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Rusla Anne Springer
PhD (NURS) (U of C) MN (Thesis) (U of C) BScN (UVic), RN (SRNA) CNS
Assistant Professor

Office: 4230 Health Sciences Building E-Wing, Saskatoon
Telephone: (306) 966-4631
Fax: (306) 966-6621
E-mail: ra.springer@usask.ca
Skype: rusla.anne.springer

Biography

  • Research Interests
    • The Ethics of Pharmaceutical Industry Presence and Influence in Healthcare Research and Practice
    • Nursing's Relationship with the Pharmaceutical Industry
    • The influence of Pharmaceutical Industry promotion on professional practice
    • The Social Construction of Knowledge
    • Subjectivation and the Organization of Nursing Work
    • Informed Clinician and Patient Decision Making
  • Methodology
    • Qualitative
    • Philosophical Analysis
    • Foucauldian Discourse Analysis

Anne Springer joined the College of Nursing at the rank of Assistant Professor in January 2010. Her registered nursing career has spanned more than two decades and includes experience in general and advanced nursing practice. She has served in a variety of nursing leadership, management, consultancy and advisory roles. Dr. Springer’s clinical background includes maternal/child; long-term care and rehabilitation; general medicine/surgery; orthopedics; urology; gynecology; emergent/urgent/trauma/intensive care; and most recently, interprofessional clinical leadership. She is a Clinical Nurse Specialist who spent more than a decade leading and practicing with an interprofessional team of healthcare providers in the care of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients and their families in the Northern Interior of British Columbia.

Dr. Springer received her registered nurse diploma from the College of New Caledonia, Prince George, BC (1988). She earned a BScN (1996) from the University of Victoria, a MN (2004) and a PhD (2009) from the University of Calgary. She studied relational ethics through the John Dossetor Health Ethics Center at the University of Alberta (1999), and served as a graduate student member of the Conjoint Research Ethics Board for the Calgary Health Region (2002-03). Dr. Springer’s Master’s and Doctoral research arose directly from her clinical practice experiences working with MS patients and their families. Her master’s thesis entitled "Exploring Decisional Conflict around Disease Modifying Therapy in Multiple Sclerosis" explored the relationships between decisional conflict and patients’ treatment expectations, their perceptions of self-determinism, control, and satisfaction in contexts of treatment decision making. Her doctoral dissertation entitled "Pharmaceutical Industry Discursives and the Subjectivities of Physicians, Nurses and Multiple Sclerosis Patients: A Foucauldian Dispositive Analysis" focused on the ethics of pharmaceutical industry incursion into the practice of medicine and nursing in the Neurology sub-specialty of Multiple Sclerosis. That work revealed the discursive effects of pharmaceutical industry (PI) discourse on the subjectivities of physicians, nurses and patients. 

Dr. Springer is the recipient of a number of awards, scholarships, and distinctions, some of which include: a major Studentship Award from the MS Society of Canada (2002); the Dean’s Entrance Scholarship, PhD program at the University of Calgary; the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (2006, 2007, and 2008); the Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship (2004); the Province of Alberta Doctoral Fellowship (2006); an International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN) (2006) Fellowship; the Calgary Chapter Nomination for the International P.E.O. Scholar Award (2006); and a nomination for the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) Doctoral Dissertation Award (2009). She teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Nursing in the areas of nursing issues, ethics, policy, politics, professionalism, and leadership. Dr. Springer is a member of the Global Interprofessional Health Group and has been involved in facilitating student learning in interprofessional practice through her involvement with the “Longitudinal Elderly Person Shadowing Project” (LEPS)(2010-2012). She has also been involved in interprofessional curriculum development through her service as a member of the College of Health Science Deans (CHSD) interprofessional Curriculum Committee (2010-2012). Dr. Springer serves as an invited member of the University of Saskatchewan’s Behavioural Research Ethics Board, is a member of the Canadian Bioethics Society, and conducts peer reviews for the Journal of Medical Ethics and the international Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. She is also an active member of the International Philosophy of Nursing Society and co-facilitates an inter-university Philosophy Discussion Group; a collaboration between the U of S College of Nursing and the U of C Faculty of Nursing. Dr. Springer’s educational and research background, as well as her broad experiential background positions her to conduct health care research using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies; however her preferred methodological approach is the application of Foucauldian concepts, principles, and theories to the conduct of discourse analysis.

