In 2009, Dr. Laschinger was awarded the Arthur Labatt Family Nursing Research Chair in Health Human Resources Optimization to lead a broad research agenda examining issues related to the planning and management of nursing health services to ensure high quality, safe care across nursing and healthcare sectors. The program of research is aimed at developing healthy work environments that support professional nursing practice and optimize both nurse and patient health and wellbeing.
Since 1992 Dr. Laschinger has been Principal Investigator of a program of research designed to investigate the impact of nursing work environments on nurses’ empowerment for professional practice, and their health and well-being. A major focus of Dr. Laschinger’s research is assessing the impact of nursing work environments on nursing and client outcomes. Much of this work has focused on the role of leadership in creating empowering work environments that support professional practice and promote nurses’ health and well-being. Her current projects include: (1) a Canadian national study examining new graduate nurses’ worklife experiences in health care settings in the first two years and to examine predictors of job and career satisfaction and turnover intentions across time; and (2) a Provincial longitudinal study examining the prevalence of new graduates’ experiences of bullying in the workplace and to identify predictors and outcomes of these experiences, specifically focusing on the impact of leadership and supportive practice environments on personal wellbeing, career/job satisfaction and turnover intentions within the first two years of practice.
Dr. Laschinger has served on numerous advisory groups at the provincial and federal levels in relation to healthy workplace issues and is currently a Healthy Workplace Champion for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.