Natasha Hubbard Murdoch RN, CMSN (C), MN, PhD
Research Chair - Interprofessional Care
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.
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.
- Hubbard Murdoch, N. (Principle investigator). Interprofessional Care Research Network, Saskatchewan Polytechnic School of Nursing, 2019-2021.
- 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.
- Hubbard Murdoch, N. Idea fair and learning circle: Indigenous gender and wellness travel grant, CIHR, 2019.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ahlquist, A., Farthing, P., Hubbard Murdoch, N. Social media impacts on post-secondary education, School of Nursing internal grant, 2017.
- Hubbard Murdoch, N., Press, M., & Lefebvre, D. Online interprofessional education experience: A discourse analysis, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, School of Nursing internal grant, 2017.
- Hubbard Murdoch, N. Use of video simulation to enhance utilization of current educational resources, Clinical Learning and Interprofessional Practice, 2016.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 RN, BSN, MN, PhD (c)
Research Chair - Rural Health
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.
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.
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.
- Pavloff, M. (Principal Investigator). Saskatchewan Centre for Patient Oriented Research (SCPOR) and Saskatchewan Polytechnic Research Chair Stipend. (2019-2021).
- 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).
- 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).
- Pavloff, M. & Farthing, P. (Co-Principal Investigator), Rural and Remote Advanced Nursing Education, Saskatchewan Polytechnic Seed Applied Research Grant. (2015-2016).
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Lindsey Boechler ACP, MA, EdD (Student)
Research Chair, Cultural Empowerment
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 RN, BscN, MA, PhD(c)
Research Chair, Vulnerable Populations
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Nelson, H. (Principle Investigator) The physical and mental health benefits of organized physical activity for vulnerable youth. Saskatchewan Polytechnic Applied Research Program (SARP). 2019.
- 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.
- Nelson, H. (Principle Investigator). Supporting a growing international student population at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Internal Grant (School of Nursing/School of Health Science). 2018.
- 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
- Japan Karate Association (Canada) – President
- Midwest Karate – President
- Practical Nursing Provincial Curriculum Committee – Member
- Saskatchewan Polytechnic Wellness Initiative – Member
2019 Research Chair of Vulnerable Populations
2019 Canadian Association of Practical Nurse Educators – Innovator award – Nominee
- 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