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 558 - Perspectives on Nursing Pedagogy

Explore historical and contemporary perspectives on nursing pedagogy, with emphasis on the language, concepts, and theories that have shaped education in nursing. Underlying influences such as empirical, behaviourist, emancipatory, and interpretive philosophies will be examined as these perspectives interact with the dynamics of politics, economics, gender, culture, and power as experienced by learners in nursing. Approaches to learner-centered education informed by the scholarship of teaching and learning in nursing will be explored.

NURS 561 - Guided Individual Study in Nursing

A course designed for in-depth, individual study of a topic related to advanced-level nursing. Learning experiences may include clinical experience.

SC INF 205 - L'innovation, le leadership, les politiques et les organisations de soins de santé

À l'aide d'une approche axée sur les concepts, le cours se penche sur l'innovation, la pensée système, le leadership relationnel, l'informatique infirmière, la santé numérique, les politiques de la santé, l'organisation et la gestion du système de santé, et les modèles de prestation des soins infirmiers. Le cours développe des connaissances, des compétences et des valeurs qui favorisent la capacité d'innovation et de leadership relationnel. Il met aussi l'accent sur les rôles d'agent de changement, et d'influenceur des infirmières dans le système de santé, ainsi que l'offre active. Note: Ce cours est réservé aux étudiant(e)s du programme BSc inf. bilingue.

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.

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