Thompson Rivers University

Tanya Sanders, RN BSN MSN PhD(c)

Name: Tanya Sanders, RN BSN MSN PhD(c)
Position: Associate Teaching Professor
Phone: 250-371-5585


Nursing and Health Care:
*Community Health and Nursing
*Indigenous Health and Nursing
*Community Health Nursing Education
*Nursing Leadership and Governance

Nursing Practice Expertise:
*Public Health Nursing
*Community Health Nursing

Research Interests

Research and Scholarly Activity
*Community Health Nursing
*Indigenous Health Nursing
*School Health
*Home Care
*Institutional Ethnography


PhD Candidate, UVic School of Nursing, Current
Master of Science in Nursing, UBC, 2005
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, UCC, 1998


Stajduhar, K., & Sanders, T. (2020, July 1). COVID-19 shows support for home care long overdue. Vancouver Sun. Also published: July 6, 2020 Quoi Media; July 8, 2020 The Hill Times, July 8, 2020 Ottawa Life Magazine, July 8, 2020 The Good Man Project, July 27, 2020 Policy Options Politiques, August 20, 2020 The Canadian Business Journal.

Sanders, T., O'Mahony, J., Duncan, S., Mahara, S., Pitman, V., Ringstad, K., & Weatherman K. (2019). Opening the doors for school health An exploration of Public Health Nurses' capacities to engage in comprehensive school health programs. Public Health Nursing, 36 (3), 348-356.

Duncan, S., & Sanders, T. (2018). Community health nursing. In M. Buck, L. Ferguson, L. Yiu & L. L. Stamler (Eds.), Fundamentals of Canadian Nursing: Concepts, Process, and Practice (4th ed., pp 246-261). Toronto, ON: Pearson.

Sanders, T. (2005, October). Enhancing community health nursing education through the use of the Canadian Community Health Nursing Standards of Practice. UBC MScN Major Paper.

Watson-Sutton, J., & Cherriman, T. (2000) A Report on Childhood Injuries in the Northern Interior Health Region. Northern Interior Health.

Presentations (a selection of professional presentations):
Sanders, T. (2019). Valuing Prevention Valuing what didn't happen: How does the valuing of absence influence our understanding of the role of nurses in prevention? International Philosophy of Nursing Conference, Victoria BC.

O'Mahony, J., Duncan, S., Mahara, S., Pitman, V., Ringstad, K., Sanders, T., Stade, S., & Weatherman, K., (2016). Public Health Nursing and Comprehensive School Health: Preliminary Findings. Poster presentation-International Collaboration for Community Health Research Conference. Cambridge, UK.

Blackstock, S., Bourque, K., Duncan, S., Giffin, L., Jones, L., Katernick, B., Mahara, S., Maidment, K., Ross, S., Sage, J., Sanderson, D., Sanders, T., & Weninger, C. (2016). Enacting a respectful response to the truth and reconciliation commission: Calls to action. Oral Presentation: Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada (A.N.A.C.) National Training Forum Authentic Indigenous Health & Wellness Partnerships: Reclaimative Leading Practices. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Blackstock, S., Bourque Bearskin, L., Duncan, S., Jones, J., Katernick, B., Mahara, S., Sanderson, D., & Sanders, T. (2016). Shifting our lens; learning from Indigenous communities. Workshop Symposia: Building Intersections 2016 Rural Health Services Research Conference. Kamloops, BC.

Lyster, T., & Sanders, T.(November, 2015). Constant Chaos: Utilizing Change Theory in Baccalaureate Nursing Leadership Education. Poster Presentation: STTI Biennial Convention, Las Vegas, NV, USA.

Ross, S., & Sanders, T. (January, 2015). Kenkneyt: Nursing Student Immersion in Rural Aboriginal Nursing Settings. Poster Presentation: Elsevier Faculty Development Conference, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Bade, S., Bara, I., Manual Jr, B., McBee, V., Nokelby, K., Perry, A., Ross, S., Sanders, T., Stark, B., Tom, M., & Toodlican, J. (May, 2014). Kenkneyt: BScN Student Immersion in Rural Aboriginal Nursing Practice. Presentation given at the 2014 Canadian Network for Innovation in Education Conference, Kamloops, BC

Sanders, T. (December, 2013). Enhancing Community Health Nursing Education Through The Use of The Canadian Community Health Nursing Standards of Practice. Interior Health South Okanagan Prevention Services Staff Meeting, Penticton, BC

Sanders, T. (February, 2002). Injury Prevention Why does it Matter? What Can Be Done? BC First Nations Head Start Training Conference, Vancouver, BC

Sanders, T. (April, 2002). Health Status Data as a Stimulus for Action: The Experience with Injury Prevention in the Northern Interior Health Region. BC Population Health Conference, Vancouver, BC

Employment History

Thompson Rivers University
School of Nursing
September 2013 to Present

Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, BC Region, Transfer Nursing Team
*Transfer Nursing Management and Practice Consultant

Thompson Rivers University
*School of Nursing Sessional Instructor

Interior Health Authority
* Public Health Nurse
* Family Health Program Leader-Prevention Services

Xaxli'p First Nation
* Community Health Nurse

Northern Health Authority
* Program Manager Public Health Nursing
* Injury Prevention Coordinator
* Public Health Nurse

Courses Taught

Student Advisor & Practice Placement Coordinator Semester 6-8 BScN Program
Coordinator, Aboriginal Pathways to Health Careers Program
NURS 3500 Health & Healing VII, Promoting Community and Society Health
NURS 3510 Nursing Practice VI, Promoting Health of Communities and Society
NURS 4210 Nursing Practice VIII, Transitioning to BScN Graduate
NURS 4300 Professional Practice V, Leadership in Nursing
NURS 4380 Nursing Practice VII, Community Health Nursing Practice
NURS 1730 Health and Healing I, Living Health
NURS 3740 Nursing Practice V, School Health
NURS 1700 Professional Practice I, Foundations to the Discipline of Nursing
NURS 2840 Nursing Practice IV, Introduction to Community Health
CPE III Consolidated Practice
NURS 431 Nursing Practice VI, Nurses Influencing Change
NURS 318 Nursing Practice IV, Child Health
NURS 274/284 Lab

Professional Affiliations

Registered with BCCNP and NNPBC

May 2014 to April 2016. Regional Director Interior, Association of Registered Nurses of BC

2000 to 2008 CRNBC Workplace Representative

Member Community Health Nurses of Canada

Member Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing-Community Health Nursing Educators Committee


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