Research Chairs

Pamela

Pamela Farthing RN, BA, MSc, PhD(c)

Research Chair, Diabetes Care
Faculty, Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN)
Adjunct Faculty, University of Regina

306-659-4199

pamela.farthing@saskpolytech.ca

Care and Ongoing Support Requirements of Young Adults with Diabetes

Pamela Farthing, faculty, SCBScN program, is leading a research project focusing on identifying the best methods to support young adults with diabetes in Saskatchewan. Her project aims to decrease morbidity and mortality associated with diabetes through consultation with young adult diabetic patients, their family members, and their healthcare providers.  This research aims to generate a foundation from which innovative interventions will be created to improve care and decrease the financial burden of this disease on patients and the health care system.​

Profile

Pamela Farthing has been a faculty member Saskatchewan Polytechnic School of Nursing since 2008.  She is currently an Adjunct Professor with the University of Regina and a Research Chair of Diabetes Care. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Medicine (Community Health and Epidemiology) from the University of Saskatchewan, a diploma in nursing from Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences and has specialized graduate training in Public Health and the Agricultural Rural Ecosystem. She is currently a PhD candidate in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan.  Pamela’s nursing background includes, long term care, rural nursing and neonatal intensive care.

Research/Scholarship

Pamela Farthing holds a Research Chair in Diabetes Care at Saskatchewan Polytechnic (saskpolytech.ca).  She is President of the Saskatchewan Nursing Informatics Association (snia.ca) and jurisdictional representative of the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association (cnia.ca).  Her research experience includes rural pediatric respiratory epidemiology, informatics, rural advanced nursing education, and diabetes care. She has published articles and presented internationally.  Pamela’s PhD focus is adolescents with type 1 diabetes and her program of research is focused on young adult diabetes care. Her most recent grants funded a survey of young adults with diabetes, continuing education for rural and remote nurses survey, analysis and dissemination of rural remote continuing education survey results, a professional presence on social media survey, and a diabetes care program of research at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

 Selected Grants

  1. Farthing, P. (Principal Investigator), Support Requirements of Young Adults with Diabetes, Saskatchewan Polytechnic School of Nursing Internal Grant, 2018 – 2019.
  2. Farthing P. (Principal Investigator) Saskatchewan Centre for Patient Oriented Research (SCPOR) Patient Engagement Application Development Award (PEADA) 2018.
  3. Farthing P. (Principal Investigator) SCPOR Patient Engagement Application Development (PEAD) Award 2017.
  4. Farthing, P. (Principal Investigator). Care and Ongoing Support Requirements of Young Adults with Diabetes. Canadian Institute of Health Research/Saskatchewan Polytechnic, 2017 – 2019.
  5. Farthing, P., Pavloff, M. (Co-Principal Investigator), Rural and Remote Nursing Continuing Education: A Needs Assessment Survey of Rural and Remote Saskatchewan Registered Nurses, Saskatchewan Polytechnic Internal Grants, 2017 – 2018.
  6. Farthing, P., Ahlquist, A.(Co-Principal Investigator), Perspectives in nursing education of professional presence on social media. Saskatchewan Polytechnic Internal Grants, 2017 – 2018.
  7. Farthing, P., Pavloff, M. (Co-Principal Investigator), Rural and Remote Nursing Continuing Education: A Needs Assessment Survey of Rural and Remote Saskatchewan Registered Nurses, Saskatchewan Polytechnic Applied Research Release Time Stipend, 2016 – 2017.
  8. Pavloff, M., Farthing, P. (Co-Principal Investigator), Rural and Remote Advanced Nursing Education, Saskatchewan Polytechnic Seed Applied Research Grant, 2015 – 2016.

Affiliation and Links

  • Research Chair, Diabetes Care
  • Faculty SCBScN
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Regina

Service

  • Saskatchewan Nursing Informatics Association (SNIA) President
  • Canadian Nursing Informatics’ Association (CNIA) Jurisdictional Representative
  • Saskatchewan Nurses Foundation (SNF), Board Member
  • Canadian Association of Rural and Remote Nursing (CARRN), President Elect
  • International Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) Member
  • Digital Health member
  • Diabetes Canada Professional Sector Member
  • American Diabetes Association Member
  • The Mastocytosis Society Research Committee Member
  • Canadian Association of Nurse Researchers (CANR) member
  • Canadian Association of Rural and Remote Nursing (CARRN) member
  • CNIA/BCIG Informatics conference 2018 Planning Committee and Abstract Reviewer
  • Sask Polytech Nursing Division Nurse Educators Symposium Planning Committee
  • Sask Polytech Nursing Division AGM Planning Committee
  • WNRCASN Conference 2016– Program/Media/PR Committee co-chair

