Three School of Nursing Students present their JCURA posters at Ideafest

Fourth year students: Cedar McMechan, Alison White and Rachel Wright present their research posters at Ideafest. 

The Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards (JCURA) program was established in 2009-2010 by the Vice-President Academic and Provost.

The goal of this award is to encourage undergraduates to pursue innovative and original research to enhance their learning while at the University of Victoria and to provide a valuable preparatory experience towards graduate studies or a research related career. The Division of Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation (LTSI) administers the award process on behalf of the Provost’s Office.

Cedar McMechan

Project title: Nurses’ Experiences with Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Anne Bruce

"The purpose of this study is to understand the range of nurses’ experience of either providing care for a patient who has chosen medical assistance in dying (MAiD), or declining to participate in MAiD. Findings will generate knowledge of how nurses are being impacted personally and professionally, their perceptions of nursing roles and responsibilities, and what gaps in knowledge and skills exist related to MAiD. A qualitative design using narrative inquiry (Riessman, 2008) and thematic analysis (Braun & Clark, 2009) will be used. Participants will include approximately 20-30 licensed nurses (RNs, NPs, LPNs, and RPNs) employed in Island Health who have cared for a patient pursuing MAiD at home or in an institutional care setting or nurses who have made a conscious decision to not participate. Findings will add to the literature, provide direction for nurses and managers in this new clinical and legal reality, and support an application for a larger study of MAiD (interdisciplinary team and family perspective) across BC Health Authorities."

Alison White

Project title: Do you believe in the power of music? A scoping review of intergenerational music-based interventions for youth and community-dwelling persons with dementia

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Debra Sheets

"I have completed a scoping review of the literature examining intergenerational music-based interventions between children or youth and persons with dementia. This research is in support of Dr. Debra Sheet's ongoing research of a choir here in Victoria, Voices in Motion, composed of high school students, persons with dementia, and their caregivers."

Rachel Wright 

Project title: Knowledge, skills, and attitudes of general dentists and dental hygienists in
British Columbia regarding oral health care during pregnancy

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Lenora Marcellus

"This is a pilot study focusing on the attitudes, skills, and practices related to oral health care during pregnancy. The objective is to identify baseline knowledge of general dentist and dental hygienists when working with pregnant patients. The second objective is to define the barriers and facilitators to accessing oral health care as identified by general dentist and hygienist. This pilot study is affiliated with a larger program of research being conducted and is in partnership with Island Health."

Cedar McMechan

Nursing student's experience with MAiD: untangling persona-professional tensions

Alison White

Do you believe in the power of music?

Rachel Wright

Oral Health Care during pregnancy: A survey of dental health care practitioners