Achievements & Awards

College of Nursing & Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research (MCNHR)

Congratulations to the College of Nursing and MCNHR members on the following research and scholarly accomplishments that have been reported to us for November, 2017.


Armah, A. (Martin, D. Faculty Advisor). Undergraduate nursing students' perspectives of intercultural communication: A qualitative descriptive study. College of Nursing Endowment Fund. Graduate Student Research Grant $3,000.00 awarded.

Gage, A. (Cohen, B. Faculty Advisor). Towards flourishing: perspectives of parents and home visitors. College of Nursing Endowment Fund. Graduate Student Research Grant $3,000.00 awarded.

Shindruk, C. (Thompson, G. & McClement, S. Faculty Co-Advisors). Expert nursing care: perinatal palliative care during labour, delivery, recovery and the immediate postpartum period. College of Nursing Endowment Fund. Graduate Student Research Grant $3,000.00 awarded.

Sibley, K., Guse, L., LeClair, L., Katz, A., & Ripat, J. (2017). Developing an innovative conceptual framework of community-based rehabilitation to inform restorative care. Rady Innovation Fund, $100,000.


Dr. Elaine Mordoch received and was presented with the Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Campbell Outreach Award on November 14, 2017. The Campbell Award is the University’s premier aware in recognition of outstanding outreach activities by a member of the University.

Dr. Roberta Woodgate
was invited by the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to serve as a member on the CIHR Institute Advisory Board (IAB) of the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH), December 1, 2017 – August 31, 2020.

Ms. Suzanne Lennon
was awarded first place overall in the poster competition at the 2017 Gender Summit 11 held in Montreal from November 6-8, 2017. The Gender Summit is an international conference which focuses on gender equality across multiple disciplines.


Dr. Lynda Balneaves was invited to deliver a plenary presentation: ‘Medical and non-medical cannabis: What nurses need to know’ for the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch Regional Nursing Workshop, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on November 20th.

Dr. Benita Cohen
was invited to deliver the 2017 Evelyn McMullen Lecture in Public Health: ‘Organizational Capacity for Public Health Equity Action’ at the Dalhousie University School of Nursing, Halifax, Nova Scotia, on October 3rd.

Ms. Suzanne Lennon
was invited by Norway House Cree Nation and the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association to deliver a keynote address: ‘Perception of pregnancy risk among women with gestational diabetes and their partners: The impact of gender’ at the Norway House Cree Nation - Health Division: Indigenous Women and Diabetes conference held on December 6-7, 2017 in Norway House.

Dr. Diana McMillan was invited as a keynote speaker to deliver the address: ‘Introduction to sleep, its relationship to nutrition and mental health and sleep health strategies that can help’ at the Nüton Nutrition Forum, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, on December 1, 2017.

Dr. Sonia Udod was invited to deliver the presentation: ‘Effects on the Lean Management System: Critical Implications for Nurse Managers’ Leadership Practices’ at the Healthcare Quality Research Forum, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario on October 5, 2017.

Dr. Roberta Woodgate was invited as a Mickey Milner International Professorship keynote lecturer to deliver the presentation: ‘If you only knew…The voices of families of children with complex care needs’-Celebrating Canadian pediatric health research: Co-creating meaningful and healthy futures through discovery and action at the Annual Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Conference, Toronto, ON, Canada on November 21, 2017.


Guo, Q., Chochinov, H.M., McClement, S., Thompson, G., & Hack, T.F. (2017). Dignity Talk: Development and evaluation of the Dignity Talk question framework for palliative patients and their families: A mixed methods study. Palliative Medicine. (Published online November 13, 2017). DOI: 10.1177/0269216317734696

Harder, N.
(2017). Simulation in Canada. In C. Foisy-Doll & K. Leighton (Eds.), Simulation champions: Fostering courage, caring, and connection. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Inc.
Karvinen, K.H., Balneaves, L.G., Courneya, K.S., Perry, B., Truant, T., & Vallance, J. (2017). Evaluation of online learning modules for improving physical activity counseling skills and practices of oncology nurses. Oncology Nursing Forum, 44(6), 729-735. DOI: 10.1188/17.ONF.729-738

Lambert, L.K., Balneaves, L.G., Howard, A.F.S., Chia, S. Gotay, C. (Accepted, Oct 2017). Patient-reported factors associated with adherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy after breast cancer: an integrative review. Breast Cancer Treatment and Care. DOI: 10.1007/s10549-017-4561-5

Schultz, A.
, Goertzen, L., Rothney, J., Wener, P., Enns, J., Halas, G., & Katz, A. (2017). A scoping approach to systematically review published reviews: Adaptations and recommendations. Research Synthesis Methods, Research synthesis methods, 15 October 2017. DOI: 10.1002/jrsm.1272

Scruby, L., Canales, M., Ferguson, E., & Gregory, D. (2017). Promoting face-to-face dialogue for community engagement in a digital age. The Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 49(4), 170-177.

Smith, C.A., Chang, E., Gallego, G., & Balneaves, L.G. (2017). An education intervention to improve health literacy and decision making about supporting self-care among older Australians: a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 18, 441-449. DOI: 10.1186/s13063-017-2182-2

Wener, P. & Woodgate, R. L. (2017). Looking for help: Primary care practitioners’ need for collaboration to deliver primary care mental health services. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 36(3), 11 pages,

Witt, C., Balneaves, L.G., Cardoso, M.J., Cohen, L., Greenlee, H., Johnstone, P., Kucuk, O., Mailman, J. & Mao, J.J. (2017). A comprehensive definition of integrative oncology. Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monograph, 52:3-8. DOI: 10.1093/jncimonographs/lgx012

Woodgate, R. L., Zurba, M., & Tennent, P. (2017). A day in the life of a young person with anxiety: Arts-Based boundary objects used to communicate the results of health research [34 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 18(3), Art.17.

Woodgate, R. L., Zurba, M., Tennant, P., Cochrane, C., Payne,M., & Mignone, J. (2017). “People try and label me as someone I’m not”: the social ecology of Indigenous people living with HIV, stigma and discrimination in Manitoba, Canada. Social Science & Medicine, 194, 17- 24. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.10.002


Congratulations to McMillan, D.E. on being interviewed three times with CTV News:

McMillan, D. E. (November, 2017). Protecting against blue light. Interview with Reporter Nolan Kowal, CTV News.

McMillan, D.E. (November, 2017). End of daylight time: You should sleep in, experts say. Interview with CTV Health Reporter Michelle Gerwing,

McMillan, D.E. (October, 2017). Daylight saving time and sleep. Interview with CTV Morning Live Reporter Joanne Cochrane,