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Marilyn Young      Professional Cirriculum Vitae

Certifications
  • Registered member of College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (1978-2021)
  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (1988 – 2004)
Experience
Operations Manager (2020-2021)
Public Prenatal Programs, Public Health, Calgary Zone – Antenatal Community Care Program, Best Beginning Program, Perinatal education, Diversity Liaison Program
  • Operations management of 4 multidisciplinary teams (total of 75 staff) – nurses, social workers, dietitians, outreach workers, diversity liaison workers, admin staff.
  • Three of the four programs provided supports for physically and socially high-risk pregnant women experiencing issues such as domestic violence, addition, mental illness, poverty, isolation, with minimal supports. The diversity liaison program provided promotion of health programs to diverse communities in the city.
Program Manager (2011-2021)
Prenatal and Postpartum Services in Public Health, Calgary Zone (urban and rural)
  • Operations manager for 3 Nurse Educators and 1 Program Coordinator.
  • Together, this small team supported over 350 staff in the postpartum programs and 75 staff in the prenatal programs across the zone through staff education, quality improvement initiatives, research, and nursing policy and practice guideline development.
  • Manager participant on many zone wide and provincial committees for policy and practice guideline development and revision for prenatal and postpartum services.
 
Operations Manager (2010-2021)
Alberta Vulnerable Infant Response Team, Public Health, Calgary Zone, Alberta
  • Operations management of a team of 6 nursing staff who worked on a multidisciplinary team with Children’s Services Assessors, Calgary Police Services Constables, and Child Advocacy Centre Outreach Workers providing care in the community to vulnerable, marginalized pregnant and parenting women experiencing issues such as domestic violence, addition, mental illness, poverty, isolation, with minimal supports putting their children at risk for child maltreatment.
  • Extensive program development of the team from the ground up including working with partner agencies to develop and implement an effective service model.
  • This was the first such team in Alberta and has served as a model for other Child Advocacy Center programs across Canada. The model included policy development, quality improvement initiatives and an innovative service delivery model.
 
Manager (2004 - 2011)
Postpartum Community Services, Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone, Calgary, Alberta
  • Operations management of a team of 200 staff who deliver care in the community to approximately 15,500 families per year within the Calgary city limits.
  • Extensive program development for the team which included policy development, quality improvement initiatives and an innovative service delivery model to accommodate a target population rapidly increasing in numbers and changing in acuity.
  • Successfully collaborated with community partners and other departments within health services to ensure the team provides seamless care as part of a continuum.
Parent Child Services Manager (2002-2004)
Public Health, Healthy Communities, Calgary Health Region, Calgary, Alberta                                                      
  • Collaborated with portfolio and regional partners to develop, implement and monitor policies and practice guidelines for the focused practice of the Public Health maternal child team.
  • Coordinated several projects targeted at enhancing early childhood development which involved collaboration with several regional departments and community partners.   
Prenatal Instructor (2001- 2003)
Birth & Breastfeeding Resources, Calgary, Alberta
  • Taught pre and postnatal classes to small groups of prenatal and parenting couples.
  • Provided one on one telephone consultation and care in the home for clients experiencing breastfeeding difficulties.
Policy Consultant (2001-2002)
Diversity Services and Community Health, Calgary Health Region, Calgary, Alberta
  • Development of funding proposals, staff education materials, nursing practice standards.
Instructor (2000-2003)
Calgary Breastfeeding Centre, Calgary, Alberta
  • Taught courses for health care professionals regarding the anatomy and physiology of breastfeeding, care for clients with common & complex breastfeeding problems, breastfeeding promotion, breastfeeding policy development
Manager (1998- 2000)
Regional Breastfeeding Clinic and Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies Prenatal Program, Headwaters Health Authority, Alberta
  • Built capacity amongst health care providers (nursing in acute care & public health, physicians, dieticians, social workers) regarding pre and postnatal care of high risk clients as well as the protection, promotion & support of breastfeeding through mentoring, resource development and dissemination, and provision of professional education.
  • Worked in partnership with Child & Family Services to successfully initiate the Region 3 FAS partnership which included many partners in education, aboriginal services, and community groups to target prevention of FAS across the region and facilitate support for families affected by FASD.
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (1996-1998, 2000-2003)
Kensington Family Health, Calgary, Alberta
  • Worked in collaboration with a family physician to provide individual client assessment, care, and teaching regarding breastfeeding and maternal & infant health.
Board Certified Lactation Consultant (1996-2000)
Regional Breastfeeding Clinic, Headwaters Health Authority, Alberta
  • Provided individual client support in acute care and community for breastfeeding.
  • Mentored nursing staff in acute care and community re breastfeeding support.
Public Health Nurse (1986-1996)
Calgary Health Region, Thornhill & Shaganappi Office, Calgary, Alberta
  • Health promotion, protection and prevention in all programs - maternal newborn, schools, vaccination.
 
Instructor of Pediatrics (1983-1986)
Foothills School of Nursing, Calgary, Alberta
  • Provided classroom lectures on various topics of pediatric nursing care.
  • Provided supervision, mentoring and evaluation of students in various pediatric clinical settings.
  • Developed course material.
Prenatal Instructor (1982-1983, 1985-1986)
Prenatal Program, Calgary General Hospital, Calgary, Alberta
  • Taught pre classes to small groups of prenatal couples. Developed course material and client handouts.
Staff Nurse Acute Care (1982-1986)
Intensive Care Unit, Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary, AB
  • Provided one-on-one nursing care of seriously ill or injured children.

 

Staff Nurse (1981-1982)

 

Ophthalmology Clinic, Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary, Alberta
  • Vision screening for children and office support for the ophthalmologist
 
Staff Nurse (1980-1981)
Intensive Care Nursery, Foothills Hospital, Calgary, Alberta
  • Provided one-on-one nursing care of high risk newborns.

