Prof. Nancy Feeley (left) with CASN Board member Donna Murnaghan

By Christina Kozakiewicz, Ingram School of Nursing

On November 20, 2018, Ingram School of Nursing (ISoN) Associate Professor and researcher Nancy Feeley, RN, PhD, was presented with the 2018 Excellence in Nursing Research Award on behalf of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN), as part of its mission to promote nursing research and recognize individual accomplishments in the research arena. Research is an important means by which CASN can acknowledge contributions to the growth of nursing as a scientific discipline.

A locally, nationally and internationally recognized expert, Dr. Nancy Feeley has advanced knowledge and practice in neonatology and neonatal nursing. She is a leading Canadian researcher in the area of parenting of preterm infants, a worldwide pioneer in the study of fathers’ experiences in the neonatal intensive care unit, and was instrumental in shining a light on the methodological issues related to pilot randomized controlled trials. Her research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRQS) and Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Société et Culture (FRQSC), among others.

Deeply engaged in training and mentoring nursing students and in developing their research skills, she is also an exceptional mentor for her colleagues. Dr. Feeley has been the Co-Director of the Quebec Network on Nursing Intervention Research (RRISIQ) since 2010. Funded by the FRQS and Quebec’s Ministry of Health and Social Services, RRISIQ’s mission is to stimulate and support the development and application of knowledge on nursing interventions to improve health and healthcare. With 120 active researchers, RRISIQ is as vibrant as it is today in part because of her mobilizing leadership and her profound commitment to evidence-based, quality nursing care.