I am a Registered Nurse working on the General Pediatric and Respiratory Medicine Unit at the Hospital for Sick Children for seven years. I have a passion for exploring the role of visual arts in nursing. For me, visual images tell stories, as they involve symbolic representations that hold subjective meaning and value for different individuals. My interests lead me to conduct my own qualitative research study using Narrative Inquiry. I am committed to reflective practice, quality improvement projects, teaching opportunities, and continuously seek ways to build on personal and professional development for myself and others.

Research Abstract: Nurses’ Experience of Creating an Artistic Instrument for their Nursing Practice and professional Development: An Arts-Informed Narrative Inquiry

My passion for the arts as a medium motivated me to create an art piece (artistic instrument) to enrich my nursing practice. This inspired me to explore how other nurses experience creating their own artistic instruments and what meaning these held for their nursing practice and professional development. In this arts-informed Narrative Inquiry, two participants engaged in a narrative interview and in the Narrative Reflective Process, an artistic approach to creative reflection. Participants’ stories were re-constructed and analyzed using the Narrative Inquiry three-dimensional space (temporality, sociality, and place), and examined through the theoretical lens of Patterns of Knowing. Findings revealed six narrative threads (empathy, quality of life, communication, power imbalances, and personal as well as professional development) highlighting the importance of person-centered care, the value of reflective practice, and the need for further research exploring the use of arts by healthcare providers across diverse educational and practice based settings.

Thesis location: available at Ryerson University’s library

List of Presentations  

Walji-Jivraj, N., & Schwind, J. K. (in press). Nurses’ experience of creating an artistic instrument as a form of professional development: An Arts-Informed Narrative Inquiry. International Practice Development Journal,

Schwind, J. K., & Walji-Jivraj, N. (Fall: 2016). Narrative Inquiry: A Qualitative Methodology. Guest speaker in Master of Nursing course: MN8902 Qualitative Research Methods: Design and Critical Appraisal. (Course Professor: Espin, S), Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Walji-Jivraj. N., & Schwind, J.K. (October: 2016). Using the Narrative Reflective Process to Explore the Development of Personal-Professional Knowing in Nursing, Education and Practice. Presenter at Artful Inquiry Symposium, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Walji-Jivraj. N. (Fall: 2015). Narrative Inquiry: A Qualitative Methodology. Presenter at the Qualitative Health Research Conference for the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, University of Alberta

 Schwind, J. K., & Walji, N. (Spring: 2015). Narrative Inquiry: A Qualitative Methodology. Guest speaker in Master of Nursing course: MN8902 Qualitative Research Methods: Design and Critical Appraisal. (Course Professor: Guruge, S), Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada

 Schwind, J. K., & Walji-Jivraj, N. (Fall: 2014). Narrative Inquiry: A Qualitative Methodology. Guest speaker in Master of Nursing course: MN8902 Qualitative Research Methods: Design and Critical Appraisal. (Course Professor: Espin, S), Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Walji. N. (2013). Making the Connection: Nurse-Client Communication though Texting. Poster presentation for MN8904 Seminar in Professional Nursing Advancement. (Course Professor: Donald, F), Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Walji. N. (2011). Cherish Every Breath, Live Every Moment. Poster Presentation. Canadian Nurses Partnering for Children’s Health Conference (Pediatric Nursing Interest Group), Toronto, ON, Canada

Walji. N. (2011). Improving our Breastfeeding Environment. Presentation for a quality analysis meeting. The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada