Derek Sellman, RN, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing


Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing
(780) 492-6481
5-225 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 1C9


Area of Study / Keywords

Nursing Virtue ethics Interprofessional working Education for professional practice


Derek Sellman joined the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta in 2010, after more than 20 years of teaching in the UK. He completed a Masters in Teaching Health Care Ethics and a PhD (Philosophy of Education) at the Institute of Education, University of London.

Dr. Sellman is director of the unit for Philosophical Nursing Research. He is a former editor of the Wiley-Blackwell journal Nursing Philosophy (2008 - 2019) and is a former Secretary of the International Philosophy of Nursing Society.


Derek's research interests include virtue ethics as a basis for ethical nursing practice in general and in relation to the moral education of nurses in particular. Derek also has an interest in philosophical and ethical issues as they relate to the care of older people and as they relate to interprofessional working in health care.


Virtue ethics and nursing practice
Author(s): Sellman, D
Publication Date: 2017
Volume: In P. A. Scott (Ed). Key concepts and issues in nursing ethics
Page Numbers: 43-54
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Reclaiming competence for professional phronesis
Author(s): Sellman D
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: In Kinsella EA & Pitman A (Eds.). Phronesis as Professional Knowledge: Practical Wisdom in the Professions

Professional Values and Nursing
Author(s): Sellman D
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy
Volume: 14
Page Numbers: 203-208
External Link:
What Makes a Good Nurse: Why the virtues are important for nursing
Author(s): Sellman D
Publication Date: 2011

Becoming A Nurse: A textbook for professional practice.
Author(s): Sellman D, Snelling P (Eds.).
Publication Date: 2010

Values and ethics in interprofessional working
Author(s): Sellman D
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: In Pollard, K & Miers, M. (Eds.) Understanding Interprofessional Working in Health and Social Care: Theory and Practice