Funded projects

Research in the Faculty of Nursing is funded by both internal sources Joy and Nicoleand external agencies.

Below is a list of recently completed and ongoing research projects at the Faculty of Nursing, and their respective funding agencies:

Altus Assessments Alo Grant

Kathleen Stevens (PI), Renee Crossman (Co-PI), Donna Moralejo (Co-I), Sandra MacDonald (Co-I), & April Pike (Co-I): Effectiveness of Casper with undergraduate nursing students: A mixed methods study to examine incremental validity evidence of program and national licensure performance. [2021 – ongoing]

Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARNNL) Research Grant

Jill Bruneau (PI), Donna Moralejo (Co-I): Developing and testing a cardiovascular health assessment screening program for healthy aging. [2016-2018]

Karen Dobbin-Williams (PI): Understanding the experiences of mothers of teenaged children with life threatening food allergies: An interpretive inquiry guided by philosophy. [2016-2017]

Sandra MacDonald (PI), April Manuel (Co-I): Assessing the Impact of a High Fidelity Simulation-Based Education Module on Nursing, Medicine and Pharmacy Students’ teamwork, collaboration and communication: A pilot project. [2016-2018]

Robert Meadus & Creina Twomey (Co-PIs): Patient satisfaction with Nurse Practitioner care in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Caroline Porr & Paula Kelly (Co-PIs): Studying fetal surveillance to understand how nurses work is organized. [2018-2020]

Sandra Small (PI), Cindy Murray (Co-I), Caroline Porr (Co-I): Aboriginal women’s experience of smoking during pregnancy. [2016-2017]

Kathleen Stevens (PI) & Donna Moralejo (Co-PI): Foot intervention study utilizing commercially available infrared thermometers with individuals with diabetes using a mixed methods research approach. [2016-2017]

Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing

Julia Lukewich & April Manuel (Co-PIs): Identifying indicators of NCLEX-RN success amongst Baccalaureate Nursing Graduates in Newfoundland and Labrador. [2017-2018]

Atlantic Region - Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (ARCASN)

April Manuel, Julia Lukewich (Co-PIs): Performing a comprehensive review to define new indicators of NCLEX-RN success. [2016-2018]

Caroline Porr (Co-I): Using standardized patients to develop end-of-life therapeutic communication skills. [2016-2017]

Canadian Lung Association--Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals Research Grant

Sandra Small (PI), Cindy Murray (Co-I), Caroline Porr (Co-I): Aboriginal women’s experience of smoking during pregnancy. [2016-2018]

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

CIHR Institute Community Support (ICS) Travel Award

Julia Lukewich: Registered nursing staffing and health outcomes of patients with Type 2 Diabetes within primary care in Southeastern Ontario. [2017-2018]

CIHR Knowledge Synthesis Operating Grant: Pan Canadian SPOR Network in Primary & Integrated Health Care Innovations

Julia Lukewich (Co-I): Interventions and policies influencing primary healthcare professionals managing chronic diseases: An evidence synthesis. [2016 - 2017]

Julia Lukewich (Co-PI): Evolution of primary health care integration strategies for adults with chronic health conditions: A systematic review. [2016-2017]

CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grant

Kimberly Jarvis (PI): Creating synergy in women’s maternal and reproductive health: Building global research capacity to eradicate obstetric fistula. [2020 – ongoing]

Julia Lukewich (PI): Dissemination of a national set of family practice nursing competencies to support the integration of family practice nurses within primary care. [2019-2021]

April Pike (PI): #HERHEARTMATTERS: The development of a web-based educational resource for health care providers who provide cardiovascular care to women. [2019-2021]

CIHR Project Grant

Julia Lukewich (Co-I): Virtual primary care: A multi-provincial mixed methods study of access, experiences, and outcome. [2020-2021]

Julia Lukewich (PI): Integrating Registered Nurses into primary care across Canada. [2018 – ongoing]

Julia Lukewich (Co-I): Increasing Indigenous participation in physician workforce. [2019-2020]

Julia Lukewich (Co-PI): Pandemic planning for primary care: Lessons from four provinces. [2020 - ongoing]

Lukewich, Julia (Co-PI): The Impact of Funding Models on the Integration of Registered Nurses in Primary Health Care Teams”. [2020 – ongoing]

Julia Lukewich (Co-I): Short, medium, and long term effectiveness of interdisciplinary teams and other primary care reforms in Ontario. [2019-2022]

