RN, PhD, CHPCN(C)
Lead Teacher, MN Clinical Nursing Field of Study
“Every family of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness should receive optimal pediatric palliative care throughout the illness regardless of where they receive care and the ultimate outcome of the illness.”
Dr. Kimberley Widger’s research focuses on examining and enhancing structures, processes, and outcomes of pediatric palliative care provided to children living with life-threatening illnesses and their families. She recently completed a study funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer aimed at enhancing the quality of palliative care for children with cancer and their families by providing education to health professionals. Through the study, nearly 3500 health professionals from every province and territory across Canada attended one of the education sessions. Following the education intervention there was significantly earlier involvement of specialized pediatric palliative care teams and earlier discussion of advanced care planning for the children who died. Her current research is focused on the use of administrative data to examine the impact of specialized pediatric palliative care teams on a variety of child and family outcomes.
Dr. Widger holds a Career Development Award from the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategy for Patient Oriented Research. At the Hospital for Sick Children she is a Nursing Research Associate with the Paediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) and an Adjunct Scientist within the Research Institute.
At U of T Nursing, her teaching responsibilities include being the Lead Teacher for the MN Clinical Nursing Field of Study. She also teaches the first course in the clinical field of study (NUR1170) which includes a practicum to introduce students to the role of the Advanced Practice Nurse.
- 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.