Lisa Bourque Bearskin
Dr. Lisa Bourque Bearskin
Position: Associate Professor
LinksHomepage URL: www.indigenousnurses.ca
InterestsLisa is a Cree/Metis member of Beaver Lake Cree Nation, in Treat 6 Territory, Associate Professor, and New Researcher with the Thompson River University, School of Nursing. After 25 years as a Registered Nurse she began her teaching career working with Maskwacis Community College/Health Center in Alberta and Arctic Nursing program in Iqaluit Nunavut and the University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing where she developed and delivered Indigenous-nursing initiatives. Lisa was awarded her PhD in Nursing in 2014. She served as the President of the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association from 2013-2017 contributing to advancing Indigenous nursing leadership. In 2017 she received the Candian Nurses Association Award for the Top 150 Nurses. Lisa has a strong passion to invest in First Nation, Inuit, and Metis, rights to appropriate health care and to work within the health care system to enhance peoples understanding of Indigenous health that is responsive to the client and nurse's cultural integrity. Currently, she is working with nurses and various communities to enhances understandings of Indigenous nursing knowledge and social determinants of health, focusing on Indigenous wellness that maintains cultural integrity of nurses practice and supports Indigenous clients sovereignty.
Research InterestsResearch Activities:
2018-2019 Principle Applicant Catalyst Grant. Developing a Research Agenda to Realize the Vision of an Effective, Culturally Relevant and Wellness-Focused Nursing Service Developed in the Nuu-chah-nulth Way. Canadian Institute of Health Research-Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health. 150,000.00.
2018-2019 Co-Lead BC Indigenous Community Based Mentorship Program Supporting Indigenous Nurses for Success. Vancouver Foundation & Canadian Nurses Foundation 210, 000.00 Co-Leads Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association & FirstNations Health Authority.
2017-2018 Principle Applicant Catalyst Grant Indigenous Community Wellness knowledge in Action: Evaluation of Research Protocols, Processes, Principles in Practice. Canadian Institute of Health Research-Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health. 150,000.00.
2017- 2018 Faculty Supervisor, Undergraduate Research Experience Award Program. Answering the call: The impact of Indigenous knowledge in Canadian BScN students. 5,000. PI Katrina Boisclair (School of Nursing)
2017-2020 ??? Co-Applicant & New Researcher on Project Grant, Indigenous Mentorship Network-Pacific Region. Canadian Institute of Health Research- Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health. Mentorship Grant, 1,000,000.00 PI Charlotte Loppie
2017-2020 ??? Co-Applicant & New Researcher on Project Grant, Ombaashi: Indigenous Mentorship Network Program: National/International Coordinating Centre. Canadian Institute of Health Research- Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health. Mentorship Grant, 1,000,000.00 PI Rod McCormick
2017-2018 Co-Applicant, Catalyst Research Grant Ts?exm??n: Looking in-looking out. Canadian Institute of Health Research-Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health. 150,000.00 PI Roderick McCormack
2016-2017 Co-Lead Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Community Human Services. Michael Smith Foundation Health Research Convening & Collaborating. 15,000.00 Co Lead Carol McDonald
2016-2017 Indigenous Knowledge in Nursing: Focused Group Discussions for a Participatory Scoping Review. Research Ethics Board. PI Bourque Bearskin.
2016-2017 Co-Applicant Training Grant: Indigenous Mentorship Network Program. Canadian Institute of Health Research LOI, $25,000.00 PI Rod McCormick.
2016-2017 Co Applicant Copper, Water, and Fish: A Tk???Emlups te Secwepemc Community BasedHealth Education and Research. Canadian Institutes of Health Research/IAPH- Planning and Dissemination Grant CIHR, $12,000.00 PI Darlene Sanderson.
2014-2017 Co-Lead/Collaborator Increased Access to Culturally Safe Cancer Care Pathways by Alberta First Nations in Rural Remote and Isolated Communities. Canadian Partnerships Against Cancer 800,000 PI Dr. Letendre
2012-2013 Co-Applicant Popular theatre as a strategy for knowledge mobilization for Indigenous Peoples' perspectives on access to health care services Canadian Institutes of Health Research/IAPH-Dissemination event $25,000. PI Dr. B. L Cameron
2012-2013 Co-Applicant Sustainable online support for Aboriginal children and adolescents CIHR, $99,604. PI Dr. M. Stewart.
2011-2013 Co-Applicant Knowledge mobilization of Indigenous peoples??? perspectives on access to health care services. Canadian Institutes of Health Research/IAPH-Dissemination Events. $20,000. PI Dr. B.L. Cameron
2011- 2012 Co-Applicant Cultural Competence and Cultural Safety in Nursing Education: Follow-up Interviews with Canadian Schools of Nursing. Aboriginal Nurses Association Canada: Health Canada $60,000.00/yr. PI Dr. E. Rukholm
Education2014 PhD in Nursing University of Alberta Edmonton Alberta
2007 Masters of Nursing University of Alberta Edmonton Alberta
1995 Bachelor of Science in Nursing University of Alberta Edmonton Alberta
1983 Licensed Practical Nurse Malaspina College Nanaimo B.C.
PublicationsHart Wasekeesikaw, F., Bourque Bearskin, R.L., & McDonald, C. (Accepted 2017). The Legacy of Colonization for the Health and Well-being of Indigenous People: Towards Reconciliation. In M. McIntyer, & C. McDonald (5Eds.), Realities of Canadian Nursing Professional, Practice and Power Issues (pp. XX). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Carmargo Plazas, P., Cameron, B., Milford, K., Ruth Hunt, L., Bourque Bearskin, R.L., & Santos Salas, A. (Accepted 2017). Engaging Indigenous youth through popular theatre: Knowledge mobilization of Indigenous Peoples??? perspective on access to healthcare services. Action Research Journal XX.
Bouruqe Bearskin, R. L. (2017). Knowledge makers creating knowledge and sustaining hope. Knowledge Makers, 2 96-97.
Bourque Bearskin, R. L. (2016). Through the lens of truth and reconciliation: Next steps. Canadian Nurse 112, 2 p 36.
Bourque Bearskin.,R.L. Cameron, B.L., King, M., Weber-Pillwax, C., Dion Stout, M., Voyageur, E., Reid, A., Bill, L., & Martial, R. (2016) Mamawoh kamatowin ???coming together to help each Other in Wellness???: Honouring Indigenous Nursing Knowledge. International Journal of Indigenous Health, 11, 1, p 5-19.
Bourque Bearskin R. L., Jakubec, S. (2016). Diversity and Relational Practice in Community Health Nursing. In M., Stanhope, J., Lancaster S., Jakubec, & S., McDonald Editors (3Eds.), Community Health Nursing In Canada (pp173-207). Ontario: Elsevier
Bourque Bearskin R. L., & Jakubec, S. (2016). Indigenous Health: Working with First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Peoples. In M., Stanhope, J., Lancaster S., Jakubec, & S., McDonald Editors (3Eds.), Community Health Nursing In Canada. (382-410) Ontario: Elsevier
Stewart, M.J., Castleden, H., King, M., Letourneau, N., Masuda, J., Bourque Bearskin, R.L., Anderson, S., & Blood, R. (2015). Supporting parents of Aboriginal children with asthma: Preferences and pilot interventions. International Journal of Indigenous Health, 10(2): 131-149.
Cameron, B. Carmargo Plazas, P., Santos Salas, A., Bourque Bearskin, R.L., Hungler, K. (2014). Understanding inequalities in access to healthcare services for Aboriginal people: A call for nursing action. Advance Nursing Sciences. 37, 3 E1-E16. DOI: 10.1097
Rowan, M. S., Rukholm, E., Bourque-Bearskin, R. L., Baker, C., Voyageur, E., & Robitaille, A. (2013). Cultural competence and cultural safety in Canadian schools of nursing: A mixed methods study. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 10(1), 1-10. DOI: 10.1515/ijnes-2012-004
Stewart, M., King, M., Blood, R., Letourneau, N., Masuda, J., Anderson, S., Bourque Bearskin, L., (2012). Health inequities experienced by Aboriginal children with respiratory problems and their parents. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research. 45, 6-27.
Bourque Bearskin, R.L. (2011). A critical lens on culture in nursing practice. Nursing Ethics DOI. 10.1177/0969733011408048
Bourque Bearskin R. L. (2007). Perspectives into cultural competence in nursing education: A focus on Aboriginal people. Unpublished Manuscript. Author: Edmonton
Bourque Bearskin, R. L, Lonsdale, R. & Brown, T. (2006). Realities of nursing education in Nunavut : Enhancing Cultural Competence: An Application of Inuit Knowledge RNANT/NU Newsletter, Fall 13-14.
Employment History2016 Thompson River University Associate Professor
2015 University of Alberta. Faculty of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor
2014 2015 Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada Acting Executive Director
2013 2015 University of Alberta, Faculty of Education Indigenous Peoples Policy Studies
Sessional Aboriginal Education and Context for Professional Engagement.
2005-2015 University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing Sessional Lecturer BScN Program
2010-2013 University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing Aboriginal Nursing Coordinator
2008-2010 Easter Metis Settlements in Alberta Aboriginal Nursing Consultant
2007-2010 University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing Research Coordinator
CIHR Grant: Reducing Health Disparities and Promoting Equitable Access to Health Care services for Aboriginal People.
2007-2008 University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing Research Assistance
Stewart and King CIHR Grant: Asthma and Allergies among Aboriginal Youth in Rural and Urban Communities
2006-2008 Capital Health Authority Aboriginal Diabetes Wellness Program
Clinical Nurse Consultant
2000-2004 Nunavut Arctic College, Iqaluit Nunavut Nursing Instructor, BScN
2002- 2004 University of Dalhousie, Halifax NS Adjunct Nursing Professor
1998-2000 NorQuest College, Edmonton/Hobbema AB Nursing Instructor LPN
1995-1998 First Nations Inuit Health Branch, Edmonton AB Community Health Nurse
1983- 1995 B.C./Lac Lac Biche/Edmonton LPN Maternity/Acute Care
Courses TaughtUndergraduate Course
Nurs 4380 Community Health & Leadership
Nursing 4210 Final Nursing Practicum
Nursing 1700 Professional Practice Nursing Theory
Nurs 6300 Indigenous Health Nursing Leadership
Professional Affiliations2017-2020 Board of Director Board of Director Sk???elep School of Excellence Tk'emlups te Secwepemc
2013-2017 President Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada
2016 Member of College Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia
1995 Member of Aboriginal Nurses Association Canada
2012-2014 Member, Canadian Nurses Association, Aboriginal Advisory Group
2006-2009 Aboriginal Health Group- Executive Committee VP External
2007-2009 Member of the Honour Society of Nursing Mu Sigma Chapter Edmonton
2002-2004 Member of the Iqaluit chapter of RNANT/NU
2002-2004 Member of the Canadian Registered Nurses Examination Committee
2002-2004 Registered Nurses Association of Northwest Territories and Nunavut
1995 College of Association of Registered Nurses Alberta
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