Registered General Nurse
- Mental health nursing – using nurse-patient interactions therapeutically
- Buddhism and nursing – philosophical dialogue, compassion, mindfulness
- Qualitative research – philosophical hermeneutics, intercultural inquiry
Dr. McCaffrey joined the Faculty in July 2012. His doctoral research was a hermeneutic study of nurses’ practices of relational care in mental health, using Buddhist perspectives as a way of opening to new understanding. He is planning a complementary study of patients’ experiences. He is interested in continuing to develop dialogue between Buddhist thought and contemporary nursing – for example, focusing on compassion as a way of acting. Hermeneutics as a methodology invites precisely this kind of intercultural exchange. He is an Assistant Editor for the Journal of Applied Hermeneutics and has presented his work at the Canadian Hermeneutic Institute.