Kaitlyn Tate, PhD RN

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing

Pronouns: she/her; they/their


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing

(780) 492-7953

Upon request


Area of Study / Keywords

older adults; health system performance; transitions; long-term care; quantitative methods


My EnACT (Enhancing Aged Care Transitions) Quality research program focuses on improving health system performance related to older persons’ transitions across the care continuum. Specifically, through this program, I examine facilitators and barriers to improving and reducing older adults' transitions across the care continuum as well as how we monitor, evaluate and subsequently improve (or reduce) older persons' transitions using administrative health data. I have clinical experience as a Registered Nurse in long-term care, home care, acute psychiatry and emergency settings, and experience as a research analyst in government. I have expertise in knowledge synthesis and certain quantitative methods, and experience employing qualitative and mixed methods research approaches. I am also Co-Prinicipal Investigator of the Connecting, Leadership, Education and Research (CLEAR) Outcomes program with Dr. Greta Cummings.


PhD (Nursing), University of Alberta (2022)

BScN (Honors), University of Alberta (2016)


Current Grants

2021-2023      CIHR Operating Grant: Health System Impact Fellowship – National Cohort Retreat - National Cohort Training Program. ($200,000 CAD). Enhancing a community of practice for the Health System Impact fellowship program: Advancing capacity for sustainable & patient-centered learning health systems across Canada. NPI: Marshall, D. PIs: Bryan, S., Doupe, M., Gallant, N., Lopatina, E., Manhas, K., McGrail, K., Noseworthy, T., Singal, D., Wasylak, T., Zelinsky, S. Co-Is: Bielska, I., Bruce, M., Cheng, I., Chishtie, J., Cook, S., Cressman, C., Crowshoe, T., Cummings, G.G., Currie, G., Hamilton, C., Hayeems, R., Hedden, L., Hu, J., Ivers, N., Lai, J., Jewett, R., Jose Santana, M., Kandola, D., King, M., Koval, A., Kuzmyn, T., Lavallee, D., Laur, C., MacDonald, S., Marchand, J., Oddone Paolucci, E., Parsons Leigh, J., Rafferty, E., Recsky, C., Safari, K., Tate, K., Van Roosmaln, J., Warshafsky, D., Weijs, C., Zwicker, J.

2020-2023      The Research Council of Norway International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research (INPART) Program. ($4 500 000 NOK [$609,979 CAD]): iNET: An international network to enhance older adult transitions between emergency departments & communities. NPI: Jacobsen, F. Co-PI: Doupe, M. Co-Is: Cummings, G. G., Blinkenberg, J., Tate K, et al.

2020-2023      CIHR Project Grant: Contextually appropriate nurse staffing models: A realist review. ($313,649 CAD) NPI: Cummings, G.G. Co-PIs: Tate, K., Raymond, C., Kitson, A., Harvey, G., Tod, A., Booth, A., Schoonhoven, L., Lalleman, P. Co-Is: Estabrooks, C., Doupe, M., Schultz, T., Ryan, T., Robertson, S., Hoben, M., Oostveen, C., Stalpers, D., Flynn, R.,  KU-Co-Is: Gordon, D., Chilton, S., Villeneuve, M., Hutchinson, A., Debbage, S., Jackson, W.


I am currently accepting MN and Honors students for 2024.


NURS 400 - Leadership in Nursing and Interprofessional Practice

The course prepares learners with the knowledge and capabilities for working within complex interprofessional environments in healthcare. It focuses on six key interprofessional competencies (patient/client/family/community-centred care, interprofessional communication, role clarification, team functioning, interprofessional conflict resolution and collaborative leadership). The course culminates with the application of knowledge to authentic scenarios and demonstration of effective collaborative teamwork. Prerequisite for students in the Collaborative/Honors and After Degree/After Degree Honors Programs: NURS 300. Prerequisite for Bilingual Program students: SC INF 300 or SC PO 320. Credit may be obtained for only one of NURS 400 or INT D 410.

