Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Noeman Mirza, RN, PhD

Noeman Mirza, RN, PhD

Noeman Mirza, RN, PhD

Name: Dr. Noeman Mirza, RN, PhD
Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 250-371-5536


My program of research focuses on complexity in the
context of aging and education:

1. Aging:
How do older adults as care recipients and health
care systems as care providers view and manage age-
related health complexities and associated care needs?

What innovative educational interventions can
effectively prepare students to conceptualize, reason
through, and respond to complex care situations?

Research Interests

Research Methodology Expertise:

Intervention studies (quantitative)
Mixed methods research (questionnaires, focus groups, interviews)
Syntheses (concept analyses; scoping, integrated, and methodological reviews)

Funded Research:

2020-2021: $40,000 Interior University Research Coalition, RC3 (Rural, Regional, and Remote Communities) Grant
Co-I, Aging in Place in Rural and Remote Regions (APR3): A multi-case study of health care repositioning. (W. Hulko, PI).

2020-2021: $5,000 TRU, Internal Research Fund
Co-PI, Aging, culture, dementia, complexity: Developing an education program for health care professionals (W. Hulko & N. Mirza, Co-PIs)

2019-2020: $3,000 TRU, Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Fund
Research Mentor/Supervisor, Kelsey Raey (Second-year BScN student)

2019-2021: $48,000 (renewable) TRU, Health Research Cluster Grants
1. PI & Lead, ARCTiC (Applied Research Collaborative on 'Transitions in Care'). $24,000
2. Collaborator, Bicultural immersion as a strategy to promote a healthy professional role transition for newly graduated registered nurses: Practice-based nursing research cluster. (J. Duchscher, PI). $24,000

2019-2020: $40,000 Interior University Research Coalition, Disaster PR3 (Prediction, Response, Recovery, Resilience) Grant
Co-PI, Earth, air, water and fire (EAWF): Western science and traditional knowledge perspectives on the nexus between land, droughts, floods, wildfires and the health of elders in BC. (S. Dery, PI).

2018-2020: $50,000 SSHRC Connection Grant
Co-Applicant/Co-PI, Building research capacity through the sharing of St'kemlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation Elders' traditional teachings about water: Inspiring Indigenous youth, community members, educators, and water policy development toward reconciliation. (D. Sanderson, PI).

2017-2019: $21,425 MSFHR, C2 & Reach Grants
Co-PI, TRiP: Translating ROAR (Researching Older Adults' Repositioning) into Practice (N. Mirza & W. Hulko, Co-PIs).

2016-2017: $15,000 Interior Health, Evidence Informed Practice (EVIP) Grant
Co-PI, Researching Older Adults' Repositioning (ROAR): An exploratory study on older adults' views on health care restructuring in BC's central interior. (W. Hulko & N. Mirza, Co-PIs).

2016-2017: $10,000 TRU, Research Groups and Centres Fund
PI & Director, Collaboratory for Educational Research and Development (Research Centre)

2016-2019: $12,000 CIHR, Planning and Dissemination Grant
Collaborator, Copper, water and fish: A Tk'Emlups te Secwepemc community-based health education and research planning grant. (D. Sanderson, PI).

2016-2017: $4,861 TRU, Internal Research Fund
PI, Effects of multi-session abductive reasoning training on hypothesis generation abilities of BScN students: A pilot study.

2016-2017: $3,000 TRU, Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Fund
Research Mentor/Supervisor, Mia Dzinic (Third-year BScN student)


PhD McMaster University
Thesis: Effects of abductive reasoning training on hypothesis generation abilities of baccalaureate nursing students.
Promoted to PhD without having to complete MScN due to excellent academic achievement (GPA 11/12)

BScN McMaster University
Dean's Honour List


Sanderson, D., Mirza, N., & Correale, H. (In Press). Indigenizing nursing curriculum through land-based experiential learning. Journal of Nursing Education.

Sanderson, D., Mirza, N., Polacca, M., Kennedy, A., & Bourque Bearskin, L. (2020). Nursing, Indigenous health, water and climate change. Witness: The Canadian Journal of Critical Nursing Discourse, 2(1), 68-83.

