I am Dr. Louela Manankil-Rankin, an Assistant Professor with Nipissing University Scholar Practitioner Program. This second degree-nursing program is grounded on Narrative Inquiry. My doctoral work is entitled Understanding the experiences of nursing living their values amidst organizational change. Dr. Gail Lindsay supported my work in this journey of completing my dissertation. I am a member of the Works-In-Progress group that focus on deepening students’ exploration and understanding of narrative inquiry. This group is enabling my movement forward  towards a career as a Narrative Inquirer.

Research Abstract

Values are foundational guidelines that underpin nurses’ actions. They serve as fundamental points of reference for nurses; and, as such, determine their moral nursing practice. Understanding how nurses’ experience of living their values amidst organizational change sheds light on how this social condition influences the narrative composition of nurses’ lives and their practice. This Narrative Inquiry (Clandinin & Connelly, 2000) illuminates the temporal connections of life events; how social conditions mutually shape personal conditions; and how actions that occur within a place give meaning to the experience. Six nurses from a large academic health centre in Southern Ontario were recruited and interviewed over eight months. During initial analysis, letters were constructed for each co-participant to reveal the experience of living values amidst organizational change. Subsequently, a composite narrative in the form of a letter was composed, revealing four plotlines: responsive relationship, moral distress, reflection and reconstruction, and knowledge and identity. These plotlines intersect to describe the extent to which nurses meet their moral obligations within relational practice. This inquiry brings to the foreground four narrative terms, including stories to commit by, that contribute to a new way of thinking about familiar issues. It illuminates the personal and the active movement of reflection that reside in a person and the choice(s) she/he makes to re-craft a life. Considerations for practice, education, policy, and research highlight the importance of a deeper level of reflective practice, the connection between personal and ethical knowledge, and the need for becoming aware of one’s moral horizon.

Publications and Presentations

Manankil-Rankin, L. Navigating the waters: Moving from field text to research text in Narrative Inquiry Podcast. Available to view via this link: https://play.library.utoronto.ca/2182PLFjq0eE

Manankil-Rankin, L. (2016). Moving from field text to research text in Narrative Inquiry: A study exemplar. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 48(3-4), 62-29.

Noesgaard, C. Krull, K., Britnell, J., Lee, V. C., Cochrane, M., Kamstra-Cooper, K., Macdonald, A., Manankil-Rankin, L., & Milliken, J. (Best Practice Guideline panel member, 2016). Practice education in nursing. System and Healthy Work Environment Best Practice Guidelines,Registered Nurses of Ontario, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Manankil-Rankin, L., Lunyk Child, O., Chen, R.P., Martin, L., & Bentley Poole, L. (2016). A capstone project: A way to integrate knowledge and empower students to become change agents in the practice setting. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education, ane-afi.casn.ca.

Manankil-Rankin, L. (2014). From Chaos to Beauty: Reflections from a Reflective Practice Gathering. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14623943.2014.883305.

Manankil-Rankin, L., Lindsay, G., Landeen, J., & McKey, C. (October 2015). Moving from Field to Research Text in Narrative Inquiry: Lessons Learned. Golden nuggets presentation at the Qualitative Health Research Conference, University of Alberta International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Manankil-Rankin, L., Landeen, J., McKey, C., & Lindsay, G. M. (Ocotober 2015). Understanding How Nurses’ Experience Living Their Values Amidst Organizational Change: A Narrative Inquiry. Oral presentation at the Qualitative Health Research Conference, University of Alberta International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Schwind, J.K., Lindsay, G.M., Manankil-Rankin, L., Suen, E., & Boldt, I. (June 2009). Narrative Inquiry Works-In-Progress as Research and Educational Leadership. Oral presentation at the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing 7th Nursing Research Day, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Manankil-Rankin, L., PhD student, Lunyk Child, O., MScN, Martin, L., PhD, Chen R., PhD, & Bentley Poole, L., MScN. (June 2014). Evaluating the Impact of a Capstone Project on Student Learning: Does the Dance Represent an Integrated Performance? Oral presentation at the 5th International Nurse Education Conference, NH Conference Centre Leeuwenhorst, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands.

