Council for the Advancement of Nursing Scholarship (CANS)

The purpose of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Scholarship (CANS) is to communicate and advance nursing scholarship activities and opportunities to faculty, students, and our GUMC partners.

CANS Research Seminar Series

CANS is pleased to invite you to the Research Seminar Series that will give faculty the opportunity to present an overview of their program of research and data from one of their studies in an hour long format with time for questions.

Presentations will serve to allow faculty research topic areas and expertise to be shared widely within the School of Nursing, and also to provide opportunities for faculty research collaboration. All seminars are being held by Zoom from 4:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.

Upcoming Speakers and Lectures

December 7, 2023 at 4:00pm – 5:00pm ET via Zoom.

RSVP: Register here to receive a Zoom join link.

Title: “Impact of an Online Mindfulness and Self-Care Intervention on Perceived Stress, Self-Compassion, and Attentiveness in University Students and Faculty”


Peggy Slota, DNP, RN, FAAN

Holly Healy, DNP, FNP-C, IBCLC, TCYM-C (G’22); Nurse Practitioner at Verve Holistic Health

Description: This research study evaluated the impact of a 12-week, online, guided, self-directed, intervention of mindfulness and self-care practices on self-compassion, attentiveness, and perceived stress among university healthcare faculty and students.

View Past Speakers and Lectures

September 28, 2023 View Zoom recording here

Title: “The Relationship Between Self-Directed Learning, Grit, and Compassionate Teaching in Doctoral Nursing Education


Krista White, PhD, RN, CCRN-K, CNE

Peggy Slota, DNP, RN, FAAN

Lisa Ruth-Sahd, DEd, RN, CEN, CCRN, CNE

Purpose: This study explored compassionate teaching (CT) strategies, self-directedness, and grit in doctoral nursing education.

May 25, 2023

Presenter: Heather Bradford, PhD, CNM, FACNM

Topic:Weight Bias Among Midwives Toward Patients with a Higher Body Weight

Description: Healthcare providers’ weight bias has been associated with negative patient interactions and poor quality of care. This dissertation study is the first to measure weight bias among certified nurse-midwives/certified midwives and describe it by region, race, ethnicity, age, BMI, and years in practice. The findings may inform future studies to determine if there is an association between perinatal providers’ weight bias and clinical decision-making, quality of care, and perinatal outcomes such as cesarean birth rates among birthing persons with higher body weights.

April 27, 2023: View Zoom recoding here

Presenter: Intima Alrimawi, PhD, MSN, MPH, BSN

Topic: The Parenting Experience of Families Who Care for Children with Incurable Cancer:
A Qualitative Study from Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt)

March 30, 2023: View Zoom recording here

Presenter: Jane M. Fall-Dickson, PhD, MSN, RN

Topic: Health-Related Quality of Life by Race, Ethnicity, and Country of Origin among Cancer Survivors