RN, PhD, CHPCN(C)
Lead Teacher, MN Clinical Nursing Field of Study
“My goal is to improve the quality of care provided to all children with life-threatening or life-shortening illnesses and their families through my research.”
Dr. Kimberley Widger’s research focuses on identifying and measuring structures, processes and outcomes that are indicative of high-quality paediatric palliative and end-of-life care and finding ways to ensure optimal care is provided regardless of the setting. Her doctoral research was a multi-centre study to develop and test an instrument that measures the quality of care provided to dying children and their families from the perspective of bereaved parents. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at SickKids focused on knowledge translation and end-of-life pain management for children. She continues this work at the Hospital for Sick Children as a Nursing Research Associate with the Paediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT).
In collaboration with Drs. Bonnie Stevens and Melanie Barwick, Widger is the lead editor on Stories from the floor: A knowledge translation casebook on improving pediatric pain. The eight stories profile the experience of health care professionals working to improve the assessment and management of acute procedural pain in children.
At U of T Nursing, her teaching responsibilities will encompass courses at the graduate and undergraduate level. Widger will also be the lead in developing the undergraduate research course in an online format.
- Academic Credentials
- 2012 – Postdoctoral Fellowship, Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto
2012 – PhD, University of Toronto
1996 – MN, University of Calgary
1991 – BSN, University of Saskatchewan
- Dr. Widger's PubMed link is available here.