Distinguished Researcher Award - Fall 2006
The Distinguished Researcher Award recognizes a faculty member's contribution to scholarship through creation, expansion, and critique of knowledge. Dr. Wendy Duggleby, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, is the recipient of the Fall 2006 award.
Dr. Duggleby earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan in 1975. She continued studying at the University of Alberta, earning her Master's degree in 1990, before going to the University of Texas, where she earned her doctorate in 1999.
She returned to Saskatchewan in 2001, where she immediately used the start-up grant program for new faculty to explore characteristics of home palliative care clients. Leading an inter-professional research team studying the connection between end-of-life issues and hope led to production of a video, Living with Hope. This film received numerous accolades including the 2005 Gold Camera Award in the Medicine and Health category of the 38th US International Film and Video Festival.
Dr. Duggleby has produced papers, posters, and book chapters on concepts related to end-of-life or seniors’ care. Her research directions come from situations encountered while working as a nurse in hospice and cancer centre settings, and she says every completed research project sparks more questions for the next. The joy of her work lies in discovery and finding more questions to answer. It is her hope that her research will make a difference for patients and families at the end-of-life.
In an area that frequently receives little attention, Dr. Duggleby has secured funding from a range of granting agencies including the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.
Currently, she works on relationships between the three aspects of end-of-life care: patient, family caregiver and formal caregiver (doctors and nurses). She wants to find out how the different types of a person’s hope can impact hope in others. Dr. Duggleby believes this will allow the easier passing of patients as well as preventing burnout in the professional community in this field.
While researching, writing papers, and giving lectures, Dr. Duggleby always makes time for her students, manifesting her belief that education and research are interconnected. Often, her classes are the first to hear about new research and sometimes contribute to problem solving.
Lauded by her colleagues as driven and passionate, Dr. Duggleby has compiled a lengthy record of scholarly achievement while actively participating in research related committee work. She is an executive board member of Canadian Association for Nursing Research and on the editorial board for International Journal of Palliative Nursing. She helped develop a Masters of Nursing clinical option and the Nursing doctoral program.
Dr. Duggleby's achievements contribute greatly to the international reputation of this University and to the success of our students.