Hello, my name is Arlene Kent-Wilkinson RN, PhD
I am a tenured Associate Professor here at the College of Nursing since 2002.
I would like to take a few moments to talk about my research interests and to tell you about my background in order to let students know who have similar interest and are looking for committee members, co-supervisors or supervisors for their masters or doctoral work.
My three focus areas of research are: (1) Forensic mental health, (2)Aboriginal health and (3) International collaborative and comparative research
First I will tell a bit about my clinical background and how my research interests grew from those experiences.
Much of my career has been spent in clinical practice: 8 years in emergency nursing, 3 years in correctional nursing, 18 years in forensic psychiatric nursing. I also have casual part time experience in addictions, acute care psych, and individual/family counseling in mental health.
Teaching Experience/ Online course Development
In the mid 1990's along with teaching sessional I started developing forensic courses for class room and online because there were not any at the time. Here at the University of Saskatchewan I have developed and teach two online courses in Aboriginal Health, N483.3 at the undergraduate level and N814.3 at the graduate level.
Because I had developed a lot of the early forensic nursing courses – that was what I picked for my doctoral dissertation. I interviewed other forensic nurses educators that like me had developed and taught some of the earliest forensic nursing courses.
My PhD dissertation was a mixed methods (predominantly qualitative) study of forensic nursing education. The purpose of the study was to explore forensic nursing knowledge as a specialty area of study and factors influencing educational development from the perspective of nurse educators (purposive sample) who wrote and taught the initial programs in their areas. A thematic analysis of the data was interpreted from a constructivist worldview and compared to the relevant literature. Outcomes of the study were constructed definitions of forensic nursing, a differentiation and a demarcation of forensic nursing concepts that were similar and different from nursing in general and from other forensic disciplines. In addition, findings from the study filled in gaps in the literature of the social influences of why forensic nursing developed when it did and why educational development did not occur sooner. An interprofessional practice model, a suggested meta theory on social justice for forensic specialty development, and a taxonomy of concepts to include were also outcomes that began further needed discussion and research in this specialty area.
1. Forensic Mental Health
I am a member of a new interprofessional research team here at the University of Saskatchewan, called the Forensic Mental Health Research Group. We will be putting in grants with a focus on service delivery to offenders in the areas of mental health, Aboriginal, aging, addictions, and national/international comparative research.
2. Aboriginal Health & Education
My online course development in the specialty areas of Aboriginal health has led me to collaborate with other researchers on studies related to Aboriginal health research and policy development.
3. International Collaborative/ Comparative Research
I was instrumental in acquiring a 5 year agreement and MOU with Flinders University of South Australia to collaborate in areas of student exchange and research collaboration for comparative studies. I currently have an Adjunct Appointment with Flinders University of South Australia. Therefore my current and future research proposals will be in relation to comparative policy and health indicators between Canada and Australia.
I welcome inquiries from students in the graduate programs who are interested in these areas.
Good luck in your studies.
- Forensic Psychiatric/Correctional Nursing;
- Forensic Nursing (general);
- Psych Mental Health Nursing,
- Aboriginal Health Education;
- Online Education;
- Mentally disordered offenders
- Aboriginal health education
- Forensic nursing education
- International collaborations and policies
- Mental health
- Mixed methods
Kent-Wilkinson, A., Dietrich Leurer, M., Luimes, J., Ferguson, L., & Murray, L. (2015, August). Study abroad: Exploring factors influencing nursing students’ decisions to apply for clinical placements in international settings. Nurse Education Today, 35(8), 941–947.
Comment: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2015.03.012 Journal Impact Factor: 1.36
Esteves, R. B., Lasiuk, G. C., Cardoso, L., & Kent-Wilkinson, A. (2014, December). Toward the establishment of a forensic nursing specialty in Brazil: Lessons from around the globe. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 10(4), 189–198.
Donnelly, G., Kent-Wilkinson, A., & Rush, A. (2013, December). Just another drunk: The binge drinking patient: A need for culturally competent nursing care. MEDSURG Nursing: Journal of Adult Health, 23(2), 355–358.
Springer, R. A., Kent-Wilkinson, A., Ewashin, C., & Ali, R. (2013, March 10). Making time for reflexive dialogue in philosophical group discussion: Extending the debate on the militarization of nursing. Advances in Nursing Science, 36(1), 18–25.
Springer, R. A., Kent-Wilkinson, A., Ewashen, C., & Ali, R. (2013). Making time for dialogue. [Featured Articles: Posted on March 10, 2013 by peggychinn]. ANS: Advances in Nursing Science Blog.
Comment: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. Retrieved from http://ansjournalblog.com/2013/03/10/making-time-for-dialogue/
Chapter in Book, Accepted Peer Reviewed
Kent-Wilkinson, A., & Austin, W. (2018). The context of mental health care: Cultural, socioeconomic, and geographic. In W. Austin, D. Kunyk, C. A. Peternely-Taylor, & M. A. Boyd. (Eds.), Psychiatric & mental health nursing for Canadian practice (4th Cdn. ed., Chapter 3, pp. 26–45). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.
Austin, W., & Kent-Wilkinson, A. (2018). Ethical and legal aspects of practice. In W. Austin, D. Kunyk, C. A. Peternely-Taylor, & M. A. Boyd. (Eds.), Psychiatric & mental health nursing for Canadian practice (4th Cdn. ed., Chapter 7, pp. 97-120). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.
