Charlotte Pooler

I am a Clinician Scientist with Palliative End of Life Care and Community Programs, Continuing Care, Edmonton Zone, Alberta Health Services and Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta. In this position as an advanced practice nurse, I integrate my experiences, interests, and domains of nursing practice: education, leadership, research, and clinical practice.

My practice experience includes direct patient care, education and leadership in both Edmonton and Calgary. My direct care experience is with critically ill adults and families in multisystem and cardiac care units. I was a longstanding member of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses (CACCN), participated in the most recent revision of the CACCN nursing care standards (2010), and retain membership in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). I have presented locally, nationally and internationally at cardiac, critical care, neuroscience, trauma and palliative care conferences.
  • Pooler, C. (November, 2014). Complexity of Care for Persons with Heart Failure. Canadian Society of Vascular Nursing Education Day. Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Pooler, C., Sharman, R., Montgomery, C., et al. (September, 2014). Palliative/End-of-Life Care and Treat in Place: Collaboration with Emergency Medical Services in the Community. 20th International Congress on Palliative Care, Montréal, Quebec.
  • Pooler, C., Young, S., Hostin, T., Olson, K. (September, 2014). Management of breakthrough cancer pain: Nurses' decision making and clinical judgment. 20th International Congress on Palliative Care, Montréal, Quebec.
  • Pooler, C.., de Kock, I., Porret, L., Sharman, R., Berean, C., Charlesworth, M., Dusang, T., Gradidge, M., McGrandle, M., Quan, H., Riddle, K., & Young, S. (June, 2013). A Collaboration and Consultation Project to Support Palliative Care Patients in the Community. 13th Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care. Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Pooler, C., & Tupula, B. (June, 2012). Pain assessment: beliefs, values, perceptions. Cancer Pain Assessment. Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Learning Institute. Banff, Alberta.


I taught undergraduate and post-graduate students for 25 years, primarily focusing on physiology, assessment, pharmacology, and nursing care for critically ill adults and families, plus nursing ethics, practice, and issues. I was faculty and coordinator in the Advanced Critical Care Nursing certification program at Mount Royal University, and later collaborated to provide staff nurse orientation with Critical Care Initiatives, Inc. I was Director of the MacEwan BScN program to oversee its development and initial implementation. In my current position with the Faculty of Nursing, my teaching responsibilities are primarily in the undergraduate programs, including mentorship of honor students.

Research and Quality Improvement

In my MN (U of Calgary), I focused on symptoms, comfort, suffering, ethics, with integration of education and instructional design. I continued to study symptoms, comfort, and suffering in my doctoral studies (U of Alberta), within the context of chronic pulmonary illness, plus attained knowledge and skills in qualitative research and methodologies. My practice and research focus is integrating a palliative approach for patients and families across settings, including chronic disease populations. I collaborate in quality improvement initiatives within the community, and am developing research partnerships.

Selected Awards, Research Funding, Service, Achievements

2015 Virtual Hospice Professional Exchange: Management of breakthrough cancer pain: Nurses' decision making and clinical judgment
2015 Co-recipient with Dr. Janice M. Morse and colleagues: Oncology Nursing Society Excellence in Writing Award for Qualitative Nursing Research
2014 Clinical Lead, Canadian Foundation for Health Improvement: INSPIRED COPD Collaboration Initiative
2010 Keynote Address: Acute Coronary Syndrome. Dynamics 2010, Edmonton
2010 Invited Address: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Dynamics 2010, Edmonton
2003-2004 Canadian Nurses' Respiratory Society / Canadian Lung Association
2001-2003 Izaak W. Killam Memorial Scholarship, University of Alberta
2001-2003 Izaak W. Killam Memorial Research Award, University of Alberta
2003 Novice Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau International, Mu Sigma Chapter
2000 Virginia A. Lindabury Scholarship, Canadian Nurses Foundation


Selected Publications

  • Pooler, C., & Olson, K. (2016). Hospice palliative care at the end-of-fife. In R.A. Day, P. Paul, P. Williams, S.C. Brunner and Suddarth's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing (3rd Cdn. Ed., pp. 417-441). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.
  • Pooler, C. (2016). Management of patients with complications from heart disease. In R.A. Day, P. Paul, P. Williams, S.C. Brunner and Suddarth's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing (3rd Cdn. Ed., pp. 867-895). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.
  • Pooler, C. (2014). Living with chronic lower pulmonary disease: disruptions of the embodied phenomenological self. Global Qualitative Nursing Research, 1, 1-11. 2333393614548762.
  • Morse, J.M., Pooler, C., Vann-Ward, T., Maddox, L.J., Olausson, J.M., Roche-Dean, M., Colorafi, K., Madden, C., Rogers, B., & Martz, K. (2014). Awaiting diagnosis of breast cancer: strategies of enduring for preserving self. Oncology Nursing Forum, 41 (4), 350-359.
  • Hannon, R., Pooler, C., & Porth, C. (2010). Porth pathophysiology: Concepts of altered health states. (1st Cdn. ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.

Selected Peer-Reviewed and Invited Presentations