Faculty

Kathryn Banks‎

Kathryn Banks, PhD, MSN, BN, RN
Assistant Professor

Interests: My clinical background has focused on working with families and women’s health issues. I started my nursing career as a pediatric nurse. Since then I have worked in a variety of clinical roles with women during the childbearing period (prenatal care, diagnosis of fetal issues, postnatal care, street drug and alcohol abuse, youth clinic nurse, sexual assault nurse examiner, telephone triage nurse, community health nurse in remote nursing stations and health centers in First Nations and Inuit communities). I use my clinical knowledge to inform my teaching and program of research. I am passionate about nursing and feel privileged to support students to develop their potential as nurses. Research interests: Women’s Health Issues across the Lifespan, Maternal-Child Health, Vulnerable Families, Intimate Partner Violence, Nursing Leadership, Research Ethics Boards

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Sheila Blackstock

Sheila Blackstock, COHN, MSN, BScN, RN
Lecturer

Sheila is a Gitxsan woman, a faculty member in the School of Nursing, and a doctoral nursing student at the University of Alberta. She has 31 years of experience working in acute care, rural nursing, Aboriginal health, and occupational health nursing. Sheila’s research interests include horizontal workplace bullying among Registered Nurses, Indigenous health, and recruitment and retention of RNs and nursing students. Sheila is currently the Chair of the Indigenous Health Nursing Committee.

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Lisa Bourque Bearskin‎

Lisa Bourque Bearskin, PhD, RN
Associate Professor

Interests: My interests in nursing is to examine how Indigenous knowledge enhances our understanding of the historical, socio-economic, determinants of health from a critical Indigenous perspective. Investing in First Nation, Inuit, and Métis, people’s understanding of health will lend itself to developing approaches that are responsive to the nurse’s cultural integrity in addition to creating safe health care policy that recognizes the Rights and sovereignty of Indigenous peoples. I am the past President of the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association and have contributed to improving the understanding of inequitable health care services focusing on nursing research, education, policy, and practice. Keywords: Indigenous nursing knowledge, nursing, Indigenous knowledge, health care systems, nursing education, diabetes, cultural safety, Indigenous social determinants of health, health inequities and disparities, and institutional racism and discrimination.

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Barbara Jean Buckley

Barbara Jean Buckley, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor

Research and teaching interests: Healthcare and nursing ethics; nursing philosophy and theory; equity, policy, and legal issues in healthcare; moral distress and moral climate in healthcare; rural health and healthcare, and mixed methods research.

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Tracy Christianson

Tracy Christianson, DHEd, MN, BSN, RN
Assistant Professor

Interests: Gerontology, community health, teaching & learning, interprofessional education, chronic disease management. Research: Gerontology, community health, teaching & learning, interprofessional education & practice, primary health care & chronic disease management.

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Judy Duchscher

Judy Duchscher, PhD, MN, BScN, RN
Associate Professor

I have spent 38 years in nursing and health care within both Canada and the United States, focusing on direct-care practice of the acutely ill individual (primary clinical experience is acute-care: critical care, cardiothoracic nursing and multi-organ transplantation). While my early career was spent working in direct care as a practising nurse and nursing/critical care educator, the last two decades of my scholarship seek to emphasize the importance of leadership, education and research in the quality preparation, transition, integration, stabilization and ongoing development of nurses within the professional workforce. With a strong ideological basis in the translation of what we ‘know’ as nurses into what we ‘do’ and ‘how’ we do it, I am committed to addressing issues related to the practice of quality nursing.

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Florriann Fehr

Florriann Fehr, Phd, MN, BScN
Assistant Professor

Research and teaching interests: Women’s health, family friendly learning environments, and factors influencing student success (such as attending to complicated classroom dynamics, bullying, engaging a diverse classrooms and developing new teaching strategies to enhance student success with cross-cultural interdisciplinary literacy). Experience in qualitative research and using Giorgi’s method of phenomenological research. Holds internal and external research grants related to Cognitive Rehearsal Training inquiry. Scholarship supports nursing student success and career retention post-graduation. Has MN supervisor status.

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Bonnie Fournier

Bonnie Fournier, PhD, MSc, RN
Associate Professor

Interests: My clinical practice experience has focused on community health, mental health, global health and nursing leadership. I am a population health researcher with an interest in the relationship between place-people-policy and particularly in novel approaches and interventions to improve health outcomes with a focus on integrated knowledge translation strategies. Currently, I am undertaking research with youth to understand youth engagement in health system planning using arts-based methods.

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Michelle Funk‎‎

Michelle Borgland‎, MHR, MScN, BScN, RN
Senior Lecturer

Research and teaching interests: End-of-life care, palliative care, disenfranchised grief, communication at end-of-life, relational practice, professional practice. Currently teaching Death & Dying HEAL 3330 and Nursing Research NURS 3600. Experience in qualitative research with a focus in ethnography and hermeneutics.

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Star Mahara‎‎

Star Mahara‎, MSN, RN
Associate Professor

Research and teaching interests: Anti-racist, non-discriminatory nursing education and practice, feminist and critical perspectives, cultural safety and culturally safe dementia care, promoting Indigenous student success, and Indigenous new graduate transitions and career planning.

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Wendy McKenzie‎

Wendy McKenzie‎, EdD, MScN, CNN(c), ADEC, CD, BScn, RN

Interests: Critical thinking, neuroscience nursing, global health, disaster nursing, creative teaching to facilitate student learning, history. Research: Disaster nursing competency integration into schools of nursing, international health.

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Noeman Mirza

Noeman Mirza‎, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor

Dr. Noeman Mirza is leading a research centre focused on nursing and interprofessional education research. His local, national, and international projects involve research on clinical reasoning, simulation, and practice readiness of new nursing graduates. As a funded researcher, Dr. Mirza is also exploring the impact of healthcare restructuring on older adults within BC's central interior.

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donna Murnaghan‎

Donna Murnaghan‎, PhD, MSN, RN
Dean, School of Nursing

Research interests: Her area of research expertise is in prevention of chronic disease by working with youth population in areas of tobacco, drugs, alcohol, physical activity, healthy eating and mental fitness. She is Co-PI of the Comprehensive School Health Research Unit since 2007. She was Director of the PEI Health Research Institute from 2003-2009, where she was responsible for building, supporting and mentoring faculty research. Her research funding is in excess of $10,000,000 — from PEI Government, Health Canada, Canadian Institute Health Research, and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.

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Joyce O'Mahony‎

Joyce O'Mahony‎, PhD, RN
Associate Professor

Interests: Community health nursing, multicultural health care, mental health, women's health, feminist and critical perspectives. Research: Community-based research, cultural health and healthcare access, postpartum depression, mental healthcare, health promotion/disease prevention strategies.

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Darlene Sanderson‎

Darlene Sanderson‎, PhD, MA, BScN, RN
Assistant Professor

I am of (Cree/Russian) descent with roots from northern Manitoba. As an Assistant Professor of Nursing at TRU, my experience and research interests include: water research, traditional knowledge, Indigenous peoples health, community based research and education on water, health and copper, community capacity building and in cardiac nursing. I am a member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and also serve as voluntary secretariat for an Indigenous World Forum on Water and Peace.

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Nicola Waters‎

Nicola Waters, PhD, MSc (Wound Healing and Tissue Repair), RN
Associate Professor

Interests: Wound healing and tissue repair, patients' experience of living with chronic wounds, skin and wound management, pressure ulcer prevention and management, diabetic foot ulcer prevention and management. Research interests: institutional ethnography, the social organization of nurses' work, history of nurses' wound work, photovoice, prevalence and incidence of chronic wounds.

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