February 05, 2019

You are invited to participate in a research study titled “Nurses’ Experiences of Providing Critical Care North of 60: A Qualitative Study”. This study is being conducted by primary researcher, Dr. Brandi Vanderspank-Wright, Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing, University of Ottawa. The purpose of this study is to explore and examine nurses’ experiences in providing care to critically ill patients and their families in Canada’s North.

Currently, the study is recruiting Registered Nurses with the following criteria: 1) Registered Nurses working in one of the three Canadian Territories: Yukon, Northwest, and Nunavut; 2) Registered Nurses with experiences of caring for patients who are critically ill and/ or ‘unstable’ requiring temporizing measures (e.g. mechanical ventilation) and needing urgent transfer to other facilities; and 3) Registered Nurses who are English speaking.

Your participation in this study is voluntary and will include a telephone interview lasting approximately 60 to 90 minutes with the researcher or a research assistant. You will be asked to reflect and describe your experiences of caring for critically ill patients and their families. In partaking in this study, participants will be able to share their experiences, and the findings of the study will contribute to a developing body of knowledge within a defined context of critical care.

For more information or to express your interest in this study, please contact the Brandi Vanderspank-Wright at her via email

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