Dr. Kathy Pfaff

Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Windsor, 1988
  • Master’s of Science (Nursing), University of Windsor, 2008
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing), McMaster University, 2013

Honours

  • Excellence in Oral Presentation Award, 2013 Faculty of Health Sciences Research Plenary, McMaster University, 2013
  • Faculty of the Year Award, University of Windsor, Centre for Teaching and Learning, 2012
  • Dr. Mary Louise Drake Research Conference Award, Faculty of Nursing, University of Windsor, 2008
  • Entrance Scholarship, McMaster University School of Graduate Studies, 2008
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Tau Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, 2008
  • Research Thesis Award, Faculty of Nursing, University of Windsor, 2007
  • Yvette Miller Memorial Graduate Nursing Award, Faculty of Nursing, University of Windsor, 2006
  • Dr. Sheila Cameron Award, Faculty of Nursing, University of Windsor, 2005
  • Board of Governors' Medal in Nursing, University of Windsor, 1988
  • Florence M. Roach Award, School of Nursing, University of Windsor, 1988
  • University of Windsor Entrance Scholarship, 1984, renewed 1985, 1986, 1987

Bibliography

Philosophy of Research

I believe that the goal of research is to inform nursing practice and education and healthcare policy. I subscribe to the highest standards of ethical conduct in all research activity. As an early career researcher, my mentors and colleagues have had a large role in shaping my research output. Nevertheless, my research interests originate with my own curiosities related to contemporary changes in the healthcare system and its impact on nursing practice and patient care. This process has evolved as I have come to clearly identify my own philosophy of nursing science. That is, I believe that there is no one absolute truth, but rather multiple truths and ways of knowing. From a methodological perspective, this implies that there is no one way of ‘doing science.’ The methods depend on the research question and the phenomenon under study.
 
I believe that well-designed research results from a team approach. In this way, ideas can be challenged, and the unique knowledge and experiences of each researcher combined to strengthen the study, and therefore its contribution to nursing and the health sciences. I believe that key stakeholders should also be involved to inform the study, from conception through dissemination. This also includes my belief in the strength of interprofessional research partnerships in health sciences research. 

 

Program of Research
I have interest and experience in case study and mixed methods designs. As part of my doctoral thesis work, I recently conducted two mixed methods studies that examined factors that influence new graduate nurse engagement in interprofessional collaboration (IPC). A key finding of this research was the impact of leaders and leadership on achieving IPC. My research program will build upon this work by focusing on understanding leadership, and how it contributes to IPC. I am currently leading a team to begin discussions with health care leaders and community stakeholders to develop and implement an educational protocol to enhance the interprofessional delivery of palliative care in long-term care, the goal of which is to evaluate its impact on IPC, resident outcomes, and human resources in the long-term care sector. This project is in the conceptual phase, and the proposal will also be informed through discussions with health care professionals from a variety of disciplines. The project will provide support for graduate and undergraduate student mentorship.

 

Funding
Funding is essential to support quality and rigor in research. As an early career researcher, I have been successful in obtaining a number of internal research grants and have recently, as part of a larger team, applied for two large national/provincial grants. I maintain constant awareness of funding opportunities that are relevant to my developing research program. I look forward to expanding this program through collaborative projects.

Dissemination
Research must be disseminated to achieve its purpose. Dissemination can occur through a variety of knowledge translation (KT) strategies including publication in peer-reviewed publications, presentations, briefs, as well as through social media. I believe that KT should be embedded throughout all phases of the research process. This supports timely uptake of the findings by users.  Although I am a passionate researcher from project conception through reporting, I particularly enjoy the dissemination phase of the research process.  Academic writing and oral communication are two skills that are personal strengths of my research program.

At home, I am blessed with a wonderfully supportive husband, four remarkable young adult children, and my constant companion, Sam, a devoted Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Teaching Interests

  • Adult Health and Healthy Aging
  • Health Promotion, Illness and Injury Prevention
  • Research Methods
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Transition to Professional Practice
  • Interprofessional Collaboration in Healthcare Sectors and Settings (graduate level course)
  • Theoretical Foundations in Nursing (graduate level course)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

Articles in Refereed Journals

Pfaff, Kathryn, A., Baxter, Pamela, E., Jack, S.M., Ploeg, J. (2013). An integrative review of the factors influencing new graduate nurse engagement in interprofessional collaboration, Journal of Advanced Nursing, early on-line 2013 at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jan.12195/abstract

Pfaff, Kathryn A., Baxter, Pamela, E; Ploeg, Jenny; Jack, Susan, M. (2013). A mixed methods exploration of the team and organizational factors that may predict new graduate nurse engagement in collaborative practice, Journal of Interprofessional Care, 2013, published on-line at http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/13561820.2013.851072

Pfaff, Kathryn, A., Baxter, Pamela, E., Jack, Susan M., Ploeg, Jenny, Exploring new graduate nurse confidence in interprofessional collaboration: A mixed methods study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, available on-line at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2014.01.001

