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REF NO.: 166

SUBJECT: Leading nurse researcher to headline conference at Memorial University

DATE: June 5

A nurse researcher known internationally for her pioneering work on patient falls, suffering and comforting, bereavement and an A-Z list of numerous important health-care topics will be a keynote speaker and presenter at the Nursing Research Day Conference, Research and Practice: Bridging the Gap, taking place on Tuesday, June 9, at Memorial University’s School of Nursing.

Dr. Janice Morse is recognized worldwide for her qualitative research and mixed methods expertise, for supporting research development and establishing the International Institute for Qualitative Health Research.

Her workshops highlight practical ways that nurses can integrate research into their practice, which is the focus of this year’s conference. Dr. Morse often talks to nurse researchers about how to design studies with patient perspectives, about how to survey nurses on interventions to relieve suffering and about guiding nurses on how to build theories for practice.

Dr. Morse has also written extensively about qualitative research, which is a type of research method commonly used by health professionals and social scientists to understand individuals’ illness experiences. Individuals share their stories in their own words.

“We’re delighted to have a nurse researcher of Dr. Morse’s stature and expertise in research methodology at our conference,” said Dr. Alice Gaudine, dean, School of Nursing.

“She has solid, practical advice for us including on how we can make nursing research practical, accessible and meaningful to nurses practising in this province. An important focus of nursing research is on the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.”

Faculty members from the School of Nursing, Centre for Nursing Studies and the Western Regional School of Nursing in Corner Brook, as well as visiting researchers, have a wide variety of presentations to share about research happening in Newfoundland and Labrador and elsewhere. Topics include helping families through the autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, the experience of recovery following early psychosis, using cellphones in nursing education, information women receive about the benefits and harms of mammography screening and chronic disease self-management education.

For more information about Dr. Morse, the conference and sessions please visit www.mun.ca/nursing/research/reserachday1015.php.

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For more information, please contact Marcia Porter, communications co-ordinator, School of Nursing, Memorial University, 777-2165, email: mlporter@mun.ca.

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