Current Doctoral Students
 

Tracy Thiele

Nursing, Doctoral Candidate

Clear delineation of the role of the nurse is essential for nurses to practice to full scope of practice and to facilitate the maximum ability to function within an interprofessional case setting. Tracy’s research will focus on understanding “How has health care system restructuring shaped nurses’ perspectives on and ability to articulate role clarity within the interprofessional team?”

 

Deanne O’Rourke

Nursing, Doctoral Candidate

Is investigating how person-centred approaches and communication between staff and residents can be enhanced within long-term care settings.

 

 

Tara Horrill

Nursing, Doctoral Candidate

Tara is passionate about issues of health equity and social justice in health. Her doctoral research focuses on access to cancer services among First Nations in Manitoba. Her research interests stem from her experience as an oncology nurse, and include issues related to health equity in cancer care and access to oncology services.

 

Preetha Krishnan

Nursing, Doctoral Candidate

Advance care planning is a public health issue; it affects everyone. Preetha’s research aims to understand the process of advance care planning in Long Term Care facilities in order to improve end of life care and good death for the elderly Canadians.

 

Kim Mitchell 
 
Nursing, Doctoral Candidate

Kim's research focuses on the theoretical construction and measurement of writing self-efficacy in nursing education. Theoretically, her focus is on exploring the constructivist constructs of writing in undergraduate nurses, graduate nurses, professional nurses, and in knowledge translation. Writing self-efficacy is what keeps nurses writing, develops their identities in the profession, and focuses future career decisions. She is exploring the correlates of writing self-efficacy and developing a measurement instrument to assess writing self-efficacy in order to develop across the curriculum pedagogy in nursing education.


Vanessa Van Bewer

Nursing, Doctoral Candidate

Vanessa is interested in exploring the space where nursing and Indigenous knowledge intersect and how arts-based practices and methodologies might support this exploration. For her doctoral research, Vanessa hopes to engage in conversations with nursing students and educators through the medium of theatre regarding how Indigenous content can be integrated and taught within the nursing curriculum. As a French-Métis nurse, as an artist, as a future academic, and as a human being, Vanessa is committed to generatively and creatively addressing the Calls to Action identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and Indigenous issues more generally.

Brenda Peters-Watral

Nursing, Doctoral Candidate

Structural and relational factors in health care environments impact on nurses' ability to provide the care they believe their patients need, which can lead to moral distress. Brenda's research will examine oncology nurses' experiences of moral distress, including perceptions of contextual factors that contribute to moral distress, responses to moral distress, and perceptions of practice environment changes that would prevent moral distress or promote resolution when it occurs.

Abeer Alraja

Nursing, Doctoral Candidate

Bullying among nurses is a prevalent problem contributing to harmful consequences for targets, work environments, patient outcomes, and the nursing profession. There is a scarceness of interventional research aimed at educating nursing students on effective and appropriate responses to bullying. Abeer’s research aims to evaluate the effectiveness of an online educational tool in enhancing knowledge about workplace bullying and in improving self-efficacy related to workplace bullying among undergraduate nursing students.

Kristen Valeri

Nursing, Doctoral Candidate

Nurse managers within the health care system are identified as pivotal to engaging employees. During times of change, managers are called on to, not just cope with change, but to lead, implement change, and engage their staff. Understanding nurse managers’ perspectives and hearing their voices are essential to the success of change within healthcare. The focus of this nursing administration research is to gain an understanding of managers’ perspectives on engagement and hear their voices as they lead and engage their staff within the complex and rapidly changing health care environment.