 

Public Health Nurse (1979-1980)

 

Calgary Health Region – Forest Lawn Office, Calgary, Alberta
  • Health promotion, protection and prevention in all programs - maternal newborn, schools, vaccination – with marginalized populations.
Staff Nurse (summer 1979)
Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary, Alberta
  • Provided one-on-one nursing care of pediatric patients.

 

Staff Nurse (1978-1979)

 

Intensive Care Nursery, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Provided one-on-one nursing care of high risk newborns.
 
Education
 
  • Bachelor of Nursing - University of Calgary (1978)
  • Several courses in:
    • Newborn Attachment and Development
    • Breastfeeding
    • At risk Populations and Diversity
    • Trauma Informed Care
    • Leadership and Communication
 
Skills and Abilities
  • Leadership
  • Managing human resources, communication & conflict resolution
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Intersectoral collaboration
  • Program development and implementation
  • Policy & guideline development and implementation
  • Resource development and staff education
  • Clinical expertise in:
    • prenatal and postpartum populations in the community
    • newborn attachment and early development
    • breastfeeding support and management
    • at risk and marginalized diverse populations – mental illness, domestic violence, addiction, poverty, isolation, etc
    • trauma informed care
Achievements
Committees
  • Chair of the Provincial Maternal Newborn Manual Committee, Alberta Health Services (2002-2021)
  • Member of several zone and provincial Public Health and policy committees re maternal newborn care – Alberta Health Services (2002-2021)
  • Past Member of Breastfeeding Committee for Canada, Provincial Territorial Committee
  • Past Chair and Board Member for the Alberta Breastfeeding Committee
  • Past Chair of the Data Collection Sub-Committee of the Alberta Breastfeeding Committee
  • Past Chair of the Calgary Breastfeeding Matters Group
 
Publications
 
Premji, Shahirose S., Reilly, Sandra, Currie, Genevieve, Dosani, Aliyah, Oliver, Lynette May, Lodha, Abday K., Young, Marilyn, Hall, Marc, and Williamson, Tyler. (2019). Experiences, mental well-being and community-based care needs of fathers of late preterm infants: A mixed-methods pilot study, Nursing Open.
 
Currie, Genevieve, Dosani, Aliyah, Premji, Shahirose S., Reilly, Sandra, Lodha, Abday K., and Young, Marilyn. (2018). Caring for late preterm infants: public health nurses’ experiences. BMC Nursing, 17, (16).
 
Premji, Shahirose S., Pana, Gianelle, Currie, Genevieve, Dosani, Aliyah, Reilly, Sandra, Young, Marilyn, Hall, Marc, Williamson, Tyler, and Lodha, Abday K. (2017) Mother's level of confidence in caring for her late preterm infant: A mixed methods study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27, (5-6).
 
Premji, Shahirose S., Currie, Genevieve, Reilly, Sandra, Dosani, Aliyah, Oliver, Lynette May, Lodha, Abday K., and Young, Marilyn, (2017). A qualitative study: Mothers of late preterm infants relate their experiences of community-based care. PLOS ONE.
 
Dosani, Aliyah, Hemraj, Jena, Premji, Shahirose S., Currie, Genevieve, Reilly, Sandra, Lodha, Abday K., Young, Marilyn, and Hall, Marc. (2016). Breastfeeding the late preterm infant: experiences of mothers and perceptions of public health nurses, International Breastfeeding Journal, 12 (23).
 
Higginbottom, Gina, Myfanwy, Morgan, Mahoney, Joyce, Chiu, Yvonne, Kocay, Deb, Alexandre, Mirande, Forgeron, Joan, and Young, Marilyn. (2013). Immigrant women’s experiences of postpartum depression in Canada: a protocol for systematic review using a narrative synthesis, Systemic Reviews, 2 (65).
 
Premji, Shahirose Sadrudin, Young, Marilyn, Rogers, Carol, and Reilly, Sandra. (2012). Transitions in the Early-Life of Late Preterm Infants, Vulnerabilities and Implications for Postpartum Care, The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing, 26 (1), 57-68.
 
Allegro, Donna, and Young, Marilyn. (2009). Program helps in early identification of neonatal hyperbilirubinemia. Canadian Nurse, 105(6), 6-7.
 
Young, M, Macdonald, D. (1996). In Defense of Breast Pumps. World Health Forum (WHO), 17(3):290-291
 
Young, M. (1992). Breastfeeding Tidbits. Breastfeeding management for infants with non-pathologic jaundice. AARN newsletter.
 
Young, M, and Maccagno-Smith, R. (1992). Breastfeeding the Sleepy Baby. Canadian Nurse Journal.
 
Policy and Practice Guideline Contributions:
  • Lead author for the Provincial Public Health Nursing Practice Manual for Maternal Newborn Care (2002 - 2021)
  • Lead Author for all policies, protocols, guidelines and procedures for prenatal and maternal/newborn nursing care in Public Health in Calgary zone (2002- 2021)
Presentations
  • Many presentations at various conferences (regional, provincial & national) regarding breastfeeding, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral collaboration for service delivery to the postpartum population in the community, infant mental health, nursing care for at risk populations.
 
Awards
  • Nominee for Dr. Peter B.R. Allen Lifetime Achievement in Health Award, Government of Alberta (2020)  
  • Recipient of the People First Award (Calgary Health Services) for the development and implementation of the Parent Child Services Policy & Procedure Manual for Public Health (2003)
  • Nominee for Alberta Association of Registered Nurses Award for Nursing Excellence in Clinical Practice (2003)
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Photo Credit: Marilyn Montroe - THE LADY WITH THE LAMP - FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE DIED ON 1910 AUGUST 13t: 
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