Call for papers: Special Issue “Worker Burnout: Evidence and Potential Solutions”

The International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health (IJERPH) is calling all researchers to submit papers for their  special issue on “Worker burnout: Evidence and potential solutions.” The deadline is June 30, 2022. Click on the link below for details.

Martha Donavan Women’s Leadership Award

Dr. Sonia Udod received the Martha Donavan Women’s Leadership Award. This award is given to promising faculty to enhance their leadership skills for academic leader roles and service.

“My goal in pursuing leadership training is to create leadership knowledge, build research capacity, and support graduate students and emerging nurse leaders in work effectively in today’s complex health care environment. I want to learn more about creating a culture of innovation in the master of nursing leadership stream, and about leading organizational and system change to improve patient care.”

Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Pamela Baxter

Get to know more about Dr. Baxter by clicking on the link below.

Dr. Pamela Baxter: Interview on CTV Morning Live, ”Family Caregivers.” May 26, 2020

Dr. Pamela Baxter, an Associate Professor at McMaster University, is involved in a Canada-wide study to look at new ways to support family caregivers who undergo a lot of stress from having their parents or spouses in long-term care.

“Well, what we’ve seen with the family caregivers is that there is a different need for them when their loved ones transition into long-term care. They actually have unique needs that haven’t been necessarily addressed before. So, the study that we are doing, it is really a new approach to supporting family caregivers and by giving them online resources that they can access. So, we are hoping that those actually help, because what they experience often is a sense of hopelessness. There is guilt when they transition their loved ones into long-term care. There is loneliness. They are still dealing with loss, and grief, and other issues that may impact them negatively, to their physical as well as their mental health.”

Family caregivers

2019-2020 Manitoba Training Program for Health Services Research Recipient

Congratulations to Master of Nursing Student, Jacqueline Molina, RN BN on receiving a prestigious award to participate in the 2019-2020 Manitoba Training Program for Health Services Research (MTP).   MTP is a one-year, applied training program and fellowship offered to graduate students in health services research.   The applied training includes seminar instruction, professional development activities and field placements.  Ms. Molina’s topic of inquiry focuses on the need to support front line Nurse Managers during health system restructuring.

Dr. Pamela Baxter’s most recent grant will fund research on resident-to-resident aggression in long-term care: March 9th, 2020

Associate professor Dr. Pam Baxter is the principal investigator on a new grant from Sigma Theta Tau International. Assistant professor Dr. Sheila Boamah is also co-investigator. Researchers will be examining how nurse leaders deal with a pressing issue in long-term care.

“The funding from Sigma Theta Tau International is significant because it allows us to look exclusively at resident-to-resident aggression in long-term care through the eyes of the healthcare leader. Data from this study will inform a much larger study with the goal of developing strategies to support healthcare leaders as they attempt to reduce and manage incidences of resident-to-resident aggression in long-term care,” says Baxter.

Baxter, P., Udod, S., Boamah, S., & Hsieh, J. (2019). Nurse leaders in LTC: Preventing, identifying, managing and reporting resident-to-resident aggression. Sigma Theta Tau International, June 1, 2020 to May 31st 2021. $4,963 (USD)

Dr. Pamela Baxter’s CIHR Grant: Protecting the vulnerable: Healthcare leaders discuss violence in long-term care: January 20th, 2020

Dr. Pam Baxter, associate professor in the McMaster School of Nursing, is the lead on a new grant from CIHR. Dr. Sharon Kaasalainen, also from the School of Nursing, is one of the co-investigators.  The grant will fund a national forum to take place this spring.

“We are thrilled that CIHR has funded this national meeting to discuss resident-to-resident aggression in long-term care from a healthcare leader perspective,” says Baxter. “As rates of dementia continue to rise, many older adults living in long-term care homes across our nation are negatively impacted by verbal, physical, sexual and emotional abuse by fellow residents. The consequences of this type of violence can be dire and impact not only the individuals involved, but also their families and staff. There is no one or simple answer to this growing healthcare threat, but we must start the dialogue and move towards developing strategies to protect those most vulnerable to this type of violence. This meeting is just one step on a long and difficult journey towards addressing this pressing issue.”

Baxter, P. (PI), Kaasalainen, S., McDonald, L., O’Rourke, H., Papaioannou, A., Udod, S. (Co-Is), Acorn, M., Schulz, M., Muscedere, J. (Co-KUs), Caspi, E., Kristijansson, J., Puchniak, J., Purdon, L. (Co-Collaborators). Resident-to-Resident Aggression (RRA) in Long-term Care Homes: Examining the role of healthcare leadership in the identification, management, and reduction of RRA. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Planning and Dissemination Grant – Institute Community Support, $16,818. 2020 – 2021.

Dr. Sonia Udod, Appointed International Director, Association for Leadership Science in Nursing, Los Angeles, California, USA 


Congratulations to HiIlary Sudar for her most recent award, the McMaster Nursing Graduate Program Scholarship of $1,000!