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Our faculty members are prominent Canadian nurse researchers who are generating knowledge in a variety of fields including global health in developing countries, end of life care, the stresses and demands on nurse leaders, the use of cutting edge technologies in teaching, working with families and children with disabilities and promoting healthy activity in nursing students. These are just a few examples of research taking place in the College of Nursing.

Our faculty and staff are awarded provincial, national and international research funds to explore important local and global health topics and many receive awards for their outstanding research. Highlighted below are some of the most recent College of Nursing research related news stories.

Researchers Celebrate 100% Success in Children’s Hospital Foundation Grant Competition

The Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan has been part of Saskatchewan for twenty five years. Although most people think of patient care services and equipment when they hear about the foundation, a large part of what they do is also helping researchers do important work to support pediatric and maternal health. The College of Nursing is proud to announce three projects led by College of Nursing faculty have received Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan Research Grants, which represents a 100% success rate in the competition.

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Dr. Geoffrey Maina Receives CRISM Grant

The University of Saskatchewan has created a number of initiatives in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action (2015). The College of Nursing Prince Albert campus is positioning itself to take a lead on research that will enhance the mental health and wellbeing of Indigenous people in the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region and Northern Saskatchewan. Specifically, a group of nursing faculty have identified substance use and addiction as a common interest and are teaming up to work on research to help those in vulnerable situations.

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Several Researchers Celebrate SHRF Grant Success

The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) Collaborative Innovation Development (CID) Grant Program supports collaborative, interdisciplinary and innovative research that represents the first step forward on the path to additional funding. The grants are intended to foster creativity, novelty and innovation in research that has the potential to benefit the health of Saskatchewan residents. Please join the College of Nursing in congratulating Drs. Tracie Risling, Noelle Rohatinsky, Marcella Ogenchuk, Holly Graham, Sonia Udod and Lois Berry on their 2016 - 2017 SHRF CID Grant success.

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Laura Vogelsang Receives WNRCASN Graduate Student Award

Nursing students spend time learning theory in the classroom, practicing skills in a simulated lab environment and ultimately, hands-on with patients during clinical placements. Under the guidance of a clinical instructor, nursing students put the knowledge and skills learned from classes and labs into practice at the bedside. But when students reach the point of practicing as a nurse during a clinical placement, how do they learn to "think like a nurse" and what resources do they rely on? Limited-term lecturer Laura Vogelsang has received the 2017 Western & North-Western Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (WNRCASN) Graduate Student Award for her project, The Influence of Mobile Technology on Clinical Reasoning for Nursing Students. Vogelsang's project will investigate the resources that nursing students use during clinical rotations, specifically mobile technology.

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Dr. Brenda Mishak Examines NP Role in Correctional Setting

The role of a Nurse Practitioner (NP) has evolved and their scope of practice has advanced over the last couple of years. In 2015, an NP was successfully integrated into the primary health care team at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary and more recently, the NP role in the correctional setting has been expanded. As this is a relatively new role in corrections, there is minimal literature highlighting the outcomes of having an NP provide primary care in a correctional setting in Canada. Dr. Brenda Mishak from the College of Nursing Prince Albert campus is hoping to fill the literature gap through her research project, A Literature Review to Develop Nurse Practitioner Associated Outcome Metrics Within Correctional Settings in Canada.

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