Manankil-Rankin, L., PhD student, Martin, L., PhD, Lunyk Child, O., MScN, Chen, R., PhD, & Bentley Poole, L., MScN. (May 2014). A Capstone Experience:  A Way to Integrate Knowledge and Empower Students to Become Change Agents in the Practice Setting. Poster presentation at the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) Conference, Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Manankil-Rankin, L., PhD student, Sevean, P., PhD, Lunyk Child, O., MScN, Bentley Poole, L., MScN, Dampier, S., PhD, Poole, K., MSc, & Martin, L., PhD. (October 2013). Transitioning into Practice: Capstone experience for Baccalaureate Nursing Students. Oral presentation at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Raleigh Convention Centre, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

Drummond-Young, M., Lawlor, L. & Manankil-Rankin, L. (June 2013). Reflective Self Study of Faculty who Experience Role Change as a Teacher within a BScN Program. Oral presentation at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Cape Breton Univeristy, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Landeen, J., PhD, Manankil-Rankin, L., PhD student  & Jewiss, T., PhD student.  (May 2013). Designing Learning Outcome Assessments for Ways of Knowing in nursing: Implications for Professional Education Programs. Oral presentation at the Learning Outcomes Assessment, Practically Speaking Symposium, Council of Ontario Universities, Delta Hotel, Toronto, Ontario. Invited to submit workshop proposal.

Lawlor, L., BN, MEd, Manankil-Rankin, L., BScN, MA, MSc, PhD student, & Drummond-Young, M., BScN, MHSc. (October 2012). Narrative Self-Study by Faculty of the Experience of Role Change in a BScN program. Oral presentation at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, Hamilton Convention Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Manankil-Rankin, L., BScN, MA, MSc, PhD student, Lawlor, L., BN, MEd, & Drummond-Young, M., BScN, MHSc. (May 2012). The Construction of Educator Stories Using Reflective Inquiry and Self-Study. Oral presentation at Narrative Matters 2012: Life and Narrative, American University of Paris, Paris, France.

Manankil-Rankin, L., BScN, MA, MSc, PhD student & Ladouceur, M., BScN, MPH. (May 2012). The Use of the Ways of Knowing Across Multiple Disciplines: A Review of the Literature. Oral presentation at the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, Marriott Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Manankil-Rankin, L., BScN, MA, MSc, PhD student (June 2011). Understanding Myself: A journey of discovering “I”, beauty, and artistry. Oral presentation at the Reflective Gathering Symposium, Zakynthos, Greece.

Manankil-Rankin, L., BScN, MA, MSc, PhD student, Lawlor, Y., BScN, MEd., Pierazzo, P., BScN, BEd., MScN (ANCP), PhD student (June 2011). Teaching and Learning Nursing Assessment and Management of Early Signs of Postpartum Hemorrhage: A Two Plus Two Hybrid Model in Simulation Learning . Poster presentation at the 10th Annual International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resources Centers Conference Hilton, Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida.

Manankil-Rankin, L., BScN, MA, MSc, PhD student, Kirkpatrick, H.,PhD, Zazulak, J., MD., Cavey, N., BScN, MSc. (June 2010). Our Journey of Understanding Narrative Competence: Towards a Deepened Reflective Practice. Oral presentation at the 16th International Reflective Practice Conference University of Bedfordshire, Bedford, UK.

Manankil-Rankin, L., BScN, MA, MSc, PhD student & Kirkpatrick, H., PhD (May 2010). Analyzing Narrative text Using Lieblich’s Four Approaches: Understanding philosophical and Methodological Issues Within Each Approach. Oral presentation at Exploring the Narrative Landscape: Issues, Investigations, and Interventions: Fifth Biennial Interdisciplinary Conference on Narrative Research, Perspectives, and Approaches Across the Humanities and Social Sciences, Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Manankil-Rankin, L., BScN, MA, MSc, PhD student (October 2008), Charlotte Noesgaard, BScN, MScN, Marianne Cochrane, BScN, MScN, & Healther McConnell, RN, MEd. (October 2008).  The Journey on Deliberating on What’s Best: Best Practice Guidelines on Practice Education. Oral Presentation at 4th International Conference Education for the Future of Nursing: Building Capacity through Innovation, Hilton Suites Toronto/ Markham Conference Centre & Spa, Markham, Ontario.

Manankil-Rankin, L., BScN, MA, MSc student, Brown, B., BA, BScN, MScN, Landeen, J. PhD, Baxter, P., PhD, Matthew-Maich, N., BScN, MSc(T). (October 2006). The Meaning of Being a Reflective Practitioner to Graduating Nursing Students. Poster presented at the 3rd International Conference Embracing the future of nursing: Educating tomorrow’s nurses, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, Markham, Ontario.

Manankil-Rankin, L., BScN, MA, MSc student, Brown, B.,BA, BScN, MScN, Landeen, J., PhD, Baxter, P., PhD, Matthew-Maich, N., BScN, MSc(T). (June 2006). The Meaning of Being Reflective Practitioners to Graduating Nursing Students. Oral presentation at the Qualitative Health Research Conference, Hamilton, Ontario.