2018 recipient of the Nursing Excellence in Research Award, University of Calgary’s Dr. Shahirose Premji is one of the leading researchers on preterm infants. Her research has improved nursing care in Canada and in many parts of the world.
Associate Professor, University of Calgary, Faculty of Nursing Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences
Dr. Shahirose Premji’s is one of the leading researchers on preterm infants and her research has improved nursing care not only in Canada, but in many parts of the world.
Among preterm infants, the majority of literature is devoted to health research on preterm infants less than 32 weeks’ gestation age. This is of interest because nearly three quarters of the preterm population is among 34-36 weeks or late preterm infants. Premji’s research addresses a large void explaining the unique and vital responsibility nurses share in promoting a safe discharge and healthy transition to parenthood for parents of LPIs.
Given three in 10 women bearing children in Alberta are of South Asian descent, Shahirose’s global health research on perinatal distress of pregnant women in Pakistan is particularly important. Pakistani women experience higher rates of perinatal distress and the rate is comparable to high-risk populations in high-income countries like Canada such as immigrant women. Shahirose’s work is critical to informing cross-cultural nursing care to improve perinatal nursing care and reduce health inequities for the South Asian pregnant women who are underrepresented in perinatal research in Canada.
Shahirose credits the collaborative efforts of her research team and colleagues in helping to enhance this area of practice. “I have an amazing group of people that I work with in Alberta and Karachi, Pakistan,” says Shahirose. “This accomplishment is theirs too! As none of this would be possible without them.”
More at the source: College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta Awards 2018