Selected Awards

2017    Research Chair of Diabetes Care

2015    Saskatchewan Polytechnic Outstanding Service Award Nominee

2007    Saskatchewan Polytechnic Student’s Association Instructor of Excellence Nominee

2006    College of Medicine Graduate Students Graduate Student of the Year

Selected Publications

  1. Farthing, P., Duff, E., Maddison, T., & Kaczur, M. (2018). Technological Supports for Young Adults with Diabetes.  Submitted for publication.
  2. Pavloff, M., Farthing, P., Duff, E., Disiewich, K., & Dykhuizen, M. (2018). Survey Report : Continuing Education for Rural and Remote Saskatchewan Registered Nurses: A Needs Assessment Survey
  3. Hubbard-Murdoch, N.,  Ahlquist, A., Farthing, P., & Mennie, J. (2018). A Review of Perceptions of Professional Presence on Social Media in Nursing Education. Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics, 13(1). http://cjni.net/journal/?p=5364
  4. Farthing, P. (2017). Single vaccines: A safer option for children with mastocytosis. Review article for the The Masotcytosis Society (TMS) Research Committee. Peer reviewed and available from tmsforacure.org/single-vaccines-safer-option-children-mastocytosis/
  5. Pavloff, M., Farthing, P., & Duff, E. (2017). Rural and Remote Continuing Nursing Education: An Integrative Literature Review. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Heath Care,17(2). http://dx.doi.org/10.14574/ojrnhc.v17i2.450
  6. Farthing, P., Rennie D., Pahwa, P., Janzen, B., & Dosman, J. (2009). The Association Between Farming Activities and Respiratory Health in Rural School Age Children, Journal of Agromedicine, (14)2, 256-262. dx.doi.org/10.1080/10599240902799798

 

Natasha Hubbard Murdoch

Natasha Hubbard Murdoch RN, CMSN (C), MN, PhD

Research Chair - Interprofessional Care
Faculty - Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN)
Coordinator - Interprofessional Education (IPE)
Undergraduate Adjunct Professor - University of Regina

306-659-4171 
natasha.hubbardmurdoch@saskpolytech.ca

Interprofessional Care Research Network

Interprofessional education, collaboration and practice require the interweaving of education and health systems to impact learning for future healthcare professional and patient care outcomes. This interdependence is well addressed in worldwide competency frameworks, yet research on the processes of teaching and practicing, let alone the combination of those two, in relation to patient outcomes remains limited. With this complex educational and healthcare landscape in mind, the challenge facing interprofessional research teams is to create province-wide networks in education and research to impact patient-centred collaborative care where providers live and work. The opportunity is fulfilled through the people and organizational structures that currently exist. Natasha Hubbard Murdoch is leading the development of a research network which builds on previous initiatives while supporting emerging interprofessional teams leading to sustainable interprofessional education and a patient-centred evidence base for healthcare planning and quality in the province.

Profile

Natasha’s impetus to engage in interprofessional work stems from clinical team experiences in outpatient and inpatient cancer care, orthopedics and long-term care. Interprofessional engagement includes perceptions of organizational culture, student success, faculty development, mentorship and leadership. Her Master’s thesis was on the experience of women with advanced cancer and the experience of their healthcare teams and significant others. Her dissertation is the first research on interprofessionality as a threshold concept, the significant learning moment.

Research and Scholarship

Natasha has been focused on interprofessional education with healthcare students for over a decade. Her priority is on problem-based learning from table to simulated environments. The goal in structured strategies is to increase the authenticity to decrease the barriers to team learning. These initiatives include those that bring interprofessional student teams together with patients to discuss access to healthcare for those impacted most by determinants of health. Natasha’s tenure at Saskatchewan Polytechnic has included lecture to clinical with undergraduate nursing students, interprofessional education with students in diverse healthcare programs and a wide range of educational research projects to enhance teaching, learning, and policy.

