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Theme Groups

Theme Group Meetings 2005 - 2008 

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January 24, 2006

Presentation by: Charlotte Noesgaard
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Minutes of Meeting - Monday, January 24, 2006


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Theme Groups 2008 (updates)

Interprofessional Collaboration/Interprofessional Education
Liaison: Pamela Baxter

Interprofessional collaboration is high on the agenda for the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. Many research dollars are currently being invested to ensure that interprofessional care is provided in all sectors of health care. This impetus for change in health care practices must be supported by the efforts of nurse educators as they are responsible to ensure that interprofessional collaboration begins and continues throughout the undergraduate experience. This requires a concerted and coordinated effort across disciplines and illuminates the barriers and facilitators of such an effort.

Emotional Social Intelligence (ESI) in Nursing Education: 
Initial Liaision: Gerry Benson: 

ESI encompasses a cluster of individual and social competencies that includes self awareness, social awareness (being adaptable and able to work with others as in teams), self control (having self discipline, openness to new ideas, and being motivated), that determines how effectively we relate with ourselves and others, cope with daily demands and pressures, and underlies various aspects of workplace performance, leadership, and success.

Evidence suggests that ESI can be taught and learned. The purpose of our research is to determine the relationship between ESI and specific attributes considered essential in health care professionals (eg leadership and caring) and characteristics of the educational environment). 

Theme Groups 2006

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Theme Groups 2005

Clinical Peer Evaluation A pilot project is being conducted to study a clinical peer evaluation instrument to determine its validity and reliability.

Confidence in Baccalaureate Nursing Students/Confidence in Post Diploma Nursing Students Since the development of confidence is an expected outcome of any nursing programme, this group has investigated the factors that lead to its development. This research resulted in a definition of Confidence and strategies for the student, tutor and clinical setting to enhance the development of professional confidence.

Emotional IQ Emotional Intelligence (EI) is an essential skill required for effective nursing leadership. Excellent leadership can influence the retention, motivation, job satisfaction and development of a nursing workforce. Goleman (1995) describes EI as an ability that includes self-awareness, impulse control, persistence, zeal, self-motivation, empathy and social deftness. Self-awareness, together with the ability to engage in active reflection and personal growth may enhance leadership skills, resulting in high quality professional practice.

Evaluation Measures GroupThe Evaluation Measures Group reviews evidence related to existing student evaluation measures and explores the application of evidence to the student evaluation process within the B.Sc.N. programme. Current projects include: 1) The Development of an instrument to assess individual tutorial performance, 2) The use of single/double jumps to assess student clinical reasoning.

Faculty Development and Evaluation In this era of profound change in nursing education, driven by the newly legislated baccalaureate degree entry to practice and the concurrent implementation of college/university collaborative partnerships in Ontario, Canada, effective faculty development programs are of paramount importance. One project is currently underway to address the issue of faculty development.

Informatics in Nursing Education A key focus for the Informatics interest group is exploration of the factors that facilitate the use of new technologies, like the Internet, and CD-ROM, within nursing education. To date, this group has investigated how students, staff and faculty utilize and understand informatics in nursing education, and the technology available to nursing in order to help facilitate the teaching and learning process.

Mentoring Peer mentoring fosters collaboration, improves faculty retention and demonstrates institutional commitment to teaching excellence. A peer to peer mentoring program study was designed to enhance educators' expertise with problem-based learning following the implementation of the collaborative baccalaureate nursing program with Conestoga College, Mohawk College and McMaster University.

Portfolio Development and Use This group has explored the use of portfolios in faculty and student evaluation. A process of faculty evaluation has been developed and reported on and now the group is focusing on the use of portfolios in student development of critical reflection and evaluation.

Problem-based Learning A key focus for the PBL interest group is to investigate factors that influence PBL (e.g. tutor role, group size) and their subsequent impact on learning. This group conducted a joint project with the University of Ottawa to determine the outcomes of a PBL approach compared to a conventional educational approach. We have completed one manuscript and anticipate two others will be produced from this study.

Self-Directed Learning The group is working on the Role of the Tutor in Promoting Self-Directed Learning in the Clinical Setting.

Other Projects

NEW ProjectsThe School of Nursing holds an internal grant competition every two years using endowed research funds. The Niemeier and Tauber Research Funds provide seed money for small research projects.
For more information, click on NEW Projects We will continue to post information about these projects on our website as it becomes available.

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