Thompson Rivers University

Catherine (Cathy) Ringham

Name: Dr Catherine (Cathy) Ringham
Position: Adjunct Faculty
Phone: 587 582 4333


Leadership and mentoring in Nursing
Qualitative research, Institutional Ethnography
Critical social perspectives
Health system organization
Neonatal and Maternal/Child nursing
Quality improvement in healthcare
Civility in the workplace

Research Interests

Social organization of NICU nurses work, infant feeding, patient transfer, evidence informed practice
Integration of Families into the NICU
Cannabis use in pregnancy
Implementation of new practices in health care
Health systems and institutional processes, and their impact on nurses' work and standardization of work in health care, clinical research, and nursing education


2018-2020 CIHR Health Systems Impact Fellowship
2017 PhD Nursing, University of Calgary
2009 MN, CIHR Charles Best and Frederick Banting Canadian Graduate Scholarship (fast tracked to PhD), University of Victoria
2008 BSN, Vancouver Island University
1983 Graduate Diploma, University of Alberta Hospitals School of Nursing

2021 Indigenous Canada MOOC, University of Alberta
2020 IHI Basic Certificate in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
2019 Light Touch Project Management for Researchers


Ringham, C., Benzies, K., McNeil, D. (submitted, 2021). The work of mothering in the NICU: A critical analysis of Alberta Family Integrated CareTM parent journals. Advances in Neonatal Care.

Ringham, C., Rankin, J.M., & Marcellus, L. (2020). The social organization of neonatal nurses??? feeding work. Neonatal Network: The Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 39(5). DOI: 10.1891/0730-0832.39.5.283

Ringham, C. (2020). Musings about COVID-19. IE Newsletter: Institutional Ethnography Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, 17(2).

Weisbeck, S., Bright, K.S., Smith, J., Hayden, A., Ginn, C., & Ringham, C. (2020). Perceptions about cannabis use in the perinatal period: A rapid best-framework qualitative synthesis. Canadian Journal of Public Health. DOI: 10.17269/s41997-020-00346-x

Ringham, C., MacKinnon, K. (2019). Mothering work and perinatal transfer: An institutional ethnographic investigation. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 844562119884388. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1177/0844562119884388

Ringham, C., Rankin, J.M., Premji, S.S., & Marcellus, L. (2019). The social organization of nurses??? work with late preterm infants in non-tertiary care settings: Out of the Corners of Nurses??? Eyes. In S. Premji (ed.), Late Preterm Infants: A Guide for Nurses, Clinicians and Allied Health Professionals. Springer, Cham.

Premji, S.S., Ringham, C., et al. (2019). The Alternative Facts about Late Preterm Infants: You Mean There Are Fake Stories About Me? In S. Premji (ed.), Late Preterm Infants: A Guide for Nurses, Clinicians and Allied Health Professionals. Springer, Cham.

Doktorchik, C., Lu, M., Quan, H., Ringham, C., & Eastwood, C. (2019). A qualitative evaluation of coded data quality from health information manager perspectives. Health Information Management Journal. DOI: 10.1177/1833358319855031

Soraisham, A., Sheta, A., Ringham, C., et al. (2018). Do preterm infants born outside tertiary perinatal centre have an impact on neurodevelopmental and growth outcome at 36 months corrected age? Paediatric & Child Health, 23(Suppl 1), e18-e19. DOI: 10.1093/pch/pxy054.047

Ringham, C. (2012). Narratives and embodied knowing in the NICU. Neonatal Network: The Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 31(1), 16-19. DOI: 10.1891/0730-0832.31.1.16

Employment History

2021- present Improvement Consultant, Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Interior Health
2018-2020 Postdoctoral Fellow, Alberta Health Services/University of Calgary
2015-2018 Research Coordinator, Neonatal Follow-up Clinic, Alberta Childrens Hospital
2013-2015 Casual staff nurse, NICU, Alberta Health Services
2006-2013 RN/educator NICU, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
2008-2013 Sessional Educator, Vancouver Island University
1997-2006 RN/Clinical Resource Nurse NICU, Surrey Memorial Hospital
1984-1989 RN Newborn nursery/NICU/children???s rehab, Edmonton & New Zealand

Courses Taught

Culture and Health: Critical Perspectives (Masters), Athabasca University
Health Sciences: Pathophysiology, year 2 BSN VIU
Health and Healing IV: Health Challenges/Healing Initiatives, year 2 BSN VIU
Professional practice II: Intro to the Discipline of Nursing, year 1 BSN VIU
Consolidated Practice Experience II, Maternal Child Family Health, year 2 BSN VIU
Nursing Practice I: Introduction to Nursing Practice, year 1 BSN VIU
Nursing Practice II: Coming to Know the Client, year 2 BSN VIU

Professional Affiliations

College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives
CNeoN(C) - Canadian Nurses Association Certification - Neonatal


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