Dr. Catherine Laing, BPE, RN, PhD
Faculty of Nursing, Dean's Office
Faculty of Nursing, Faculty
Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute
Child Health & Wellness Researcher
Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute
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PhD Nursing, University of Calgary, 2013
MN Nursing, University of Calgary, 2008
BN Nursing, University of Calgary, 1998
BPE Physical Education, University of Calgary, 1994
Dr. Laing has beein in the field of pediatric oncology nursing for 18 years, and in that time has held clinical, educational, administrative, and academic roles. She is most interested in how children and adolescents/young adults with cancer and their families get through the experience of cancer, why some families have an easier time than others, what the experience is like for them, how can others learn from their experiences, and what healthcare professionals can do to make it a more bearable experience. Predominantly a qualitative researcher, Dr. Laing has held an academic appointment with the University of Calgary, Faculty of Nursing since 2013, and is active at the local, provincial, national, and international levels of pediatric oncology nursing.
Areas of Research
Paediatric oncology, quality of life, psychosocial interventions and late effects.
Innovative ways of delivering psychosocial health care to children with cancer and their families.
Dr. Laing’s program of research is in the field of paediatric oncology, and more recently, in undergraduate nursing program planning. Having an extensive background in clinical, educational, and administrative areas, her doctoral research was a hermeneutic study related to understanding the meaning and effects of children’s cancer camps for the child with cancer and the family. Dr. Laing’s current research interests lie lottery-based admission processes in undergraduate nursing education, and the role of technology for evaluation and clinical feedback. Past project have included understanding the therapeutic value of digital storytelling with pediatric oncology patients, and using Social Return on Investment in the healthcare setting where questions of social value are present. Dr. Laing is active at the local, national, and international levels of pediatric oncology nursing and undergraduate nursing education.
|Course number||Course title||Semester|
|NURS 769||Contemporary Issues in Healthcare||Winter 2023|
|NURS 684||Nursing Roles in Oncology Research||Spring 2022|
|NURS 544||Exploring Cancer and the Role of the Nurse||Spring 2021|
|NURS 544||Exploring Cancer and the Role of the Nurse||Spring 2020|
|NURS 633||Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice and Practicum 1||Winter 2018|
- U Make a Difference - Nomination, University of Calgary. 2019
- Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing - APHON Writing Award, Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses. 2018
- Nurse Educator to Watch, Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. 2018
- Rising Star in Family Nursing Research, International Family Nursing Association. 2017
- Excellence in Research, College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. 2017
In the News
- After Saturday's matchup against Calgary Flames, Sidney Crosby makes dreams come true for local youngster. Calgary Sun. (2015)
- Nursing research reveals therapeutic value of digital storytelling. UToday. (2016)
- Digital Storytelling: The new way to inspire hope in cancer patients. Calgary Herald. (2015)
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