Joanne Olson, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor, Faculty of Nursing

Pronouns: she/her

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Nursing
Email
joanne.olson@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-6252
Address
4-108 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 1C9

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Resilience spirituality health promotion communication nursing education


About

Degrees

  • PhD (Nursing), Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (1993)
  • MS (Public Health) University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1975)
  • BSN Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, (1972)

My clinical expertise is in the area of community health nursing. With past community health experience in rural, suburban, and urban settings in the US and Canada, I continue to maintain a part-time clinical practice as a faith community (parish) nurse. Previous academic positions were in St. Louis, Missouri and London, Ontario. Past administrative positions include: Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs; Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs; Director, Quality Assurance & Enhancement. 


Research

The main focus of my research involves developing interventions to enhance resilience (special interest in connection of spiritual well-being to resilience)/promote health (holistic health including spiritual well-being) in individuals (of all ages), families and communities. A secondary research area involves developing effective, evidence-based teaching/learning strategies for healthcare professional education.


Current and Recent Grants


  • Brémault-Phillip, Sevigny, Olson, Pike, Smith-MacDonald, Jones. Resilient Parents...Resilient Communities: Interventions to Enhance Resilience Among Military Families, Veterans and their Families. 2021-2024. The Royal Canadian Legion ($599,700).


  • Sadowski, Yakyshyn, Jones, Olson, Paul. Developing and Validating a Cannabis Safe Use Tool (Can SUT) for Patients with Rheumatologic Disorders. 2021 - 2023. Alberta Innovates ($300,000).


  • Olson, Silverstone, Olson, Carbone, O'Connor, Cheong, Verstraeten. MommyDaddyCovid Stress Study. July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021. Worldwide Universities Network (Public Heath Global Challenge(s): Addressing research needs triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Worldwide Universities Network.” Public Health Global Challenge.(£10,000 = $17,488 Cdn $)


  • Sevigny, Brémault-Phillips, Olson. Secondary Analysis and Validation of the Bounce Back Survey, December 3, 2019 (January 5, 2020 – June 30, 2020). University of Alberta, Faculty of Education Support for the Advancement of Scholarship (SAS) Operating Grant ($7000). 


  • Brémault-Phillips, Olson, Sevigny, Pike, Olson. Resilient Parents….Resilient Communities (RPRC): Interventions to enhance resilience among military personnel, veterans and their families (Sept 30, 2018 – Sept 30, 2020). Edmonton Military and Veterans Health Research Panel/Alberta Health Services/Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital ($30,000).


  • Olson, King, Brémault-Phillips, Olson, Metz. Intervention to improve perinatal outcomes following the 2016 Alberta wildfires: Administration, effectiveness and community implementation. Operating Grant, Health Effects of the Alberta Wildfires. $500,000, Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2019. (Research strategy: Qualitative and quantitative analysis of data provided by pregnant women in online expressive writing/journaling following forced evacuation of 88,000 community residents during a massive community wildfire).


  • Olson. Funding for 32nd Annual Margaret Scott Wright Research Day, November 2, 2018 (October 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019). 2018 University Conference Fund ($3500).


  • Park, Paul, Olson, Sadowski, King, Wilson-Keates, Davidson, Charrois. Simulation learning with nursing and pharmacy students: A demonstration project. $19,829, University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing Simulation Learning Research Grant, September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018. (Research strategy: Demonstration Project that followed an earlier funded pilot project).


  • Paul, Olson & Spiers. We are in this together: Learning in an online cohort PhD program. $42,568, University of Alberta Teaching and Learning Enhancement fund (TLEF), April 1, 2016 – May 31, 2018. 


Recent Publications

Mikolas, C., Winfield, H., Smith-MacDonald, L., Pike, A., Lee, M., Griffiths, J., Perry, Rl, Olson, D., Olson, J., Sevigny, P., & Brémault-Phillips, S. (2021). Resilient parents...resilient communities: A pilot study trialing the Bounce Back and Thrive! Resilience-training program with military families. Frontiers in Psychology.

Hyde, A., Verstraeten, B.S.E., Olson, J.K., King, W., Brémault-Phillips, s. & Olson, D.M. (2021). The Fort McMurray Mommy/Baby Study: A protocol to reduce maternal stress due to the 2016 Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo, Alberta, Canada wildfire. Frontiers in Public Health 9:601375.doi:10.3389/fpubh.2021.601375.

