A Vibrant Research Community
Research and Scholarship in the College involves partnering and collaborating both within Canada and internationally. Examples of partners include government bodies, educational institutions, health NGOs, and community-based organizations.
Dr. Pammla Petrucka currently heads a project involving a partnership with the International Development Research Center (IDRC), the Canadian Nurses Association - NurseONE, and SaskTel, through which nurses in five developing Caribbean countries are provided with personal digital assistants (PDAs) linked to a wireless network. With the PDAs, the nurses will have up-to-date information for conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and HIV/AIDS at their fingertips. The PDAs will enable the nurses to participate in local and global discussion groups on health issues. They will also be better able to Nurses in the Caribbean learning how to use PDAs Lee Murray (seated) and Susan Fowler Kerry (Director, RBC Nurses for Kids) assess patient status, analyze trends and identify potential problem areas for client care. The project will provide opportunities to improve accuracy, minimize errors, and speed up information sharing.
Dr. Sandra Bassendowski, along with Dr. Pammla Petrucka, is currently leading a Saskatchewan Health funded study of initiatives to recruit and retain internationally educated nurses (IENs). Saskatchewan recently recruited over 300 registered internationally educated nurses (IENs) to work in participating health regions. To inform future recruitment and retention strategies, she is examining the attributes, range and scope of successful and sustainable recruitment and retention initiatives for IENS, including key elements for integration of IENs into the Saskatchewan health care context.