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Sherry Dahlke, PhD, RN, CGC(C)

Associate 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 aim of her program of research is focused on improving nursing care of older people. Current research projects and questions include:

  • Examining the processes of how interprofessional teams influence older adult care.
  • Examining how student nurses are learning about caring for older people.
  • Exploring how gerontological education and interprofessional collaboration impacts care of older people.
  • Exploring how teamwork influences how healthcare workers perceive their care of older people

Current Funding

  • Institute of Continuing Care for Education and Research
  • Alberta Health Services Quality Improvement project funding


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