Writing research articles for peer-reviewed journals requires practice, patience, and persistence. I am by no means a prolific scholar but I worked with one who was amazing (the late Dr. Heather K. Spence Laschinger) for six years and learned a thing or two about writing journal articles (and my record isn’t too shabby for an … Continue reading Unsolicited Advice for Writing a Research Article for a Journal
On Monday morning I had my PhD Defense and it was completely wonderful! For weeks beforehand I prepared diligently, trying to anticipate difficult questions my examiners might ask. I made an exam binder with my whole dissertation in it, Mplus output, copies of my survey booklet, key references, detailed notes that I made as I … Continue reading The Defense
I'm excited and slightly overwhelmed by all of the planning currently going on in my life. I have been invited to present at two awesome conferences this summer and am preparing to move to a new city to start my first tenure-track job. Very exciting, but also extremely stressful because I am in charge of … Continue reading Academic Conferences and Children
So apparently, sitting is the new smoking...and therefore, I am probably going to die. Not really (I hope), but there has been a whole lot of attention to the "sitting epidemic" recently, highlighting how much time most of us spend sitting during a regular work day. (Clearly, they have not spent any time with a … Continue reading Sitting is the New Smoking…
The short answer is that there is no best time and that really, anytime is the best time. Nothing can ever prepare you for the challenges and joys of parenting – regardless of whether or not you are a grad student, a practising nurse, or a stay-at-home mom. That being said, it helps if you … Continue reading I want an academic career. When’s the BEST time to have a baby?
In late November I was offered my dream job as an Assistant Professor at the University of New Brunswick in the Faculty of Nursing (I enthusiastically accepted!). I am getting ready to board the train on the tenure track and plunged right into writing my first CIHR grant as a PI. Not for the reasons … Continue reading Grant Writing Success
Last term I taught the 3rd year data analysis course for nursing students at Western. Boy, was it a ton of work! Overall, I really enjoyed the experience and learned a lot about how teaching and learning has changed since I first began university back in 2001. Currently I am teaching a graduate-level course in … Continue reading Lessons from my First Year of University Teaching