Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Pamela Walker

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

“It is a privilege to be able to influence the next generation of nurses—my hope is that they will be culturally safe role models for their colleagues in practice.”

Dr. Walker’s interests in research and scholarship include nursing education, critical pedagogy, cultural safety and the practice of nurses with Indigenous peoples. She brings an anti-racist and postcolonial approach to her teaching to draw students’ attention to the impact of racism and colonial policies and practices on the health of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Dr Walker’s teaching is informed by her experience in working with Indigenous communities and her commitment to tackling the racism that Indigenous peoples experience in the Canadian health care system.

In her doctoral research, she examined the experiences of early career nurses translating knowledge of cultural safety into nursing practice. Her findings demonstrate that combining critical pedagogical strategies with cultural safety in nursing education helps early career nurses to build relationships with Indigenous patients, and in so doing, resist and disrupt discriminatory colonial practices in health care.

Dr. Walker is the recipient of the 2011 Undergraduate Equity and Diversity Award at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, and a 2014 Academic Excellence Award from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education



  • Academic Credentials
    2009 – MEd, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
    1989 – BScN, University of Toronto
  • Publications
    Pamela Walker’s PubMed link is available here.

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