Scholary Interests:

  • Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Nursing History
  • Interprofessional Collaboration, Education and Practice

Publications

Published Refereed Articles:

(Original articles published in refereed scholarly journals and other genres with editorial review)

Springer, R. A. (2014). Rebirth of the Clinic: Places and Agents in Contemporary Health Care. [Review of the book Rebirth of the Clinic: Places and Agents in Contemporary Health Care., by C. Paton. (Ed.) ]. Nursing Philosophy 15 (2), 152 – 153.doi: 10.1111/nup.12043.

Racine, L., Springer, R. A. & Udod, S. (2013). Distributed Learning and Rapid Technological Change: An Exploration of Faculty Development Needs.  The International Journal of University Teaching and Professional Development 3(3), 1 – 15.

Springer, R.A. & Clinton, M.E. (2013).  'Technologies of the Self' as Instrumentality: Becoming Instruments of the Pharmaceutical Industry through Normative Practice. APORIA 5(1), 23 – 32.

Springer, R. A., Kent-Wilkinson, A., Ewashen, C. & Ali, R. (2013).  Making Time for Reflexive Dialogue in Philosophical Group Discussion: Extending the Debate on the Militarization of Nursing.  Advances in Nursing Science, 36(1), 1 – 8. http://ansjournalblog.com/2013/03/10/making-time-for-dialogue/

Springer, R. A. (2012). Michel Foucault (1926 – 1984): A man of a thousand paths, a thousand faces, and a thousand emerging relevancies – continuing his analyses in pursuit of our present for the sake of our future. APORIA, 4(1), 51 – 56.

Springer, R. A. (2012). Suppressing the ideals of ‘The University’: A troubling realization for a new academic.  VOX, January, 4 -5.

Springer, R.A. (2011). A troubling association. Canadian Nurse, 107(8), p.6.

Springer, R.A. (2011). Pharmaceutical industry discursives and the marketization of nursing practice: A case example. Nursing Philosophy, 12(3), 214–228.

Accepted and In Press Articles

Submitted and In Review Articles: 

Springer, R. A., & Clinton, M.E. (In Review). Doing Foucault: Foucauldian Discourse Analysis As Methodology for Inquiring into Nursing Knowledge. Nursing Science Quarterly.

Published Contributions to a Collective Work and Book Chapters

Springer, R. A., Clark S., Price, E., Weldon, P. (2001). Psychosocial implications of multiple sclerosis. In Advanced Concepts in Multiple Sclerosis Nursing Care. Demos Medical Publishing. New York, New York.

Published Abstracts:

Springer, R.A. (2013) (Abstract). Realizing the Effects of Instrumental Reason on the Preparation of Nurses and the (Re)-shaping of the Profession.  
 17th Annual International Philosophy of Nursing Conference.  Genes, Neurons, and Nurses:  Implications of 21 Century Science for Nursing Care.  In association with the International Philosophy of Nursing Society (IPONS) and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Springer R.A. & Clinton M.E. (2013). (Abstract) 'Technologies of the Self' as Instrumentality:  Becoming Instruments of the Pharmaceutical Industry through Normative Practice. 1st Critical Perspective in Nursing and Health Care International Conference.  "Transformative Partnerships, Perspectives and Practices: Critical Knowledge Translation. University of British Columbia School of Nursing, Vancouver, BC.