Grants, Awarded (Peer-Reviewed)
Kent-Wilkinson A (Principal Investigator), Dietrich Leurer M (Co-principal Investigator), Ferguson L (Co-investigator), Luimes J (Co-investigator), Murray BL (Co-investigator), Squires V (Co-investigator). AWARDED. Study abroad in undergraduate nursing education: Perceived impact on RN nursing practice, Grant Successful. Western and North-Western Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (WNRCASN). Total: $5,000.00 for 2016-02-05 to 2017-02-05
Stenberg A (Principal Investigator), Kent-Wilkinson A (Principal Investigator), Hill P (Co-investigator). AWARDED. Indigenous health: An Australian and Canadian Alliance, Short-term Mobility Program (STMP) 2015 Grant. Flinders University of South Australia. Total: $13,500.00 for 2014-06 to 2015-10
Grants, Awarded (Non-Peer-Reviewed)
Peternelj-Taylor C (Principal Investigator), Kent-Wilkinson A (Co-investigator). AWARDED. Research Connections Grant, Conference funding for the 15th Biennial Custody & Caring International Conference on the Nurse's Role in the Criminal Justice System. Saskatoon, SK. Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF).. Total: $10,000.00 for 2017-08-10 to 2017-11-30
Comment: Peternelj-Taylor C (Principal Investigator), Kent-Wilkinson A (Co-investigator). AWARDED. Research Connections Grant, 13th Biennial Custody & Caring International Conference on the Nurse's Role in the Criminal Justice System. Saskatoon, SK. Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF). Total: $10,000.00 for 2017-08-10 to 2017-11-30 Comment: Submitted July 10, 2013. Awarded $10,000 in Aug until November 30, 2013. Contributed to historical content, C & C program planning brochure attachments, etc.)
Mishak, B, (Principal Investigator), Kent-Wilkinson, A, (Co-investigator), Pollock, C (Co-investigator). Literature review to develop nurse practitioner associated outcome metrics within correctional settings in Canada, Application submitted February 8, 2017 Faculty Research Development Grant, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. Total: $5,171.00 for 2017-03-10 to 2018-04-30
Comment: Contributed new content to the proposal in addition to drafting the cover letter and budget, provided editing, formatting and organization throughout (12 hrs).
Kent-Wilkinson A (Principal Investigator). City of Saskatoon Civic Hospitality Fund, Conference funding (cost of a meal to maximum of $1000) for the Custody & Caring 15th Biennial International Conference to be held October 4–6, 2017, in Saskatoon, SK. Application submitted February 2, 2017 was adjudicated and funded by Conventions Saskatoon, City of Saskatoon. Total: $1,000.00 for 2017-02-16 to 2017-11-06
Comment: Author of the Proposal and Budget. Editing and input from some members of the Conference planning committee (16 hrs)
Kent-Wilkinson A (Principal Investigator), Hill P (Co-principal Investigator), Dietrich Leurer M (Co-principal Investigator), Ferguson L (Co-investigator), Luimes J (Co-investigator), Murray L (Co-investigator), Silverton N (Co-investigator), Squires V (Co-investigator), Starr L (Co-investigator). UNSUCCESSFUL. Study abroad in undergraduate nursing education: Self-reported impact on RN nursing practice., Long-term impact of study abroad on nursing practice from self-reports of Australia and Canadian Registered Nurses. Submitted December 1, 2016. Unsuccessful University of Saskatchewan. Saskatoon, SK, Canada. Budget: $4951 (US). Unsuccessful Sigma Theta Tau for International Small Grants Competition.
Comment: First author on Proposal application, budge , timelines and References. Collaborated with Australia colleagues at Flinders University to include their editing and input. Considered and incorporated feedback from last years application to the same funder that was unsuccessful. Updated electronic bios and contact information of other members on the grant. (Time invested 60hrs plus)
Kent-Wilkinson A (Principal Investigator), Dietrich Leurer M (Co-principal Investigator), Luimes J (Co-investigator), Murray B (Co-investigator). UNSUCCESSFUL. Study abroad: Perceived impact on nursing practice, Research grant submitted November 17, 2014. Unsuccessful Western and North-Western Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (WNRCASN). $4300. Unsuccessful..
Kent-Wilkinson A (Principal Investigator). UNSUCCESSFUL. Legal and Professional Issues: Protecting Ourselves with our Documentation in Court”, Public Lecture Proposal: Linda Starr, Adelaide Australia to be help in Health Sciences during the 2015 Custody and Caring International Biennial Conference. $6000 requested. Submitted October 31, 2014, Unsuccessful. Myrtle Crawford Memorial Lecture Fund, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan..
Peternelj-Taylor C (Principal Investigator), Kent-Wilkinson A (Co-investigator). AWARDED. Research Connections Grant, Conference funding for the 13th Biennial Custody & Caring International Conference on the Nurse's Role in the Criminal Justice System. Saskatoon, SK. Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF). Total: $10,000.00 for 2013-08-28 to 2013-11-30
Ferguson L (Principal Investigator), Berry L (Co-investigator), Fowler-Kerry S (Co-investigator), Kent-Wilkinson A (Co-investigator), Spurr S (Co-investigator), Besse C (Co-investigator), Hewson K (Co-investigator), Bowen A (Co-investigator). Enhancing the student learning experience through lecture capture, U of S Summer Student Employment Program (USTEP) University of Saskatchewan. Total: $4,000.00 for 2013-05-01 to 2013-08-30