The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Meet a PhD Graduate: Rawaih Falatah

Oct 16, 2017
Rawaih Falatah

Q: Why did you choose UMass Amherst to complete our PhD in Nursing?


A: Choosing a school to complete my nursing PhD in was not easy given the number of possible options. However, when I first read the goals and objectives of the UMass Amherst PhD in nursing program, I realized that these goals and objectives support my aim to become a nurse scholar, leader, and educator. Another factor that attracted me to UMass Amherst is the strong focus on research skills and competencies both in class and through a mentored research experience. That being said, I have chosen UMass Amherst PhD in nursing mostly because of the supportive, knowledgeable, and welcoming faculty and staff.    


Q: What was the focus of your research here at UMass?


A: The focus of my research was on the use of relational coordination, which is interdependent tasks integration through high-quality communication and relationship, to predict nurse job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and turnover intention.   


Q: How did you find the facilities, resources, and faculty supported you and your research?


A: I found the facilities, resources, and faculty support to be excellent.


Q: Since graduation, what have you been working on? What is your current position?


A: I am currently working on publishing an integrative review related to my dissertation research and preparing to lead a webinar at the relational coordination research collaborative discussing the findings of my dissertation research. Additionally, I am planning my next study, which will be a follow-up on my dissertation research to gain more knowledge about the impact of the workplace communication and professional relationship on nurses’ turnover intention.

Currently, I am working as a faculty member at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.      


Q: Are you continuing the research you began here in any way?


A: Yes, Indeed.


Q: What are your plans for the future?

A: I am planning to continue improving and growing as a nurse scholar, leader, and educator and continue collaborating with the faculty at UMass.