TWU Nursing professor and researcher co-leads national project to improve support systems for new registered nurses

Benefitting nursing education, new graduates, and health services in Canada

TWU Nursing professor and researcher Dr. Angela Wolff is committed to helping nursing graduates be better supported as they transition into their professional role and healthcare workplaces.

In Dr. Wolff’s previous research, she found that improving supports for role transition can potentially help nursing graduates successfully integrate and stay longer in their careers. This staff retention could contribute to addressing the nursing shortages within Canada’s health care systems.

For the next five years, Dr. Wolff is joining a team of researchers to evaluate the national residency program to better support and integrate nursing graduates (RNs)s into their workplaces.

The project is funded by a $2.4 million Health Canada contribution awarded to the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN). Dr. Angela Wolff is the co-principal investigator on this multi-year project, the six-month National New Nurse Residency Program, working with Project Lead Judy Boychuk Duchscher (TRU).

Meeting the human resource needs of health care

Dr. Wolff explains that this project aims to “support the retention of nurses entering the job field by providing scaffolded support and mentoring, to strengthen their workplace onboarding, reduce job stress, and strengthen clinical competence.”

She adds, “This work is a long-standing passion of mine to meet the health care human resource needs of nurses,” an area which she also contributed to in her role as a Director of Professional Practice in the Fraser Health Authority prior to her appointment at TWU.

CASN will be implementing its nursing residency program by partnering with 15-20 Canadian health care industry employers, including acute care hospitals, health authorities, specialty hospitals, and long-term care centres. As this nation-wide initiative is implemented, Dr. Wolff and her research team will gather evidence on its effects on the workplace experiences of recently licensed registered nurses, tracking developments in clinical competence, reduction in levels of job stress, and changes to workplace integration and retention in the nursing profession.

Fostering the next generation of researchers

In addition to her research for the National New Nurse Residency Program, Dr. Wolff also mentors graduate and undergraduate researchers at TWU. Last summer, Dr. Wolff supervised a team of TWU students working to advance research into patient-centred care.

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