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Sherry Dahlke, PhD, RN, CGC(C)

Assistant Professor


About Me


  • PhD (Nursing), University of British Columbia (2013)
  • MN, University of British Columbia (2004)
  • BScN, University of Victoria (1996)
  • Certificate in Gerontology, Malaspina University-College (1996)
  • BVEd, University of Regina (1992)
  • Certificate of Administration, University of Regina (1990)
  • Nursing Diploma, Wascana Institute, (1979)

Sherry Dahlke joined the Faculty of Nursing after completing her PhD and a career that included practice in acute and community care, teaching, administration and research. She is the past president for a local chapter of the Gerotological Association of British Columbia. Currently she is the treasurer for the Edmonton chapter of the Alberta Gerontological Nurses Association, on the board for the Alberta Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and secretary for the Mu Sigma chapter of Theta Sigma Tau.


Dr. Dahlke's areas of interest are examining how to improve older adult care, and nursing education. She has been involved in studies examining nursing education in relation to clinical instruction, and perceptions about aging among student nurses, nursing practice related to older adult care, and how nurses manage older adults with delirium. Dr. Dahlke was drawn to graduate studies to answer practice questions about caring for hospitalized older adults at risk for delirium. The questions arising from this study led to her PhD study examining nursing practice with hospitalized older adults. The aims of her program on research are to:

  • Understand how nursing and interdisciplinary teams influence older adult care.
  • Examine how older adults and their families are incorporated into healthcare teams.
  • Understand how to facilitate student nurses integration into healthcare teams in ways that promote older adult care.

Current Funding

  • Faculty of Nursing Establishment Grant
  • Vancouver Island University Research Funds
  • Endowment Funding for the Future
  • Institute of Continuing Care for Education and Research


Dr. Dahlke has taught nursing theory courses, older adult clinical and theoretical courses, and research courses.