Browse more courses taught by Kaitlyn Tate


Factors influencing older persons’ transitions to facility-based care settings: A scoping review

Author(s): Tate, K., Bailey, S., Deschenes, S., Grabusic, C., Cummings, G.G.
Publication Date: 9/8/2022
Publication: Gerontologist
DOI: 10.1093/geront/gnac091

The association of service use and other client factors with the time to transition from home care to facility-based care

Author(s): Tate, K., Hoben, M., Grabusic, C., Bailey, S., Cummings, G. G.
Publication Date: 7/6/2022
Publication: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Volume: S1525-8610
Issue: 21
Page Numbers: 00598-3
DOI: 10.1016/j.jamda.2021.06.027

Assessing quality of older persons’ emergency transitions between long-term and acute care settings: A proof of concept study.

Author(s): Tate, K., McLane, P., Reid, R. C., Rowe, B. H., Estabrooks, C., Norton, P., Cummings, G. G.
Publication Date: 3/11/2022
Publication: BMJ Open Quality
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: e001639
DOI: 10.1136/bmjoq-2021-001639

Addressing communication breakdowns during aged care transitions: Evaluation of a quality improvement intervention

Author(s): McLane, P., Tate, K., Reid, R. C., Rowe, B. H., Estabrooks, C. A., Cummings, G. G.
Publication Date: 3/1/2022
Publication: Canadian Journal on Aging
Volume: 41
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 15-25
DOI: 10.1017/S0714980821000039

Quality indicators for older persons’ transitions in care: A systematic review and Delphi process

Author(s): Tate, K., Lee, S., Rowe, B.H., Cummings, G.E., Holroyd-Leduc, J., Reid, R.C., El-Bialy, R., Bakal, J., Estabrooks, C.A., Anderson, C., Cummings, G. G.
Publication Date: 3/1/2022
Publication: Canadian Journal on Aging
Volume: 41
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 1-15
DOI: 10.1017/S0714980820000446

Nursing home managers’ high risk of burnout.

Author(s): Iaconi, A. A., Duan, Y., Tate, K., Penconcek, T., Cummings, G. G., Norton, P., Estabrooks, C. A.
Publication Date: 11/14/2021
Publication: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Volume: 3
Issue: 12
Page Numbers: e2029121
DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.29121

Recommendations for navigating the experiences of moral distress: A scoping review

Author(s): Deschenes, S., Tate, K., Scott, S. D., Kunyk, D.
Publication Date: 10/1/2021
Publication: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Volume: 122
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2021.104035

Who doesn't come home? Factors influencing mortality among long-term care residents transitioning to and from emergency departments in two Canadian cities.

Author(s): Tate, K., Reid, R. C., McLane, P., Cummings, G. E., Rowe, B. H., Estabrooks, C. A., Norton, P., Lee, J. S., Wagg, A., Robinson, C., Cummings, G. G.
Publication Date: 10/1/2021
Publication: Journal of Applied Gerontology
Volume: 40
Issue: 10
Page Numbers: 1215-1225
DOI: 10.1177/0733464820962638

Determinants of nurse manager job satisfaction: A systematic review

Author(s): Penconek, T., Tate, K., Bernardes, A., Lee S., Macaroni, S. P. M., Balsanelli, A. P., de Moura, A. A., Cummings, G. G.
Publication Date: 6/1/2021
Publication: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Volume: 118
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2021.103906

Long term care health care aides’ perceptions of decision making processes in transferring residents to acute care services.

Author(s): Tate, K., Spiers, J., El-Bialy, R., & Cummings, G. G.
Publication Date: 8/1/2020
Publication: Journal of Applied Gerontology
Volume: 39
Issue: 8
Page Numbers: 846-854
DOI: 10.1177/0733464818779936

Use of electronic patient reported outcomes in clinical nephrology practice: A qualitative pilot study

Author(s): Schick-Makaroff, K., Tate, K., & Molzahn, A.
Publication Date: 9/1/2019
Publication: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
Volume: 6
Page Numbers: 1-9
DOI: 10.1177/2054358119879451

Learning to lead: A review and synthesis of literature examining health care managers' use of knowledge.

Author(s): Tate, K., Hewko, S., McLane, P., Baxter, P., Perry, K., Armijo-Olivo, S.,…Cummings, G. G.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
Volume: 24
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 57-70
DOI: 10.1177/1355819618786764

Leadership styles and outcome patterns for the nursing workforce and work environment: A systematic review update.

Author(s): Cummings, G. G., Tate, K., Lee, S., Wong, C. A., Paananen, T., Micaroni, S. P., Chatterjee, G. E.
Publication Date: 9/1/2018
Publication: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Volume: 85
Page Numbers: 19-60
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.04.016