Thompson Rivers University

Rani H. Srivastava

Name: Dr. Rani H. Srivastava
Position: Dean
Phone: 250-828-5441


Patient /Family Centered Care
Organizational Change
Cultural Identity, Cultural Competence, Diversity & Equity
Quality Improvement
Knowledge Translation

Research Interests

Dr. Rani Srivastava is Associate Professor and Dean of Nursing at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. She also holds adjunct positions at York University, Toronto, ON and Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. She is currently serving as the NECBC (Nursing Education Council of British Columbia) representative on the board of NNPBC (Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of British Columbia).

Dr. Srivastava is a nurse leader with a track record for leading change through building relationships and translating vision into concrete strategies across stakeholder jurisdictions.
She is recognized for her leadership in bridging academia and practice environments and creating practice based research roles. Her career has included senior Nursing leadership positions in Professional practice and Quality Improvement. She has served on the board of Registered Nurses Association of Ontario; Lambda Pi Chapter for Sigma Theta Tau International; Belmont House (Senior Retirement and Nursing Home); and Aurat Health Services (nonprofit serving SouthAsian women and men) and an executive member for the Academy of Chief Executive Nurses (ACEN) prior to its integration with Canadian Nurses Association Leadership Academy.

Dr Srivastava is passionate about patient and family centered care for culturally diverse and marginalized populations. She is recognized for her leadership and scholarship in the area of diversity, equity and cultural competence education. She is the author and editor of a textbook entitled the Healthcare Professional???s Guide to Clinical Cultural Competence and has written several book chapters and articles on topics such as cultural identity, religion, ethics, and family centered care. She has chaired and co-chaired national panels for developing Best Practice Guidelines to move evidence into practice. Her research has focused on organizational enablers for culturally competent care; teaching pedagogies for diversity and equity; supporting transitions of care from hospital to community, and supporting /strengthening nursing practice through leadership, mentorship, and technology.

She regularly serves as a consultant, speaker, and workshop facilitator for a variety of audiences and has worked with universities as well as regulatory and professional associations in nursing to develop guidelines for developing and integrating culture into care. For her leadership on Cultural Competence, Diversity and Equity, in 2017 Dr. Srivastava was named by the Canadian Nurses Association as one of the 150 nurses for Canada who are strong public advocates and leaders in advancing patient centered approach to quality health care.


2017 Certification in IDI (Intercultural Development Inventory) Administration, Toronto ON

2017 Sanyas Indigenous Cultural Safety Certificate, PHSA BC

2016 Strategy for Healthcare Delivery, Harvard Business School
Executive Education, Harvard University, Boston MA

2009 UHN /Rotman Health Care Executive Leadership Certificate, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Toronto ON

