A number of College of Nursing faculty and staff are involved in global research research partnerships and projects. Some of our international research projects are highlighted below.
In January 2013, faculty and staff from the College of Nursing, with an interest in international research and exchange, formed a group for the purpose of conducting research specifically in the area of study abroad placements and studies with our global partners.
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 Academy of Management Annual Meeting and Conference held in Anaheim, California in August 2016.
Accessible nursing education is critical for a stable and effective northern health care system. The College of Nursing has been providing access to nursing education in Northern Saskatchewan since 2012, but we have also expanded our reach and worked collaboratively with UiT The Arctic University of Norway and the North Eastern Federal University in Siberia to establish the University of the Arctic Thematic Network on Northern Nursing Education.
College of Nursing's Dr. Lorna Butler received $112,000 from Global Challenges Stars in Health to partner with nursing schools in Yakutsk, Russia and the Philippines to improve opportunities for students living in rural and remote communities to learn where they live using new technologies for distributed nursing education, such as remote presence robotics. The funding included the purchase of two Xpresspaks for the partner sites.
Through a $20,000 One Health Research Development Grant, this project explored the development of an integrated One Health Clinic at an existing health clinic run jointly by the Ngorongoro Health Authority and Green Hope Organization (a Tanzanian based non-profit organization) and supported by the U of S and Nelson Mandela - African Institute of Science and Technology (NMAIST). The intention was to migrate from a traditional primary healthcare clinic to a One Health Clinic with a high level of community engagement in identifying One Health challenges, risks and opportunities. This centre was the inaugural C2OHRIS (Citizen Centre for One Health Research, Innovation and Surveillance) where local and regional human health, animal health and environmental agencies and professionals came together in an effort to shift from an inward focused human health system to an outward upstream focus on an One Health approach.
The project took place in Alelayli, Tanzania - a community of less than 10,000 individuals who are members of the Maasai, a traditional pastoralist people. This lifestyle includes an intense dependency and inter-dependency of animal-human-environmental health in this context, as within the Ngorongoro Region, these are inextricably linked to water shortages, environmental constraints (related to their co-location within a National Conservation Area) and critical food insecurity.
With support from a $100,000 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Knowledge Synthesis Grant and in partnership with colleagues from Australia, the overall goal of this meta-synthesis is to explore the experiences of bereaved family caregivers of persons with terminal illness (dementia, cancer etc.) who received palliative care in order to identify and describe specific policies and interventions appropriate to support bereaved caregivers.
University of Saskatchewan's International Centre for Northern Governance and Development (ICNGD) joined with the College of Nursing to offer a three day, international forum to explore the application of remote learning technology in rural, remote and northern communities. The forum, which attracted global leaders, brought together individuals using remote presence technology for training and clinical purposes.
With funding provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the University of Saskatchewan Conference Fund and the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development (ICNGD), the College of Nursing brought together a team of innovation leaders in telementoring to build a network of learning that parallels and supports technological advances that are occurring in practice.
Led by College of Nursing Professor Pammla Petrucka, in conjunction with many local and Canadian partners, the Mama Kwanza (Mother First) Socio-Economic and Health Initiative received $3.6 million dollars to partner with organizations in northern Tanzania to improve access, quality and local capacity to deliver services to support the health of mothers and their children.