; Hussey L; Hall V.  Heart failure self-management and normalizing symptoms: An exploration of decision making in the community. 2018. Heart and Lung47 (4), 297-303.  

  • Health Education 
  • Nursing Practicum: Experiencing Chronicity 
  • Nursing Theory: Experiencing Chronicity 

Opportunities for prospective MA/MSc students with an interest in Alzheimer’s type dementias, self-care, and community management of chronic illness.  I am looking for students who have experience/enjoy working with older adults and can demonstrate research skills. Link 

Contact me for RA opportunities.