In partnership with Providence Care, Queen’s School of Nursing is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Katie Goldie as Scientist in Nursing at Providence Care, effective January 1, 2024.
The Scientist in Nursing position is a two-year jointly funded opportunity, specifically designed for nursing faculty and strategically aimed at advancing clinical research at Providence Care. A first-of-its-kind collaboration for Queen’s School of Nursing, the position is a significant investment in nurse-led clinical research, particularly within Providence Care’s palliative care services.
“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Katie Goldie as Scientist in Nursing here at Providence Care, marking this innovative collaboration with Queen’s School of Nursing,” says Providence Care President and CEO, Cathy Szabo. “This partnership exemplifies our commitment to advancing nurse-led clinical research. Dr. Goldie's expertise will undoubtedly reinforce our dedication to excellence in patient care and innovation."
Dr. Goldie's research project will focus on reducing existential distress among individuals with life-limiting illnesses accessing Providence Care's sites and services. Collaborating with a diverse team of nurses and interprofessional health experts, the work will primarily centre around three innovative interventions that will inform evidenced-based practice changes:
- A scientific review of literature to better understand how different models of hospice care impact quality of end-of-life care among individuals.
- Investigating novel interventions aimed at helping patients accessing palliative care enhance their quality of life. These include: a non-invasive brain stimulation technique called Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) and developing a customized therapy trial design protocol for the use of ketamine to reduce depression and physical pain.
The interventions will utilize Providence Care’s clinical and research facilities.
“My program of research will actively engage with all Providence Care sites, extending a meaningful invitation for nurses and other interdisciplinary health care providers employed with Providence Care to participate. This approach is designed to foster a collaborative and comprehensive environment, allowing us to address and explore practice-relevant research questions, thereby advancing our shared objectives to enhance patient care,” explains Dr. Goldie.
A Queen’s School of Nursing alumni of both the undergraduate and master's programs, Dr. Goldie completed her PhD in nursing at the University of British Columbia. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto before joining Queen’s University as faculty in 2015.
Over her career, Dr. Goldie has built an active research program with two primary foci: investigating cardiovascular risk among individuals with mental health disorders using health administrative datasets, and measuring health service outcomes for people with cancer. Additionally, her research often explores interventions that nurses can offer in clinical settings. Dr. Goldie is a dedicated mentor and educator, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and supervising graduate students across three programs within Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences.
“Katie Goldie's unwavering dedication to nurse-led health research, advancing person-centred models of care, and her genuine passion for improving the quality of life for those with life-limiting conditions, speaks volumes," says Dr. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke, Director of Queen’s School of Nursing and Vice-Dean, Health Sciences. “It is exciting to anticipate the innovation and commitment she will bring to this role.”