Lalani, N., Duggleby, W., & Olson, J. (2021). I need presence and a listening ear: Perspectives of spirituality and spiritual care among healthcare providers in a hospice setting in Pakistan. Journal of Religion and Health. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-021-01292-9.

Brémault-Phillips, S., Miklos, C., Winfield, H., Smith-MacDonald, L., Pike, A., Jones, C., Lee, M. Griffiths, J., Perry, R., Olson, D., Heber, A., Olson, J., & Sevigny, P. (2021). Enhancing resilience-building capacity to support Canadian military families and communities: A qualitative analysis of multidisciplinary service provider perspectives of the Reaching in...Reaching Out (RIRO) and Bounce Back and Thrive! (BBT) Resilience Skills Training Program. Frontiers in Public Health.

Paul, P., Olson, J., Spiers, J. & Hyde, A. (2021). Becoming scholars in an online cohort of a PhD in nursing program. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship,1-9, https://doi.org/10.1515/ijnes-2021-0024.

Fernández-Sánchez, H., Olson, J., Salami, B. & Salma, J.  (2021). La Teoria de Transiciones en el contexto de mujeres que se quedan atras durante la migracion. Index de Engermera, pre-edition: e13041e, 1-6.

Fernández-Sánchez, H., Olson, J., Salami, B. & Salma, J.  (2021). Transition theory for left-behind women during migration. Index de Engermera, pre-edition: e13041e, 1-6.

Olson, D., Ettinger, A., Metz, G.A.S., King, S., Brémault-Phillips, S. & Olson, J. (2021). Contemporary environmental stressors and adverse pregnancy outcomes - OPERA. Evertz, K., Janus, L., & Linder, R. (Eds). Handbook of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology: Integrating Research and Practice (Chapter 10). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG.

Weaver, K., LeBlanc-Kwaw, D. & Olson, J. (2020). Becoming a channel of God: How faith community nurses develop their spiritual practice. Journal of Holistic Nursing, https://doi.org/10.1177/0898010120977326.

Brémault -Phillips, S., Pike, A., Olson, J., Severson, E., & Olson, D. (2020). Expressive writing for wildfire-affected pregnant women: Themes of challenge and resilience. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 50, November 2020, 101730.

Kalogirou, M., Davidson, S., & Olson, J. (2020) Nursing’s metaparadigm, climate change, and planetary health. Nursing Inquiry.DOI: 10.1111/nin.12356.

 Duarte Wisnesky, U., Olson, J., Paul, P, Dahlke, S., Slaugher, S., & de Fiueiredo Lopes, V. (2020). Sit –to-stand activity to improve mobility in older people: A scoping review. International Journal of Older People Nursing. 00:e12319. https://doi.org/ao.1111/opn. 12319.

  Nesari, M., Olson, J., Nasrabadi, A. N. & Norris, C. (2019). Registered nurses’ knowledge of and experience with health literacy. Health Literacy Research and Practice. 3(4) e268 – e279.

Negrin, K., Slaughter, S., Dahlke, S., & Olson, J. (2019). Factors affecting undergraduate nurse educator’s knowledge, skills, or attitudes about older persons and their care: An integrative review. International Journal of Older People Nursing,00:e12293, 1-25.

Lalani, N., Duggleby, W., & Olson, J. (2019). Rise above: Experiences of spirituality among family caregivers caring for their dying family member in a hospice setting in Pakistan. Hospice and Palliative Nursing Journal, 0(0), 1-8. DOI:10.1097zmzkH/0000000000000584.

Grigsby, K., Gravier, M., Idemoto, B. Miller, C., Neville, S., Olson, J., Schultz, A., Leeseberg Stamler, L., Taylor, K., Gallegos, E., Mutea, N., & Baker, C. (2019). Continued engagement with Sigma for retired members: Chapter and member opportunities. Reflections on Nursing Leadership (RNL) Online Magazine (Sigma), October 30, 2019.

 Olson, D., Brémault-Phillips, S., King, S., Metz, GAS, Montesanti, S., Olson, J. K., Hyde, A., Pike, A., Hoover, T., Linder, R., Joggerst, B., Watts, R. (2019). Recent Canadian efforts to develop population-level pregnancy intervention studies to mitigate effects of natural disasters and other tragedies. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. Jan. 10: 1-7, Epub ahead of print)PMID: 30626455; DOI: 10.1017/S2040174418001113.