Mirza, N., Cinel, J., Noyes, H., McKenzie, W., Burgess, K., Blackstock, S., & Sanderson, D. (2020). Simulated patient scenario development: A methodological review of validity and reliability reporting. Nurse Education Today.

Hulko, W., Mirza, N., & Seeley, L. (2020). Older adults' views on the repositioning of primary and community care. Canadian Journal on Aging.

Mirza, N., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Noesgaard, C., Martin, L., & Byrne, C. (2019). Usefulness of abductive reasoning in nursing education: A pilot study. Nurse Educator.

Mirza, N., Manankil-Rankin, L., Prentice, D., Hagerman, L.A., & Draenos, C. (2019). Practice readiness of new nursing graduates: A concept analysis. Nurse Education in Practice, 37, 68-74.

Jangland, E., Mirza, N., Conroy, T., Merriman, C., Suzui, E., Nishimura, A., & Ewens, A. (2018). Nursing Students' understanding of the Fundamentals of Care: A cross-sectional study in five countries. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(11-12), 2460-2472.

Mirza, N., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Noesgaard, C., Martin, L., & Byrne, C. (2017). Transforming problem-based learning through abductive reasoning. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education, 3(2), Article 2.

Akhtar-Danesh, N., & Mirza, N. (2017). Relation between manual rotation and abductive reasoning in Q-methodology. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 5(3), 198-204.

Mirza, N., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Staples, E., Martin, L., & Noesgaard, C. (2014). Comparative analysis of external validity reporting in non-randomized intervention studies. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 46(4), 47-64.

Mirza, N., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Noesgaard, C., Martin, L., & Staples, E. (2014). A concept analysis of abductive reasoning. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(9), 1980-1994.

Mirza, N., & Staples, E. (2010). Webcam as a new invigilation method: Students' comfort and potential for cheating. Journal of Nursing Education, 49(2), 116-119.

Select Conference Presentations:

Hulko, W., Mirza, N., & Seeley, L. (2019). "I think most of it comes down to the social determinants of health": Older adults' views on primary and community care in central B.C. Trent Aging Conference. Peterborough, ON.

Mirza, N., Manankil-Rankin, L., Prentice, D., Hagerman, L.A., & Draenos, C. (2019). From humanistic to technical: Expectations of 'practice ready' new nursing graduates. WNRCASN Conference. Edmonton, AB.

Hulko, W., Mirza, N., & Seeley, L. (2017). Researching Older Adults' Repositioning (ROAR): Evidence to inform the restructuring of primary and community care for older adults with complex health challenges. Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) National Conference. Winnipeg, MB.

Mirza, N. (2017). Using animations to promote nursing students' reasoning abilities. Regional WNRCASN Conference. Victoria, BC.

Mirza, N., Noyes, H., & McKenzie, W. (2017). A pilot study on the impact of interprofessional collaboration on nursing and respiratory therapy students' diagnostic and intervention accuracy in a simulated care situation with increased complexity. Regional WNRCASN Conference. Victoria, BC.

Employment History

2015-Present: Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Thompson Rivers University

2018-2019: Coordinator, Master of Nursing Program, School of Nursing, Thompson Rivers University

Courses Taught

Graduate Teaching:

Research in Healthcare (HLTH 6000)

Undergraduate Teaching:

Nursing Practice: Promoting Health & Healing (NURS 2740)
Professional Practice: Foundations to the Discipline of Nursing (NURS 1700)

Guest Lectures:

2016-2019: Knowledge Translation: Moving Research to Practice, School of Nursing, Thompson Rivers University
Course: Professional Practice: Nursing Research (undergraduate) & Research in Healthcare (graduate)

2016: Human Rights and Persecution, School of Nursing, Thompson Rivers University
Course: Health and healing: Global health perspectives (3rd year)

Professional Affiliations


2015-Present: Graduate Studies Committee
2015-Present: Curriculum Committee
2016-Present: Indigenous Health Nursing Committee
2018-Present: Scholarship Committee
2018-Present: Workload Committee


2017-Present: Research Ethics Board