International conference for PhD nursing students

By Dale Johnson Posted: June 17, 2016 6:00 a.m.

Nursing dean Dr. david Gregory welcomes delegates to the Doctoral Nursing Network Conference at the U of R.
Nursing dean Dr. david Gregory welcomes delegates to the Doctoral Nursing Network Conference at the U of R. Photo: U of R Photography

The University of Regina’s Faculty of Nursing recently hosted the Canadian Doctoral Nursing Network Conference for the third consecutive year.

There were 26 PhD students, and they came from across Canada – British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland – as well as the United States (Tennessee and Florida) and Iran.

Holding this event showcases the University of Regina to the broader academic community across Canada and beyond.

“It gives our own professors an opportunity to share and exchange ideas with other scholars,” explains the Associate Dean (Graduate) of Nursing, Dr. Glenn Donnelly.  

Keynote speakers were Dr. Colleen Varcoe from the University of British Columbia and Dr. Alex Clark from University of Alberta.

“The keynote speakers provide inspiration to junior faculty members and conference participants to complete their PhDs,” Donnelly says.   

Nurses who earn their PhDs typically go on to “act as researchers in the health care system” says Donnelly. “They advance the discipline of nursing. They can do research within the health care system which makes it more efficient and a higher quality.”

He says the conference “provides students the opportunity to present their dissertation work, and bring together students engaged in doctoral research for networking, scholarly discussion and learning opportunities.”

“It showcases not only Regina, but Saskatchewan; we can highlight our opportunities here, as well as our wonderful city and province,” he adds.

Work will soon begin on planning next year’s conference, which is becoming a key event for the Faculty of Nursing.