School of Nursing
Dr. Baxter’s program of research focuses on examining and developing healthcare leadership in order to meet the growing demands of healthcare systems provincially, nationally and internationally. Her research focuses primarily on issues/challenges faced by those providing leadership in long-term, palliative, and end of life care settings. Through the LEAD Outcome Program, her goal is to improve outcomes for healthcare leaders, providers, patients, residents and the workplace by synthesizing, disseminating, and generating new knowledge to inform healthcare leader decision making. To achieve this goal she has engaged in a variety of research projects funded by organizations such as the Canadian Institute of Health Research, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, the Canadian Nurses Foundation, and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. Dr. Baxter is a member of ROSA (Research on Organization of Healthcare Services for Alzheimer’s) Team (formerly called the Canadian Coalition on Neurodegeneration in Aging). Dr. Baxter’s works has led to several awards including those from the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (President’s Award- for outstanding commitment to furthering the recognition and utilization of Registered Practical Nurses and the nursing profession, in Ontario), Ontario Health Human Resources Research Network, and the Canadian Nurses Foundation.
Dr. Baxter’s leadership experience extends beyond her research. Since 2001, she has been a full-time faculty member at McMaster University’s School of Nursing where she has assumed leadership and teaching responsibilities in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. Her teaching expertise includes qualitative research methods, mixed methods, systematic reviews, and the application of nursing theory to practice. Dr. Baxter supervises both Masters and doctoral students and is always happy to meet with potential students.