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Current Projects

2008 NERU Pilot Project Fund Recipients

“Emotional-Social Intelligence in Health Science Students and its Relationship to Leadership, Caring and Moral Judgment” 
Gerry Benson, Lynn Martin, Jenny Ploeg, Barbara Brown

While the link between ESI and health professional education is conceptually clear, there remains significant gaps in the research literature. The baseline data from the current study with health professional students at McMaster University and Ithaca College has shown ESI to be associated with caring and leadership skills.24 Although the association observed in the study is preliminary, continued exploration is necessary.

By studying the importance of ESI as a prerequisite for both competent practice, quality clinical outcomes, and behaviors for effective leadership and by developing these skills in the future health professional workforce, we may have the opportunity to improve the health profession’s capacity to respond to both anticipated and unforeseen challenges in the future of healthcare

“Unraveling The Career Conundrum: Faculty Agency In Collaborative Undergraduate Nursing Programs” Michele Drummond-Young

This study aims to use two attitudinal surveys and a demographic questionnaire (Appendix C) to predict what demographic characteristics of faculty working in collaborative undergraduate nursing programs, impact most on what tasks, and whether there is any co-relationship between confidence in completing tasks and job satisfaction. A secondary purpose is to better understand how completion of the identified tasks is perceived to be problematic and why these problems occur and finally to identify what strategies could be implemented to deal with the identified problems.

“Socialization into the Nursing Role: The lived Experience of BScN Basic – Accelerated Stream Nursing Students” Sheryl Boblin, Michele Drummond-Young, Ola Lunyk-Child

What is the essential essence that describes socialization into the nursing role for nursing students enrolled in an accelerated nursing program? Objectives: 1. To describe the experience of socialization into the nursing role for students enrolled in the an accelerated nursing program; 2. To reduce these experiences into a narrative account and reveal the essential structure of these experiences; 3 . To understand these experiences in light of supports within the clinical and class room environments that may be required to promote confidence as socialization into a professional role of nursing occurs.

“Culture of Safety within the School of Nursing: Preceptors’ Experiences with Adverse Events and Near Misses by Level 3 and Level 4 Nursing Students in the Clinical Setting” Lynn Martin, Lynn Martin, Valerie Abbott-Mitchell, Jenn Salfi, Barbara Scott, Yvonne Lawlor, Marilyn Ott, Gladys Peachey

This project focuses on preceptors. A preceptor is a “skilled and motivated nurse clinician who chooses to act as a clinical teacher, professional role model, and colleague to student learners “ (McMaster University School of Nursing, 2004, p. 10). They play a key role in socializing students to the nursing professional role and assist students to build on prior learning and experiences (McMaster University School of Nursing) in the clinical setting. Furthermore, as preceptors work very closely with students, they may also be directly involved when students have been implicated in an adverse event or near miss. However, no literature was found that describes preceptors’ experiences with adverse events and/or near misses by nursing students. Therefore, the overall objective of this project is to describe preceptors’ experiences with adverse events and near misses by Level 3 and Level 4 nursing students in the clinical setting. The perspectives of the preceptors may assist in a clearer understanding of current patient safety issues in the clinical setting and the findings may help to identify strategies to create a culture of safety in which patient safety issues are openly discussed, communicated, and approached as learning opportunities.


2007 NERU Pilot Project Fund Recipients

“Simulation of Pediatric and Infant Clinical Events – Scenario Development Project”
Principal Investigator: Ruth Chen, RN, MScN

As the use of child and infant simulators becomes increasingly widespread, It will be necessary to develop validated scenarios of infant clinical events to be programmed into the Infant Simulator. The purpose of this pilot project will be to develop at least 5 commonly encountered scenarios with infants in an acute care pediatric setting. Level 3 and 4 nursing students in pediatric clinical placements will be involved in piloting and refining these scenarios. Development of these scenarios will be crucial if the Infant Simulators are to be used in future nursing education and research endeavors.

"Leadership Capacity Building in Academia: Informing Educational Peer Review for Nursing Faculty"
Principal Investigator: Colleen McKey, RN, PhD
Co-Investigator: Kate Toth, MSc (Cand)

The goal of this project is to inform an educational peer review Initiative for the School of Nursing to meet the needs of full-time, part-time, and clinical faculty. In-depth interviews will be conducted with a sample of full-time, part-time, and clinical faculty representing novice, mid-career, and expert educator categories. The faculty administration perspective will be obtained through focus groups with SON leadership groups. 

"Development of an instrument to assess attitudes and knowledge of global health issues"
Principal investigator: Iris Mujica, RN, BSc, MSc
Co-investigator:  Michael Ladouceur, RN, BScN, MPH, PhD (Cand)

The principal purpose of this study is to measure changes in the attitudes and knowledge of undergraduate nursing students in the collaborative nursing program (McMaster-Mohawk-Conestoga) before and after their exposure to course concepts in global and intercultural health.  We plan to develop a reliable and valid instrument to fill a gap in the international/outpost health research literature and to inform the BScN curriculum about the effectiveness of this course and where in the curriculum such content could or should be included.

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