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Dr. Sandra Bassendowski and PhD Student Shauna Davies Receive U of S Engaged Scholar Knowledge Mobilization Graduate Student Catalyst Award


(L to R) PhD student Shauna Davies and
Dr. Sandra Bassendowski

A research project focusing on the use of iPads within a small rural Saskatchewan hospital has earned a College of Nursing faculty member and PhD student a University of Saskatchewan Engaged Scholar Mobilization Graduate Student Catalyst Award. Dr. Sandra Bassendowski and PhD Student Shauna Davies, based at the Regina Campus, received the $3,000 award following the submission of a proposal highlighting their intent to prepare a co-authored article entitled "iNurse, iTeach: Using Mobile Applications in Client Education," based on their work on a recent research project completed at the All Nations' Healing Hospital (ANHH) in Fort Qu'Appelle, SK.

The article Dr. Bassendowski and Shauna Davies will be co-authoring will be based on the research project that facilitated the introduction of 32 iPads into client teaching in hospital and community settings to increase patient education supports and tools. The 10-15 page paper, supported with a review of the relevant literature beyond what was completed for the research project, will be written according to the instructions of the chosen journal, but will be designed to outline the key elements of the research project. The article will focus on the unique aspects of the research project, especially the linking of the selected/chosen apps to the most common diseases that clients experienced at ANHH.

"Without the initial financial support of MITACS, team members wouldn't have been able to explore this new tool for patient teaching and medical information and we wouldn't have a research project to base this article on," said Dr. Bassendowski. "We worked very closely with the Director of Client Services, Ms. Lorna Breitkreutz, at the All Nations' Healing Hospital. This project couldn't have taken place without her and as such, she will also be helping us create this article. She specifically asked for Shauna Davies to be the lead graduate student, as she was very impressed with Shauna and her knowledge of technology and clinical situations from the initial visits with the staff of the hospital." Sandra concluded by saying, "I am very excited to write and publish this co-authored article in response to the U of S call regarding the Engaged Scholar Knowledge Mobilization Graduate Student Catalyst Award."

The University of Saskatchewan Engaged Scholar Mobilization Graduate Student Catalyst Award is designed to enable a faculty member to sponsor a graduate student, with the outcome of a co-authored article.