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  • Forum Description

    The Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing Huffman Splane Emerging Scholars Forum supports early career development and international networking of emerging nursing scholars who are embarking on a research focused career. The Huffman Splane Emerging Nurse Scholars Forum is supported by a generous endowment from Dr. Verna Huffman Splane, a pioneer in nursing in Canada who held a deep conviction that nurses should be taught that they are part of a global profession. Bloomberg Nursing is widely recognized as a research-intensive environment that promotes education and scholarship in nursing.

    Selected through a peer review application process, participants will be invited to present their doctoral/postdoctoral research to peers and faculty. Preference will be given to applicants whose research and academic interests focus on public health (the health of individuals, groups or populations), health systems and/or improvement of care/outcomes. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with nurse researchers who have established successful careers in nursing science. During the Forum, Bloomberg faculty will lead discussion sessions and speak on the successful development of an academic career.

    Applications are invited from Canadian, American and international Registered Nurses or Nurse Practitioners who are near completion or have recently completed a PhD in nursing; or who currently hold or have completed a post-doctoral fellowship within the past year.


    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing University of Toronto 155 College St, Toronto, ON, Canada M5T 1P8 (map)

  • Profile of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

    Our faculty members are world-changers in research areas that are broad and multidisciplinary. They excel not only as scientists and scholars, but as educators and mentors to the next generation of health care leaders. Bloomberg Nursing faculty have some of the sharpest minds in the field and they are tackling the most pressing issues in health care. Our passion for inquiry, knowledge creation — and ultimately the betterment of patient care — has ranked* the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing #1 in Canada and #2 in the world according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject. Exemplary research is not enough. Our faculty members also shine as teachers and advisers. They infuse new knowledge into our well-grounded curricula, giving every student an unparalleled opportunity to learn more — and be more. Our pioneering researchers and faculty include:

    Kristin Cleverley – Mental health nursing and transitions from child to adult health services.

    Lisa Cranley – Knowledge translation; quality and safety in long term care.

    Craig Dale – Fundamental care needs of acute and critically ill adults.

    Cindy-Lee Dennis – Perinatal depression in mothers and fathers.

    Denise Gastaldo – Social determinants of health.

    Edith Hillan – Health of women and newborns.

    Doris Howell – Health services outcomes and effectiveness in cancer populations.

    Lianne Jeffs – Patient safety, quality improvement, and knowledge translation.

    Linda Johnston – Pain management in neonatal intensive care and long term outcomes after neonatal care.

    Samantha Mayo – Optimizing long term health of cancer survivors.

    Linda McGillis Hall – Nursing workforce and health systems.

    Katherine McGilton – Health and care of older adults.

    Kelly Metcalfe – Prevention and health treatment of hereditary breast cancer.

    Carles Muntaner – Social inequities in health, mental health and the philosophy of population health.

    Lynn Nagle – Nursing informatics.

    Monica Parry – Improving health outcomes for individuals with chronic diseases.

    Elizabeth Peter – Political dimensions of nurses’ ethical concerns and understandings.

    Martine Puts – Health and well-being of older adults.

    Louise Rose – Health outcomes for patients requiring mechanical ventilation.

    Bonnie Stevens – Assessment and management of pain in infants and children.

    Jennifer Stinson – Information and communications technologies in the management of pain in children.

    Robyn Stremler – Sleep and health outcomes in infants, children, and parents.

    Ann Tourangeau – Nursing-related determinants of health care outcomes.

    Judy Watt-Watson – Establishing pain prevalence and related risk factors.

    Kimberley Widger – Predictors of high quality palliative care for children.

    *Ranking in 2018.

  • Verna Huffman Splane

    Pioneering Canadian nursing giant and healthcare advocate Dr. Verna Huffman Splane (Class of 3T9) believed strongly in the work of our Faculty and the importance of the nursing profession worldwide. Splane’s generous gift to the Faculty supports our Huffman Splane Emerging Nurse Scholars program, which brings in the world’s next generation of leading nurse scientists to our Faculty and provides them with an opportunity to meet with Bloomberg Nursing’s influential researchers and a chance to network in-depth with a group of peers over the course of two days.

    Splane’s nursing career spanned more than 70 years, and throughout the duration she held a deep conviction that nurses should be taught that they are part of a global profession. She began working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and became increasingly passionate that nurses should be prepared to serve wherever they are needed – at home or abroad. Once she retired from nursing, Splane began the largest study of senior nursing positions in more than 50 countries, the results of which are still used as a basis for WHO assistance in forming nurse leader roles in developing countries. We thank Dr. Huffman Splane for the tremendous impact she continues to have not only on nursing education and research at Bloomberg Nursing, but on the nursing profession around the world.

    “I think nursing has a great future. The quality of education available to nurses today with strong international leadership, the constant demographic changes of this new century, the public pressure for changes to the health-care system, new inter-professional research activities in government and universities, and the maturing of the organized nursing profession itself—all of these things speak to an open door to the future for nursing never before possible.” – Verna Huffman Splane, 2015

  • Application Process and Deadlines

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    Key Dates and Deadlines

    • June 20, 2018: Deadline for application to the Huffman Splane Emerging Nurse Scholars Forum 2018
    • Successful applicants will be notified the week of July 2, 2018 and will be required to respond within one week.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Applications are invited from Canadian, American and international Registered Nurses or Nurse Practitioners:

    • who are near completion (i.e. data analysis complete) or have recently completed a PhD in nursing (completed on or after June 2017);


    • who currently hold or have completed a post-doctoral fellowship within the past year.

    Application requirements

    Your application must include:

    1. Completed Applicant Profile (see page 2 of the application package).
    2. Abstract of doctoral research thesis (see page 3 of the application package)
    3. Curriculum Vitae (maximum 5 pages)
    4. Letter of application (limit of one page):
      • statement of why the applicant would like to attend;
      • academic career objectives;
      • future research plans.
    5. Letter of endorsement from your supervisor if you are currently a PhD student

    Application submission

    Send your completed application form and supporting documents to Deadline June 20, 2018.

  • Forum Accolades from Past Participants

    “Very rarely does an opportunity to be part of a core group of like-minded nursing scholars arise, or a chance to share such a broad spectrum of research, and I was honoured to get an invitation,” said Dr. Rachel Kornhaber (Australia).

    “As I’ve noticed that academic conferences are getting bigger and more impersonal, this Forum’s intimate setting was invaluable in making critical networking connections to aid in advancing nursing science.” “The breadth of research we’ve encountered over these two days has been huge,” said Dr. Emma Stanmore (UK).

    “Meeting with this group of high-calibre nurses, and hearing Dr. Nelson present such a strong strategic picture of where nursing research is headed, will definitely have an impact on my long-term approaches to my work.” “I thoroughly enjoyed this experience of meeting so many nurses involved in critical research on topics ranging from structure and future of the profession, to addressing clinical needs of patients,” said Dr. Laoise Renwick (UK).

    “It’s been enlightening and encouraging to see other nurses with diverse interests operating as independent researchers. It has also been refreshing and provocative in that I’ve been able to compare and evaluate nursing research across continents where there are different systemic and policy contexts.”

  • Contact Us

    Huffman Splane Emerging Nurse Scholars Forum
    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    University of Toronto
    Suite 130
    155 College St
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M5T 1P8 (map)

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