Selected grants

  1. Hubbard Murdoch, N. (Principle investigator). Interprofessional Care Research Network, Saskatchewan Polytechnic School of Nursing, 2019-2021.
  2. D’Eon, M., Hubbard Murdoch, N., & Lombabo, G. Patient and Family Narratives: Student experiences of the speakers and the interprofessional discussions, University of Saskatchewan Internal Grant, 2019.
  3. Hubbard Murdoch, N. Idea fair and learning circle: Indigenous gender and wellness travel grant, CIHR, 2019.
  4. Hubbard Murdoch, N. (Principle investigator), Gustafson, B., & Chambers-Richards, T. Perceived mentoring culture across a learning organization, School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences Collaborative Research award, 2018.
  5. Press, M., Hubbard Murdoch N., Hastings, T., & Delveaux, K. Using high fidelity simulation to improve the outcomes of an interprofessional education experience, School of Nursing Internal Grant, 2017.
  6. Ahlquist, A., Farthing, P., Hubbard Murdoch, N. Social media impacts on post-secondary education, School of Nursing internal grant, 2017.
  7. Hubbard Murdoch, N., Press, M., & Lefebvre, D. Online interprofessional education experience: A discourse analysis, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, School of Nursing internal grant, 2017.
  8. Hubbard Murdoch, N. Use of video simulation to enhance utilization of current educational resources, Clinical Learning and Interprofessional Practice, 2016.

Selected Dissemination

  1. Hubbard Murdoch, N.L. & Crawford, J. (2020). Health, Wellness, Illness. In D. Gregory, C. Raymond-Seniuk & L. Patrick (Eds.) Fundamentals: Perspectives on the art and science of Canadian nursing (2nd ed., pp. 137-166). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.
  2. Hubbard Murdoch, N.L., Ahlquist, A.D., Farthing, P.M., Mennie, J.N. (2018). A review of perceptions of professional presence on social media in nursing education. Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics, 13(3). Available from: http://cjni.net/journal/?p=5364
  3. Hubbard Murdoch, N. (2018). Blue. In Medias Res, 23(1), p. 22. Available from: https://stmcollege.ca/imr/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018-Winter-web.pdf
  4. Hubbard Murdoch, N. (Producer/Director), & Winterhalt, D. (Director). (2017). The preceptor project: Enhancing teaching skills [Video file]. CAN: Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2LpT1ji
  5. Hubbard Murdoch, N. (Producer/Director), & Winterhalt, D. (Director). (2017). The preceptor project: Fostering clinical reasoning [Video file]. CAN: Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2LpT1ji
  6. Hubbard Murdoch, N. (Producer/Director), & Winterhalt, D. (Director). (2017). The preceptor project: Giving feedback [Video file]. CAN: Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2LpT1ji
  7. Sheridan, , Hubbard Murdoch, N., & Harder E. (2015). Assessing mentoring culture: Faculty and staff perceptions, gaps, and strengths. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 45(4):423-439. Available from http://journals.sfu.ca/cjhe/index.php/cjhe/article/view/184938

 

Michelle Pavloff

Michelle Pavloff RN, BSN, MN, PhD (c)

Research Chair - Rural Health
Faculty - Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN)
Undergraduate Adjunct Professor - University of Regina

306-659-4261
michelle.pavloff@saskpolytech.ca 

Mental Health Support for Rural Saskatchewan Agricultural Producers and their Families

Michelle Pavloff is leading a patient and family oriented research project that will assess the mental health supports required by rural Saskatchewan agricultural producers and their families. The purpose of this project is to identify current resources and programs available, along with any noted needs and gaps as identified by participants. This project aims to provide primary mental health care services that are accessible, timely, and agricultural friendly.

 

Profile

Michelle has been a faculty member of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic School of Nursing since 2010.  She is currently an Adjunct Professor with the University of Regina and a Research Chair of Rural Health at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Nursing. She is currently a PhD candidate in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan studying the continuing education experiences of rural Saskatchewan home care nurses. Michelle’s nursing background includes neonatal intensive care, rural acute care, rural long term care, rural home care, and rural clinical nurse education.

Research/Scholarship

Michelle is the current president of the Canadian Association for Rural and Remote Nursing (www.carrn.com). She is also a member of the Rural Road Map Implementation Committee representing the rural/remote nurses in Canada alongside the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (https://www.cfpc.ca/ARFM/). Michelle also works closely with the Canadian Nurses Association policy advisor to ensure the voices of rural/remote nurses are represented. Michelle is representing rural/remote nursing on a national committee that is exploring ways to improve rural/remote patient transfers and repatriation. Michelle’s research experience includes the impact of travel to and for work for rural and remote Canadian nurses, and rural/remote nursing continuing education.