 Nesari, M., Olson, J. K., Vandermeer, B., Slater, L. & Olson, D. M. (2018). Does a maternal history of abuse before pregnancy affect pregnancy outcomes? A systematic review with meta-analysis. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, published online: 2018-10-17, DOI: https://doi.org/20.1186/s12884-018:2030-8.

 Ross, C., Olson, J., Eastlick Kushner, K., Murad, S.S., Leung, W., Daniels, S., Applin, M., & Eaton, T. (2018) Student preparation for nursing leadership: Lessons from an undergraduate programs review. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, published online: 2018-09-11, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijnes-2017-0039.

Brémault-Phillips, S., Pike, A., & Olson, J. (2018). The impact on post-secondary students at risk of stress, depression and anxiety of reflecting on the spiritual model in the Way of the Pilgrim. In T. Plante, Healing with Spiritual Practices: Proven Techniques for Disorders from Addictions and Anxiety to Cancer and Chronic (Chapter 8) (pp. 100 – 112). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Publisher. (This book has received two awards: Gold Medal Category Winner 2019 – Living Now Book Awards; Silver Award- Healing, Wellness & Vitality Category – 2019 Nautilus book Awards)

Brémault-Phillips, S., Pike, A., Olson, J. & Olson, D. (2018). Expressive writing as a spiritual practice to promote resilience and post-traumatic growth among disaster-exposed pregnant women. In T. Plante, Healing with Spiritual Practices: Proven Techniques for Disorders from Addictions and Anxiety to Cancer and Chronic (Chapter 9) (pp. 113 – 129). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Publisher.

Olson, J., Paul, P., Lasiuk, G., Davidson, S., Wilson-Keates, B., Ellis, R., Marks, N., Nesari, M. & Savard, W. (2018). The state of knowledge regarding the use of simulation in pre-licensure nursing education: A mixed methods systematic review. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 15(1), 1-12.

Lalani, N., Duggelby, W. & Olson, J. (2018). Spirituality among family caregivers in palliative care: An integrative literature review. International Journal of Palliative Care, 24(1), 112-124.

 Brémault-Phillips, S., Koenig, H. G., Pargament, K.I., Plante, T. G., Chirovsky, A., Olson, J., Pike, A., Germani Yee, T., Smith-MacDonald, L., Scarcella, F., & Weis, J. (2017). Spiritual Dimensions of Well-being, Health and Moral Injury: A Review, pp. 1 – 282. A Report Prepared for the Scientific Authority, Veterans Affairs Canada, Edmonton, AB.

 Olson, J. & Clark, M. (2017). Spirituality (Chapter 46). In Buck, M. & Ferguson, L. Fundamentals of Canadian Nursing: Concepts, Processes and Practice (4th Canadian Edition), pp. 1417-1434. Toronto, ON: Pearson.

 Shariff, A., Olson, J., Santos Salas, A. & Cranley, L. (2017). Nurses’ experiences of providing care to bereaved families who experience unexpected death in intensive care units: A narrative overview. The Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing, 28(1), 21-29.          

Olson, J.  & Profetto-McGrath, J. (2017). What can a committee do to create a trusting and respectful workplace? Reflections on Nursing Leadership (Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Online Publication), March 8, 2017.

 Olson, J. (2016). Community–based nursing practice (Chapter 2). In P. Paul, B. Williams, R. Day, S. Smeltzer, B. Bare, J. Hinkle, & K. Cheever. Brunner & Suddarth’s Canadian Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing (3rd Edition), pp. 13-20. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

 Clark, M. & Olson, J. K. (2016). Promoting holistic health through reflective learning about spiritual assessment. In A. Peterkin & P. Brett-Maclean, Keeping reflection fresh (pp. 239 – 241). Kent, OH: Kent State University Press.

  Olson, J. K., Yonge, O. & Barton, S. (2016). Visual representations of personal philosophies of nursing: Use of reflection and art. In A. Peterkin & P. Brett-Maclean, Keeping reflection fresh (pp. 83 - 85). Kent, OH: Kent State University Press.

