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Sonia Udod
RN, BScN, MS (Pace University, New York), PhD (University of Toronto)
Assistant Professor

Office: E4346 Health Sciences, Saskatoon
Phone: (306) 966-4783
Fax: (306) 966-6621
E-mail: sonia.udod@usask.ca
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Biography

  • Research Interests
    • Leadership
    • Work environments
    • Nurse empowerment
    • Nurse migration
    • Organization management/Health care delivery design
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Distributed learning
    • Critical social approaches
  • Methodology
    • Qualitative methods
    • Grounded theory

Clinical Area of Expertise:

The overall goal of my professional practice investigates the quality of nurses work life. Incorporated within my program of professional practice and research and scholarly work are my research interests in nursing leadership, nurse and nurse manager roles, nurses' work environments, and the role of educators and administrators in distance education/distributive learning .

Associate Memberships:

Member, College of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Saskatchewan

Manitoba Centre for Nursing Research, Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba.
(2009- 2012), Research Affiliate

International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM), University of Alberta, Member Scholar

Honours and Academic Awards:

  • Top Researcher in Socio-Health, New Investigator Establishment Grant 2013-14
  • Rosenstadt Doctoral Dissertation Award, Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
  • Government of Ontario/University of Toronto Foundation Graduate Scholarship in Science & Technology, University of Toronto
  • University of Toronto Fellowships
  • Gail Donner Fellowship in Nursing
  • Michael & Effie Bodnar Scholarship
  • Margaret M. Cahoon Memorial Scholarship
  • Lucy D. Willis Scholarship, University of Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba Association of Registered Nurses Foundation
  • Sigma Theta Tau International ( Zeta Omega Chapter, New York, and Xi Lambda Chapter, Winnipeg, MB)
  • Academy of Management
  • Council on Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications:

Udod, S.A., & Racine, L. (accepted). A critical perspective for nurse and nurse manager relations: Advancing nurse empowerment theory. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research.

Udod, S.A. (accepted). Seeking connectivity in nurses' work environments: Advancing nurse empowerment theory. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research

Racine, L., Springer, R.A., Udod, S.A. (April, 2013). Distributed learning and rapid technological changes: An exploration of faculty development needs. International Journal of University Teaching and Faculty Development, 3(3), 1-15.

Udod, S.A. (2012). Process of seeking connectivity: Social relations of power between staff nurses and nurse managers. Nursing Leadership, 25 (4), 29-47.

Udod, S.A., & Care, W.D. (2012). "Walking a tight rope": An investigation of nurse managers' work stressors and coping experiences. Journal of Research in Nursing, online, 1-13. DOI:10.1177/17449871111434189.   

Review: Shirey, M. (2012). "Walking a tight rope": An investigation of nurse managers' work stressors and coping experiences. Journal of Research in Nursing, online, 1-2 DOI:10.1177/1744987112438650. 

Udod, S.A., & Care, W.D.  (2011). Nurse managers’ work stressors and coping experiences: Unraveling the evidence. Nursing Leadership, 24 (3), 57-72.

Lobchuk, M., & Udod, S.A. (2011). Oncology nurses’ perceptions of their relations with family members in an ambulatory cancer care setting: A mixed method study. Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal 21 (2),64-71.

Udod, S.A. (2008). The power behind empowerment for staff nurses: Using Foucault’s concepts. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 21(2), 77-92.

