Jennifer Lapum is a poet and an arts-based and narrative researcher. She is an RN with extensive clinical background in critical care nursing particularly in intensive care (including CVICU). Her program of research is focused on promoting humanistic health care practices and policies in the cont...
Jennifer Lapum is a poet and an arts-based and narrative researcher. She is an RN with extensive clinical background in critical care nursing particularly in intensive care (including CVICU). Her program of research is focused on promoting humanistic health care practices and policies in the context of technologically-driven systems of care. This involves understanding how patients, nurses and other health care providers are influenced by a technological discourse with particular interest in the cardiovascular realm. Linked into this is understanding how humanistic discourse enters into our practices and how it is constrained and facilitated in the current health care environments.
In addition, her research involves engaging methodological approaches that facilitate deep understanding of human experiences. Her focus is on experimenting with the arts as an epistemological stance and method of research dissemination. Consequently, her work is qualitatively informed with expertise in narrative and arts-informed approaches including poetry and photographic images.
Her most recent project is a CIHR funded art exhibition “The 7,024th Patient.” It is a 1739 square foot installation that is over 9 feet in height and composed of poetry and photographic images that captures the raw, emotional and embodied experiences of patients in open-heart surgery and recovery. For more information on the exhibition, access the following short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYcSmsRW21g
Foundations of her teaching philosophy are rooted in “understanding” and student engagement. This philosophy is the driving force to her teaching methods that include creative and artistic methods, embedded critical thinking, integrative learning and student focused approaches. She was nominated by her students for the TVOntario 2010 Best Lecturer Competition.
Her work has been presented internationally and published in Social Science & Medicine, Qualitative Health Research, Heart & Lung, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Qualitative Inquiry, CMAJ, CJCN, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, Canadian Journal of Cardiology and European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions.