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Faculty interview Oliffe, John 2012-12-31

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Faculty Interview John Oliffe - Associate Director of Research What is your nursing background?  I spent just on 20 years in acute care nursing the vast majority as a clinical nurse specialist in the emergency room. I began teaching clinically and decided to do an MEd to better understand how people learn. I later became interested in research – so I did a PhD to develop a skill set for doing that independently.  How did you become interested in nursing research?  I always liked people, and thought nursing would afford me an  opportunity to help people who were genuinely in need. My research is similarly driven by the lofty goal of wanting to make a difference to people’s well-being and leaving a legacy that others can continue.  What is your current research project?  I am involved in 6 projects as the principal investigator. These include  men’s depression, extending the role of prostate cancer support groups in health promotion and the development of an on-line smoking cessation resource for dads who smoke. While my research program is  in men’s health I have focused on including the men’s partners, family  and friends to better understand men’s health issues and how we might effectively intervene to advance their well-being.  Any advice for undergraduate nursing students interested in research?  You are in a very successful school in terms of our research success and capacity to mentor. There is a wide array of topics researched by  the faculty (http://www.nursing.ubc.ca/researchindex.aspx) and we are always looking for help with our projects. Indeed there are lots of job  opportunities and internships available – and I strongly encourage students to connect with faculty to explore the possibilities round  developing research skills with the guidance of our highly talented researchers.  UBC Nursing Student Journal, Vol.1, Issue 1.  5  


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