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The University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing is a diverse faculty with a rich history and solid reputation. Situated in a research intensive university, it is one of the largest nursing faculties in Canada and one of only six in Canada to offer a full range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
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  1. Interrogating the Impact of Recent Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program on Temporary Foreign Workers in Alberta [Download]

    Title: Interrogating the Impact of Recent Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program on Temporary Foreign Workers in Alberta
    Creator: Bukola Salami
    Description: Following a peak in the number of migrants admitted to Canada via its Temporary Foreign Worker Program, the program underwent significant changes in 2014 and 2015 that will undoubtedly affect the lives of temporary foreign workers in Canada. These changes include a limitation on the length of time temporary foreign workers are allowed to remain in the country, a greater distinction between high- and low-wage workers, and more restricted rights for low-wage workers. So far, the impacts of these recent policy changes on temporary foreign workers in Canada have not been the subject of much research. Thus, we sought to examine the impact of recent policy changes of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program on these migrants specifically in Alberta. Using a critical qualitative research methodology, we conducted three focus groups with thirty-five temporary foreign workers in Alberta. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and thematically analyzed with the aid of an NVivo qualitative data analysis software. Findings from the focus groups reveal that the recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program policy have created a burden for temporary foreign workers as well as their employers, intensified the exploitation of migrant workers, and contributed to a high level of anxiety and poor mental health status among these workers. This study has two major policy recommendations: (1) grant open work permits to temporary foreign workers, and (2) create pathways to citizenship for low-skilled temporary foreign workers in Alberta. The study also recognizes a need for future action research.
    Subjects: Temporary Foreign Workers, Migrant Workers, Foreign Workers, Migration
    Date Created: 2016/03/22
  2. Health Equity

    Title: Health Equity
    Creator: ERA Administrator
    Description: The Health Equity Area of Excellence (AoE) provides leadership in the creation of a community of scholars within the Faculty of Nursing that foster discourse and inquiry to examine issues related to social determinants of health as conditions for social advantage/ disadvantage and systematic disparities in health.
  3. Chronicity

    Title: Chronicity
    Creator: ERA Administrator
    Description: The mission of the Chronicity Areas of Excellence (AoE) is to advance and disseminate knowledge and to influence public policy related to living well with chronic health concerns.
  4. Living with Hope [Download]

    Title: Living with Hope
    Creator: Duggleby, W.
    Description: The information in this video reflects the findings of a University of Saskatchewan research study on the hope experience of terminally ill patients and their families. This video was funded by Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and produced by Media Access and Production (eMAP) at the University of Saskatchewan. (17 minutes)
    Subjects: Hope
  5. Development of a “Changes Toolkit” for Rural Older Palliative Patients and Their Family Caregivers [Download]

    Title: Development of a “Changes Toolkit” for Rural Older Palliative Patients and Their Family Caregivers
    Creator: Duggleby, W.
    Description: A “Changes Toolkit” was developed to help rural older palliative care patients and their caregivers deal with multiple concurrent transitions that cause disruption in their lives. The purpose of this article is to describe the development of the “Changes Toolkit” to support rural palliative patients and their families with transitions using the Medical Research Council (UK) guidelines for complex intervention development The first step was to develop a theoretical understanding of the likely process of change, by drawing on existing evidence and theory, supplemented by new primary research. The intervention was then developed based on this first step by multidisciplinary experts (step 2), followed by conceptual mapping of the critical inputs of the intervention with the theoretical understanding (step 3). Then an assessment of the feasibility of the intervention was completed (step 4). The preliminary findings of a feasibility pilot study of this toolkit were positive with the majority of participants describing it as acceptable, easy to use, and having potential to help deal with transitions.
    Subjects: Changes Toolkit, conceptual mapping, Delphi process, MRC guidelines
    Date Created: 2012
  6. Conservative management for postprostatectomy urinary incontinence [Download]

    Title: Conservative management for postprostatectomy urinary incontinence
    Creator: Campbell SE
    Subjects: Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic, Erectile Dysfunction, Magnetic Field Therapy, Exercise Therapy, Biofeedback, Psychology, Electric Stimulation Therapy, Prostatectomy, Urinary Incontinence, Pelvic Floor
    Date Created: 2012
  7. Health Systems

    Title: Health Systems
    Creator: ERA Administrator
    Description: The Health Systems Area of Excellence (AoE) develops knowledge about health system learning and innovation to guide evidence-based practice and evidence-informed decision- and policy making across health care sectors and acute, continuing, ambulatory and community settings.
  8. Nursing Education

    Title: Nursing Education
    Creator: ERA Administrator
    Description: The Nursing Philosophy, Pedagogy, and History group (NPPH) is an integral component of the Areas of Excellence (AoE) initiative. This group is dedicated to fostering philosophical, pedagogical and historical scholarship within the Faculty of Nursing and the nursing community.
  9. Hope in Action [Download]

    Title: Hope in Action
    Creator: Duggleby, W.
    Description: This video features family caregivers of persons with dementia. It was funded by the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan. (18 minutes)
    Subjects: Hope
  10. Learning Writing Assignments Across the Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum [Download]

    Title: Learning Writing Assignments Across the Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum
    Creator: Susan Chaudoir
    Description: Many studies in the fields of postsecondary education and WAC/WID writing research have documented respectively the kinds of genres undergraduates write in college but few develop an in-depth and contextualized understanding of how students learn their major area of study through writing discipline-specific genres. This doctoral research specifically reports findings from an interdisciplinary case study that explored learning to write in one baccalaureate nursing degree program at one Canadian university. A combination of rhetorical genre and situated learning theories and institutional ethnography methods were used to help document student and instructor perspectives of learning to write two recurring writing assignments called the scholarly paper and journal of reflective practice, which students composed in each semester of their program. There were 32 classroom observations, 22 assignment documents, and 39 voluntary, semi-structured interviews with 34 students and 5 instructors from 4 courses. As a way to capture participants’ respective teaching, learning, and writing perspectives, interviews focused primarily on interactional patterns that enabled or constrained undergraduates’ writing development and professional enculturation across all four years. The study found that scholarly and reflective writing assignments were complex sites of interaction and dynamically entangled with changing personal, political, relational, emotional, and philosophical perspectives that differed from year to year as students advanced through their major field of study. From year to year, perspectives fluctuated with student/teacher assumptions, competitive/cooperative emotions, and values/attitudes towards writing assignment design, assignment supports, and classroom teaching and learning philosophies. Key factors that enabled students’ writing development were situated in the relational and affective domains of learning to write assignments, such as peer mentoring programs, where lower-year students learn to write from upper-year students, and rapport with nurse educators and professional nurses, where students learn to write content from a nurse with experience in the content area. Challenges to students’ writing development were situated in the personal, political, and philosophical domains of learning to write assignments such as having reading deficiencies, a myriad of expectations, inaccurate articulation of writing needs, assumptions about writing in professional nursing, developmentally inappropriate assignment design and assignment supports, and unpredictable competition between peers in classroom discussion. The significance of the study was to supplement existing knowledge of postsecondary WAC/WID pedagogies and to advance disciplinary strategies for faculty development and writing assignment design. Key Words: Postsecondary education, WAC/WID, writing assignments, student writing development, nursing education, interdisciplinary, rhetorical genre, ethnography, case study, interactional patterns, undergraduate teaching and learning
    Subjects: Thesis Abstract