College of Nursing

Faculty & Staff

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

Office:E4346 Health Sciences, Saskatoon
Phone:(306) 966-4783(306) 966-4783
Fax: (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. (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.


Rohatinsky N (Principal Investigator), Udod S (Co- investigator), Rennie D (Co-investigator), Anonson J (Co-investigator). The Development of a Rural-Specific Mentorship Program for Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and Physicians in Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.

Udod S (Principal Investigator), McGrath P (Co- principal Investigator), Lobchuk M (Co-investigator), McPherson C (Co-investigator), Abou-Setta A (Co- investigator), Cummings G (Co-investigator), Kumaran M (Co-investigator), Donaldson J (Co-investigator), Huckstep S (Co-investigator), Lamont L (Co- investigator), Walker S (Co-investigator). Strategies Used by Chief Nurse Executive and Middle Nurse Managers in Meeting Family Caregiver Communication Needs: A Continuum of Healthcare Contexts in Saskatchewan, Canadian Institute of Health Research.

Goodridge D (Principal Investigator), Rotter T (Co- principal Investigator), Willoughby K (Co-investigator), Harrison E (Co-investigator), Udod S (Co-investigator), Teare G (Co-investigator), Smadu M (Collaborator), Westhorp G (Collaborator). Lean Implementation in Saskatchewan: Impact on Patient Safety Outcomes, The overall aim of this interdisciplinary project is to investigate the impact of the implementation of Lean on patient safety in Saskatchewan. Health Research Foundation.

Rotter T (Principal Investigator), Goodridge D (Co- principal Investigator), Dobson R (Co-investigator), Grimshaw J (Co-investigator), Kinsman L (Co- investigator), Quinlan E (Co-investigator), Sari N (Co- investigator), Stacey D (Co-investigator), Stempien J (Co-investigator), Taljaard M (Co-investigator), Teare G (Co-investigator), Udod S (Co-investigator), Smadu M (Collaborator), Westhorp G (Collaborator). Evaluation of Lean Transformation in Saskatchewan Health Care, Our project addresses the over-arching question: “What are the effects of the implementation of Lean on patient safety, quality of care, and cost-effectiveness in the Saskatchewan health care system?” The hypothesis we propose to test, developed from our baseline study of Lean in Saskatchewan, is that: Empowerment of staff and changes to leadership practices are intermediate outcomes of Lean and the primary mechanisms by which Lean generates improvements in patient safety and system efficiency. CIHR- Partnerships for Health System Improvement.

Udod S (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 (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: Received 4.5/5 "Outstanding " category on the peer review. 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 (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 2014-09
Comment: Project is ongoing

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). Workplace stress and coping experiences: The practices and perceptions of nurse managers, University Publications Fund. Total: $621.00 for 2011

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