Innovative nursing research shared at U of R conference

By Dale Johnson Posted: June 11, 2015 6:00 a.m.

The U of R’s Dean of Nursing, Dr. david Gregory, champions Canada’s Doctoral Nursing Networking Conference.
The U of R’s Dean of Nursing, Dr. david Gregory, champions Canada’s Doctoral Nursing Networking Conference. Photo courtesy of Trevor Hopkin - U of R Photography

For the second year in a row, the University of Regina’s Faculty of Nursing is hosting the Canadian Doctoral Nursing Network Conference.

And this year’s conference is attracting international attention. There are 26 doctoral students registered, and four of them are from the United States, including Arizona, New York, Rhode Island and Tennessee. Canadian students are from British Columbia through Quebec.

The idea of a national networking conference for PhD students who are registered nurses was established by the Dean's Office in the Faculty of Nursing.  

“We wanted to create an event for PhD students. This conference provides a space within which doctoral nursing students can present their proposed research or their completed dissertation projects. In addition, students attend workshops about topics of interest,” explains the Dean of Nursing, Dr. david Gregory.

Registered nurses holding a PhD are typically employed at universities. Regional health authorities also hire such nurses to address nursing research and inter-professional research within the health care system.  
“Doctorally-prepared registered nurses are vital to advancing the knowledge base of the discipline,” says Dean Gregory.

Some big names from nursing will be making presentations at the conference, which will be held at the U of R on June 11 and 12, 2015.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Sally Thorne from the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Thorne is a nationally and internationally renowned scholar and academic.

Visiting nursing faculty include Dr. Ruth Martin-Misener from Dalhousie University and Dr. Florence Myrick from the University of Alberta.
From the University of Regina, PhD nursing student Jodie Bigalky will share her research with delegates. Her area of expertise is pregnant women and addictions.

Dean Gregory says, “We are hoping this networking conference becomes a signature event for the Faculty of Nursing and the University of Regina. I think this initiative reflects positively on the Faculty of Nursing as an innovator in nursing education and research in Canada.”