College of Nursing

Faculty & Staff

Sonia Udod -
RN, BScN, MS (Pace University, New York), PhD (University of Toronto)
Assistant Professor
E4346 Health Sciences, Saskatoon
(306) 966-4783(306) 966-4783
(306) 966-6621
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  • 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 and Postdoctoral Studies, 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


Udod, S. A., Cummings, G., & Care, W. D. (Accepted). Impact of role stressors on the health of nurse managers: A Western Canadian context. Journal of Nursing Administration.

Udod, S. A., Cummings, G., Care, W. D., & Jenkins, M. (Accepted). Role stressors and coping strategies among nurse managers. Leadership in Health Services.

Udod, S. A., & Racine, L. (Accepted). Empirical and pragmatic adequacy of grounded theory: Advancing nurse empowerment for nursing practice. Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Goodridge, D., Masad, L., Harrison, L., Rotter, T., Dobson, R., Groot, G., Udod, S., & Lloyd, J. (Under review). Assessing the implementation processes of a large-scale multi-year quality improvement initiative: A survey of healthcare providers. Implementation Science.

Udod, S. A., & Lobchuk, M. (Under review). The role of nurse leaders in advancing caregiver communication needs across transitions of care: A call to action. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership.

Udod, S. A. (In progress). Emotional intelligence and senior leader empowerment. Research in Personnel and Human Resource Management.

Udod, S. A., Szelest, I., Racine, L., Rohatinsky, N., & Read, E. (In progress). Building manager capacity for nurse managers: Ensuring leadership continuity. Administrative Sciences.

Racine, L., Udod, S. A., & Maposa, T. (In progress). Anti-intellectualism and technology. Nursing Philosophy.

Friesen, M., Astle, B., & Udod, S. A. (In progress). An evidence informed approach for charge nurses as front-line leaders. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership.

Udod, S. (2014). Seeking connectivity in nurses' work environments: Advancing nurse empowerment theory. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 46(3), 110-127.

Udod, S., & Racine, L. (2014). A critical perspective on relations between staff nurses and their nurse manager: Advancing nurse empowerment theory. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 46(4), 83-100.

Racine, L., Springer, R. A., & Udod, S. A. (2013, April).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., & Care, W. D. (2013). "Walking a tight rope": An investigation of nurse managers' work stressors and coping experiences. Journal of Research in Nursing, 18(1), 66-78.

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. (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.


Wagner J (Principal Investigator), Udod S, (Co-Principal Investigator), Berry L (Co-Principal Investigator), Alecxe A (Co-Applicant), & Perchie G (Co-Applicant). Improving Emergency Department Care Provider and Patient Outcomes Using a Synergy Tool, SHRF Collaborative Innovative Development Grant. Total: $28, 456 for 2017-2018

Smith M (Principal Investigator), Care W (Co-investigator), Udod S (Co-investigator), Graham J (Co-investigator), Henriquez N (Co-investigator), Ahmad N (Co-investigator). Role Stressors and Coping Strategies of Nurse Mangers in Rural Manitoba, Brandon University. Total: $7,495.00 for 2017-01 to 2018-01

Smith M (Principal Investigator), Udod S (Co-investigator), Care W (Co-investigator), Graham J (Co-investigator), Ahmad N (Co-investigator), Henriquez N (Co-investigator). Role Stressors and Coping strategies of Nurse Managers in Rural Manitoba, Health Studies Research Grant, Faculty of Health Studies, Brandon University. Total: $2500.

Udod S (Principal Investigator). Undergraduate Student Research Assistantship (USRA), University of Saskatchewan. Total: $4,500.00 for 2016-06 to 2016-08, University of Saskatchewan. Total: $4,500.00 for 2016-06-01 to 2016-08-31

Udod S (Principal Investigator), Goodridge D (Co-investigator), Rotter T (Co-investigator), Duchscher J (Co-investigator), Simonar P (Co-investigator). Building Nurse Manager Leadership within the Lean Management System, SHRF. Total: $40,000.00 for 2016-04-01 to 2017-03-30

Rohatinsky N (Principal Investigator), Rennie D (Co-investigator), Anonson J (Co-investigator), Olatunbosun O (Co-investigator), Udod S (Co-investigator). Registered Nurse and Physician Mentorship in Saskatchewan’s Rural Communities. Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Establishment Grant. Total: $82,061.00 for 2015-10 to 2018-09

Udod S (Principal Investigator). Undergraduate Student Research Assistantship (USRA), University of Saskatchewan. Total: $2,000.00 for 2015-06 to 2015-08

Udod S (Principal Investigator), Cummings G (Co-investigator), Care W (Co-investigator). Role Stressors and Coping Strategies of Nurse Managers in Acute Care Facilities in Saskatchewan and Alberta, SHRF Establishment Grant. Total: $119,433.00 for 2013-08 to 2016-07

Racine L (Principal Investigator), Ferguson L (Co-principal Investigator), Udod S (Co-investigator), Maposa S (Co-investigator), Fowler-Kerry S (Co-investigator). Understanding Internationally Educated Nurses' Professional, Cultural, and Social Integration in Canadian Nursing Workplaces: Designing Culturally Competent and Evidence-Based Retention Programs, CIHR and the Regional Partnership Program. Total: $152,080.00 for 2012-10 to 2017-03

Udod S (Principal Investigator). Undergraduate Student Research Assistantship (USRA), University of Saskatchewan. Total: $2,000.00 for 2014-06-01 to 2014-08-31

Udod S (Principal Investigator). Workplace Stress and Coping Experiences: The Practices and Perceptions of Nurse Managers, University Publications Fund. Total: $621.00 for 2011

Teare GF (Principal Investigator), Baker GR (Co-principal Investigator), Goodridge D (Co-investigator), Griffiths P (Co-investigator), Quinlan E (Co-investigator), Sales A (Co-investigator), Sari N (Co-investigator), Sari O (Co-investigator), Verrall T (Co-investigator), Woods P (Co-investigator), Udod S (Collaborator), Burns T (Collaborator), Lewis S (Collaborator), MacLeod B (Collaborator), Samdu M (Collaborator), Willoughby K (Collaborator), Wodchis W (Collaborator). Impact of releasing time to care: The productive ward-relationship of outcomes and context on a nurse-led health care improvement innovation (2010-13), Canadian Institutes of Health Research $399, 447 and Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation $100,000. Total: $499,447.00 for 2010-08 to 2013-07

Udod S (Principal Investigator). Understanding the Dynamics of Emotional Intelligence and Empowerment from Employee Perspectives: Implications for Leadership, President’s SSHRC. Total: $6,106.00 for 2010 to 2012

Lobchuk M (Principal Investigator), Udod S (Co-principal Investigator). 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. Total: $5,000.00 for 2008-04 to 2009-04

Udod S (Principal Investigator). Workplace Stress and Coping Experiences: The Practices and Perceptions of Nurse Managers, Start Up Research Funds - Operating Funds, University of Saskatchewan. Total: $5,000.00 for 2007

Care WD (Principal Investigator), Udod S (Co-principal Investigator). Reaching Out: Addressing Needs of Remotely Located Students in Northern Manitoba, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Total: $46,500.00 for 2006 to 2007