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Graduate students win Nursing Research Interest Group awards

Jun 22, 2020

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Photo above: Lauren Howorth, Andrea Fulton, Aric Rankin

The Nursing Research Interest Group of the Registered Nurses Association (RNAO) has announced their graduate awards this year, and three of these honours went to McMaster University students.  

New Member Awards were given to those whose application demonstrated research potential, ability to work with others, leadership potential, nursing expertise and professional involvement ($500). Four awards were given out this year, and winners from McMaster include Lauren Howorth and Andrea Fulton.  

Lauren Howorth is in the masters’ program. "I feel so fortunate to be one of the recipients of the RNAO Nursing Research Interest Group New Member Awards for 2020,” says Howorth. “This would not have been possible without the support and guidance of my supervisor, Dr. Denise Bryant-Lukosius, and Dr. Diana Sherifali, who is a member of my supervisory committee for my master’s thesis. This award will help support my thesis work, which is looking at the experiences of self-management in older adults with cancer. Thank you to the Nursing Research Interest Group."  

Andrea Fulton is also in the masters’ program. “I am thrilled to be a member of the Nursing Research Interest Group and a recipient of their New Member Award for 2020,” says Fulton. “This would not have been possible without support from my supervisor, Dr. Michelle Butt, and one of my colleagues and mentors, Jen Callen, NP. This award will help support my thesis work, which focuses on families with technology-dependent infants and children and their experiences using the family-managed care model. Thank you to the Nursing Research Interest Group.”

Aric Rankin won a Graduate Scholarship Award. These honours were given to two graduate students in Ontario with the strongest research proposals ($1500 each). Rankin is in the PhD program in nursing and his supervisor is Dr.  Andrea Baumann. "As a nurse practitioner and an ally to Indigenous communities I have witnessed many challenges surrounding nursing practice and health and human resource policy, which have further contributed to ongoing disparities experienced by Indigenous communities. The focus of my PhD research is on the role of the Indigenous Patient Navigator (IPN) and how this role bridges the gap of health inequity in Canada and abroad. I am grateful to have a stellar supervisory committee and to receive this Graduate Research Scholarship from NRIG to support this important and timely research,” says Rankin.  

Dr. Amy Wright is the NRIG chair. We at NRIG are happy to see an interest from nursing students across the province in nursing research,” says Wright. “Our membership is largely supported by undergraduate nursing students, and during my term as Chair, we have introduced two new awards to recognize these members. We offer awards for undergraduate members and new NRIG members, as well as conference grants. We also provide scholarship funding to support graduate nursing research at the Masters and PhD levels as well as Early Career. NRIG membership is free to undergraduate nurses, and I strongly encourage all nursing students to consider joining NRIG to take advantage of our funding opportunities and education initiatives. Finally, congratulations to this year's winners from McMaster University's School of Nursing: Lauren, Andrea and Aric. Well done!”

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