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.


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. Préalables: STATQ 151.

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Featured Publications

Becoming scholars in an online cohort of a PhD in nursing program.

Paul, P. Olson, J.K., Spiers, J., & Hyde, A.

International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. . 2021 May; 18 (1):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

Paul, P.

Elsevier. 2021 January;

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.

Paul, P.

Elsevier. 2021 January;

Special Edition - Interview with Dr. Jacinthe Pepin / Édition Spéciale – Entrevue avec Dre. Jacinthe Pepin. DOI: 10.17483/2368-6669.1271

Nelson, S., & Paul. P. (2020).

Quality Advancement in Nursing Education – Avancées en formation infirmière . 2020 September; 6 (2):1-21

Special Edition - Interview with Dr. Marilynn Wood / Édition Spéciale – Entrevue avec Dre. Marilynn Wood. DOI: 10.17483/2368-6669.1270

Nelson, S., & Paul. P.

Quality Advancement in Nursing Education – Avancées en formation infirmière . 2020 September; 6 (2):1-15

A century of political influence: The evolution of the Canadian Nurses Association’s policy advocacy agenda. ISSN: 0844-5621

Chiu, P. Villeneuve, M., & Paul, P.

Canadian Journal of Nursing Research. 2020 September; 52 (3):176-184

Sit-to-stand activity to improve mobility in older people. A scoping review.

Duarte Wisnesky, U., Olson, J., Paul, P., Dahlke, S., Slaughter, S.E. & Defigueiredo Lopes, V.

International Journal of Older People Nursing. 2020 June; 00:e12319

Tracing the decisions that shaped the development of MyChart, an electronic patient portal in Alberta, Canada: Historical research study. doi: 10.2196/17505

Avdagovska, M. Stafinski, T., Ballermann, M., Menon, D., Olson, K., & Paul, P.

Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2020 May; 22 (5):1-19

Nurses’ perceptions of the dynamics and impacts of teamwork with physicians in labour and delivery. DOI: 10.1080/1351820.2018.1562422.

Gleddie, M., Stahlke, S. & Paul, P.

Journal of Interprofessional Care . 2018 December;

(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

Olson, J., Paul, P., Lasiuk, G., Davidson, S., Wilson-Keates, B., Ellis, R., Marks, N., Nesari, M., & Savard, W.

International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship.. 2018 February; 15 (1):1-12

Valuing arts-based academic projects in a Faculty of Nursing: Experiences of graduate students and supervisors. DOI:

Slaughter, S. E., Archibald, M.M., Albrecht, L., Say, B., Paul, P. & Scott, S.D.

Quality Advancement in Nursing Education – Avancées en formation infirmière . 2018 January; 4 (1):1-11

Use of research by undergraduate nursing students.

Meherali, S.M, Paul, P. & Profetto-McGrath, J.

The Qualitative Report. 2017 February; 22 (2):634-654.

History of Nursing Informatics in Canada.

Chauvette, A. & Paul, P.

Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics . 2016 December; 11 (4):1-11

Brunner & Suddarth's Canadian Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing. Third Edition.

Paul, P., Day, R.A., Williams, B., Smeltzer, S.C., & Bare, B.

Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. . 2015 June;

Nursing students’ critical thinking and research utilization. DOI:

Meherali, S.M., Profetto-McGrath, J., & Paul, P.

Quality Advancement in Nursing Education – Avancées en formation infirmière,. 2015 January; 1 (3):1-16