Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Nicola Waters

Nicola Waters

Nicola Waters

Name: Dr. Nicola Waters
Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 250-377-6036


Researcher at the interface between humanity and technology. My experience in clinical practice, social and technical sciences, industry and academia offers a unique opportunity to foster translational links that honour differences between each sector while meeting common goals.
Wound Healing and Tissue Repair
Institutional Ethnography- The Social Organization of Health Work
Patients' Experience of Living with Chronic Wounds
Skin and Wound Management
Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Management
Diabetic Foot Ulcer Prevention and Management
History of Nurses' Wound Work

Research Interests

Research Presentations

October 2019. Waters, N. Every wound tells a story: Benefits and challenges of conducting trials with participants living with or at risk of chronic wounds. The 2nd World Conference on Advanced Treatments and Technologies in Wound Care (ATTWC2109) Dusseldorf, Germany.

2019, September 2019. Waters, N. Using the WOUND Mnemonic for whole person skin and wound assessment. G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre, Vancouver. Invited speaker ??? sponsored by the Rick Hansen Institute.

2019, June. Dergousoff, D., Smith, D.E., Doll, A., Waters, N., Ross, C.
A Conversation about Accountability Circuits in Institutional Ethnography, Society for Socialist Studies Conference, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

2019, April. Waters N, McIsaac C, Tingle T. (2019). Burden of wound care: Emotional and financial Canadian experience: Challenges unique to Canada, Patient experience.5th International Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention Conference, Kamloops, BC., Canada (Refereed)

2019, April. Waters, N. McIsaac, C. Tingle, T. Burden of wound care: emotional and financial Canadian experience: challenges unique to Canada, Patient experience, 5th International Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention Conference, Kamloops, BC.

2019, March. MacDonald, S., Graham, B., Paragg, J., Foster-Boucher, C., Waters, N., Shea Budgell, M. Bedingfield, N., Kunyk, E., Healy, B., Bill. L., Svenson, L., Nelson. G.S. The invisible work of parents in accessing childhood immunization in a First Nation community in Alberta. 8th International Meeting in Indigenous Child Health, Calgary, Alberta.

2018, June. Waters, N. Wound management and research in Canada: Opportunities and Challenges. 3rd International Conference on Skin Integrity and Tissue Viability: Emerging Evidence in Tissue Viability. Invited speaker at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

2018, February. Waters N. & Achoba Omajali, A. Faculty and Student Experiences of Developing an Interactive Social Construction Timeline of the Canadian Health Care System, Western North-Western Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (WNRCASN), Calgary, Alberta.

2017, November Plenary Session: The Great Debate: What is Evidence?
Speakers: Karen Campbell, Ranjani Somayaji, Nicola Waters, Kevin Woo, Wounds Canada National Conference, Mississauga, Ontario.

2017, November. Waters, N. An Institutional Ethnography of Nurses' Outpatient Wound clinic work. Invitational Lecture, Master of Nursing Program, University Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.

2017, August, Waters, N. & Rankin, J. Narratives of the Wounded: How Patients are Institutionally Organized to Tell Their Stories through Their Wounds. Society for the Study of Social Problems, Montreal, QC.

2016, November. Waters, N. From ancient wisdom to modern science: Knowledge of mind- body connections in wound healing. Canadian Association of Wound Care Conference, Niagara, ON.

2016, July. "The Social Organization of Wound Clinic Work", Leicester University, Leicester, UK.

2015, May, Carter-Snell, C., & Waters, N. Disaster Nursing: Preparing for the Unexpected in the ED. For National Emergency Nurses Association (Edmonton, Alberta)

2015, April 30. "Challenges, Changes and Choices Living with Chronic Wounds". Presented to Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Presented at 20th Annual Wound Symposium, Springfield Illinois. Keynote Speaker.

2014, December 3. "Whole Patient Skin and Wound Assessment Related to Pressure Ulcers". Presented to Scottish NHS Patient Safety Programme, Scotland UK, Webex conference. Invited Speaker.

2014, October 18. "AAWC Global Volunteers Experiences of volunteering with wound
team in India". Presented at The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care, Las Vegas, Nevada. Invited Speaker. Co-presenters: Bates-Jensen, B., Desvigne, M., Kass, J.


