CASN is pleased to announce that the
2018 Pat Griffin Scholar Award winner is
Dr. Linda Ferguson
The winner of the 2018 Pat Griffin Nursing Education Research Scholar Award is Dr. Linda Ferguson. Dr. Ferguson has been involved in nursing education research for the past thirty years, studying various aspects of nursing education, with a particular focus on clinical learning. This interest coincides with a deep passion for teaching and learning, and a career as a nurse educator that extends over a period of 49 years.
During her time teaching at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) before moving to the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan in 1990, Dr. Ferguson developed a deep commitment to excellence in nursing education. She worked diligently to improve her own teaching and the learning experiences of her students. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, she collaborated with colleagues Drs. Olive Yonge and Florence Myrick on research on preceptorship and mentorship and this work led to four Tri-Council grants investigating this learning model In nursing education.
In addition, Dr. Ferguson has undertaken research on interprofessional education, study abroad programs, the use of videotaped lectures for students, and team-based practice. She also directed the Centre for the Advancement and Study of Nursing and Interprofessional Education (CASNIE).
Besides conducting influential research in nursing education, Dr. Ferguson has been a committed mentor to other nursing education researchers at the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, as a faculty member, as well as through the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness, a centre she helped develop. She was also instrumental in the development of student and peer evaluation of teaching at the university, and has worked with other faculty to develop policies around teaching evaluation and standards for promotion and tenure related to teaching.
Dr. Ferguson has made substantial contributions to the literature on the science of nursing education, and has been a strong advocate for improving the quality of nursing education research. Her research on nursing education is contextualized within her broader knowledge of post-secondary education and nursing education initiatives through CASN.
Dr. Ferguson will receive a $10,000 grant to promote her nursing education research through inquiry, mentorship, and dissemination. Her contributions to research in nursing education will be addressed when she delivers the “Pat Griffin Annual Lecture” at the 2018 CASN Council meeting.
Congratulations Dr. Linda Ferguson!!