Evaluation of an Organizational Intervention to Improve Nursing Work Life through Training in Knowledge Translation: Phase I

Start/End Dates: March 2005 - December 2008

Investigators: Lesley Degner (PI), Carole A. Estabrooks, Heather Laschinger

Funders: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Grant Amount: $300,000

Description: The focus of this research study is to determine whether an organization -wide intervention to promote knowledge translation would result in a reduction in absenteeism.

The study is currently in Phase 1 of a three phase study with the following overarching objectives:

1.    To build a research base

2.    To test indicators of nursing work life

3.    To integrate knowledge translation into training and continuing education

The purpose of phase 1: To create a nursing work life geography of the target organization. This is being achieved through five waves of data collection using the following scales:

  • Conditions of Work Effectiveness Questionnaire (Kanter)

  • Nursing Work Index (Laschinger)

  • Global Job Satisfaction ( Laschinger)

  • Plus a demographic component.

The products of this research program are:


  • Degner, L. F. (2005). Knowledge translation in palliative care: Can theory help? Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 37(2), 105-113.