The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) has selected Dr. Linda McGillis Hall, professor and Associate Dean of Research and External Relations, for the Excellence in Nursing Research Award, which was presented at the annual fall CASN council meeting in November.
McGillis Hall is an internationally recognized leader in nursing health services research. She has published and presented extensively in Canada and internationally on her research, which focuses on health human resources, the nursing work environment, and how these influence patient, nurse and system outcomes. A Nursing Senior Career Research Award recipient from the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC), she also previously held a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award and a prestigious Premier’s Research Excellence Award. McGillis Hall’s work is directly used by policy and health care leaders to address key issues faced by nursing leaders. In addition, she is sought out by national and international organizations to participate in or lead initiatives related to the nursing workforce and work environments, and is well known as a research mentor for new faculty and doctoral students.
As the promotion of nursing research is a critical component of CASN’s mission, the recognition of individual accomplishments in the research arena is an important means by which CASN can acknowledge contributions to the growth of nursing as a scientific discipline.