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.
Examining Workplace Productivity in the Saskatchewan Mining Industry
The mining sector plays a huge role in the Saskatchewan economy, in addition to being the largest private sector employer of Indigenous peoples in the province. It is important both economically and socially for those working in the mines to be healthy and productive; yet, we know little about the potential effects of physical and mental health on productivity, absenteeism and disability within the industry. To take a closer look at this, Dr. Lorna Butler is leading a team that has received funding from Mitacs and the International Mineral Innovation Institute (IMII) for their project titled, A Healthy Workplace for a Healthy Workforce: Identifying Predictors of Health Impacting Workplace Productivity in the Mining Industry of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Wanda Martin Aims to Improve Health through Urban Agriculture
With the anticipated rise of the number of people living in urban settings in the years to come, the question looming is whether or not the demand for nutritious food can be met. How does this apply to Saskatchewan? Although Saskatchewan has a traditional agricultural background, currently, 67% of our population lives in urban areas, with the anticipation this number is expected to rise. With a vision of self-sufficiency and stewardship, environmental health is a focus for the City of Saskatoon, with a goal to “grow more food in the city”. College of Nursing’s Dr. Wanda Martin is working on research that will provide evidence on how to achieve this goal by producing an urban agriculture action plan.
Assistant Professor Presents Research at Prestigious Global Conference
Faculty in the College of Nursing often have the opportunity to present their research to nursing colleagues at various conferences, but to be selected as only one of three Canadian nurse researchers to present at an impressive international conference for management and organization scholars is a real honour. Assistant Professor Dr. Sonia Udod was selected to deliver her presentation titled, Swimming Upstream: Role Stressors and Coping Strategies of Nurse Managers at the recent Academy of Management* Annual Meeting and Conference held in Anaheim, California.
RP Technology to Aid in Early Detection for Type 2 Diabetes and Retinopathy
Aboriginal people living in Canada are among the highest risk populations for type 2 diabetes and related complications. While evidence suggested type 2 diabetes in adolescents is associated with severe and early onset of microvascular complications, including retinopathy, little is known about the number of vision health problems among northern Aboriginal youth with type 2 diabetes.
Honoring the Voices of Bereaved Caregivers - Video Launch and Presentation
Following a year of research, an international interdisciplinary team led by College of Nursing Primary Investigator (PI) Dr. Lorraine Holtslander, is set to launch a series of public videos based on their project titled “Honoring the Voices of Bereaved Caregivers”. The videos are based on qualitative research with those who have given care to a terminally ill family member and have become bereaved.