Articles in Review:

Udod, S.A. (2013). Nurses and managers relating through (dis) connecting: Advancing nurse empowerment theory, Part I, Journal of Advanced Nursing

Recent Scientific Presentations:

Udod, S.A., Cummings, G., Care, D., Jansen, A., Hammond-Collins, K., & Cave, J. (2014, October 3). 'On the Edge': Role Stressors and Coping Strategies of Nurse Managers in Acute Care Organizations in Western Canada. Poster presented at Irish Association of Directors of Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Symposium 2014, Kilkenny, Ireland.
Comment: Abstract accepted June 10, 2014

Friesen, M., Astle, B., & Udod, S.A. (2014, October 23). An evidence informed approach for Charge Nurses as front-line leaders. Paper presented at Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women's Health Nurses 4th Annual Conference, Regina, Saskatchewan.
Comment: Abstract accepted June 16, 2014

Racine, L., Ferguson, L., Udod, S.A., Maposa, S., Fowler-Kerry, S., Yixi, L., & Smith, M. (2014, October 22). Integration of Internationally Educated Nurses in the Canadian Health Care System:Navigating the Pitfalls of Racialization and Othering. Paper presented at 40th Annual Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society, Charleston,SC,USA.
Comment: Abstract accepted May 13, 2014

Racine, L., Ferguson, L., Udod, S.A., Maposa, T., & Fowler-Kerry, S. (2014, July 9). Managing cultural diversity in health care organizations: Examining nurse managers' roles in facilitating the professional, social, and cultural integration of immigrant nurses in western Canada. Paper presented at 14th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations, Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Vienna, Austria.
Comment: Abstract accepted on October 15, 2013.

Ferguson, L., Racine, L., Udod, S.A., Maposa, S., & Fowler-Kerry, S. (2014, May 1). Exploring the integration Experiences of Internationally Educated Nurses and their Canadian Educated Colleagues and Nurse Managers. Paper presented at The Partners in Education & Integration of Internationally Educated Nurses:8th National Conference, Toronto, ON.

Racine, L., & Udod, S.A. (2013, November 13). Managing cultural diversity: Defining nurse managers' roles in improving the professional,social, and cultural integration of immigrant nurses in western Canada. Paper presented at International Nursing Administration Research Conference, Baltimore, MD,USA.
Comment: INARC most prestigious international nursing administration research conference

Racine, L., Ferguson, L., Udod, S.A., Maposa, S., & Fowler-Kerry, S. (2013, October 23). Promoting culturally competent care: Exploring the roles of nurse managers in the professional, social, and cultural integration of immigrant nurses in a Canadian prairie province. Paper presented at 39th Transcultural Nursing Society Conference, Albuquerque, NM.

Udod, S.A., Cummings, G., Care, D., & Hammond-Collins, K. (2013, December 5). Role Stressors and Coping Experiences of Nurse Managers in Rural and Urban Acute Care Facilities in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Poster presented at 2013 SHRF Sante! Awards, Saskatoon, SK.

Rohatinsky, N., Ferguson, L., Udod, S.A., & Racine, L. (2013, November 16). Rural mentorship matters: Challenges and Opportunties for Rural Nursing Leadership. Poster presented at Sigma Theta Tau 42nd Biennial Convention, Indianapolis, IN.

Udod, S.A., & Racine, L. (2013, November 13). Seeking power through resistance: Practice and policy solutions for nurse managers in nurses' work environments. Poster presented at International Nursing Administration Research Conference, Baltimore, MD,USA

Racine, L., Ferguson, L., Udod, S.A., Maposa, S., & Fowler-Kerry, S. (July 9-11, 2014). Managing Cultural diversity in health care organizations: Facilitating the professional, social, and cultural integration of immigrant nurses in western Canada. 14th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations. Vienna, Austria. (accepted).

Rohatinsky, N., Udod, S.A, Racine, L., & Ferguson, L. (November 16-20, 2013). Rural mentorship matters: Challenges and opportunities for rural nursing leadership. Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing 42nd Biennial Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. (accepted).

Racine, L., Ferguson, L., Udod, S.A., Maposa, S., & Fowler-Kerry, S. (October 23-26, 2013). Promoting culturally competent care: Exploring the role of nurse managers in the professional, social, and cultural integration of immigrant nurses in a Canadian prairie province. 39th Annual Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society, Transcultural Nursing: Relationship for Health Locally, Nationally, and Internationally. Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. (accepted).

