Gabriela Peguero-Rodriguez


As a registered nurse, I worked for almost four years in an emergency department in Quebec. During this time, I realized how necessary the nursing profession is to the healthcare system and how much it has the potential to propose innovative solutions to the various problems it faces. Therefore, I undertook a master’s degree in nursing because I wanted to contribute more actively to the improvement of current practices. Having discovered a strong interest in research, I had the opportunity, after the first year of my master’s program, to fast track to the nursing doctorate program at the University of Ottawa.

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate. My doctoral research study focuses on the transition of caregivers in the context of a senior’s transfer from a nursing home (NH) to the emergency department (ED). This study will examine this transition process, the different needs of seniors and those of caregivers, and also the needs of both NH and ED nurses. Finally, I recently became an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing at the Université du Québec en Outaouais, which allows me to share my knowledge and the value of the nursing profession with the next generation of nurses.

I would like to sincerely thank the Canadian Nurses Foundation for their support of my doctoral research through the CGNA Dr. Ann. C. Beckingham Award.