Springer, R.A. & Clinton M.E. (2013). (Abstract) Problematizing Wealth Creation in the Relational Spaces of Health Care Practice and Research.  In Sickness & In Health (ISIH) Fifth International Conference: "From the Margins:  Radical Thoughts for Health Practices and Research". Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Springer, R. A. (2012). Foucauldian Discourse Analysis: A Methodology that Makes Visible the Ordering of Subjects and Spaces. Qaulitatives 2012: 29th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference: Cultures of Narrative/Narratives of Culture, p.55. Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s Campus, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, June 20 – 22, 2012.

Racine, L., Udod, S., Springer, RA., & Wall, P. (2012). The impact of distributed learning strategies in nursing education: Exploring faculty development needs in a Western Canadian university. Proceedings of the 2012 WNRCASN Conference. The Winds of Change: Diversity and Divergence, p. 47. February 22-24, 2012, Lethbridge, AB.

Springer, R. A. (2011). Pharmaceutical Industry Omnipresence: Implications for the Delivery of Ethical Chronic Illness Care. (Abstract). The William F. Mitchell Bioethics Conference, 2011. 6th Annual Event ‘The Ethical Demands of Chronic Illness’, p. 14 – 15. November 17 & 18, 2011. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Proctor, Pl, Suveges, L., Dobson, R., Walker, D., Springer, A., D’Eon, M., O’Connell, M. (2011). Building an IPE Program: Top down? Bottom up? Whither the yellow brick road? 3rd Biennial Interprofesssional Educational Conference Collaborating Across Boarders (III) (CAB III). Interprofessional Collaboration: From Concept to Preparation to Practice, p. 17. November 19 – 23, 2011, Tuson, Arizona. USA.

Basran, J., Dal Bello-Haas, V., Walker, D., MacLeod, P., Allen, B., D’Eon, M., McKague, M., Chopin, N.S., Trinder, K., Springer, R.A., and Beckwell, E. (2011). Impact of the Longitudinal Elderly Person Shadowing Program on students’ attitudes toward older adults and other health care professionals. 40th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting, Canadian Association on Gerontology. October 21-23, 2011

Basran, J.F., Dal Bello-Haas, V., Walker, D., MacLeod, P., Allen, B., D’Eon, M., McKague, M., Chopin, N.S., Trinder, K., Springer, R.A., and Beckwell, E (2011). The Longitudinal Elderly Person Shadowing (LEPS) Program. Canadian Geriatrics Society 31st Annual Scientific Meeting, April 14-16, 2011.

Udod, S. Racine, L., Springer, R.A., & Wall, P. (2011). Optimizing Faculty Skills for Distributed Learning: Understanding the Issues for Faculty Development. 31st annual STHLE Conference, p. 48. University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

Racine, L., Springer, R.A., Udod, S., & Wall, P. (2011). Distributed learning: Exploring the needs for faculty development in multi sites program delivery. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Ethel Johns Nursing Research Forum, Sigma Theta International Honor Society of Nursing, & Xi Eta Chapter University of British Columbia School of Nursing, Vancouver, BC, Canada, February 5, 2011. Presenters: L. Racine and R.A. Springer.

Suveges, L.G., D’Eon, M. Proctor, P., Dobson, R., Walker, D., O’Connoll, M., Springer, R. A. (2011). Developing a Curriculum for Interprofessional Education at the U of S: Research and Analysis of Current Health Professional Curricula Interprofessional Health Collaborative of Saskatchewan (IHCS), Saskatoon, SK.

Springer, R. A. (2010). Pharmaceutical industry discursives and the organization of nursing work: A case example of the marketization of nursing practice. Institute for Philosophical Nursing Research. Proceedings of the Philosophy in a Nurses’ World: Politics of Nursing Practice Conference, p. 25. Banff, Alberta.

Springer, R. A., & Clinton, M. (2009). Pharmaceutical industry discursives and their effect on patient and nurse subjectivities in the practice setting.Annual Research Conference: Nursing Research: The Path to Excellence: Showcasing Links to Practice Settings, p. 43. Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.

