The MGFA Nurses Advisory Board (NAB) is comprised of nurses concerned with the care of MG patients and nurses who specialize in neuromuscular diseases like MG. The NAB actively educates and recruits nurses through its continuing education programs and various professional organizations throughout the United States and Canada. The NAB is also active in writing and reviewing MGFA literature for distribution to patients and families. MGFA offers nursing research grants for those who qualify.
These grants are awarded annually to nurses or nursing students interested in studying problems encountered by patients with MG or related neuromuscular conditions. Annual deadline for applications is December 1. Download the Nursing Research Grant Application.
Wilma is a nurse practitioner in an acute care London, Ontario hospital providing medical services to both hospitalized and ambulatory care individuals and families with neuromuscular diseases, since 1981. A Myasthenia Gravis Clinic has been established and patients are assessed on a regular basis. Wilma has collaborated on multiple research studies in MG including swallowing problems, fatigue and sleep apnea. She has authored many articles on neuroscience nursing including MS, GBS, and MG. She is co-author of the nursing chapter of the MGFA Health Professionals manual. Wilma lectures extensively on neuromuscular diseases locally, nationally and internationally. Her affiliations include Canadian, American and world associations/federations of neuroscience nursing (CANN, AANN, and WFNN). Certification in Neuroscience Nursing and as an Adult Nurse Practitioner (RN (EC) have been awarded. She is also an assistant professor in Health Sciences Faculty at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. As an advocate for patients and families with neuromuscular diseases and particularly MG, she is the current chair of the MGFA's Nurses Advisory Board. She also serves on the Board Development/Nominating Committee and the special Committee of Outreach/Programs.