Pfaff, Kathryn; El-Masri, Maher; Fox-Wasylyshyn, Susan (2009). The impact of abrupt smoking cessation on the psychological stress of patients hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction: A pilot study, Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 19, 26-32

Chapters in Books

Pfaff, Kathryn, "Health Promotion of Older Adults", in Kozier, B. et al., Fundamentals of Canadian Nursing, Kozier,B. et al. (Eds.), (Pearson Canada, 2013)

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations

Pfaff, Kathryn, Echlin, Jean., Lauzon, Christine, & Price, Shelly, Interprofessional assessment of pain among long-term care residents with dementia: A systematic review.  Accepted for presentation at the 20th International Congress on Palliative Care, September, 2014, Montréal, Canada

Baxter, Pamela, Hewko, Sarah, Cleghorn, Laura, Cunningham, BJ, Elston, Dawn, Pfaff, Kathy, Cummings, Greta, Health care leaders’ experiences implementing patient-based funding approaches:  A systematic review, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research Conference, February 2014, Vancouver, Canada

Pfaff, Kathryn A., Baxter, Pamela E., Jack, Susan M., Ploeg, J., New graduate nurse confidence in collaborative practice, Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) 2013 Conference, Collaborative Synergy: Teams, Scholarship and Capacity Building in Nursing Research, 2013, Vancouver, Canada

Pfaff, Kathryn A., Baxter, Pamela E., Ploeg, Jenny, Jack, Susan M., New graduate nurse engagement in interprofessional collaboration: A mixed methods exploration of team and organizational predictors, Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) 2013 Conference, Collaborative Synergy: Teams, Scholarship and Capacity Building in Nursing Research, 2013, Vancouver, Canada

Pfaff, Kathryn A., Baxter, Pamela E., Ploeg, Jenny, Jack, Susan M., New graduate nurse engagement in interprofessional collaboration: A mixed methods exploration of team and organizational predictors, McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences Research Plenary, 2013, Hamilton, Canada

Patrick, Linda, Pfaff, Kathryn, (2012), Learners' experiences and the perceived outcomes of a senior level undergraduate baccalaureate nursing theory course designed to ease transition to professional practice: A case study, 4th Biennial Research Conference, Faculty of Nursing, University of Windsor, Windsor, Canada

Pfaff, Kathryn, A, (2011, October), Interprofessional collaboration and the new graduate nurse: Are we expecting too much?, 41st Biennial Convention, Sigma Theta Tau International, Grapevine, Texas, USA

Patrick, Linda, J; Pfaff, Kathryn, A; Parent, Jennifer, N; Bornais, Judy, A, (2011), Fact or fiction?: Busting the myths surrounding new graduate RN transition, 41st Biennial Convention, Sigma Theta Tau International, Grapevine, Texas, USA

Patrick, Linda, J; Pfaff, Kathryn, A; Freeman-Gibb, Laurie, (2011), Living the evidence: Development and evaluation of a nursing course designed to ease transition to professional practice, 41st Biennial Convention, Sigma Theta Tau International, Grapevine, Texas, USA

Pfaff, Kathryn A., (2010), Examining the physiological and psychological impact of smoking cessation on patients with acute myocardial infarction: A comparison of smokers and non-smokers, McMaster University Health Sciences Research Plenary, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Hamilton, Canada

Geary, Lori; Pfaff, Kathryn A., (2009), Best practices for cast removal by RN's in the emergency department: A student experience in program development, 22nd Research Conference: The Path to Excellence, University of Western Ontario School of Nursing and Iota Omicron Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, London, Canada

Bornais, Judy; Pfaff, Kathy; Dennison, Susan, High tech, High touch: Learning through simulation, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2008, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2008 Conference, Toronto, Canada

Contract Research Reports

Echlin, J., & Pfaff, K. Managing co-morbid pain and dementia: A case study as impetus for change.  Prepared for the deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research, Toronto, Ontario, 2013

Moro, Francisco; Pasek, Zbigniew; Pfaff, Kathy; Sands, Todd, Optimizing rural emergent health care in Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton counties, Report to the Erie-St. Clair Local Health Integration Network, 2009

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Health Services
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Patient-based Funding
  • Mixed Methods and Case Study Designs
  • Interpretive Description
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Palliative Care

MEMBERSHIPS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

  • Chair, Collaborative Curriculum Committee, Faculty of Nursing, University of Windsor
  • Palliative Care Committee, deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research, Toronto, Canada
  • Interprofessional Education Committee, Southwestern Ontario Academic Health Network, member
  • Research Awards Committee, Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario, member
  • Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative, member
  • Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association, member
  • Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, member
    • Nursing Research Interest Group
    • Palliative Care Interest Group
    • Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario
  • Tau Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, member and former treasurer
  • Faculty Advisor, Windsor Interprofessional Health Collaborative, Windsor, Ontario
  • Faculty Advisor, The Nursing Society, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario
  • Faculty Advisor, The Nursing Residence, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario