Innovations in Health Systems and Education Research

We explore how innovation can lead to new or better ways to solve problems. Through this research, we challenge existing ideas and assumptions of current health and education systems to see how new solutions can provide the best outcomes for health care providers, patients, educators and students.

Faculty members involved in Innovations in Health Systems and Education Research include:

Dr. Jill Bally - I engage with interdisciplinary researchers, family and community members, and students to develop accessible supportive resources and care for families of children with serious and chronic illness. We build on past research to develop and test community driven and patient-centred interventions to inform effective pediatric family care.

Tania Bergen - I am interested in fostering mentorship and innovative teaching and learning approaches in acute health care settings.

Cheryl Besse - I am interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), focusing on teaching innovations and providing effective feedback to enhance student learning in the clinical setting.

Dr. Carol Bullin - My research focuses on co-developing educational tools to improve treatment option decisions for Indigenous peoples living with Chronic Kidney Disease. Other interests include the prevalence of undiagnosed prediabetes and diabetes in Indigenous adolescents.

Dr. Diane Campbell - My research focuses on promoting the integration of advanced practice nurses into continuing care facilities to provide primary care and to increase the quality of nursing care for our aging population.

Dr. Roslyn Compton - Using a patient-oriented research approach, older adults living in long term care, their close ones, staff, and communities are meaningfully engaged to build models of care that support “caring in relation” to improve quality of life.

Brooklyn Derksen - My research focuses on reducing pediatric death in Uganda, where children have high mortality rates after leaving the hospital. I use predictive modeling to identify high-risk children so patient education and follow-up care within the community can be undertaken.

Karen Juckes - My research focus is pain management; specifically pediatric procedural pain, chronic pain across the lifespan, and interprofessional education (IPE) in pain. My research approaches include Participatory Action Research (PAR) and Community Based Participatory Action Research (CBPR) with patient partners.

Dr. Arlene Kent-Wilkinson - My research areas include mental health within offender populations, Indigenous health, forensic nursing education, and study abroad experiences. My expertise is in qualitative methodologies; specifically interpretive design (ID) and mixed methods.

Dr. Tania Kristoff - I am interested in using simulation as a teaching strategy, to promote clinical decision making and build confidence in nursing students.

Dr. Mary Ellen Labrecque - My research focuses on rural and remote nursing practice (including advanced practice nursing) and the delivery of primary health care to address the determinants of health of populations in rural and remote communities.

Janet Luimes - My research focuses on nurse practitioner education and integration of nurse practitioners into the health care system.

Dr. Kelly Penz - My program of research explores the nature of practice and psychosocial wellbeing of health care professionals who provide care in demanding and under-resourced areas (e.g., palliative and end of life care, rural/remote settings) provincially and nationally.

Kathy Rodger - I am interested in how to mentor and support nursing instructors who teach nursing students in acute healthcare settings.

Dr. Noelle Rohatinsky - My research focuses on enhancing health service delivery and access to care in an effort to positively impact patient, family, and provider experiences and outcomes within the healthcare system.

Dr. Sarah Stahlke - My research explores what nurses know, how they apply their knowledge across traditional and innovative roles, and how nursing work is supported within various contexts. My overall interest is in how nurses’ potential can be leveraged to improve healthcare delivery and human well-being.

Dr. Helen Vandenberg - I am a nursing and health historian seeking to better understand and educate others about the history of health systems in Western Canada. My goal is to help health care providers avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, and better strategize to meet the challenges of the present and the future.