Membership

Membership Categories

The following is a description of the NPCREU 3 membership categories. Interested applicants are asked to submit an application under one of the following categories.

  1. Senior members: A core group of stakeholders, including the unit’s Director/Co-Director and nurses with research and/or teaching experience in palliative care. 

      
Eligibility:

  1. Be a registered nurse;
  2. Have a Master’s or a PhD and experience conducting independent research;
  3. Hold an appointment with the University of Ottawa School of Nursing or one of its affiliated colleges;
  4. Demonstrated experiences in palliative care research or education (e.g. have been the principal investigator on a palliative care research study, have designed or delivered a university level palliative care course, etc.);
  5. Be an investigator, main collaborating partner on externally funded research that fits with NPCREU’s mission and goals;
  6. Have demonstrated the ability to mentor junior members and students (e.g. thesis supervisor for Masters or PhD students either ongoing or completed).

 

  1. Associate members: Members including other members of the interdisciplinaryteam in palliative care such as psychologists, pastoral care workers and others workers, who have experience and/or an interest in palliative care research or education.

Eligibility:

    1. Have an interest in NPCREU’s overall mission and goals
    2. Demonstrated interest or experience in palliative care research or education
    3. Note: Clinicians with experience in palliative care clinical practice are encouraged to apply at the associate member level.
  1. Affiliate members: members in this category will be similar to the Associate members except that their involvement in the NPCREU will be on a short-term basis and involve a lesser degree of commitment. The length of the appointment will be based on a mutually agreed upon timeframe with the NPCREU Director/Co-Director.

 

Eligibility:

    1. Demonstrated interest or experience in palliative care research or education;
    2. Have an interest in NPCREU’s overall mission and goals;
    3. Note: graduate students, academics from other universities, as well as clinicians with experience in palliative care clinical practice are encouraged to apply at the affiliate member level.
  1. Organizational members: Health care institutions, provincial and national associations, and community groups/societies dedicated to promoting palliative are research and education.

Eligibility:

  1. A commitment to work collaboratively with the NPCREU toward the achievement of common goals related to palliative care research and education.

How to become a member

Individuals and organizations whose objectives fit with NPCREU strategic goals are welcome to apply for membership.

NPCREU goals:

  • To promote palliative care content in nursing programs and to prepare new scholars in the field of palliative care
  • To build capacity in nursing and interprofessional palliative care research
  • To create a community of palliative care scholarship through partnership and interprofessional collaboration
  • To promote and enhance the uptake of palliative care research evidence into policy and practice
  • To expand and improve research training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and other trainees within the unit

Membership application

Individuals wishing to apply for membership at the senior or associate/affiliate level may submit a completed NPCREU application form and an up-to-date CV. On the application form, applicants describe their experience or interest in palliative care research or education, what they expect to gain from becoming an NPCREU member and what they plan to contribute once they have become a member.

Organization membership is negotiated on a case-by-case basis with the co-directors and membership committee. Interested organizations should have a senior nursing administrator submit a letter outlining the organization’s focus and how it can contribute to the work of the NPCREU, to the NPCREU’s co-directors.

Organization membership application letters should be addressed to both NPCREU co-directors: 

Susan Brajtman, Co-Director 
Nursing Palliative Care and Education Research Unit (NPCREU) 
School of Nursing 
University of Ottawa 
451 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON Canada  K1H 8M5
sbrajtman@uOttawa.ca

Frances Fothergill-Bourbonnais, Co-Director 
Nursing Palliative Care and Education Research Unit (NPCREU)
School of Nursing 
University of Ottawa 
451 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON Canada  K1H 8M5
fbourbon@uOttawa.ca

 

Membership appointment term and renewal procedure

Senior, associate and organization members are normally appointed for a three-year term. Affiliate members are appointed for a term necessary to complete their training or research project(s). The parties will agree upon the length of this term.

Reappointment is subject to the approval of the co-directors and the membership committee. The committee reviews membership appointments and makes recommendations on renewal to the NPCREU co-directors.

Individual and organization members interested in reappointment should submit a letter to the NPCREU co-directors outlining their objectives as well as how they have contributed and can continue to contribute to the work of the NPCREU in the future.

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