Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Kim Burgess (Munich)

Kim Burgess (Munich)

Kim Burgess (Munich)

Name: Dr. Kim Burgess (Munich)
Position: Assistant Professor
Phone: 250.852.7161


Kim teaches primarily in the areas of health promotion, understanding of complex health issues and leadership. She practiced as an RN in medical/surgical, NICU, community and obstetrics before beginning a teaching career specializing in maternal-child health. Now her clinical areas of expertise also include prevention within the community specifically high school youth.

Research Interests

Her program of research is intended to develop a model that explains how students develop strategies to achieve optimal learning outcomes in an online course in addition to exploring ways in which educators can assist students to engage in this learning environment. This research has evolved to explore best practices in online learning for Aboriginal students. Integrating course design that supports and engages online learners can only improve retention and attract more aboriginal students to higher education.


PhD(2009)Deakin University
MN(1989)Dalhousie University
BScN(1983)University of British Columbia
RN Diploma(1979)British Columbia Institute of Technology



2010 One hour invited presidential session. What do we do to support students coping strategies while learning online? Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International Convention: Cyber Change: Learning in Our Connected World.

2010 What does formal online debating bring to graduate education? Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN). Nurse Educators 6th conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 6000.00 grant funded by the Athabasca University Mission Critical Research (MRC) Fund

2010 What factors facilitate student coping strategies while learning online? Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE)Heritage Matters: Inspiring Tomorrow

2008 Invitational Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) Educational Summit Vision into action workshop to develop a white paper on the future of nursing education.

2006 What do students want from their online courses and online instructors? With Associate Professor E. Stacey Canadian Association of Distance Education (CADE) Conference

2000 Online nursing education at a distance: Lessons from Nursing 312. AMTEC 2000 Conference


Munich, K. (2014) Social support for online learning: Perspectives of nursing students. International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education, 29(2), 1-12.

Vandall-Walker, V., Park, C., & Munich, K. (2012). Outcomes of modified formal online debating in graduate nursing education. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 9(1), 1-17. doi: 10.1515/1548-923X.15

Munich, K. and Stacey,E.(2004. Recruiting research participants who learn online: complexities and solutions, in Research in Distance Education 6: Selected refereed papers from the 2004 Research in Distance Education conference, Deakin University, Melbourne, Vic., Australia. pp. 41-47.

Peer reviewed Unpublished articles

Munich, K. (2012) Snappy Assessments #5, #6 and #7, presented to the SON faculty as 3 separate informative documents on Ethics.

Munich, K. (2009). Coping strategies experienced by nursing students learning online. Unpublished Doctoral thesis, Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Supervisor Dr. Elizabeth Stacey.


2014 Munich, K. Supervisor for Amy Gorman: UREAP scholarship recipient. Research on Russian international female students perceptions of our Canadian health care system.Funded by UREAP ($4500.00)(Dec 2014)

2014 Munich, K. Supervisor for Sarra Smeaton: UREAP scholarship recipient. Research on Japanese international female student health practices. Funded by UREAP ($4500.00)(Dec 2014)

2014 Fehr, F., Munich, K., & McKenzie, W. Understanding the international female???s lived experience of health care accessibility in Canada while in post-secondary education.(2015) Funded by CIHR: Health Professional Student Research Awards ($4251.00)

2011 Aboriginal Students??? Experiences of Learning Online. Munich, K. Research Enhancement Fund($2500)Thompson Rivers University

2010-2011 Formal Online Debating in Online Graduate Education. Vandall-Walker, V., Park, C., & Munich, K. Mission Critical Award ($6000)Athabasca University

Employment History

2011 to present Assistant Professor Thompson Rivers University
2005- 2011 Nursing Instructor BC IT Nursing Program
2001-2011 Contract Nursing Instructor Athabasca University Centre for Nursing and Health Studies
2004 Clinical Laboratory Coordinator Monash University Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education
2002-2004 Senior Nursing Instructor University of Victoria School of Nursing Lower Mainland Campus
1988-2001 Nursing Instructor UBC SON
1994-1998 Prenatal Instructor Vancouver/Richmond Health Board
1982-1988 RN B.C. Womens Hospital Postpartum/Antepartum/Nursery
1980-1982 RN Victoria General Hospital
1979-1980 RN Royal Jubilee Hospital

Courses Taught

N3730 Health and Healing 5
N4300 Leadership
N4210 Nursing Practice 8

Professional Affiliations

CNA-Canadian Nurses Association 1979- present
ICN-International Council of Nurses 1979- present
CASN- Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing 2008- present
CNIE- Canadian Network for Innovation in Education 2003- present
CRNBC-College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia 1979- present
CanTRA- Canadian Association of Therapeutic Riding 2010-present
NFTRA-North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association 2004-2011