My work is both philosophical and practical. I am an active participant in the unit for Philosophical Nursing Research at the Faculty of Nursing, as well as a member of the International Philosophy of Nursing Society. I have recently co-edited a book, Philosophy of Nursing: 5 Questions (2013) (http://vince-inc.com/?p=394) with John Drummond (Scotland) and Anette Forss (Sweden).
My program of research includes empirical and theoretical work concerned with the organization of home care practices for frail older people. This work began with a field study of home care case management practices that resulted in a series of authored or co-authored papers that contribute to: (i) knowledge development in the field of home care, and (ii) methodological innovation, by articulating a practice of theorizing from practice or bridging micro and macro levels of analysis to create more complete accounts of home care and its practices. These papers have been published in a range of journals or edited collections addressing Canadian and international audiences (i.e. Sociology of Health and Illness, Canadian Journal of Public Health, Nursing Philosophy). This program of research also includes work intended to advance theoretical understanding of home care: Theorizing accommodation in supportive home care for older people (Journal of Aging Studies, 2013) and Means without ends: Justifying supportive home care for older people in Canada, 1990-2010 (Sociology of Health and Illness, 2011).
An additional significant outcome of this work is an international, multidisciplinary collection of papers, Perspectives on care at home for older people (Routledge, 2011) co-edited with close collaborators Dr. Mary Ellen Purkis and Dr. Kristin Björnsdóttir (http://www.routledge.com/9780415895903).
I teach in the undergraduate program, Nursing in Context I/II (NURS 190/194), and the graduate program, Theory Development in Nursing (NURS 600) and The Nature and Development of Nursing Knowledge (NURS 502).
Both teaching and scholarship are informed by variety of thinkers. Within nursing the work of Mary Ellen Purkis, Davina Allen, John Drummond, Joanna Latimer, Kristin Bjornsdottir and Sioban Nelson has been influential. Outside of nursing, I am influenced by the writings of Michel Foucault, Chantal Mouffe, John Law, Annemarie Mol, Ingunn Moser, Jeannette Pols, and Carl May – to name only a few. I advocate reading as widely as possible as a good strategy for thinking through the complicated conditions that shape our current practices. Methodological preferences include ethnography, case study research, and philosophical analysis.
The course provides a hands on approach to evidence-informed nursing practice. This includes formulating clinical questions, systematic searching of electronic databases, reading, interpreting and critically appraising health research. Emphasis is on developing thinking and information literacy skills necessary to be an astute research consumer, and using evidence to inform clinical decision making. Note: Available only to nursing students in the Collaborative/Honors Program, After Degree/After Degree Honors Program or RPN-BScN Program. Prerequisite for Collaborative/Honors Program students: NURS 211 (or NURS 341). Credit may be obtained for only one of NURS 311 or 301.
Explore philosophical and ethical questions related to nursing practice, professionalism, scholarship, and research, including Indigenous research ethics. Emphasis is placed on the nature of responsibility and professional obligation associated with systematic nursing inquiry and knowledge application.