Surrey Memorial Hospital
Family Birthing Unit
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Perinatal
13750 - 96th Avenue
Canada V3V 1Z2
BSN , University of Victoria
MSN , University of British Columbia
In my clinical practice, I coordinate and plan care for childbearing women who have complex care needs.
As a member of the Quality Performance Commitee, I participate in patient safety reviews, identify necessary system changes to foster a culture of safety, and plan implementation strategies.
I provide consultation and work collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team to assist with clinical decision-making, and planning and evaluating new initiatives to improve perinatal care delivery.
Primary investigator - Deciding when it's labor: The experience of women who have received antepartum care at home for preterm labor.
Site investigator (SMH) - Selan Trial: A multicentre RCT comparing Structured Early Labour Assessment and Nursing Care with usual early labour nursing care.
Site investigator (SMH) - CHIPS Study: An international multicntre RCT pilot, comparing tight control with less tight control of hypertension in pregnancy.
Primary investigator - Development of a simplified protocol for administration of 20% magnesium sulphate for prophylaxis and treatment of eclampsia.
Site investigator (SMH) - PIERS study (Pre-eclampsia Integrated Estimate of Risk): a multicentre validation study of full PIERS in level 2 hospitals - a tool to identify patients with hypertension in pregnancy at risk of adverse outcomes.
Selected Publications not Indexed in PubMed
Palmer, L. & Newby, B. D. (2009). Development of a simplified protocol for administration of 20% magnesium sulphate for prophylaxis and treatment of eclampsia. Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 62(6), 490-495.
Newby, B. D., Benes, C., Palmer, L., & Cleve, R. (2008). Stability of magnesium sulfate 20% in Viaflex bags [letter]. Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, 61(5), 356-357.
Palmer, L. & Carty, E. (2006). Deciding when it's labor: The experience of women who have received antepartum care at home for preterm labor. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nurses, 35(4), 509-515.
Larden, C., Palmer, L., & Janssen, P. (2004). Efficacy of therapeutic touch in treating pregnant inpatients who have a chemical dependency.Journal of Holistic Nursing, 21(1), 1-3.
West, C., Palmer, L., & Tier, T. (2000). No place like home. Canadian Nurse, 96(9), 32-34.
As a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Maternal, Infant, Child, Youth Program in Fraser Health, I provide clinical guidance to directors, managers, educators and primary care staff. I work to improve nursing care for childbearing women by developing evidence-based tools and summarizing existing knowledge to assist staff in understanding best practice recommendations. By involving perinatal nurses in research projects, I hope to cultivate a strong link between theory, research and practice.