2020 Emerging Nurse Researcher/Scholar Honorees

The Emerging Nurse Researcher/Scholar Award was created by the Sigma board to recognize one nurse researcher from each of Sigma’s global regions for their research, which has impacted the profession and the people it serves. These individuals will be recognized during Plenary 2 on Friday, 24 July.

Quinn Grundy, PhD, RN

Quinn Grundy, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, Canada

Dr. Grundy’s research explores commercial determinants of health and their impact on the delivery of health services, health evidence, and consumer health information.


Shela Hirani, PhD, RN, IBCLC, MScN, BScN

Shela Hirani, PhD, MScN, BScN, RN, IBCLC
Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing at the University of Regina, Canada

Dr. Hirani's program of research surrounds breastfeeding advocacy among marginalized group of mothers and young children who are refugees, immigrants, internally displaced, and homeless.


Rick Kwan, PhD, RN

Rick Kwan, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor in School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Dr. Kwan’s research interest is in gerontological nursing, specializing in care for older people with cognitive impairment and frailty, using various technology-based or e-health interventions.


Susan McInnes, RN BN(Hons) PhD

Susan McInnes, PhD, BN(Hons), RN
Lecturer in the School of Nursing at the University of Wollongong, Australia

Dr. McInnes’s research interests focus on primary healthcare, new graduate nurses, and lifestyle risk communication.


Champion Nyoni, RN, BSc N (Hons), M Soc. Sc. (Nursing), PhD

Champion Nyoni, PhD, M Soc. Sc. (Nursing), BSc N (Hons), RN
Post-doctoral fellow and Senior Researcher, School of Nursing, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Dr. Nyoni’s research interests include interprofessional education, professional identify development and formation in the health sciences, and program development and design.