Karen Parsons (Co-I): A cross-sectional and case control analysis of physically independent and physically dependent cohort of octogenarians: Part one of the life after 80 study. [2012-2015]

 CIHR Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) – Guidelines and Systematic Reviews

Alice Gaudine, Caroline Porr and Sandra Small (Co-Is): SPOR Evidence Alliance. [2019 – ongoing]

CIHR Canadian 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Research Funding Opportunity

Julia Lukewich (Co-I). Pandemic planning for primary care: Lessons from four provinces. [2020-2021]

Centre for Research on Work Place Disability Policy, Seed Funding (SSHRC funded)

Sandra Small (Co-I): When your work makes you sick: Exploring disability policies for workers within government funded protective services. [2018-2019]

College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador

Kimberly Jarvis (PI): Scoping review on the factors influencing vulnerable and marginalized women’s access to sexual and reproductive health in Canada. [2019-2021]

Paula Kelly (PI): Studying fetal surveillance to understand how nurses’ work is organized. [2019-2022]

Julia Lukewich (PI): Job titles and education requirements of registered nurses in primary care: An international document review. [2020-2021]

Sandra Small (PI): Pregnant and postnatal women’s experiences of interacting with health care providers about their smoking: A qualitative systematic review. [2020-2021]

Diabetes Canada & SPOR Evidence Alliance

Caroline Porr (PI): Preliminary report and rapid review of cannabis effects on diabetes. [2017–2020]

Department of Health and Community Services, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Anne Kearney (Co-PI); Development and Implementation of an Electronic Non-nursing Duties Toolkit to Enhance Quality Care in Regional Health Authorities.

Eastern Regional Health Authority

Joy Maddigan (PI): Early psychosis program of research. [2015-2020]

Health Care Foundation of Eastern Health

Anne Kearney (PI), Joy Maddigan (Co-PI): A multi-phase project to prevent and support occupational stress injury among Registered Nurses in Newfoundland and Labrador. [2018-ongoing]

Joy Maddigan (PI): Exploring the benefits of nurse-led community meetings on an acute psychiatric unit. [2018-2022]

Joy Maddigan & Anne Kearney (PI): Proposal to support a multi-phase project to prevent and support occupational stress injury among registered nurses in Newfoundland Labrador. [2019-2022]

Kathleen Stevens (PI) & Donna Moralejo (nominated PI): Foot intervention study utilizing commercially available infrared thermometers with individuals with diabetes using a mixed methods research approach. [2016-2017]

Heart and Stroke Foundation, Newfoundland

April Manuel (PI), Sandra MacDonald (Co-I): Heart and Stroke Foundation program evaluation: Risk reduction program for women. [2015-2017]

Interprofessional Health Education Faculty Travel Award

Sandra MacDonald (PI): A high fidelity simulation-based interprofessional cardiac arrest module for Nursing, Medicine and Pharmacy undergraduate students: A proposal for a future pilot study. [2017-2018]

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Alice Gaudine & Caroline Porr (Co-PIs): Clinical ethics committees and ethical conflicts in community health care. [2014-2017]

Memorial University Distinguished Teacher Award

Karen Parsons (PI): Art-based inquiry as a means of interpreting the meaning of caring in first and fourth year nursing students. [2015-2017]

Memorial University School of Nursing Internal Award

Fadi Khraim (PI): Impedance cardiography-guided treatment in persons diagnosed with resistant hypertension. [2013-2015]

April Manuel (PI), Sandra MacDonald (Co-I): Making the decision to decline predictive genetic testing: A phenomenological study. [2015-2018]

Karen Parsons (PI), Sandra MacDonald (Co-I): Can interest and attitudes towards older adults be improved in first year nursing students. Evidence from a course in aging at Memorial University School of Nursing. [2013-2015]

Caroline Porr (PI), Karen Parsons (Co-I): Designing a dialect sensitive diabetes educational tool for older adults of rural Newfoundland and Labrador. [2014-2017]

Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Nursing Research Grant

Karen Dobbin-Williams (PI): Understanding the experiences of fathers of teenaged children with life-threatening food allergies: An interpretive inquiry guided by philosophical hermeneutics. [2015-2017]

Julia Lukewich (PI): Exploring opportunities to optimize nursing resources within primary care organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Julia Lukewich (PI): Understanding collaborative primary care practice that involves family practice nurses in Newfoundland and Labrador. [2018-2020]

