• Mahon, Paula


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, University of British Columbia

    Degrees / Designations
    Primary Area of Research
    Evidence to Innovation
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    604 875-2406
    Lab Phone
    Mailing Address

    BC Children's Hospital
    Room B315
    4480 Oak St.
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Qualitative research methods
    • Nursing
    • Staff retention
    • Ethnography

    My main focus is qualitative research looking at why people stay in highly stressful work environment’s, such as Intensive Care and Oncology. Researching this area will allow us to understand what motivates health care workers to become part of these teams and what is it about the environment that encourages them to stay and be productive, successful professionals.

    Current Projects
    Selected Publications
    • Validation of the Rainbow Pain Scale. Poster Presentation,SIOP, Cape Town, South Africa. 2015.
    • Critical Ethnographic view of Pediatric Intensive Care Nurses.Poster Presentation Canadian Critical Care Conference, Whistler, BC. 2015. (Honourable Mention)
    • Mahon, L. Holsti, H. Siden, C. Strahlendorf, L.Turnham, D. Giaschi. Using colors to assess pain in toddlers: validation of "the rainbow pain scale"-a proof-of-principle study. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2015 Jan-Feb;32(1):40-6. doi: 10.1177/1043454214555197. Epub 2014 Nov 21. PMID:25416519.P. Mahon, L. Holsti, H. Siden, C. Strahlendorf, L.Turnham, D. Giaschi.
    • P Mahon, S. Albersheim & L. Holsti. The Fathers' Support Scale: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (FSS:NICU): Development and initial content validation. The Journal of Neonatal Nursing. V:21 – 2 Pages 63-71, 2015. P Mahon, S. Albersheim & L. Holsti.
    • Explaining why nurses remain in or leave bedside nursing: a critical ethnography. Nurse Res.2014 Sep;22(1):8-13. doi: 10.7748/nr.22.1.8.e1271. P. Mahon & G. McPherson.
    • From the Inside Out: A Critical Ethnographic Look at Pediatric Intensive Care Nurses. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 2013. P. Mahon. (Sole Author).
    • The Pain In Children Award, PICH Canada, 2013- 2014
    • CACCN Research Grant 2010-2011
    • Xi Eta- Sigma Theta Tau - Graduate Student Research Award 2010 – 2011
    Honours & Awards
    The Taylor Award for Excellence, University of Bath, 2008
    Research Group Members