Kerry Rusk

I have had the pleasure of teaching undergraduate nursing students for over 16 years, and have been with the Faculty of Nursing as a Faculty Lecturer since 2007. My areas of clinical interest and expertise involve reproductive health, including maternal and newborn care and community health. I am passionate about many aspects of nursing education.

I have a strong interest in context-based learning, being a graduate of the BScN program with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. In my MN program, which I completed in 2007, my research focused on nurse educators’ perceptions of the use of learning technologies in nursing education. I very much enjoy exploring how technologies can be used to enhance the learning of nursing students. I also have extensive experience with high-fidelity human patient simulation and very much enjoy working with students in the simulation lab setting. And finally, I am very interested in exploring the role self-care has on student learning.

My teaching philosophy can best be summarized by Donald Hambrick (cited in Andre & Frost (1997), Researchers Hooked on Teaching):

Teaching isn’t just the conveyance of information. If it were, few of us should have jobs because textbooks and articles can impart knowledge just fine. Teaching isn’t a dazzling show by an expert … rather, to teach is to enter into a relationship. To conduct a course is to orchestrate student knowledge, motivation, anxiety, and energy. To teach is to understand the pulse of the classroom, the emotional and intellectual ebbs and flows, how far students can stretch and how they can learn the most from each other. The loftiest aim of teaching is not to impart students a new block of knowledge and skills, but rather to maximize their readiness and eagerness for further, lifelong learning.

  • Mindful Teaching in Nursing Education (keynote presentation). 2015 Collaborative Faculty Development Conference, Edmonton, AB April 28, 2015.
  • Connecting the Dots - A Student Community Development Learning Project (Poster Presentation). International Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference, Edmonton, AB, October 6, 2014.
  • "Developing Future Nurses: Successes and Challenges of a Poster Presentation. Assignment in a Community Nursing Course" (Session Presentation). 2014 Collaborative Faculty Development Conference, Edmonton, AB April 18, 2014.  
  • "Nursing Student Views on Self-Care and Promotion of Self Care in their Nursing Program" (Session Presentation). 2014 Collaborative Faculty Development Conference, Edmonton, AB April 18, 2014
  • “Caring for Nursing by Promoting Self-Care in Nursing Curricula” [Poster]. 2013 Dr. Olive Yonge Teaching and Learning Scholarship Day. Edmonton, Alberta. March 29, 2013.
  • “The Development of Nursing Students as Change Agents in a Community Theory Course Through a Scholarly Group Project Proposal Assignment”. 2013 WRNCASN Conference. Fantasy Land Hotel, Edmonton, AB. Februrary 23, 2013.
  • “Preceptor Education: A World of Possibilities through E-Learning Technology”. 2012 Margaret Scott Wright Research Day, Edmonton, AB. October 22, 2011. [Note: 4th Author on Presentation. Presented by Dr. Florence Myrick].
  • “Developing Community Clinical Sites: Opportunities and Challenges”. 2012 Faculty of Nursing Faculty Collaborative Development Committee. Fantasyland Hotel, Edmonton, AB. April 28, 2012. 

Recent Awards

  • 2017 - 2018: NUA Student Choice Award Nominee
  • 2016 - 2017: NUA Student Choice Award for Outstanding Seminar Instructor
  • Was named one of the University of Alberta's Wellness Champions for my support of nursing students and dedication to their well-being.
  • 2013 Faculty of Nursing Nominee for the Elsevier Exceptional Nursing Educator Award
  • 2013 Faculty of Nursing Alberta Nurse Educators Nurse Educator Award Nominee

Selected Publications

  • Myrick F., Caplan W., Smitten J. & Rusk, K. (2011). Preceptor/mentor education: A world of possibilities through eLearning technology. Nurse Education Today 31, 263-267. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2010.10.026.

Selected Presentations