Building and Balancing: Creating a Robust Program of Nursing Research


This course is intended for early and mid-career faculty members working in educational settings where research and scholarship are expectations of their faculty positions. It may also be of interest to nursing education administrators in such settings who provide support and guidance to faculty members regarding their research and scholarship careers.  Participants will explore strategic approaches to the development of successful programs of nursing research, including managing competing career demands, project and time management, and supports necessary to sustain research success.

Audience: Nurse educators, nursing education administrators

Delivery: Online (Zoom & Moodle)

Timeframe: 3 weeks




Participants will attend three two-hour live course sessions over a period of three weeks. Learning activities will include project mapping, course discussion, and short-and long-term goal setting.


By the end of this course, participants will have developed the following competencies:

  1. Develop a plan to address the competing expectations of faculty members with respect to teaching, research and service commitments.
  2. Determine how their program of research relates to the requirements for tenure and promotion within their educational institutions-, as well as current local, provincial and national health concerns, research priorities and funding initiatives.
  3. Map out plan for advancing a program of research, including proposed interval goals and strategic approaches.
  4. Describe the considerations involved in forming a strong research team.
  5. Identify appropriate time management and project management strategies to promote success.
  6. Develop a plan to support grant and publication writing success.
  7. Identify strategies to support and sustain research success, including mentorship, partnerships, and necessary personal, professional and institutional supports.


$275 CAD for members
$300 CAD for non-members


Lois Berry, RN, PhD
Professor Emeritus
College of Nursing
University of Saskatchewan

Tracie Risling, RN, PhD
Interim Associate Dean
Research and Graduate Studies
Associate Professor
College of Nursing
University of Saskatchewan

About the course INSTRUCTORS

Lois Berry, PhD RN, professor emeritus, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, retired from the University in January 2021 following a 46+ year career as a registered nurse, 42+ of which were spent in nursing education. Dr. Berry has taught in practical, diploma, baccalaureate, and graduate nursing programs throughout her career. She has taught clinically in a wide variety of settings, primarily in maternal child, long-term care, and community areas. Her classroom teaching has focused largely on professional roles, leadership, health systems issues, and health care policy. Dr Berry has served in a number of senior administrative positions, including team leader, program head, associate dean and interim dean at the University of Saskatchewan and Sask Polytec, and was seconded to serve as the inaugural Assistant Vice Provost- Health at the U of S from 2015-18.  Her research and professional practice have been in the area of nursing workload and patient outcomes, as well as quality of care, program evaluation and quality improvement. She has written and presented in the area of developing, promoting, and supporting scholarship in nursing education. In addition, she has a strong focus on issues of social justice, especially with respect to access to quality health care and health professional education for underserved groups. Currently a major focus of her work is on the responses of the health and post-secondary education systems to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls the Action. Dr Berry has been part of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Accreditation site review team since 2005 as both a member and a team leader, and has reviewed over 25 nursing education programs in Canada and Australia.

Tracie Risling RN, PhD is the Interim Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies and an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan with a practice background in pediatric nursing. She began her nursing education career at Saskatchewan Polytechnic and spent five years teaching, and engaged in curriculum development, before assuming a leadership role in the Institute for Nursing Scholarship. In that position, she supported the scholarly work of nursing faculty including the development of research grants, publications, conference abstract submissions, and presentations. Dr. Risling currently leads a patient-oriented program of research in health informatics at the University of Saskatchewan. This work includes study on artificial intelligence, social media, co-design of patient-centered technologies, and patient access and use of electronic health records. Balancing this research with her teaching and administrative duties has provided extensive experience on navigating the demands of scholarship and academic life.



  • Registrations that are cancelled up to one week before the start of the course will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee.
  • Registrations that are cancelled with less than one week’s notice will not be refunded, though the participant will have the option to defer the cost of the course to apply to another CNEI/CASN course.
  • There will be no refunds issued once the course begins.
  • CASN reserves the right to cancel this course if it does not meet minimal group requirements.

Participants are responsible for access to any course materials, including articles and textbooks.

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This course is available in English only.

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