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angle-left Recognizing children’s voices: nursing professor and researcher Franco Carnevale on his experiences as an RN and childhood ethicist

Franco Carnevale, RN, PhD, is a researcher in the Child Health and Human Development Program and Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at the Research Institute of the MUHCSource: Med E-News 

Child health is a major area of focus for many faculty members and researchers at McGill’s Ingram School of Nursing. Among them is Franco Carnevale, RN, PhD, a senior scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre who has been working with children since he began practicing as a nurse in the 1970s, in pediatric intensive care. 

Franco Carnevale always knew he wanted to work as a health professional, and became increasingly drawn to nursing and its many possible career trajectories. But it wasn’t the obvious choice, for several reasons. “I was hesitant, as it was a very unusual career path for guys in the 1970s, and it seemed especially strange from an Italian cultural perspective,” he says. “It would become even more confusing a few years later, when I began my doctoral studies, as the notion of a PhD was nonexistent to my working-class immigrant family and community.”

Christina Kozakiewicz of the Ingram School of Nursing tells how Franco Carnevale nevertheless went on to play a significant role in Canada, and internationally, in developing some of the first research on the experiences of children and families in the ICU. Read more.