Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Ann Tourangeau

Associate Professor
Leadership Team
Associate Dean, Academic

“My research goal is to build knowledge to strengthen health systems and care delivery to improve patient outcomes.”

Dr. Ann Tourangeau is the Associate Dean, Academic Programs at U of T Nursing. She teaches graduate course content on management and leadership in health services, program development and evaluation, as well as research.

Dr. Tourangeau’s research is within the broad field of nursing health systems. It focuses on nursing-related determinants of health care outcomes and explores causes and influencing factors affecting patient safety, nurse and nurse-work environment outcomes. Dr. Tourangeau, who is the recipient of a Nursing Senior Career Research Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, has spoken widely on the determinants of nurse retention.

In addition, Dr. Tourangeau is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University in Joondalup, Australia; an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in Ontario; and a co-investigator at the Nursing Health Services Research Unit at U of T. She is the associate editor of the journal BMJ – Quality & Safety.

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  • Academic Credentials
    2001 – PhD, University of Alberta, Edmonton
    1988 – MN, University of Alberta, Edmonton
    1981 – BScN, University of Alberta, Edmonton
  • Publications
    Dr. Tourangeau’s PubMed link is available here.

PhD Students / Trainees

Era Mae Ferron

Part-Time Nurse Faculty Intent to Remain Employed in the Academic Organization

There is a lack of empirical knowledge of retention and its direct precursor, intent to remain employed, among the nurse faculty population. The purpose of Era Mae Ferron’s study is to develop, test and refine a theory that explains and predicts part-time nurse faculty intent to remain employed in the academic organization. Quantitative survey and statistical (i.e., structural equation modelling) methodologies are used to test and refine the theory.

Brianna Julien

Brianna Julien is examining nursing health systems and the recruitment and retention of advanced practice nurses, particularly nurse practitioners, in Ontario. She is studying how health human resources are affecting the development of the advanced practice role and patient outcomes.

Erin Patterson

Erin Patterson is interested in how the delivery of patient care in the home care sector affects patient and health system outcomes. She will use provincial home care data to understand how structures of care affect both health system and patient outcomes. She is developing a program of research aimed at understanding structures of care in the home care sector thus informing strategies to improve relevant outcomes.

Margaret Saari

In her doctoral studies, Margaret Saari will focus on the intersection of nursing and patient safety. As frontline care providers, nurses are in an ideal position to accurately identify quality of care and patient safety issues. Quality improvement initiatives, though, are often management driven with little engagement from frontline clinicians. Saari will explore how today’s nursing leaders can engage frontline nurses in the organization’s safety mandate and create an environment of collaboration in which innovations leading to improved quality of care are embraced.

Heather Thomson

Nurse-to-Nurse Shift Handover in the Emergency Department

Effective nurse-to-nurse shift handover is vital to the delivery of safe, seamless patient care. The need for effective nurse-to-nurse shift handover is greatly increased in the fast-paced, uncertain environment of the emergency department. In response to the need for effective shift handover, there has been a recent increase in literature related to interventions for improving nurse-to-nurse shift handover. The majority of these interventions, however, lack theoretical underpinnings. To increase our understanding of nurse-to-nurse handover and inform the development of future interventions, Heather Thomson is focusing her research on the development and testing of a theoretical model for nurse-to-nurse shift handover.


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