2008 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

1986 Master of Science in Nursing (MScN), University of Toronto, Toronto ON

1981 Bachelor of Nursing (BN) with Honors, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS


Books & Book Chapters Srivastava, R. (2007). The Healthcare Professional???s Guide to Clinical Cultural Competence. Elsevier Srivastava, R. & Srivastava, R. (2019) Supporting Post-Secondary Youth Mental Health through Inclusive Practices Attuned to Culture. In Zangeneh, M (ed). Culture, Diversity, and Mental Health Enhancing Clinical Practice. Springer Srivastava, R. (2019). Cultural Competence and Health Equity in Care. Lewis, S., Bucher, L., Heitkemper, M., Harding, M., Barry, M.A., Lok, J., Tyerman, J., & Goldsworthy, S. (Eds.). (2019). Medical-surgical nursing in Canada: Assessment and management of clinical problems (4th ed.) Elsevier Srivastava, R. (2014). Culture, Religion, and Family-Centred Care. In Zlotnik-shaul, R. (Ed), Ethics and Law in Paediatric Patient and Family Centred Care. (pp 57-77) Springer Srivastava, R. (2012). Hinduism. In Taylor, E. J (ed) Religion: A Clinical Guide for Nurses. New York: Springer Srivastava, R., Srivastava, Bhartendu, & Srivastava, Raman (2011). Hinduism and Nursing in Fowler, M. et al. (eds) Religion, Religious Ethics, and Nursing. New York: Springer Srivastava, R. & Leininger, M. (2002). Canadian Transcultural Nursing: Issues & Trends. In M. Leininger (Ed.) Transcultural Nursing McGraw Hill Srivastava, R. (1988). Fatigue in End Stage Renal Disease Patients. In Funk, S.; Tournquist, E.; Champagne, M., and Weise, R.A. (Eds). Key Concepts of Comfort: Fatigue, Pain, and Nausea: Springer. PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES Forchuk, C., Martin, M., Sherman, D., Corring, D., Srivastava, R., O'Regan, T., Gyamfi, S., Harerimana, B. (2019). Healthcare Professionals??? Perceptions of the Implementation of the Transitional Discharge Model for Community Integration of Psychiatric Clients. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing Strudwick, G., Booth, R., Bjarnadottir, R., Rossetti, S., Sequeira, L., Friesen, M., Srivastava, R., (2019). The Role of Nurse Managers in the Adoption of Health Information Technology: Findings from a Qualitative Study. Journal of Nursing Administration.49(11) 549-555. Srivastava, R., Surani, Z., Strudwick, G., Purushuttam, L. (2019). Process and initial outcomes of an initiative to engage nurses at a mental health and addictions hospital. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 32(1), 74-84. Forchuk, C., Martin, M., Corring, D., Sherman, D., Srivastava, R., Harerimana, B., & Cheng, R. (2019) Cost-effectiveness of the implementation of a transitional discharge model for community integration of psychiatric clients: Practice insights and policy implications, International Journal of Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/00207411.2019.1649237 Srivastava, R. & Srivastava, R (2019). Impact of Cultural Identity on Mental Health in University and College Students. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 17(3), 520-530. Cleverley, K., Bartha, C., Strudwick, G., Chakraborty, R., Srivastava, R. (2018). The development of a client care needs assessment tool for mental health and addictions settings using a modified Delphi approach. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 31(2), 52-65. Strudwick, G., Booth, R.G., Bjarnadottir, R.I., Collins, S., & Srivastava, R. (2017). Exploring the role of the nurse manager in supporting frontline nurses??? adoption of electronic health records: Protocol for a qualitative research study. BMJ Open, 7 (10), e018129. Adeniran, R. K., Bhattacharya, A. & Srivastava, R. (2015). Facilitators and Barriers to Advancing in the Nursing Profession: Voices of U.S. and Internationally Educated Nurses. Clinical Scholars Review, 8 (2), 241-248. Fung, K., Lo, T. Srivastava, R., and Andermannn, L. (2012). Organizational Cultural Competence Consultation to a Mental Health Institution. Transcultural Psychiatry (49), 165.

Employment History

Jan 2020 to present: Dean, School of Nursing, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC

Jun 2010 to Dec 2019: Vice President & Chief of Nursing and Professional Practice, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, Toronto ON

Mar 2003 to May 2010: Deputy Chief, Nursing Practice, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, Toronto ON

Dec 1997 to Feb 2003: Director- Clinical Resources & Lecturer, Faculty of
Nursing, University of Toronto, Toronto ON

Dec 1996 to Mar 1998: Director Nursing Practice & Professional Leader in Nursing, Wellesley Central Hospital, Toronto ON

Jan 1994 to Dec 1996: Liaison & Policy analyst, Wellesley Central Hospital, Toronto ON

Apr 1992 to Dec 1993: Coordinator, Nursing Education, Wellesley Hospital, Toronto ON

Nov 1990 to Mar 1992: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nephrology, Wellesley Hospital, Toronto ON

Aug 1988 to Oct 1990: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nephrology, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto ON

Sept 1986 to Aug 1988: Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's NFLD

Sept 1985 to Aug 1986: Lecturer, School of Nursing, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's NFLD

May 1981 to Aug 1982: Staff Nurse, ICU/ ER/NICU, Izaak Walton Killam Hospital for Children, Halifax NS

Courses Taught

Creating Intercultural Safety.
Diversity & Equity: Embracing the Learning Edge
Transcultural Nursing
Embracing Diversity: Developing cultural competence in Academia
Embracing Diversity: Developing cultural competence in Practice
Advanced Nursing Practice
Integrating Theory & Research into Practice
Introduction to Nursing Practice.
Coping with complexity in Persistent Illness.
Nursing Leadership & Management
Nursing Research

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Nurses Association

BCCNM (BC College of Nurses and Midwives)

NNPBC (Nurses and Nurse Practitioner Association of BC)

Sigma Theta Tau International Lambda Pi Chapter


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