Research Priorities

Anne KearneyAt the School of Nursing we are invested in the generation of high quality nursing evidence through inter-professional collaboration and patient and public engagement.

Guided by Memorial University’s Research Strategic Framework, and recognizing our special obligation to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, we have identified three research priorities:

A) Nursing Practice

B) Primary Health Care

C) Knowledge Translation (KT)

These research priorities capture our strategic directions for research and identify areas where there is potential for national and international funding with significant impact on clinical outcomes.

Nursing Practice

Aimed at advancing excellence in nursing care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and nurses’ work environments, researchers use a variety of methods. Our research pre-dominately allies with the health experiences of patients and families and is designed to transform nursing education, nursing practice, patient care and health policy.

Exemplars include:

  • Appropriateness of care
  • Context of care

Primary Health care

This is research aimed at primary health care system transformation to advance nursing contributions to health promotion, chronic illness prevention and management, and the experience and impact of health conditions and health policy on diverse populations.

Exemplars include:

  • Cardiovascular health
  • Mental Health

Knowledge Translation

Our research is aimed at the synthesis, dissemination, and application of knowledge to improve health, health services, and the health care system.

We recognize that there are many forms of evidence including research data and evaluation of findings. As an Affiliated Group of the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) we promote and support the synthesis, transfer and utilization of evidence through identifying feasible, appropriate, meaningful and effective health care practices to assist in the improvement of health care outcomes globally.

Exemplars include:

  • Aging nursing workforce
  • Indigenous health


Faculty of Nursing

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Tel: (709) 864-8000