Research Fellowship: Graduate Nursing Student Scholarship Award

As part of OAPN's mandate to improve cancer survivorship care and increase capacity for oncology nursing research, Lindsay Yuille, a full time nursing graduate student at McMaster University, became the first recipient of the Graduate Nursing Student Scholarship Award.

The Scholarship was made possible thanks to a generous donation to OAPN from The Lewis and Ruth Sherman Foundation. The Research Fellowship was designed to meet individualized learning needs and to further develop research knowledge and skills through:

  • Mentorship and training by a research supervisor,
  • Participation as a co-investigator on provincial/national/international research teams,
  • Exposure to and experience in implementing a variety of research study designs and data collection methods,
  • Support for grant writing,
  • Protected time (80%) and research infrastructure to conduct thesis study, and
  • Development and submission of conference abstracts and manuscripts for publication.

With the financial support of the Sherman Foundation, Lindsay began her 12-month research fellowship in January 2014. This unique learning opportunity has: 1) allowed her to present her thesis research focused on optimizing primary care RN roles in the delivery of cancer survivorship care in the community at local and national conferences; 2) provided access to diverse networking opportunities with oncology nursing leaders; 3) allowed her to explore how healthcare providers across Ontario are currently engaging survivors post active treatment and their family members in decisions related to their care and health; and lastly 4) expanded her understanding of cancer survivorship care delivery across Ontario (specifically models of outpatient care, optimization of RPN/RN/ and APN roles, and approaches to quality cancer care delivery in rural/remote communities). During her fellowship, Lindsay was a recipient of:

  • Patricia Tauber Nursing Research Fund Award;
  • CANO Student Travel Grant 2014;
  • McMaster School of Nursing Full-Time Graduate Student Scholarship; and the
  • Aileen McPhail Memorial Prize.

 Congratulations Lindsay!