Melissa Knoops, RN, BSc, BScN, MA

Brock Simulation Lab Staff 

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215D East Academic 2
mvanderwal@brocku.ca

Bio
My clinical experience is focused primarily in pediatric surgical nursing and family medicine. I also spent numerous summers as an oncology camp nurse for Camp Trillium (now Campfire Circle). My teaching experiences with Brock started with teaching pediatric labs, Clinical Instructing for pediatrics, and TA’ing for Community Health Nursing. After graduating with my Master’s degree at Brock, I officially joined the lab as an Assistant Lab Coordinator in the fall of 2021.

My main interests in nursing education are pediatrics, family-centered caring, simulation-based learning and reflective practice, all of which were incorporated into my Master’s thesis at Brock. While undergoing my graduate degree, I focused on improving my teaching skills through numerous workshops and certifications centered on teaching and learning in adult education, as well as virtual simulation development.

Simulation-based learning
Pediatric Nursing
Family-Centered Care
Reflective Practice
Nursing Education

College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)
Nurse Researchers Interest Group (NRIG)
Pediatric Nursing Interest Group (PedNIG)
Canadian Alliance of Nurse Educators Using Simulation (CAN-Sim) – Contributing Member

Master’s Thesis: From their eyes: Nursing student experiences using repeated reflection from the pediatric patient’s perspective (2021). Available on Brock Digital Repository.

Nursing Care of the Young Family
Health Assessment
Care of the Acutely Ill Client
Experiencing Illness and Hospitalization