 Selected Grants

  1. Pavloff, M. (Principal Investigator). Saskatchewan Centre for Patient Oriented Research (SCPOR) and Saskatchewan Polytechnic Research Chair Stipend. (2019-2021).
  2. Pavloff, M. & Farthing, P. (Co-Principal Investigator), Rural and Remote Nursing Continuing Education: A Needs Assessment Survey of Rural and Remote Saskatchewan Registered Nurses, Saskatchewan Polytechnic Internal Grants. (2017-2018).
  3. Pavloff, M. & Farthing, P. (Co-Principal Investigator), Rural and Remote Nursing Continuing Education: A Needs Assessment Survey of Rural and Remote Saskatchewan Registered Nurses, Saskatchewan Polytechnic Applied Research Release Time Stipend. (2016 – 2017).
  4. Pavloff, M. & Farthing, P. (Co-Principal Investigator), Rural and Remote Advanced Nursing Education, Saskatchewan Polytechnic Seed Applied Research Grant. (2015-2016).

Service

  • Canadian Association for Rural and Remote Nursing (CARRN), President
  • Rural Nurse Organization, Member
  • Western North-Western Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, Member
  • Rural Road Map Implementation Committee, Member
  • Rural Remote Patient Transfer and Repatriation Committee, Member

Selected Awards

2019                SCPOR & Saskatchewan Polytechnic - Research Chair, Rural Health

2014-2017       University of Saskatchewan - College of Nursing Devolved Scholarship

2016                Saskatchewan Nurses Foundation Bursary

2014                 Ernest and Isabella Forsman Bursary

2014                Margaret Inglis Doctoral Bursary in Nursing

2014                Norma Fulton Scholarship in Graduate Studies

2014                Saskatchewan Ministry of Health Nurse Educator Bursary

2012                Myrtle Evangeline Crawford Memorial Scholarship

Selected Publications

  1. Pavloff, M., Farthing, P., Duff, E., Disiewich, K., & Dykhuizen, M. (2018). Survey Report, Continuing Education for Rural and Remote Saskatchewan Registered Nurses: A Needs Assessment Survey. Retrieved from www.carrn.com
  2. Pavloff, M., Farthing, P., & Duff, E. (2017). Rural and Remote Continuing Nursing Education: An Integrative Literature Review. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Heath Care,17(2). http://dx.doi.org/10.14574/ojrnhc.v17i2.450

Selected Presentations

  1. Pavloff, M., Duff, E. Farthing, P., Disiewich, K., & Dykhuizen, M. Continuing Nursing Education: A Needs Assessment Survey of Rural and Remote Saskatchewan Registered Nurses. (oral presentation). Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing: Canadian Nursing Education Conference, Montreal, Quebec. May 28-29, 2018.
  2. Farthing, P., Pavloff, M., Duff, E., Ha, C., & Kanani, D. Rural and Remote Registered Nurses Continuing Education Needs: An Integrative Literature Review. (poster presentation). International Rural Nursing Conference. Rapid City, South Dakota. July 19-21, 2016.
  3. Pavloff, M., Andrews, M.E., & Stewart, N. The Impact of Work-Related Travel on Registered Nurses in Rural and Remote Canada (oral presentation). Canadian Rural Health Research Society. Edmonton, Alberta. September 20-22, 2015.

 

Boechler

Lindsey Boechler ACP, MA, EdD (Student)

Research Chair, Cultural Empowerment
Faculty, Paramedic Programs

306-691-8416
lindsey.boechler@saskpolytechnic.ca

 

Unifying for Health Equity: Revitalizing the Saskatchewan Health System to Ensure Accessibility to Care for Immigrants

Lindsey Boechler, faculty, Paramedic programs is leading a research project focused on cultural empowerment within the provincial health care system in an effort to optimize pathways of care; thus, reducing health disparities and improving care for patients of all cultural backgrounds.  Lindsey will explore various patient opinions, experiences, values, and preferences in hopes of enhancing culturally competent care and supporting improved patient outcomes.  The primary goal of this research study is to reduce the health inequities impacting marginalized populations across Saskatchewan.  A patient-oriented approach will be used for this research, allowing the study to be adapted to the needs of participants while embracing diversity and ensuring inclusivity. 

