NursingWestern Health Sciences

Research Programs & Fields of Study

Professors and students of the MScN, MN-ANP, and PhD programs conduct research under the organizing framework of empowerment in client, student and health care settings across the three following related fields of study:

Leadership in Nursing Education

This field of study addresses a range of issues and concepts relevant to Nursing Education including learning theories, principles of teaching and learning, curriculum and faculty development, classroom, clinical evaluation and program evaluation.

Students have as opportunity to collaboratively design and develop a curriculum of choice as well as focus their assignments on areas of particular interest.

Key areas of research include:

  • Mentoring of Students and New Graduates
  • Models in Inter-Professional Education
  • Distributive Learning Strategies
  • Clinical Teaching and Learning
  • Curriculum Development and Evaluation
  • Faculty Development

Nursing Leadership in Health Promotion and Advanced Nursing Practice

This field focuses on the development and evolution of knowledge about health promotion and healing, both within and outside of nursing.

Health promotion addresses the processes and context by which individuals, families and communities attempt to gain control of their health and attain a desired quality of life, regardless of the challenges they face. Healing focuses on these processes during illness, disability and/or recovery.

Key areas of research include:

  • Trauma, Violence, and Health Across the Lifespan
  • Post-Partum Depression
  • Homelessness and Mental Health
  • Healthy Aging & Seniors' Independence
  • Health Literacy and Health informatics
  • Health Promotion/Healing Strategies & Interventions
  • Women's Health
  • Living with Chronic Illness

Nursing Leadership in Health Services Delivery

This field provides nurses with the theoretical and research knowledge which underpins the organization of patient/client services across the continuum of care.

The curriculum integrates knowledge from nursing, social sciences, business, and public administration, and provides students with opportunities to study and apply concepts and approaches that addresses pressing issues and challenges in today's health-care environments.

Key areas of research include:

  • Workplace Civility in Health Care
  • Health and Well-Being of Nurses
  • Models of Clinical Leadership
  • Empowerment in Health Care Settings
  • Organization and Delivery of Health Services
  • Nursing Leadership and Client Outcomes