Rita Schreiber, University of Victoria

nursing Professor Victoria, British Columbia rschreib@uvic.ca Office: (250) 721-6462

Bio/Research

My research career has been varied, reflecting my diverse interests. I have a long-standing interest in mental health issues, and began by studying depression in the elderly (master's thesis). This led to a program of research on women's experiences with depression, recovery, and treatment.
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Bio/Research

My research career has been varied, reflecting my diverse interests. I have a long-standing interest in mental health issues, and began by studying depression in the elderly (master's thesis). This led to a program of research on women's experiences with depression, recovery, and treatment.

I also have passion for nursing professional issues, and have studied gender equity in wages and advanced practice roles. I was co-PI (with Marjorie MacDonald & Heather Davidson) on a major collaborative study of advanced practice nursing roles that resulted in the policy roadmap for development of the nurse practitioner (NP) role in British Columbia. It is heartwarming to see the growing numbers of NPs as they shape their role throughout the province.

Based on a recommendation from the original advanced practice nursing study, with Marjorie MacDonald I conducted a study of nurse anesthesia practice in the US. It turns out that, prior to this, very little has been written about nurse anesthesia in spite of the fact that it is practiced in more than 150 countries, and the BC government has expressed its intention to implement the role soon. With Esther Sangster-Gormley (PI) and others, I am currently evaluating the integration of NPs in the province's health care system.

With Esther Sangster-Gormley, Linda Sawchenko (co-PIs) and others, I will soon begin a study of integration of NPs in the province. Based on a recommendation from the original advanced practice nursing study, with Marjorie MacDonald I conducted a study of nurse anesthesia practice in the US. It turns out that, prior to this, very little has been written about nurse anesthesia in spite of the fact that it is practiced in more than 150 countries.

Concurrently, I have an interest in grounded theory methodology and have written and spoken internationally on this. Recently I worked with Anne Bruce and Pat Boston (co-PIs) on a study of existential suffering at the end of life, and I've just joined the Renewal of Public Health Services (RePHS, Marjorie MacDonald, PI).



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