Julia Lukewich (PI): Exploring the utility of the nursing role effectiveness model in the evaluation of nursing contributions within primary healthcare: A scoping review. [2016-2017]

Kimberly Jarvis (PI): Scoping review on the factors influencing vulnerable and marginalized women’s access to sexual and reproductive health in Canada. [2019-2021]

Memorial University of Newfoundland Teaching and Learning Fund

Sandra MacDonald (PI), April Manuel (Co-I): Measuring the effectiveness of high fidelity simulation in interprofessional education to foster teamwork with senior Nursing, Medicine and Pharmacy Students. [2017-2018]

Alice Gaudine (Co-I): Enhancing interprofessional education in pre- and post-licensure health/social Care professional education in Newfoundland and Labrador. [2015-2017]

Newfoundland and Labrador Centre of Applied Health Research

Sandra Small & Cindy Murray (Co-PI), Caroline Porr & Andrea Brennan Hunter (Co-I): Knowledge, needs, and smoking behaviours of socioeconomically-disadvantaged pregnant and postpartum women. [2015-2017]

Newfoundland and Labrador Centre of Applied Health Research, Healthy Aging Research Program (HARP)

Jill Bruneau (PI) & Donna Moralejo (nominated PI), Karen Parsons (Co-I): Developing and testing a CV health assessment screening program for healthy aging. [2016-2017]

Karen Parsons (PI): Evaluation of an education program for seniors entitled “Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Program to enhance understanding”.

Karen Parsons (PI): Determining the needs of community dwelling 0lder adults with age association memory impairment and mild cognitive impairment in Newfoundland. [2019-2021]

Caroline Porr (PI); Karen Parsons (Co-I), Lan Gien (Co-I): Developing and testing a dialect sensitive and culturally appropriate diabetes educational tool for 0lder adults of rural Newfoundland and Labrador. [2015-2017]

Newfoundland Medical Association (NLMA)/Department of Health and Community Services (DHCS) Clinical Stabilization Fund

Julia Lukewich (Co-I): Patterns of avoidable utilization and interventions to address them for Newfoundland and Labrador. [2015-2018]

Newfoundland SUPPORT – Patient Oriented Research Grant

Jill Bruneau (PI) & Donna Moralejo (nominated PI), Karen Parsons (Co-I): Implementing and testing a cardiovascular screening intervention to promote healthy aging. [2016-2017]

Paula Kelly (PI): Studying fetal surveillance to understand how nurses’ work is organized in labor and delivery. [2019-2020]

April Manuel (PI) & Karen Parsons (Co-I): The development of strategies to foster awareness and accessibility to services for seniors living with hearing loss in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. [2018-2020]

Karen Parsons (nominated PI): The determinants of nutrition influencing community-dwelling older adults living in western Newfoundland: Community engagement and the role of nursing practice.

Caroline Porr (nominated PI) & Paula Kelly (Co-PI): Studying fetal surveillance to understand how nurses' work is organized in labor and delivery. [2018-2020]

Caroline Porr (Co-PI): Engaging mothers and professionals to make mental health a critical item in primary health care. [2017-2019]

Kathleen Stevens (PI) & Donna Moralejo (nominated PI): Utilizing commercially available infrared thermometers to prevent foot ulcers in patients with diabetes – a mixed method approach. [2016-2017]

Office of Public Engagement Accelerator Grant

Julia Lukewich (PI): Integrating nurses into the primary care setting in Newfoundland and Labrador: The development of core competencies for family practice. [2017]

April Manuel (PI): The experiences of individuals living with hearing loss in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. [2017]

April Pike: Developing networks and an engagement framework to advance genetics and genomics nursing practice in Canada. [2021]

Caroline Porr (Co-PI): Engaging Newfoundland and Labrador in designing a perinatal mental health framework. [2019]

Zaida Rahaman (PI), Joy Maddigan (Co-I): Indigenous youth mental wellness: Mobilizing success through external partnership and collaboration.

Office of Public Engagement Quick Start

Daisy Baldwin (PI): Initiating collaborations with Eastern Health to assess the feasibility of a women’s health grounded theory research study. [2021]

Karen A. Dobbin-Williams (PI): The development of a patient advisory committee to inform a mixed methods study about the care needs of individuals with diabetes in Newfoundland and Labrador. [2021]

Sandra MacDonald (PI), April Manuel (Co-I): The Sisterhood of Newfoundland General Hospital Graduate Nurses in WW1.

