Pauline Paul, RN, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Nursing


Professor, Faculty of Nursing
(780) 492-7479
4-219 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 1C9




  • BScN, Université de Montréal (1981)
  • MSc (Nursing), McGill University (1985)
  • PhD (Nursing), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta (1994)

Experience and Interests

I have held a number of leadership roles over the years (Associate Dean Graduates Studies in the Faculty of Nursing and Associate Dean Undergraduate Programs also in the Faculty of Nursing). I led the development of the first Bilingual BScN program offered in Canada and continue to teach in that program. I served as President of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing from 2016 to 2018. I am very passionate about nursing education and students are always my first priority. Details about my research and recent publications are offered below


I have conducted research related to nursing education and the history of nursing. Currently I am working in a variety of projects where I use my expertise in qualitative methods. In two of these funded projects the patient population of interest is linked to my clinical expertise in orthopedic nursing.

Currently funded projects:

Beaupre, L, Jones, A. Ferguson-Pell, M., and Paul, P.” Testing the effectiveness of a new smart-phone technology that allows physiotherapist to treat rural residents in their own homes”. Funded by the Arthritis Society, March 2021 to March 2023. $300,000.  

Beaupre, L., Jones, C, Dyck, B., Ferguson-Pell, M., Kang, S.H., Mitchell, N, Niwa, L. Paul, P., Ramadi, A., Sadowski, C., & Weeks, C. Preoperative e-Health to Prepare for Elective Total Joint Replacement Surgery: The Prep@Home Randomized Feasibility Trial. Submitted to CIHR, October 15, 2021 We finished 9 in the competition and they funded 8 projects. However, we received priority announcement (patient-oriented research) bridge funding of $100,000 for 1 year. March 2020 to March 2021.  

Sadowsky, C, Yasychyn, E., Jones, A., Olson, J., Paul, P., & Yamamoto, S. “Cannabis use in rheumatology patients”. Funded by Alberta Innovate. $330,000. March 1, 2021 – February 28, 2023.

Collaborator with Kleib, M., Nagle, L, & Furlong, T. “Informatics Preparedness among Canadian Nursing Students. A Baseline Assessment”. Funded by WNRCASN. February 2019, - ongoing. 


I have been teaching NURS 684: History and Politics in Nursing for a number of years. In Fall 2021 I will be teaching NURS 546, one of the teaching and learning courses of the MN program. At the undergraduate level I teach the two courses in French, SC INF 301 (undergraduate nursing research course) and SC INF 200 a nursing leadership course. Finally I teach NURS 222 in English.

I have listed my most recent publications below. Many of these publications have been with graduate students. I currently supervise 3 PhD student and advise/supervise 5 MN students. I also sit on many student's committees. Over the years I have supervised or been a committee member for 26 PhD students, and 30 master students. I am currently taking both MN and PhD students. Preferably students who are interested in either nursing education, history of nursing, or qualitative methods.


NURS 222 - Indigenous Health in Canada

This course is offered in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, and is the beginning step to culturally safe interaction and practice. Focus is on introducing students to a variety of historical realities and contemporary issues relevant to Indigenous health in Canada. Students will examine issues and contributions facing settler relations from a historical, contemporary and critical perspective, with a focus on health and well-being. Note: Available only to nursing students in the Collaborative Program, After Degree/After Degree Honors Program or RPN-BScN Program.

Winter Term 2022
NURS 546 - Philosophy of Teaching

The focus of this course is the exploration of major philosophical positions and their contributions to the teaching learning process. Specifically, it involves an examination of the relationship between philosophical reflection and pedagogical practice within the context of nursing education. Students discuss basic world views that influence contemporary thought about the teaching learning process, critically analyze/deconstruct educational concepts, values and practices and explore how philosophy of teaching influences curricular development and shapes nursing education. Credit will not be granted to students who have previously received credit for NURS 560 - Philosophy of Teaching.

Fall Term 2021
SC INF 200 - L'innovation, la réflexion, et le leadership dans le contexte des systèmes

Une introduction aux concepts d'innovation, de la pensée système et du leadership relationnel dans un contexte de soins de santé. Le cours développe des connaissances, des compétences et des valeurs qui favorisent la capacité d'innovation et leadership relationnel. Note : Ce cours est réservé aux étudiant(e)s du programme BSc inf. bilingue.

Fall Term 2021
SC INF 301 - Recherche en sciences infirmières

Introduction au processus de la recherche en sciences infirmières. Le cours comprend entre autre l'analyse comparative d'études choisies qui représentent différentes approches théoriques, méthodologiques, et analytiques. L'accent est mis sur la communication de la recherche, les besoins de l'utilisateur, et le développement des habiletés nécessaire à la critique de la recherche. Note: Ce cours est réservé aux étudiant(e)s du programme BSc inf. bilingue.

Winter Term 2022

Browse more courses taught by Pauline Paul


Becoming scholars in an online cohort of a PhD in nursing program.
Author(s): Paul, P. Olson, J.K., Spiers, J., & Hyde, A.
Publication Date: 5/4/2021
Publication: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship.
Volume: 18
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 1-9

Chapter 2 - Nursing in Canada, 1600 to the present: A brief account. In L. McCleary & T. McParland (Eds). Ross-Kerr and Wood’s Canadian Nursing Issues and Perspectives. Sixth Edition
Author(s): Paul, P.
Publication Date: 1/5/2021
Publication: Elsevier
Page Numbers: 4-14

Chapter 20 - The origins and development of nursing education in Canada. In (Eds). L. McCleary & T. McParland (Eds) Ross Kerr and Wood’s Canadian Nursing Issues and Perspectives. Sixth Edition.
Author(s): Paul, P.
Publication Date: 1/5/2021
Publication: Elsevier
Page Numbers: 379-451

Special Edition - Interview with Dr. Jacinthe Pepin / Édition Spéciale – Entrevue avec Dre. Jacinthe Pepin. DOI: 10.17483/2368-6669.1271
Author(s): Nelson, S., & Paul. P. (2020).
Publication Date: 9/27/2020
Publication: Quality Advancement in Nursing Education – Avancées en formation infirmière
Volume: 6
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 1-21

Special Edition - Interview with Dr. Marilynn Wood / Édition Spéciale – Entrevue avec Dre. Marilynn Wood. DOI: 10.17483/2368-6669.1270
Author(s): Nelson, S., & Paul. P.
Publication Date: 9/27/2020
Publication: Quality Advancement in Nursing Education – Avancées en formation infirmière
Volume: 6
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 1-15

A century of political influence: The evolution of the Canadian Nurses Association’s policy advocacy agenda. ISSN: 0844-5621
Author(s): Chiu, P. Villeneuve, M., & Paul, P.
Publication Date: 9/7/2020
Publication: Canadian Journal of Nursing Research
Volume: 52
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 176-184

Sit-to-stand activity to improve mobility in older people. A scoping review.
Author(s): Duarte Wisnesky, U., Olson, J., Paul, P., Dahlke, S., Slaughter, S.E. & Defigueiredo Lopes, V.
Publication Date: 6/5/2020
Publication: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Volume: 00:e12319
Page Numbers: 1-11

Tracing the decisions that shaped the development of MyChart, an electronic patient portal in Alberta, Canada: Historical research study. doi: 10.2196/17505
Author(s): Avdagovska, M. Stafinski, T., Ballermann, M., Menon, D., Olson, K., & Paul, P.
Publication Date: 5/26/2020
Publication: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Volume: 22
Issue: 5
Page Numbers: 1-19

Nurses’ perceptions of the dynamics and impacts of teamwork with physicians in labour and delivery. DOI: 10.1080/1351820.2018.1562422.
Author(s): Gleddie, M., Stahlke, S. & Paul, P.
Publication Date: 12/30/2018
Publication: Journal of Interprofessional Care
Page Numbers: 1-11

(2018). The state of knowledge regarding the use of simulation in pre-licensure nursing education: A mixed methods systematic review. DOI:10.1515/ijnes-2017-0050
Author(s): Olson, J., Paul, P., Lasiuk, G., Davidson, S., Wilson-Keates, B., Ellis, R., Marks, N., Nesari, M., & Savard, W.
Publication Date: 2/20/2018
Publication: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship.
Volume: 15
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 1-12

Valuing arts-based academic projects in a Faculty of Nursing: Experiences of graduate students and supervisors. DOI:
Author(s): Slaughter, S. E., Archibald, M.M., Albrecht, L., Say, B., Paul, P. & Scott, S.D.
Publication Date: 1/30/2018
Publication: Quality Advancement in Nursing Education – Avancées en formation infirmière
Volume: 4
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 1-11

Use of research by undergraduate nursing students.
Author(s): Meherali, S.M, Paul, P. & Profetto-McGrath, J.
Publication Date: 2/2/2017
Publication: The Qualitative Report
Volume: 22
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 634-654.

History of Nursing Informatics in Canada.
Author(s): Chauvette, A. & Paul, P.
Publication Date: 12/21/2016
Publication: Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics
Volume: 11
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 1-11

Brunner & Suddarth's Canadian Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing. Third Edition.
Author(s): Paul, P., Day, R.A., Williams, B., Smeltzer, S.C., & Bare, B.
Publication Date: 6/30/2015
Publication: Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Nursing students’ critical thinking and research utilization. DOI:
Author(s): Meherali, S.M., Profetto-McGrath, J., & Paul, P.
Publication Date: 1/30/2015
Publication: Quality Advancement in Nursing Education – Avancées en formation infirmière,
Volume: 1
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 1-16