Laschinger ResearchArthur Labatt School of Nursing
  • Hirtles Beach

    Nova Scotia : Hirtles Beach

  • Hirtles Beach

    Nova Scotia: Hirtles Beach

  • Lunenburg Harbour

    Nova Scotia : Lunenburg Harbour

  • Blue Rocks

    Nova Scotia : Blue Rocks

  • Summerville Beach

    Nova Scotia: Summerville Beach

Dr. Heather K. Spence Laschinger

Dr. Heather K. Spence Laschinger PhD, RN, FAAN, FCAHS

Distinguished University Professor
Arthur Labatt Family Nursing Research Chair in Human Resource Optimization

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.

Program Poster - CHHR


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 received several national and international honours. In 2007, she was awarded the Distinguished University Professor Award from the University of Western Ontario in recognition of her sustained excellence in scholarship and outstanding contributions to both teaching and research. More recently, in 2010, Dr. Laschinger won the Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research, considered the highest research award at the University of Western Ontario.

In 2009, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and in 2008 she was elected to the prestigious Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, deemed one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian Health Sciences community. 

In 2003, Dr. Laschinger was the first Canadian researcher to receive the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau International Elizabeth McWilliams Miller Award for Excellence in Research from the International Honour Society of Nursing.

In addition, 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.