Resesarch Day info

Research Day:  Friday, May 11th 2018

Presented by UNB's Faculty of Nursing


An opportunity for sharing and learning about research projects relevant to healthcare providers, educators, and policy makers as well as users of healthcare services. Submissions invited from those in all health disciplines and sectors.

Presentations may include:

  • Original research completed or in progress
  • Innovations in education or practice
  • Reviews for initiating practice or policy change
  • Issues warranting investigation

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Deadline April 20th: 

  • Closed

Research Day 2018 agenda and abstracts

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Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Sally Thorne, RN, PhD, DSc (Hon), FAAN, FCAHS
Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs
University of British Columbia
Sally Thorne

Title -  "Doing Research that Matters: Designing Studies that Advance Nursing's Mandate"

Sally Thorne is an academic nursing leader, having served two terms as Director of the UBC School of Nursing prior to assuming the position of Associate Dean (Faculty Affairs) in Applied Science. She is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of cancer and chronic illness experience, with an emphasis on communications and the impact of health system engagement on patient outcomes. She is also a leader in patient-oriented research methodologies and the application of qualitative methods to the clinical sciences. UBC - Faculty Profile


Despite its unwavering commitment to action in the service of the health of the population, Nursing has sometimes been uncertain as to how that ought to translate into viable directions for research. Early mid-20th century efforts largely pigeon-holed the complex phenomena of interest into objective and measurable components. In the last decades of that century, the introduction of qualitative methods reflected an attempt to bring subjective and experiential insights into the discipline’s evidentiary base. Although methods have become increasingly refined across both forms of methodology and their various combinations, the legacy of excessive amounts of published work that is reasonably consistent with established methods but without any particular substantive relevance for disciplinary knowledge continues. In this presentation, Thorne argues that a significant factor preventing forward movement is rigid adherence to the “rule” derived from both biomedical and social sciences that all studies require a “theoretical framework.” By that, the rule requires that you cannot simply conduct a study in a vacuum, but must attach it to some idea in progress – practical or theoretical – so that it can contribute to the evolution of that body of knowledge. However, we have historically interpreted that to mean that we ‘borrow’ a theoretical framework as a legitimizer for our nursing studies, instead of working out where in our own disciplinary epistemological orientation we ought to be locating the new insights we seek. Using applied qualitative methods as an exemplar, we will explore new ways to consider what might make our research more relevant to the world of practice disciplinary knowledge.