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Joanne Olson, PhD, RN, FAAN



About Me


  • PhD (Nursing), Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (1993)
  • MS (Public Health) University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1975)
  • BSN Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, (1972)

My clinical expertise is in the area of community health nursing. With past community health experience in rural, suburban, and urban settings in the US and Canada, I continue to maintain a part-time clinical practice as a faith community (parish) nurse. Previous academic positions were in St. Louis, Missouri and London, Ontario. Recent administrative positions include Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs and Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs. 


Research has focused mainly on nurse-client communication, spiritual aspects of nursing and health care, and nursing and interdisciplinary education. I am a member of the Nursing Education Area of Excellence (AOE) in the Faculty of Nursing.

Current Grants

  • Simulation Learning with Nursing and Pharmacy Students: A Demonstration Project (June 1, 2015 – June 1, 2016). Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta ($20,000).
  • Mapping Simulation Experiences and Outcomes in Pre-licensure Nursing Education: A Knowledge Synthesis Project (September, 2014 – August, 2015). Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Jack Kay Simulation Award in Nursing ($17,000).
  • University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing Undergraduate Programs Review Phase 3: Stakeholder Perspectives, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, March 2014 – June, 2015 ($10,000).


Courses taught include: nurse-client interaction, family health, community health, health promotion, nature of nursing (NURS 502), teaching & learning, nursing knowledge development (NURS 600), faith community (parish) nursing, and spiritual assessment in the promotion of health (INTD 577).