A Vibrant Research Community
Across the Lifespan
Research and scholarship in the College spans the continuum from pre-conception care to end-of-life care.
Dr. Lorraine Holtslander, funded by an Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Research Fellowship, is developing and testing an intervention for caregivers of palliative care cancer patients to promote positive adjustment during the transition from caregiving into the phase of bereavement. The goal of her research is to develop programs that will provide support to bereaved family caregivers, and to develop policies for care to promote healthy and safe outcomes through the difficult transition from caregiving into bereavement.
Dr. Robin Evans, funded by the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region Nursing Research Endowment Fund, is studying fatigue experienced by new mothers in hospital. While much information exists about new mothers' fatigue once they arrive home, there is very little research on fatigue experienced during mothers' time in hospital. Findings will help fill the gap in knowledge about mothers' fatigue in hospital, and, because fatigue is known to contribute to postpartum depression, may contribute to new ways to prevent post-partum depression.
Headed by Dr. Angela Bowen, the Post Partum Peer Support Network program is funded through RBC Nurses for Kids in the College of Nursing. The program trains and facilitates peer support volunteers to provide telephone support to women experiencing postpartum depression. Women who use the program, volunteers, and program facilitators are currently being asked about the effectiveness of, and their level of satisfaction with, the program, to ensure it is meeting the needs of women with postpartum depression.
Dr. Shelley Spurr's research explores adolescents' perceptions and experiences of wellness. The Caring for Kids Where They Live program, funded by Workforce Planning Branch, Ministry of Health, evolved from Shelley's dissertation research as a partnership between faculty and students from the colleges of Nursing, Dentistry and Kinesiology. The goal of the program is to create an interprofessional pediatric clinical learning environment for health professional students within the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School System, and an educational environment that promotes high-school students' well-being, learning and life-long success.
Dr. Donna Goodridge's program of research focuses on best practices and quality of care for persons with chronic illness, with a strong emphasis on end of life care and treatment decision making. In addition to studying administrative data sets, such as those from Saskatchewan Health and Statistics Canada, she leads several mixed methodology projects focusing on the perceptions of persons with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease regarding care transitions. She currently holds a five-year CIHR New Investigator Award.