Nursing Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Human Resource Management

Postdoctoral Fellowship Description

western labatt school nursiDr. Heather K. Spence Laschinger, Research Chair of Health Human Resource Optimization at The Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at The University of Western Ontario is pleased to announce an innovative nursing post-doctoral fellowship program designed to mentor researchers committed to understanding and addressing critical issues in health human resources and the recruitment and retention of the nursing workforce. The Health Human Resource Optimization Research Chair was designed to lead a broad research agenda examining issues related to the planning and management of nursing health services to ensure high quality, safe care in a variety of settings. The program of research is aimed at developing healthy and supportive work environments that optimize both nurse and patient health.

The current research emphasis focuses on four interrelated areas:

  1. Workplace Violence and Aggression: Examining the prevalence and impact of bullying in health care work environments and its effect on key organizational outcomes.
  2. New Graduate Nurses' Transition to Professional Practice: Understanding personal and worklife factors influencing newly graduated nurses' transition to the full professional role.
  3. Nurse Manager Workforce Issues: Identifying the next generation of nurse leaders
  4. Empowering Work Environments for Professional Nursing Practice: Ongoing program of research investigating the impact of nursing work environments on nurses' empowerment for professional practice, their health and well-being, and the role of leadership in creating empowering working conditions.

Fellowship Options

  1. Traditional Option: fellows may complete the program in 2 consecutive years
  2. Non-traditional Option: fellows would be expected to attend on-site (London-based) training for 1 week each semester of the two year program, or for a period to be negotiated with Dr. Laschinger, while also working on your research project at your home institution.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Components

The program consists of three interrelated components:

  1. Educational training: an individualized curriculum plan to address substantive, conceptual, and methodological areas relevant to the fellow's needs and objectives for post-doctoral education, to support fellows in acquiring skills and knowledge required to conduct independent research and analysis of issues and problems related to health human resources optimization.
  2. Research Training: development and implementation of independent research with the guidance and mentorship of an expert nurse researcher from The University of Western Ontario (Dr. Heather Laschinger). Research training will also include support for travel to scientific meetings and workshops related to the trainee's research interests and research training needs
  3. Professional Development Training: provide mentorship and resources for career planning and preparation for an academic or research career. Resources will address project management, training in grant writing and other skills necessary for success as an independent investigator with an established program of research.

Resources available to Nursing Post-Doctoral Fellows

Each Post-Doctoral fellow is eligible to receive financial support comprised of:

  • Up to $50,000 per year to support expenses associated with the fellowship
  • Financial support to present work at one research conference per academic year

Additional resources include:

  • Access to outstanding faculty with expertise in areas of interest
  • Mentorship support in preparing for an academic or research career. Guidance related to resources and training opportunities in the areas of leadership development, project management, grant writing, and other skills necessary to obtain future funding and support through fellowships, award programs, and independent research grants
  • Access to courses offered in other programs at UWO. They include, but are not limited to, organizational psychology, sociology and management, advanced statistical methods and other courses relevant to research interests
  • Ability to participate in UWO's professional development activities and access to services offered by UWO's School of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies

Eligibility Criteria

  • Doctoral degree in Nursing or related discipline
  • Interest in conducting research in nursing and health services
  • Demonstrable track record of scholarship in health services areas
  • Recommendation from PhD Program faculty

**Apply Now for Winter 2012 or Summer 2013 Admission**

Eligible candidates should send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:

Dr. Heather K. Spence Laschinger
University of Western Ontario, Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing
1151 Richmond Street, London, Ontario, N6A 5C1
Health Sciences Addition Building, Room H41
(P) 519-611-2111 ext. 86567 (F) 519-661-3410 (E) Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

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Source: University of Western Ontario,Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing