Edith Pituskin, RN, MN (NP Adult) PhD

Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) Chronic Disease, Faculty of Nursing


Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) Chronic Disease, Faculty of Nursing
(780) 432-8221
4-295 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 1C9


Area of Study / Keywords

cardio-oncology chronic disease precision health health systems biopsychosocial health


While cancer-specific outcomes have improved significantly in the past decades, survivors now represent an entirely new population suffering from multiple chronic and debilitating side effects resulting in physical and major organ dysfunction. My research program has completed several clinical and research projects in this area, the results of which have been practise-changing. As a result of this work, I have developed multiple new collaborations at the University of Alberta (Oncology, Cardiology, Biomedical Engineering, Rehabilitation Medicine), Alberta Health Services, nationally and internationally.  Also, as a nurse practitioner with an active clinical practise, I am also interested in multidisciplinary approaches of care delivery, by personalizing accessibility, efficiency and effectiveness of health services. 


  • PhD (Rehabilitation Medicine), University of Alberta
  • MN (Nurse Practitioner, Adult Oncology), University of Alberta
  • BScN, University of Alberta 


As I am a practising NP, my teaching has been focused in the NP program. NURS510 is the first clinical course in the Adult NP program, focused on clinical assessment and diagnostic decision-making. NURS509 studies system-based pathology and introduces diagnostic thinking to NP students. 

Regarding trainees, I believe in providing the strongest training environment possible, allowing the graduate multiple opportunities regardless of eventual career trajectory. The majority of my trainees have been NP students performing thesis work, important as these students have a particularly constrained academic schedule associated with national NP examinations. 


NURS 116 - Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I

The focus is the application of human anatomy and physiology to the concepts of pathophysiology and pharmacology. The course focuses on alterations to normal physiology and introduces the concepts of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in relation to alterations in health. Note: Available only to nursing students in the Collaborative Program. Prerequisites: MMI 133, NURS 106 (or NURS 140 and 150), and NURS 120 (or NURS 103). Students must achieve a minimum grade of C+ in order to progress in the program. Credit may be obtained for only one of NURS 116 or 113.

Winter Term 2022

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