Sandra MacDonald (PI): A meeting of the descendants of the General Hospital graduate nurses serving overseas in World War I. [2016]

Sandra MacDonald (PI): Promoting respectful clinical practice learning environments. [2020]

Joy Maddigan (PI): Development of a collaborative research partnership with nurses practicing in the Mental Health and Addictions Program of Eastern Health and nurse researchers with MUN School of Nursing. [2017]

April Manuel (PI), Sandra MacDonald (Co-I): Heart and Stroke Foundation program evaluation: Risk reduction program for women.

Karen Parsons (PI): For the people by the people: Engaging seniors with early stage dementia in the creation of a sustainable action plan to improve access to support services in Newfoundland and Labrador. [2017]

Caroline Porr (PI): Memorial partners with family resource programs to support NL families. [2020]

President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching

Karen Parsons (PI); April Manuel (Co-I), Caroline Porr (Co-I): Art based inquiry as a mean of interpreting the meaning of caring in first and fourth year nursing students. [2015-2017]

Richard Marceau Fogo Island Fellowship

Nicole Snow (PI): Developing a student self-reflective framework and tool for a Baccalaureate Nursing Program. [2018]

Zaida Rahaman (PI): Community of knowing: An Aboriginal partnership in healing and health. [2018]

School of Nursing Start-Up

Karen Dobbin-Williams (PI): Untitled. [2021 – ongoing]

Kimberly Jarvis (PI): Scoping review on the factors influencing vulnerable and marginalized women’s access to sexual and reproductive health in Canada. [2019-2022]

Julia Lukewich (PI): Exploring opportunities to optimize nursing resources within primary care organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador. [2016-2019]

Joy Maddigan (PI): Grant in support of research endeavors – mental health. [2016-2018]

April Manuel (PI): Declining predictive genetic testing. [2015-2018]

Nicole Snow (PI): Mental health. [2019- ongoing]

Seed, Bridge and Multidisciplinary Fund, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Jill Bruneau (PI): NP’s Managing patients with chronic diseases. [2021 - ongoing]

Anne Kearney (PI): An innovative approach to prevent and mitigate occupational stress injury among Registered Nurses in Newfoundland and Labrador. [2019-2022]

Julia Lukewich (PI): Impact of family practice nursing on outcomes of care for patients with complex needs: A systematic review. [2019-2021]

Julia Lukewich (Co-I): Privately financed primary health care nurse practitioners services in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Julia Lukewich (PI): Exploring opportunities to optimize the organization of primary care for individuals with Type 2 Diabetes in Newfoundland and Labrador. [2015-2018]

Lukewich, Julia (Co-I): Pandemic Planning for Primary Care: Integrating Pharmacists into Pandemic Response Frameworks in Newfoundland and Labrador. [2021-ongoing]

Joy Maddigan (PI): Enhancing compassionate care of complex patients: An exploratory, sequential mixed methods design. [2021 – ongoing]

April Manuel (PI): The development of a database to identify predictors of success on the NCLEX-RN in Newfoundland nursing graduates: A pilot study. [2016-2018]

Sandra MacDonald (PI): The incidence and experience of incivility in clinical practice: Nursing students’ perspective. [2019-2021]

Pike, April (PI)., Baldwin, Daisy (Co-PI)., Jarvis, Kimberley (Co-I)., Kelly, Paula (Co-I): The psychosocial process of living with gestational diabetes as a risk factor for cardiac disease. [2021-ongoing]

Nicole Snow (PI): Exploring the (Dis-)connections in correctional mental health practices in Newfoundland and Labrador. [2020 – ongoing]

Seed & MUN Aging Centre

Karen Parsons (PI): Engaging seniors with early dementia in the community. [2019-2021]

Smallwood Foundation Research Grant

Robert Meadus (PI), Creina Twomey (Co-I): An oral history of men graduates from Diploma Schools of Nursing in NL. [2017-2019]

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant

Sandra Small (Co-I): Income security and labour-market engagement: envisioning the future of disability policy in Canada. [2018-2019]

WW100 Living Memorial Commemorative Fund

Sandra MacDonald (PI), April Manuel (Co-I): The Sisterhood of Newfoundland General Hospital Graduate Nurses in WW1. [2015-2016]