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Dawn Tymianski  
Dawn Tymianski, RN EC, NP-A, CNN(C)
NP, Neurosciences

Site: Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network
Area of Expertise: Neurosciences

Dawn is an adult Nurse Practitioner in the Krembil Neuroscience Program and holds the position of Neuroscience Nurse Practitioner Outreach for the Province of Ontario. She received her Masters of Nursing from the University of Toronto and is certified as a Nurse Practitioner Adult. Dawn has held the position of neuroscience practice lead, NP Professional Practice lead for the UHN (interim) and Manager of the Krembil Neuroscience Research Awards and is actively engaged with the Toronto Academic Health Science Network group as an NP.

Dawn is cross-appointed to the University of Toronto where she is an instructor in the graduate program and mentors many graduate nursing students. Dawn is completing her PhD in organizational development with a research focus on health, organizational identity and program evaluation. Dawn is keenly interested in developing and mentoring nurses and allied health in practice-based research.

Since 2013, Dawn has been an active board member of the World Federation of Neuroscience Nursing. This board role includes building neuroscience connections and educational opportunities at the international level with key ongoing work in Hinari countries and representing the world federation as a key note or invited speaker. Other national and international work includes the development, distribution and support of best practice neuroscience guidelines, volunteer neuroscience education in the international community for nurses and on-going board work. Dawn was an editor and contributor of the first neuroscience textbook for Canadian neuroscience nurses. Dawn remains actively engaged in the care and management of the neuroscience patient


Charmaine Arulvarathan 
Charmaine Arulvarathan, RN, BScN, CNN(c), MN(c)​
APNE, Neurovascular

Site: Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network
Area of Expertise: : Neurovascular

Charmaine is a Master of Nursing candidate at Ryerson University. In addition to being the APNE for the Neurovascular Inpatient Unit at Toronto Western Hospital, she is a Neurosurgical Nurse Educator for the Neurosurgical Education Outreach Network (NEON). Charmaine is also an active member of the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses and is Co-Councillor for the Ontario Central chapter.

Charmaine has a passion for academic practice that has propelled her toward a variety of research activities. She is currently a Research Assistant with the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing and is the Principal Investigator for a study supported by the Krembil Nursing Research Award.​