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Research and scholarship in the Faculty of Nursing

The University of New Brunswick has been educating registered nurses for more than 50 years and we have a long history of internationally-recognized research.

Each year, the Faculty of Nursing hosts Nursing Research Day — an opportunity for sharing and learning about research projects relevant to healthcare providers, educators, policy makers and users of healthcare services. 

Research interests

Our faculty members, working with graduate students, are committed to discovery and innovation, advancing the body of nursing knowledge, and improving the health and wellness of our communities. Their research interests include: 

  • Indigenous health and wellness
  • Effect of chronic illness (physical and mental) on individuals and families
  • Living with eating disorders
  • Health in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities
  • Violence, gender and health
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Measurement of health and nursing outcomes
  • Innovations in nursing education
  • Philosophies and ethics of social justice and professional practice
  • Alternative approaches to healthcare delivery
  • Leadership in inter-professional practice
  • Communicable diseases (e.g. HIV) through a sociocultural lens
  • Parenting and children’s health
  • Knowledge mobilization
  • Healthy aging

Faculty members' research and scholarship

Our faculty are recognized for valuing research as a critical component to learning and working to continuously create improvements in health care.

Dr. Jason Hickey, Harrison-McCain Young Scholar Award 2018

This award is for a research project titled, Building partnerships through the development of a pilot Indigenous wellbeing program.

Dr. Tracey Rickards & Emily Kitts, 2018 Patient's Den

The NB SPOR Network in Primary & Integrated Health Care Innovations held a Patient's Den, where researchers could pitch ideas to patients to receive $5,000 in research funding. Dr. Rickards and Emily received an award for their project titled, PROGRESS: An Upstream Approach to the Growing COPD Epidemic.

Dr. Kelly Scott-Storey, Public Health Agency of Canada Grant ($3 million)

Co-led by Kelly Scott-Storey, researchers in UNB's nursing faculty have joined colleagues at universities in Canada and the US in studying a new approach to helping women who experience domestic violence. The researchers tasked with examining the effectiveness of iHEAL and emerging model of care for those who have suffered domestic abuse. 

Dr. Emily Read, New Brunswick's Senior's Care-Strategic Innovation Fund

This funding was awarded to Dr. Emily Read and Dr. Erik Scheme for a project titled, Validation and scaling of the mobile e-chart healthcare software platform for long-term care facilities, and eChart Healthcare Inc. This funding is provided by the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation.

Dr. Tracey Rickards, Embedded Clinical Research Salary Award

Dr. Tracey Rickards was recently named a recipient of an Embedded Clinical Research Salary Award — valued at $300K over four years with a partner contribution of $100K over four years from the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation. One of two Atlantic Canadians to receive the prestigious grant, Dr. Rickards works directly with the Fredericton Downtown Community Health Centre performing multi-disciplinary research and mentoring the next generation of clinician researchers.

Dr. Janice Thompson, Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

In 2016, Dr. Janice Thompson (retired) was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in Washington, D.C. — one of the highest honours in the nursing profession. Dr. Thompson is recognized for her influence in integrating critical social theory, feminist analysis and public engagement in nursing.

Dr. Krista Wilkins and Dr. Kelly Scott-Storey, New Brunswick Health Research Foundation Nominees for 2016 Researcher of the Year