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Dr. Jennifer Medves PhD, RN
Dr. Jennifer  Medves
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I am on leave from July 1st 2019 to June 30th 2021.

Graduate Student Supervision

I will not be taking any more graduate students now or in the future.


The courses I have taught in the last five years:

NURS 323: Introduction to Statistics

NURS 802: Qualitative Methodology and Methods  

HQRS 898: Project in Healthcare Quality

NURS 901: Philosophy of Nursing Science

NURS 903: Advanced Quantitative Measurement, Methods and Design


My research program has evolved over the last fifteen years from Sustaining Rural Maternity Care to Nursing in Healthy Rural Workplaces because of projects I have been involved in and my interest to examine the wider context of nursing in rural health care. Sustaining rural maternity care had four components that were linked back into a model under which I undertook a number of projects. However, maternity care does not happen in isolation and my work with rural health care providers made me recognize that the ability to provide maternity care, particularly intrapartum care in hospitals, is integrated into other acute care services including emergency and surgery. The ability of rural facilities to provide care is reliant on a healthy work environment that values the contribution of all care providers and the acceptance and support of patients, their families and the communities.

Philosophically I conduct research from two paradigms: empirical and critical. The studies I have conducted in the last fifteen years are almost equally balanced between the two. I am not an interpretive researcher but have been lucky to work alongside some very talented interpretive researchers including several at Queen's University. I am most comfortable now in the critical paradigm as I am pragmatic and want to bring about change as a result of the studies. My underlining rationale for every study is 'so what' - that is what would the results of this particular study effect in health care. If there is not a practical application then I seek to find one or alter the protocol, before we start, so that there is a potential outcome that will be useful.

There are five sectors encompassed in the program of research

  1. Safeguarding patients, families, and communities
  2. Nursing beneficence
  3. Interprofessional collaboration
  4. Best evidence for practice
  5. Recruitment and retention

My projects fall under the Queen’s Nursing and Health Research clusters of Practice Environments and Health Care Quality.