Letter of Invitation: Inclusion of Mental Health Nurses Who Experience Disability
FACULTY OF HEALTH STUDIES – DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRIC NURSING BrandonU.ca
Are you a Mental Health Nurse in Canada?
Have you experienced a disability during your nursing practice?
Who may Participate?
• Mental Health Nurse who self-identify with a disability or disabilities are invited to participate. You are welcome to participate if you are currently experiencing symptoms or if you are symptom free.
• You may work in clinical practice, education, and/or administration within Canada.
• Some participants may have disclosed disability; however, disclosure is not required to participate in this project.
• Disability is defined and experienced in many ways.
For this study disability will refer to “any impairment, including a physical, mental, intellectual, cognitive, learning, communication or sensory impairment—or a functional limitation—whether permanent, temporary or episodic in nature, or evident or not, that, in interaction with a barrier, hinders a person’s full and equal participation in society” (Government of Canada, 2020).
Some nurses enter the profession with a disability while the majority experience a disability during their career including those who are injured while at work (Neal-Boylan, 2013).
The research study is qualitative. Interpretive Description will be utilized to answer the research questions:
• What are the perspectives and experiences of mental health nurses who experience disability?
• What practices facilitate or limit the inclusion of mental health nurses who experience disabilities?
This research is being conducted as there is limited literature available from the perspectives of mental health nurses who experience disabilities. Lessons learned will be used to inform accommodations, supports, and policies.
If you agree to take part in this study, a member of the research team would meet with you to talk about your experiences as a mental health nurse and how you have been impacted by disability, how you have coped with these experiences, and also ask questions about your educational experience and transition into nursing practice.
A copy of the interview questions can be shared with you prior to meeting. The interviews would be at a time of your convenience remotely through Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Each interview will be about 60 to 90 minutes. The interviews will be audio/video-recorded. The purpose of the recording is to generate a transcript and to assist with data analysis.
Confidentiality will be maintained using a false name. Your name or any other identifying information will not be published or shared. Only members of the research team will be aware of your identity.
Findings plan to be published in a peer reviewed journal and presented at local, national, and international conferences. A podcast, posters, and infographics may also be created to share information.
Should you have any questions about participating in the study, please Andrea Thomson at 204 727-9672 ext. 671 and ThomsonA@BrandonU.ca. You may also speak with co-researcher, Joanne Winsor Murray WinsorMurrayJ@BrandonU.CA
If you have ethics-related questions or concerns about this study, please contact the Brandon University Research Ethics Committee at 204 727-9712 or burec@BrandonU.ca
References: Government of Canada. (2020). Summary of the Accessible Canada Act. https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/accessible-people-disabilities/act-summary.html#h2.02 Neal-Boylan, L. (2013). Nurses with disabilities professional issues and job retention. Springer Pub.