Abstracts Accepted:

Springer R.A. & Clinton M.E. (2013) (Abstract, Accepted). Doing Foucault: Foucauldian Discourse Analysis As Methodology for Inquiring into Nursing Knowledge.  19th Annual Qualitative Health Research Conference. International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Theses and Dissertations:

Springer, R. A. (2010). Pharmaceutical industry discursives and the subjectivities of physicians, nurses and multiple sclerosis patients: A Foucauldian dispositive analysis. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta. Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada. Canadiana: 2010212695X - ISBN: 9780494544815.

Springer, R. A. (2005).  Exploring decisional conflict around disease modifying therapy in multiple sclerosis.  Master's thesis, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta. Library and Archives Canada. Canadiana: 20052129039 - ISBN: 0612976589.

Refereed Conference Presentations:

Springer, R.A. (2013). Realizing the Effects of Instrumental Reason on the Preparation of Nurses and the (Re)-shaping of the Profession.17th Annual International Philosophy of Nursing Conference.  Genes, Neurons, and Nurses:  Implications of 21 Century Science for Nursing Care.  In association with the International Philosophy of Nursing Society (IPONS) and  the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, September 6 – 9, 2013. Presenter: R. A. Springer

Springer, R.A. & Clinton M.E. (2013).  Problematizing Wealth Creation in the Relational Spaces of Health Care Practice and Research. In Sickness & In Health (ISIH) Fifth International Conference: "From the Margins: Radical Thoughts for Health Practices and Research". Montreal, Quebec, Canada. July 18 – 20, 2013.  Presenter:  R. A. Springer

Springer R.A. & Clinton M.E. (2013) ‘Technologies of the Self’ as Instrumentality:  Becoming Instruments of the Pharmaceutical Industry through Normative Practice. 1st Critical Perspective in Nursing and Health Care International Conference.  Transformative Partnerships, Perspectives and Practices.  Critical Knowledge Translation.  University of British Columbia School of Nursing, Vancouver, BC, June 19 – 20, 2013. Presenter: R. Anne Springer

Springer, R. A. (2012). Foucauldian Discourse Analysis: A Methodology that Makes Visible the Ordering of Subjects and Spaces. The Qaulitatives: 29th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference: Cultures of Narrative/Narratives of Culture, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's Campus, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, June 20 – 22, 2012. Presenter: R. A. Springer

Racine, L., Udod, S., Springer, RA., & Wall, P. (2012). The impact of distributed learning strategies in nursing education: Exploring faculty development needs in a Western Canadian university. Proceedings of the 2012 WNRCASN Conference. The Winds of Change: Diversity and Divergence, p. 47. February 22-24, 2012, Lethbridge, AB. Presenter: L. Racine.

Springer, R. A. (2011). Pharmaceutical Industry Omnipresence: Implications for the Delivery of Ethical Chronic Illness Care. (Podium Presentation). The William F. Mitchell Bioethics Conference, 2011. 6th Annual Event ‘The Ethical Demands of Chronic Illness’ - November 17 & 18, 2011. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, p. 14-15. Presenter: R. A. Springer

Proctor, P, Suveges, L., Dobson, R., Walker, D., Springer, A., D’Eon, M., O’Connell, M. (2011). Building an IPE Program: Top down? Bottom up? Whither the yellow brick road? 3rd Biennial Interprofesssional Educational Conference Collaborating Across Boarders (III) (CAB III). Interprofessional Collaboration: From Concept to Preparation to Practice. November 19 – 23, 2011, Tuson, Arizona. USA. Presenters: P. Proctor & R. Dobson.

Basran, J., Dal Bello-Haas, V., Walker, D., MacLeod, P., Allen, B., D’Eon, M., McKague, M., Chopin, N.S., Trinder, K., Springer, R.A., and Beckwell, E. (2011). Impact of the Longitudinal Elderly Person Shadowing Program on students’ attitudes toward older adults and other health care professionals. 40th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting, Canadian Association on Gerontology. October 21 – 23, 2011. Presenter: J. Basran.

