Dr. Christina West Advances Family Systems Nursing Knowledge in her Teaching and Research

Christina West, RN, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba (Canada). She is currently leading the development of an undergraduate nursing course (fourth year) in family health. The course content will include a focus on Family Systems Nursing assessment and intervention based on the Calgary Family Assessment and Intervention Models and the Illness Beliefs Model.

Christina’s program of research is focused on Family Systems interventions with families experiencing serious paediatric illness. She was recently awarded a 2016 Health Research New Investigator Operating Grant from Research Manitoba for a study titled: The Family Transition through Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT): A Prospective Analysis Guided by a Family Systems-Expressive Arts Framework” (2016-2019). This study is being implemented at two research sites, CancerCare Manitoba/Children’s Hospital (Winnipeg, MB) and Alberta Children’s Hospital (Calgary, Alberta). For this study, Christina is working with multiple co-investigators and collaborators, including Pamela S. Hinds, PhD, RN, FAAN (Washington, DC), Amanda Kenny, PhD, RN (Bendigo, Australia), and Fiona Schulte, PhD, R. Psych (Calgary, AB). Her research team is using constructivist grounded theory to develop a theoretical foundation for developing and studying a family systems-expressive arts intervention in pediatric HSCT.

Christina is also studying an innovative video-feedback intervention focused on empathic communication between nurse practitioner students and family caregivers with Michelle Lobchuk, RN, PhD, Associate Professor (PI), Gayle Halas, RDH, PhD, and Wilma Schroeder, RN, BN, MMFT. This research is taking place in Dr. Lobchuk’s Caregiver Communication Research Environment (CAre Lab) based at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg. The Canada Foundation for Innovation, Research Manitoba and other partners funded this unique research lab.

Recent University of Manitoba Today News article on Dr. West’s Research: http://news.umanitoba.ca/researcher-profile-christina-west/

For more information, contact IFNA member, Christina West. Twitter: @DrChristinaWest