Dr. Laura Vogelsang, 2023 Pat Griffin Research Grant recipient

CASN is pleased to announce that that Dr. Laura Vogelsang is one of the recipients of the Pat Griffin Research Grant and she would like to share this honour with Dr. Manal Kleib, the co-investigator on the project.

Dr. Vogelsang is an Assistant Professor at the University of Lethbridge where she teaches within the undergraduate and graduate programs. She obtained her Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Lethbridge and a Master of Nursing and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan. Her clinical background is in medical-surgical and rural nursing where she maintains her bedside practice.

She has partnered with interdisciplinary teams to complete projects funded by Alberta Innovates and SSHRC in the growing area of Virtual Reality. Dr. Vogelsang’s early program of research is within the intersection of digital health technologies and the scholarship of teaching and learning for nursing students, including implementing and evaluating teaching strategies for students. Her doctoral work explored the use of virtual reality as a teaching strategy for building self-efficacy for nursing students to manage aggressive behaviors in clients with dementia. Most recently, she was awarded the WNRCASN Education Research Grant along with two colleagues to explore how nursing students experience icebreaker activities in the classroom. Dr. Vogelsang has presented nationally on various nursing education topics and has been published in several peer-reviewed journals.

Currently she serves as the President of the Canadian Medical Surgical Nurses Association, maintains an active membership with the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association, and is part of the CASN Digital Health Interest Group. Recently she facilitated a discussion on the emerging chatbot ChatGPT. She supports the operationalization of her programs as the co-chair of the Undergraduate program curriculum committee and is the faculty designate for program approval. Dr. Vogelsang has the privilege of delivering the newly developed ‘Praxis in the Digital Age’ course to the entire undergraduate cohort at the University of Lethbridge and strives to maintain a student-centered strengths-based approach to her teaching.