Ph.D. in Nursing, University of Calgary. Dissertation title: "The
Social Organization of Wound Clinic Work: An Institutional Ethnography".

M.Sc. in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair. Cardiff University School of Medicine.
Thesis title: "A Survey of Patients' Perceptions of the Impact of Diabetic Foot Ulcers on

Registered General Nursing (Level 1), Mid-Essex School of Nursing, Essex, UK.


Selected Publications

Stacey, M., Waters, N., Houghton, P. (2017) How Many Wounds? Wounds Canada Research Committee Study to Determine Availability, Accuracy and Gaps in Existing Data on Prevalence and Incidence of Wounds in Canada. Wounds Canada, 15(1). p. 38-39

Waters, N. (2017). From ancient wisdom to modern science: retracing knowledge of mind-body connections in wound healing. Wounds International. 8 (1), p.15-20

Waters, N. (2015). Towards an Institutional Counter-Cartography of Nurses Wound Work. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare XLII (2), 127-156.

Waters, N., & Holloway, S. (2013, December). Personal perceptions of the impact of diabetic foot disease on employment. Diabetic Foot Canada, 1(2), 32-40.

Sibbald, R.G., Kelley, J., Kennedy-Evans, K.L., Labrecque, C., & Waters, N. (2013) A Practical Approach to the Prevention and Management of Intertrigo, or Moisture-associated Skin Damage, due to Perspiration: Expert Consensus on Best Practice. For Canadian Association of Wound Care. 21 pp.

Waters, N. (2011). Expert Commentary on 'Advances in pressure ulcer management in
Brazil'. Wounds International, 2(3), 10.

Waters, N. (2011). Using the WOUND mnemonic for whole patient assessment. Journal of World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET), 31(1), 41-43.

Waters, N., & Holloway, S. (2009). Personal perceptions of the impact of diabetic foot disease on employment. Diabetic Foot Journal, 12(3), 119-131.

Waters, N. (2005). The Challenges of Providing Cost-effective Quality Wound Care in Canada. Wound Care Canada, 3(1), 22-26.

Conference Papers

Waters, N. & Rankin, J. (2017, August), Narratives of the Wounded: How Patients are Institutionally Organized to Tell Their Stories through Their Wounds. Presented at Society for the Study of Social Problems, Montreal, QC. (Role: Presenter)

Waters, N. (2014, June). Exploring Ruling Relations in the Social Organization of Nurses' Outpatient Wound Clinic Work. Presented at Gender Work and Organization (Keele, UK).

Waters, N. (2013, August). Towards an Institutional Counter Cartography of Nurses' Wound Work. Presented at Society for the Study of Social Problems (New York, USA).

Waters, N. (2010, May). Challenges of Providing Patient-centered Wound Care. In Philosophy in the Nurse's World: Politics of Nursing Practice (Banff, Alberta).

Employment History

Associate Professor (Tenured), School of Nursing, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, B.C. Canada, July 2015 Present.

Honorary Tutor, Wound Healing Research Unit, Cardiff University School of Medicine, United Kingdom, April 2011 Present.

Associate Professor, School of Nursing, BN Program, Mount Royal University, Canada, 2008 June 2015. Tenure achieved: 2014, May.

Courses Taught

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program:

NURS 1730 Health and Healing 1: Living Health
NURS 1840 Nursing Practice 2: Coming to Know the Client
NURS 1830 Health and Healing 2, Growth and development through the lifespan
NURS 1740 Intro to Nursing Practice
NURS 3600 Professional Practice Nursing Research

Master of Nursing (MN) Program
2016- present Program Coordinator
HLTH 5200 The Canadian Healthcare System

Professional Affiliations

Membership in Scholarly Societies or Other Organizations

Elected Chair 2017-2019. Institutional Ethnography Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

2011- 2017 Secretary Board of Directors, Canadian Association of Wound Care.

Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC).
College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta.
College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia
European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.
Institutional Ethnography Working Group.
Society for the Study of Social Problems.
Wound Healing Society.

Event Administration Activities

Host Canadian Association of Wound Care National Conference (2017, May, Kamloops, B.C.).

Member Planning Team, 22nd Annual Qualitative Health Research Conference
October 17 19, 2016, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Member Scientific Planning Team, Canadian Association of Wound Care National Conference (3-6 November, 2016, Niagara, Ontario).