Profile

Lindsey Boechler began with the Saskatchewan Polytechnic School of Health Sciences in 2015 as a Paramedic programs faculty member, transitioning into the role of Program Head in 2017.  Prior to becoming an educator, she had been practicing as an advanced care paramedic in urban, rural, and industrial settings since 2004.  She obtained her Master of Arts- Leadership from Royal Roads University.  Lindsey provides leadership and support to faculty through mentoring, sharing best practices, and evaluation processes while encouraging reflective learning and improvement in practices.

Selected Grants

  1. Boechler, L. (Principal Investigation), Unifying for Health Equity: Revitalizing the Saskatchewan Health System to Ensure Accessibility to Care for Immigrants, Saskatchewan Polytechnic School of Health Sciences Internal Grant, 2019- 2020.
  2. Boechler, L. (Principal Investigation), Unifying for Health Equity: Revitalizing the Saskatchewan Health System to Ensure Accessibility to Care for Immigrants, Patient Engagement Application Development Award (PEADA) from Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR), 2019.
  3. Boechler, L. (Principal Investigator), Mapping the success route for Indigenous paramedic students at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatchewan Polytechnic School of Health Sciences Internal Grant, 2018- 2019.
  4. Boechler, L. (Principal Investigator), Public Engagement: Essential partnerships to improve the quality of paramedic care in a transformed health care system in Saskatchewan, Patient Engagement Application Development Award (PEADA) from Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR), 2018. 

Selected Awards and Memberships 

2019 - Current                Active member of the McNally Project for Paramedicine Research (National)
2019 - Current                Saskatchewan Centre for Patient Oriented Research (SCPOR) Affiliated Researcher Alliance (Provincial)
2018                               International Research team member, Centre for Health Research, Improvement and Scholarship, School of Health Sciences, Saskatchewan Polytechnic
2010                               Stars of Life Award presented by the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan for dedication to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) profession
2004 - Current                Active member of the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics (SCoP).

 

 

Heather Nelson

Heather Nelson RN, BscN, MA, PhD(c)

Research Chair, Vulnerable Populations
Faculty, Practical Nursing Program

306-775-7566
heather.nelson@saskpolytech.ca 

 

Physical activity and vulnerable youth

Heather Nelson, faculty, practical nursing program, is leading a research project focusing on the mental and physical health benefits of organized physical activity for vulnerable youth. The aim of this project is to examine the mental, physical and social benefits of physical activity and examine ways to better support the participation of vulnerable youth. This project will be done in collaboration with Sask Sport, KidSport, and youth sports organizations.

Profile

Heather Nelson has been a faculty member at Saskatchewan Polytechnic since 2011. She is currently an instructor in the Practical Nursing program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University. She is currently a PhD candidate in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan.

Research/Scholarship

Heather Nelson holds a Research Chair in vulnerable populations. Her research experiences include Indigenous nursing student success, supporting international students and the role of essential skills in post-secondary success. She is a published researcher and has presented nationally. The focus of her PhD is vulnerable youth participation in physical activities.

Selected Grants

  1. Nelson, H. (Principle Investigator) The physical and mental health benefits of organized physical activity for vulnerable youth. Saskatchewan Centre for Patient Oriented Research (SCPOR)/ Saskatchewan Polytechnic. 2019.
  2. Nelson, H. (Principle Investigator) The physical and mental health benefits of organized physical activity for vulnerable youth. Saskatchewan Polytechnic Applied Research Program (SARP). 2019.
  3. Nelson, H. (Principle Investigator) The physical and mental health benefits of organized physical activity for vulnerable youth. Internal Grant (School of Nursing/School of Health Science). 2019.
  4. Nelson, H. (Principle Investigator). Supporting a growing international student population at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Internal Grant (School of Nursing/School of Health Science). 2018.
  5. Nelson, H. (Co-investigator). Success strategies and barriers for Indigenous students in the School of Nursing. Internal Grant (School of Nursing/School of Health Science. (2018).

Affiliations and Links

  • Research chair, vulnerable populations
  • Instructor, Practical Nursing Program

Service

  • Japan Karate Association (Canada) – President
  • Midwest Karate – President
  • Practical Nursing Provincial Curriculum Committee – Member
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Wellness Initiative – Member

Selected Awards

2019      Research Chair of Vulnerable Populations

2019       Canadian Association of Practical Nurse Educators – Innovator award – Nominee

Selected Publications

  1. Nelson, H., Cox-White, T., Ziefflie, B. (2019). Indigenous Students Barriers and Success Strategies- A Review of Existing Literature. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice 2019 9(3). http://jnep.scie.dupress.com