Basran, J.F., Dal Bello-Haas, V., Walker, D., MacLeod, P., Allen, B., D’Eon, M., McKague, M., Chopin, N.S., Trinder, K., Springer, R.A., and Beckwell, E (2011).. The Longitudinal Elderly Person Shadowing (LEPS) Program. Canadian Geriatrics Society 31st Annual Scientific Meeting, April 14-16, 2011. Presenter: J. F. Basran

Racine, L., Springer, R.A., Udod, S., & Wall, P. (2011). Distributed learning: Exploring the needs for faculty development in multi sites program delivery. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Ethel Johns Nursing Research Forum, Sigma Theta International Honor Society of Nursing, & Xi Eta Chapter University of British Columbia School of Nursing, February 5, 2011 Vancouver, BC, Canada. Presenters: L Racine and RA Springer.

Suveges, L.G., D’Eon, M. Proctor, P., Dobson, R., Walker, D., O’Connoll, M., Springer, R. A. (2011). Developing a Curriculum for Interprofessional Education at the U of S: Research and Analysis of Current Health Professional Curricula Interprofessional Health Collaborative of Saskatchewan (IHCS), March 4, 2011, Saskatoon, SK. Presenter: R. Dobson

Springer, R. A. (2010). Pharmaceutical Industry Discursives and the Organization of Nursing Work:  A Case Example of the Marketization of Nursing Practice.  Paper Presented at the Philosophy in a Nurse’s World: Politics of Nursing Practice Conference.  May 16 – 19, 2010, Banff, AB. Presenter: R. A. Springer

Springer, R. A., & Clinton, M. (2009). Pharmaceutical industry discursives and their effect on patient and nurse subjectivities in the practice setting.Paper Presented at the 22nd Annual Research Conference: Nursing Research: The Path to Excellence: Showcasing Links to Practice Settings. Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. April, 2009. Presenter: R. A. Springer

Grants

Springer, R. A. (2014-2015). University of Saskatchewan Proposal Development Assistance (PDA) Grant ($1000)

Springer, R. A. (September 1, 2012- August 31, 2017).  University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association (USFA)Research Grant. $7,000.

Anonson J (Co-principal Investigator), Tran T (Co-principal Investigator), Tran TD (Co-principal Investigator), Buhler L (Co-investigator), Kent-Wilkinson A (Co-investigator), Springer R.A. (Co-investigator), Walker ME (Co-investigator). Grant: Phase I Funding. Scaling up practice of non- pharmaceutical approaches in improving Quality of life, along with the prevention and care of common mental health disorders in Vietnam, Grand Challenges Canada Award for Travel and Accommodation for PIs to meet in Tanzania in March, 2012 Awarded in December, 2011. Total: $25,000.00.

Springer, R. A. (2011). Alberta Provincial Health Ethics Network (PHEN). Bursary, $500.00.

Springer, R. A. (PI) (2011). Understanding the Heterodiscursive Effects of the Clinical Trial Setting on the Recruitment of Patients and the Organization of Nursing Work: An Exploratory Descriptive Study. $9,000 University of Saskatchewan New Faculty Start –up Funding.

Racine, L. (PI), Sawatzky, J., Springer, R. A., Spence, C. Shutko, C.., Udod, S., & Wall, P. (C0-Inv). (2010). CON faculty needs assessment related to the new curriculum. $6,235 (May 1-August 31, 2010) USTEP Board of Governors.

Suveges, L.G., D'Eon, M. Proctor, P., Dobson, R., Walker, D., O'Connoll, M., Springer, R. A. (2010). Developing a Curriculum for Interprofessional Education at the U of S: Research and Analysis of Current Health Professional Curricula. $10,000. Interprofessional Health Collaborative of Saskatchewan (IHCS).