A recent addition to the Durham College and University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program, Registered Nurse Fabiola Longo came to Durham College with extensive health-care teaching experience in the fields of personal support worker and practical and registered nursing. She has taught in all levels of the collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and various clinical placements, including maternal/child, community, continuing complex care and medical/surgical units. Currently Longo teaches in Year 1 of Health and Healing II – Older Adult and Development of Self and Year 2 Child and Family Practicum courses. In addition, she is a fourth-year faculty advisor.
Longo graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic University with a Nursing diploma in 1987 and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 1996. Continuing her studies in nursing, she received her Master of Nursing degree from the University of Toronto in 2004. She holds extensive nursing experience in clinical, managerial and educational settings and has maintained nursing positions as a staff nurse, nurse manager, lecturer and clinical instructor. During this time she spent three years in neurosurgery, 12 years in postpartum/gyno surgery and almost two years in the community as a nurse manager.
While working towards her Master’s degree, Longo focused on community health and nursing education and expanded her knowledge to include interpretative pedagogies for nursing and has implemented teaching strategies to accommodate students with various learning styles. During her final semester, she completed a comprehensive literature review of the interpretative pedagogies and outlined the important emphasis of utilizing interpretative pedagogies to better inform nursing education. Currently she is investigating her options of pursuing a PhD in nursing, particularly with a nursing education focus.