Udod, S.A., & Racine, L. (June 19-20, 2013). Applying a critical perspective lens to examine power and empowerment in nurses' work environments. 1st Critical Perspectives in Nursing and Health Care International Conference, Vancouver, BC.

Racine, L., & Udod, S.A. (June 19-20, 2013). A critical examination of the hegemonic impact of anti-intellectualism in nursing education. 1st Critical Perspectives in Nursing and Health Care International Conference, Vancouver, BC.

Racine, L., Ferguson, L., & Udod, S.A. (June 19-20, 2013). An examination of the discourses on racialization and cultural otherness in Saskatchewan's nursing workplaces. 1st Critical Perspectives in Nursing and Health Care International Conference, Vancouver, BC.

Udod, S.A. (December 9, 2012). Intersection of the Church and the Academy. St. Andrew's College, Winnipeg, MB. (Invited Speaker)

Udod, S.A. (November 29, 2012). The Changing nature of nurse managers' work: Intensifying leadership practices. First Nations & Inuit Health, Health Canada. Regional Nursing Workshop, Saskatoon, SK. (Invited Speaker)

Udod, S.A. (November 5, 2012). Heath care professional-caregiver communication and work-life factors. Family Caregiver Communication Think Tank (CIHR, Institute of health Services and Systems for an Again Population under the Planning Grants). Winnipeg, MB (Invited Speaker).

Udod, S.A. (October 27, 2102). Blending Orthodoxy and nursing in the academy. CYC/USRL: Renewal or Revitalization. Ukrainian Self-Reliance League of Canada, Saskatchewan Provincial Executive- 2012 Provincial Convention, Saskatoon, SK. (Invited Speaker)

Udod, S.A., and Racine, L. (October 23, 2012). New sites for nursing inquiry: Connecting research and pragmatic relevance. 18th Qualitative Health Research Conference, Montreal, QC.

Udod, S.A. (2012). Realities of Nursing education and practice in Canada: Issues and opportunities. Paper presented at the 2nd Nursing Symposium. Izmir, Turkey (Invited Keynote Speaker).

Udod, S.A, & Care, W.D. (2012). Abstract: Nurse managers' work stressors and coping experiences: realigning role expectations. Paper presented at The Quality Worklife-Quality Healthcare Collaborative 6th Annual Summit. Vancouver, BC.

Racine, L., Udod, S.A , Springer, R.A., & Wall, P. (2012). The impact of distributed learning strategies in nursing education: Exploring faculty development needs in a Western Canadian university. Paper presented at the 2012 WNRCASN Conference. The Winds of Change: Diversity and Divergence. Lethbridge, AB.

Udod, S., & Lobchuk, M. (2011). Nurse and family caregivers in oncology work environments: Mobilizing unit leadership. Paper presented at the 11th Annual Cancer Research Day: Enhancing Patients' Outcomes Through Research. Saskatoon, SK.

Udod, S.A., & Lobchuk, M. (2011).  Nurse and family caregivers in oncology work environments: Mobilizing unit leadership. 11th Annual Saskatchewan Cancer Research Day, Saskatoon, Sk.

Udod, S.A., & Lobchuk, M. (2011). Oncology work environment and nurse- family relations: the pivotal role of nurse leaders. International Council of Nurses Conference, Valetta, Malta.

Udod, S.A., & Lobchuk, M. (2011). Critical implications for nurse leaders: Nurse-family relations in oncology work environments. Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Saskatoon, SK.

Care, W.D. & Udod, S.A (2011). Nurse managers’ practices and perceptions of a healthy workplace: Stressors and coping strategies. Paper presented at the Caring with Science Conference. Havana, Cuba.

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, Vancouver, BC.

Udod, S.A., Care, W.D., & Crozon, B. (2009). Paper: Workplace stress and coping experiences of nurse managers: Building competencies for the future. Nursing Leadership Conference, Ottawa, ON.

Udod, S.A. (2009). Paper: Seeking connectivity: Power relations between nurses and nurse managers. Doctoral Research Week, Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.

