Centre for Transformative Nursing and Health Research

Is a Senate-approved nursing led research centre, and the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada. We aim to develop a new vision for health care based on solid research as a platform for true change. Our focuses are collaboration, capacity-building, networking and knowledge-translation.

Our Mission

The mission is to conduct nursing and health research to generate knowledge that is actionable and dedicated to improving health and social outcomes for those requiring health care, their providers and the overall system.

Our Research Pillars

The CTNHR has four pillars which encompas our academic areas of interest:

1.Health Needs of People

Research and scholarship focused on better understanding the broad range of factors that shape people’s health needs in order to provide evidence that can improve the delivery of health care and contribute to optimal quality of life and well-being. This research considers the changing nature of needs between and among populations within complex contexts that are impacted by social, political, cultural, economic, geographical and technological factors.

Pillar Lead: Dr. Marilyn Macdonald
Telephone 902-494 2433

2.Health Workforce and Health Systems Planning

Research and scholarship aimed at developing and applying sustainable, evidence-informed processes to plan for and improve health systems, including the health workforce, to better meet the health needs of populations. This research includes evaluating the impact of both the research and processes on people, provider and system outcomes

Pillar Lead: Dr. Sheri Price
Telephone 902-494 8831

3. Marginalized Populations and Health Equity

esearch and scholarship focused on understanding the broad determinants of health affecting the well-being of less advantaged groups and their access to society’s resources and experiences of the health care system in order to improve health status and equity. Individuals, communities and populations become marginalized based on race, ethnicity, disability, chronic and mental health, gender identities, age, sexual orientation, socio-economics, and class. Individuals who are labeled as belonging to these groups experience disadvantages and disproportionate levels of power that create health disparities that are often invisible and not well understood. Research is currently focused on addressing urgent priority initiatives related to various self-identified marginalized and at-risk communities. These include, but are not limited to: Indigenous, LGBTQIA, African Canadian, African Nova Scotian, low-income and poor, elderly, insecurely housed, homeless, immigrant, and refugee communities. With a focus on addressing health inequities, access to care, resources and policy development, the SON is committed to an equitable society for all Canadians.

Pillar Lead Dr. Margot Latimer
Telephone 902-494 2391

4. Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science

Knowledge Translation is a deliberate, iterative process that includes synthesis, exchange, dissemination, evaluation and application of knowledge in decision making to improve health outcomes, health service delivery and the broader health system.  Knowledge translation research or implementation science involves the use of theory to systematically study these processes. Translational research can begin with the start of a new study or can occur once a study is completed. Successful health interventions that bring the best evidence to health care providers and to clients will improve outcomes in all health sectors.

Pillar Lead Dr. Janet Curran
Telephone 902-494 2668