Academic Staff Member in CHASP and registered nurse with over 25 years’ clinical experience both in New Zealand and internationally.
Christine McDonald is in her fourth year of working as a nursing tutor in the Centre for Health and Social Practice (CHASP). Due to graduate with a Doctor of Health Science degree this year, Christine understands the commitment required, but also the stress, when working fulltime while undertaking research for a thesis. Although PhDs are the most commonly known outcome of doctoral study, the Doctor of Health Science degree is designed for health professionals with at least five years’ professional experience who wish to broaden their professional practice competency. Christine is not alone in choosing this degree programme as the Doctor of Health Science is currently being undertaken by two other staff members in CHASP.
Using a grounded theory method, Christine’s doctoral thesis investigates how health professionals collaborate in a palliative care environment. The results will be published this year. Having a strong commitment to nursing and patient care, as well as a continued interest in research, Christine is now looking for opportunities to pursue further research in health care, specifically from a nursing, nursing student, or patient/family/whanau perspective. To her, the most important aspect of health research is that the results are meaningful and can be used to improve care in some way.
Currently Christine is also collaborating in education research looking at flipped learning for first year nursing students. She is available and willing to share information and to support other researchers and research students in any way she can.