Linda Goodfellow, Ph.D., R.N.
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
School of Nursing
Duquesne University, USA
As one of only two nurses in the world who have published on electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), Dr. Linda Goodfellow built an International Research Team made up of both a nurse scientist and a librarian from Australia, Great Britain and the United States to explore the knowledge and use of ETDs and digital libraries among faculty, graduate students and alumni of schools of nursing (Phase 1). The findings of this funded research study have been recently published by International Nursing Review and a second manuscript is under preparation for submission to a leading international library science journal. The international team of researchers has also presented its research at a range of nursing conferences (e.g. in Florida in the US and in London, England) and at library science conferences (e.g. in Boston in the US and in Glasgow, Scotland). Plans are underway for further international dissemination of the results. The research team is currently working on Phase 2 to further ascertain awareness and use of ETDs through narrative inquiry and is seeking funding for Phase 3 and 4. Phase 3 will include developing and testing an international online interactive educational intervention and Phase 4, the creation of a webinar to educate nurse scholars on ETDs and to sustain the project. According to Dr. Goodfellow, "Our interdisciplinary team believes that our research will radically change the way graduate student research is presented, disseminated and used."