Udod, S. A. (2008). Faith and healing: An Orthodox Christian perspective in nursing. Paper presented at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada Central Diocese Annual General Meeting, Saskatoon, SK (Invited Speaker).

Hultin, D., Care, W.D., & Udod, S.A. (2007). Paper: Putting the northern voice first: Rethinking distance delivery for Aboriginal learners. University College of the North Northern Voices, Northern Realities Conference, Thompson, MB.

Udod, S.A. (2007). Paper: Staff nurse empowerment: Relations of power. Doctoral Research Week, Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.

Udod, S.A., & Doran, D. (2007). Paper: The power behind empowerment: Relations between staff nurses and nurse managers in improving quality of work-life. Nursing Leadership Conference, Ottawa, ON.

Udod, S.A., & Doran, D. (2007). Poster: The contribution of Foucault: Possibilities for staff nurse empowerment. International Nursing Administration Research Conference, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, USA

Grants

Udod, S.A. (Principal Investigator). Undergraduate Student Research Assistantship (USRA), University of Saskatchewan. Total: $2,000.00 for 2014-06-01 to 2014-08-31
Comment: Mentoring an post degree nursing student with a keen interest in pursuing graduate education and an academic position in nursing. Including her in research discussions, manuscript preparation, and a poster for an international symposium in Ireland

Udod, S.A. (Principal Investigator), Cummings G (Co-investigator), Care W (Co-investigator). Role Stressors and Coping Strategies of Nurse Managers in Acute Care Facilitaties in Saskatchewan and Alberta, SHRF Establishment Grant. Total: $119,433.00 for 2013-08 to 2016-07
Comment: Awarded June 25, 2013, and project is meeting projected timelines: data collected and analyzed in SHR , half of data collected in AB, and beginning data collection in PNRHA this Fall, as we go into year 2 of a 3 year project

Racine, L., Ferguson, L., Udod, S.A, Maposa, S., & Fowler-Kerry, S. (2012). Understanding internationally educated nurses' professional, cultural, and social integration in Canadian nursing workplaces: Designing culturally competent and evidence-based retention programs. (CIHR-RPP, October 1, 2012-Sept 30, 2014 $152,000)

Udod, S.A. (2011). Workplace stress and coping experiences: The practices and perceptions of nurse managers. (University Publications Fund, $620. 80)

Udod, S.A. (2010). Understanding the dynamics of emotional intelligence and empowerment from employee perspectives: Implications for leadership. (President's SSHRC, $6105.80).

Racine, L. (PI), Springer, R.A., Spencer, C. Shutko, C., Udod, S., & Wall, P. (Co-Inv). (2010). Assessment of faculty needs for support and training related to the delivery of a new nursing curriculum through distributed learning. (University of Saskatchewan, USTEP Board of Governors, $6,235).

Teare, G., F., Baker, R., Sales, A., Verall, T., Woods, P., Goodridge, D., Griffiths, P., Quinlan, E., Sari, N., Sari, O., Maben, J., Avis, K., Digney-Davis, L., LeMoal, L., Burns, T., Lewis, S., MacLeod, B., Samdu, M., Udod, S.A, Willoughby, K., & Wodchis, W. (2010-2013). Impact of releasing time to care: The productive ward-relationship of outcomes and context on a nurse-led health care improvement innovation. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research $399, 447 and Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation $100,000

Lobchuk, M., Udod, S.A., & Loiselle, C. (2008- 2009). Family Caregivers: Are They a Barrier or Facilitator of the Quality of Nurses' Work Life in Oncology Settings (Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology Research Award for $5,000.00).

Udod, S.A. (2007). Workplace Stress and Coping Experiences: The Practices and Perceptions of Nurse Managers, $5,000, Start Up Research Funds – Operating Funds, University of Saskatchewan.

Rodger, G., Evans, R., Donnelly, G., Kerr, M., & Udod, S.A. (Co-PI) (2007-09). The impact of a common practice model in the Saskatoon Health Region.