  Yonge, O., Olson, J. K. & Barton, S. (2016). Music as metaphor to teach transformation in nursing education. In A. Peterkin & P. Brett-Maclean, Keeping reflection fresh (pp. 156 - 158). Kent, OH: Kent State University Press.

  Brémault-Phillips, S., Sarcey, L., Olson, J., Weis, J. & Cherwick, T. (2016). Measures of spirituality for use in military contexts: A scoping review. Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health, 2(1), 1-18.   

  Hirani, S. & Olson, J. (2016). Concept analysis of maternal autonomy in the context of breastfeeding. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 48(3), 276-284.

  Plunkett, R., Leipert, B. & Olson, J. (2015). Exploring the influence of social determinants, social capital, and health expertise on health and the rural church. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 34 (3), 236-243.

 Reid, S. & Olson, J. (2015). A personal philosophy of gerontological nursing: An ethnographic adventure. International Journal of Nursing Student Scholarship (IJNSS), 2(5), 1-7.









Teaching

Courses taught include: nurse-client interaction, family health, community health, health promotion, nature of nursing knowledge (NURS 502), teaching & learning, nursing knowledge development (NURS 600), faith community (parish) nursing, and spiritual assessment in the promotion of health (INTD 577), community engagement in a healthcare context (NURS 122), Nursing Leadership in a Focus Area (NURS 425).

Courses

NURS 425 - Nursing Leadership in a Focus Area

This leadership experience provides opportunity to consolidate prior learning and develop confidence and competence as students prepare to transition to the role of the Registered Nurse. The focus is on collaboration with interprofessional teams, systems thinking, and healthcare system change. Students evaluate the influence of evidence, policy and legislation on decision-making in complex health systems using a relational practice lens. Students demonstrate and enhance their own relational capacity as leaders and innovators for 21st Century Canadian healthcare. Fieldwork includes 300 clinical hours total. Prerequisites: All courses in the program except NURS 422 and NURS 485. Corequisite: NURS 422.

Fall Term 2021
NURS 600 - Theory Development in Nursing

Exploration of influence and implications of various nursing models, paradigms, and conceptualizations of nursing practice on the development and structure of the discipline of nursing. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor.

Fall Term 2021

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Publications

Decision-making and evidence use during the process of prenatal record review in Canada: A multiphase qualitative study
Author(s): Seminic S, Edwards N, Premji S, Olson J, Williams B, Montgomery P
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Volume: 15
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 78

Integrating spirituality as a key component of patient care
Author(s): Bremault-Phillips S, Olson J, Brett-MacLean P, Oneschuk D, Sinclari S, Magnus R, Weis J, Abbasi J, Parmar J, Puchalski, CM
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Religions
Volume: 6
Page Numbers: 476-498

Co-supervision of doctoral students: Enhancing the learning experience
Author(s): Paul P, Olson J, Gul R
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 1-8

Interprofessional simulation learning with nursing and pharmacy students: A qualitative study
Author(s): Paul P, Olson J, Sadowski C, Parker B, Alook A, Jackman D, Cox C, MacLennan S
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Advancement in Nursing Education – Avancées en formation infirmière
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: Article 6

Women’s health promotion and the rural church
Author(s): Plunkett R, Leipert B, Olson J, Ray SL
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Qualitative Health Research
Volume: 24
Issue: 12
Page Numbers: 1721-1731.

Measures of spirituality for use in military contexts: A scoping review
Author(s): Brémault-Phillips, S., Sarcey, L., Olson, J., Weis, J., Cherwick, T.
Publication: Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health
Volume: 2
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 1-18

Nurses' experiences of providing care to bereaved families who experience unexpected deaths in intensive care units: A narrative overview
Author(s): Shariff, A., Olson, J., Santos Salas, A., Cranley, L.
Publication: The Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing
Volume: 28
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 21-29

Spirituality among family caregivers in palliative care: An integrative literature review
Author(s): Lalani, N., Duggleby, W., Duggleby
Publication: International Journal of Palliative Care
Volume: 24
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 112-124

The state of knowledge regarding the use of simulation in pre-licensure nursing education: A mixed methods systematic review
Author(s): Olson, J., Paul, P., Lasiuk, G., Davidson, S., Wilson-Keates, B., Ellis, R., Marks, N., Nesari, M. & Savard, W.
Publication: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Volume: 15
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 1-12