Current Doctoral Students

Abeer Alraja

Nursing, Doctoral Candidate

Bullying among nurses is a prevalent problem contributing to harmful consequences for targets, work environments, patient outcomes, and the nursing profession. There is a scarceness of interventional research aimed at educating nursing students on effective and appropriate responses to bullying. Abeer’s research aims to evaluate the effectiveness of an online educational tool in enhancing knowledge about workplace bullying and in improving self-efficacy related to workplace bullying among undergraduate nursing students.

Naomi Armah

Nursing, Doctoral Student

Intercultural communication hurdles between healthcare providers and patients are negatively affecting health outcomes. Naomi's doctoral research aims to generate a theoretical model of intercultural communication competence in healthcare through the exploration of systems approaches to empathic intercultural communication within interdisciplinary health professionals’ education programs in Manitoba.

Shireen Bell

Nursing, Doctoral Student

“The human capacity for burden is like bamboo – far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.” – Jodi Picoult 

Shireen would like to look into the ways in which resilience and related concepts are expressed or portrayed in academically successful undergraduate nursing students. Her research interest is in working with BScN students with diverse backgrounds (age, gender, ethnocultural location) and at different points in the program. I am hoping to use photography and/or other mixed media as part of my qualitative research methods.

Vanessa Buduhan

Nursing, Doctoral Student

Vanessa’s research interests include; surgical oncology, symptom management and knowledge translation. More recently, her research interests have shifted focus to pediatric food allergy and the role of the public health nurse in Canadian schools.

Daniel Gagne

Nursing, Doctoral Student

Daniel’s research will examine the family’s transition back into the community following hospitalization for stem cell transplantation. Factors facilitating and hindering the family unit’s transition back into their community, their coping, and resilience will be explored. Acknowledging patient engagement is essential to improving health outcomes; attention will be focused on how patients and families are engaged in the transition process

Kristen Gulbransen

Nursing, Doctoral Student

Kristen’s areas of research interest are childbearing families, intimate partner violence, midwifery care, shame and nursing assessments.

Tara Horrill

Nursing, Doctoral Candidate

Tara is passionate about issues of health equity and social justice in health. Her doctoral research focuses on access to cancer services among First Nations in Manitoba. Her research interests stem from her experience as an oncology nurse, and include issues related to health equity in cancer care and access to oncology services.

Preetha Krishnan

Nursing, Doctoral Candidate

Advance care planning is a public health issue; it affects everyone. Preetha’s research aims to understand the process of advance care planning in Long Term Care facilities in order to improve end of life care and good death for the elderly Canadians.

Lisa Mary-Quigley

Nursing, Doctoral Student

Lisa is interested in exploring the lived experience of nurses entering masters of nursing programs from a strengths-based lens. In contrast to the traditional view of students returning to a novice state, Lisa is exploring how expertise is redeveloped in this transitional process to better inform nursing programs in higher education and provide greater support to nursing students in post-graduate study.

Kim Mitchell

Nursing, Doctoral Candidate

Kim's research focuses on the theoretical construction and measurement of writing self-efficacy in nursing education. Theoretically, her focus is on exploring the constructivist constructs of writing in undergraduate nurses, graduate nurses, professional nurses, and in knowledge translation. Writing self-efficacy is what keeps nurses writing, develops their identities in the profession, and focuses future career decisions. She is exploring the correlates of writing self-efficacy and developing a measurement instrument to assess writing self-efficacy in order to develop across the curriculum pedagogy in nursing education.

Deanne O’Rourke

Nursing, Doctoral Candidate

Is investigating how person-centred approaches and communication between staff and residents can be enhanced within long-term care settings.


Brenda Peters-Watral

Nursing, Doctoral Candidate

Structural and relational factors in health care environments impact on nurses' ability to provide the care they believe their patients need, which can lead to moral distress. Brenda's research will examine oncology nurses' experiences of moral distress, including perceptions of contextual factors that contribute to moral distress, responses to moral distress, and perceptions of practice environment changes that would prevent moral distress or promote resolution when it occurs.

Nicole Shead

Nursing, Doctoral Student

Nicole works as a perioperative nurse at Selkirk Regional Health Centre. She is interested in further investigating questions that arise in practice, implementing new strategies, evaluating present and future strategies in hope of improving patient and job satisfaction as well as safety and workplace morale. She is specifically interested in the research topics of interprofessional empathy and communication in the perioperative environment, patient safety and nurse job satisfaction.

Raigne Symes

Nursing, Doctoral Student

Raigne is investigating nursing leadership and academia, specifically how leadership in academia impacts the student learning experience and faculty performance.

Tracy Thiele

Nursing, Doctoral Candidate

Clear delineation of the role of the nurse is essential for nurses to practice to full scope of practice and to facilitate the maximum ability to function within an interprofessional case setting. Tracy’s research will focus on understanding “How has health care system restructuring shaped nurses’ perspectives on and ability to articulate role clarity within the interprofessional team?”

Kristen Valeri

Nursing, Doctoral Candidate

Nurse managers within the health care system are identified as pivotal to engaging employees. During times of change, managers are called on to, not just cope with change, but to lead, implement change, and engage their staff. Understanding nurse managers’ perspectives and hearing their voices are essential to the success of change within healthcare. The focus of this nursing administration research is to gain an understanding of managers’ perspectives on engagement and hear their voices as they lead and engage their staff within the complex and rapidly changing health care environment.

Vanessa Van Bewer

Nursing, Doctoral Candidate

Vanessa is interested in exploring the space where nursing and Indigenous knowledge intersect and how arts-based practices and methodologies might support this exploration. For her doctoral research, Vanessa hopes to engage in conversations with nursing students and educators through the medium of theatre regarding how Indigenous content can be integrated and taught within the nursing curriculum. As a French-Métis nurse, as an artist, as a future academic, and as a human being, Vanessa is committed to generatively and creatively addressing the Calls to Action identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and Indigenous issues more generally.

Amie-Rae Zaborniak. 

Nursing, Doctoral Student

Sociocultural globalization gives rise to an increasingly diverse and dynamic higher education environment. Amie-Rae aims to contribute critically reflective and constructivist-based nursing education research encompassing the teaching-learning relationship between educators and culturally diverse learners. Her extensive background in the performing arts, inspires Amie-Rae to consider arts-based research methods to actively explore the relational experiences of educators and culturally diverse learners in contemporary nursing education.