8 nursing leaders who are changing the face of nursing science, practice, and care

In honour of National Nursing Week, we celebrate U of A researchers, students, and alumni who’ve made a huge impact on the health of our community.

Danica Erickson - 06 May 2022

Have you had a chance to thank a nurse yet for all they have done to care for our community? COVID-19 brought to light how critical the profession of nursing is and how tirelessly nurses have worked to keep us safe, wave after wave after wave. And they’ll continue to do so because that’s what nurses do — they answer the call each and every time.

National Nursing Week runs from May 9–15, 2022, and the University of Alberta spotlights eight Faculty of Nursing leaders — faculty, students, and graduates — who have found innovative solutions amidst so many challenges and have helped make U of A the top nursing program in Canada and ninth worldwide

From bench to bedside, they are leading the charge by taking research, teaching, and learning off-campus and into our communities:


Women’s heart health

Colleen Norris raises women’s heart-health awareness so they have the knowledge they need to advocate for their own health.


When you’ve gotta go… you may need help 

Kathleen Hunter has focused her career on improving the quality of life for many older adults by helping them address the common medical condition of incontinence.


Fighting agism with education 

A new research unit led by Sherry Dahlke aims to improve care for older adults by addressing stigma and bias toward aging. 


Muslim seniors guide research

Jordana Salma works with seniors in the Muslim community to support healthy aging and decrease isolation.


Distinguished alumna Kathy Reid

Kathy Reid was recognized this year with an Alumni Honour Award for her significant achievements and contributions to the nursing profession and community.


Nursing students instrumental in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations to Indigenous communities

In a win-win scenario, third-year nursing students collaborated with Paul Band Health Centre public health nurses to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to the Paul First Nation community.


Nursing grad provides safe support for people affected by violence

Roohi Dodd devotes her time and training to be the right person to talk to at the right time for survivors.


Biosensors embedded in bandages could monitor diabetic foot wounds to prevent amputations

Simon Palfreyman collaborates with experts in engineering and neurology to monitor diabetic foot wounds, aiming to prevent amputations.


The University of Alberta is the top institution in Canada for nursing and ranked ninth worldwide according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. Our world-leading Faculty lead cutting-edge work that's changing the face of global health.  Learn more: https://www.ualberta.ca/nursing/careers/joining-us.html