Vancouver Acute - VGH Site
Acute Care for Elders Units & Geriatric Emergency Nurse Program
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Gerontology
855 West 12th Avenue
Canada V5Z 1M9
BSN , University of Calgary
MSN , University of Calgary
I am a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Gerontology at Vancouver Acute, VGH site with clinical expertise in the acute care of older adults and families. In collaboration with others, I have worked to establish a continuum of evidence-based elder care services within a tertiary care centre.
In the Emergency Department, I implemented the Geriatric Nurse Program, where a RN with emergency and gerontological expertise provides comprehensive assessments and discharge planning.
I developed the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) units, a unique, evidenced-based program that treats older adults with acute illnesses, prevents the hazards of hospitalizations, and promotes recovery and rehabilitation.
My clinical focus is older adults with delirium/acute confusion, especially patients with behavioral concerns and their families. As a CNS, my goal is to support patient care and nursing practice as well as the practice of other health care providers.
One of my foci is to advance nursing practice through program development including evidence-based guidelines and staff education. As part of my role in providing services to a larger community of older adults and families, I am involved with several organizations including:
Membership in The Gerontological Nursing Association of BC • Clinical Nurse Specialist Association of BC • Member of the VCH Geriatric Transition Nurse • Committee Member of the VCH Transitions Working Group • Chair of the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Interdisciplinary Committee.
BC Network on Aging Research: Baumbusch, J. and Shaw, M. C. Responding to the Healthcare Needs of the Aging Population: The Geriatric Emergency Nurse.
Selected Publications not Indexed in PubMed
Shaw, M. C. (1994). Letter to the editor: Shedding light on lupus. Rehabilitation Nursing, 19(2), 120.
Shaw, M. C. (1994). Letter to the editor: Nursing assessment of low back pain.
Rehabilitation Nursing, 19(2), 120-121.
Shaw, M. C., & Galloway, S. (Fall, 1996). To be or not to be: The challenge of urinary
continence in older adults (Part I). Gerontological Nurses Association of British
Shaw, M. C., & Galloway, S. (Spring, 1997). To be or not to be: The challenge of urinary
continence in older adults (Part II). Gerontological Nurses Association of British
Shaw, M. C. (1997). The CNS & NP: Does merger mean meltdown. The Canadian CNS,
Shaw, M. C. (1998). Letter to the editor: The clinical nurse specialist and the nurse
practitioner. The Canadian Nurse, 6(4), 8.
Shaw, M. C. (Fall, 1998). Oral hygiene in the older adult. Perspectives: Journal of the Canadian Gerontological Nurses Association, 22(3), 8-15.
Shaw, M. C. (1999). Commentary: Discharge planning and home follow up by advanced practice nurses reduced hospital readmissions of elderly patients. Evidence-Based Nursing, 2(4), 125.
Shaw, M. C. (2000). Commentary: Stroke unit care decreased mortality and increased the number of patients who were living at home 10 years after stroke. Evidence-Based Nursing, 3(2), 55.
Shaw, M. C. (2001). Commentary: Integrated care pathway based rehabilitation for acute stroke did not reduce length of hospital stay.Evidence-Based Nursing, 4(2), 53.
Wong, R. Y. M., Shaw, M., Acton, C., Wilbur, K., McMillan, M., Breurkens, E.,
Sowden, C., Trautman, S. M., &. Chan, N. (2003). An interdisciplinary approach
to optimize health services in a specialized acute care for elders (ACE) unit.
Geriatrics Today: Journal of the Canadian Geriatrics Society.
Shaw, M. (2003). Caring for older adults holistically. The Canadian Gerontological
Nurse, 20(1), 6.
Shaw, M.C. (1991). A theoretical base for orthopaedic nursing practice: The Neuman systems model. Canadian Orthopaedic Nurses Association Journal, 13(5), 19-21.
Shaw, M. C., & Halliday, P. (1992). The family, crisis, and chronic illness: An
evolutionary model. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 17, 537-543.
Shaw, M. C. (1993). The discipline of nursing: Historical roots, current perspectives,
future directions. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 18, 1651-1656.