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Research In Nursing: Explorations in Health Leading to Better Outcomes

September 22, 2016 — 

When you hear the word ‘nurse,’ what image comes into your mind?

If you’re like many of us, you’re probably thinking about a hospital scene, where a nurse in scrubs takes your vitals or supplies medication. But if that’s all you see, you need to step back and take a look at the bigger picture.

It’s true that nurses provide hands-on care—they’re a vital part of your healthcare team, both in hospitals and in the community. But just step into the College of Nursing Helen Glass Building and you’ll soon realize that there’s a team of experts working behind the scenes—exploring theories, building knowledge and challenging assumptions—all in the interest of driving the profession forward and providing the best possible care to Canadians.

“The College of Nursing is the province’s leading research-intensive nursing education institution,” points out Dr. Beverley Temple, Associate Dean, Research and Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. “Our researchers are answering questions that lead to better quality care, better patient outcomes, and, ultimately, a better healthcare system.”

With topics as diverse as palliative care, intergenerational trauma in Aboriginal communities and contemporary practices in child discipline, patients are considered as a whole, with each element of their lives contributing to their wellness. This holistic approach has made the University of Manitoba’s College of Nursing an internationally recognized leader in its field. And, as the only Masters of Nursing and PhD programs in the province, the college is also the hub for this type of innovative research, advancing the academic community and bringing a Manitoba-grown perspective to Canada’s health-care system.

Within the last five years, the college has received $8.7 million in research funding, garnered more than 121 grants and career awards, and published in over 264 peer-reviewed publications. “It’s a growing and important area and there are still so many priorities to be explored,” says Temple. “It’s certainly an exciting time to be in nursing!”

This fall, the college is sharing a collection of researcher profiles about the important work of its researchers. Through the stories we’ll be releasing regularly through UM Today, readers can explore how nursing advances the science of caring and making a positive impact on health and healthcare delivery. We invite you to watch this site for regular updates from the college about our research endeavour.

 

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