Barb Astle
MSN Director, Professor of Nursing
Neufeld Science Centre, Langley/BC
+1 (604) 888-7511 ext. 3260


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Barbara Astle, PhD, RN, has focused her academic career in the field of Global Health and Health Equity. Dr. Astle’s research focuses on: Nursing and Global health education: competency-based curriculum in global health (undergraduate / graduation / host competencies); principles for global health research; global educational partnerships; human rights and albinism in Africa; knowledge translation; and research literacy.  She uses critical perspectives, and Qualitative/Participatory Action Research (PAR) methods.

Dr. Astle’s current projects include: (a) Global Health Competencies to promote Global Citizenship for Undergraduate Nursing Students; (b) Host Perspectives on Global Health Competencies; (c) Survey development for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Global Health Education Competencies Tool kit; (d) Interprofessional Faculty Development for engaged and experiential learning in Global Health curricula; (e) Nursing student partnering in global placements; (f) Mothering, albinism, and human rights in Africa: Mapping patterns of resilience at the juncture of gender, colourism, and religion; and (g) Innovative Pedagogies for Research Literacy Education.

Dr. Astle’s clinical background is in community and global nursing.  She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in Global Health, Research Literacy, Health Policy, Knowledge Translation and Directed Studies (Global Health).

Dr. Astle is the lead editor for the “Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing” textbook which was the first fundamentals textbook, in Canada, to include a chapter on “Global health”, for which Dr. Astle was the lead author. She is the Co-Director of the TWU Centre of Equity and Global Engagement (CEGE). She is the lead Co-Chair for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Global Health Competency Sub-committee, and Co-editor for the CUGH Global Health Education Competencies Toolkit (2019). She is a member of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Researchers (CCGHR) involved in various initiatives, provincially and nationally, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Global Nursing Caucus (GNC) in Boston, MA. She served as Chair and Past Chair of the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) in 2009 – 2012, and was recipient of the Excellence in Nursing Education Award by the Association of Registered Nurses in British Columbia, Canada (2017) for acknowledgment as a leader in global health education.

Research & Scholarship

Evaluation of an online knowledge translation course for nurses in higher education.Lee, J. (Principle Investigator), S. Reimer-Kirkham (Co-I), B. Astle (Co-I), & M. Theron. (Co-I) (Trinity Western University [TWU].

Development of a framework for international partnership on palliative care research and a graduate course. J. Öhlén (PI), R. Sawatzky, K. Årestedt, S. Reimer-Kirkham, B. Astle .The Swedish Foundation for Inter-national Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (2014 – 2015).

LMIC Host perspectives of desired global health competencies.Evert, J., Cherniak, W., Standish, K., Silverman, M., Myser, C., Anguyo, G., Eichbaum, Q., Latham, E., & Astle, B. (2014 – 2015)

Preparing for the future: Exploring Global Health Competencies for Undergraduate Nursing Students B. Astle (Principle Investigator), S. Reimer-Kirkham (Co-Investigator). Funding: Trinity Western University [TWU] Internal Grant (2013 – 2015).

Nursing students partnering:  A Zambian-Canadian case study . D.Pankratz, B. Astle, (Principle Investigators) & S. Reimer-Kirkham, (Co-Investigator), Western Northern Region Canadian Association Schools of Nursing (WNRCASN) (2012 – 2015).

Research literacy for nurses and health professionals (1st ed). S. Jakubec & B. Astle (Co-Editors). Canadian Scholar’s Press/Women’s Press. Book Contract (2013 – 2015).

Welcoming Communities Initiative - Pathways to Prosperity E. Esses (Applicant) Director, Center for Research on Migration & Ethics Relations. Faculty of Social Science, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. B. Partnership Grant (2.5 million) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC);Astle (Collaborator) et al. (Trinity Westerns University – Pathways to Prosperity); with other Universities across Canada (2012 - 2019)

Research planning and grant writing for global poverty and homelessness policies and service researcM. S. Richter (Principal Investigator); M. Greeff, K. Kovacs Burns, B. Astle, V. Caine, A.D.H. Botha, S.P. Human, R. Enns, L. Roets, G. Pretorius, & J. Peters. Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) (2010-2011).


  • Bachelor Science in Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Master of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • PhD in Nursing. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Awards & Honors

  • International Council of Nurses (ICN): Burdett Trust for Nursing: Attended the Global Nursing Leadership Institute, Geneva, Switzerland (2012)
  • Education Research Award, Western and Northern Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing; Pankratz, D., Astle, B., & Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2012)
  • Doctoral Research Scholarship Award, Alberta Registered Nurses Educational Trust (ARNET), (2004)
  • Doctoral Fellowship Scholarship Award, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC),University of Alberta, (2003 – 2004)
  • Manuscript Award: Allen, M., Astle, B., & Burt, J. Analyzing the quality of Ophthalmic Nursing Research, Journal of the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses INSIGHT, 25(1), 7-13. Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses (ASORN), (1999)
  • Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB. (1997)
  • Helen Rollis Prize for Excellence in Advanced Nursing Practice Award, University of Alberta, (1991).

Recent Publications


Chernicak, W., Latham, E., Astle, B., Auguyo, G., Standish, K., Myser, C., Eichbaum, Q., Silverman, M., & Evert, J. (2015). Interprofessional host perspectives on global health competencies. (Abstract: 6th Annual GUGH Conference: Mobilizing Research for Global Health).  Annuals of Global Health,81(1), 19, doi

Astle, B., & Gibson, D., (Accepted February 2015). Finding our place: Making the “Initial’ Connection with our undergraduate nursing students toward faith integration. Journal of Christian Nursing.

Astle, B. (2014). Building and sustaining a global educational partnership in nursing: Setting up for “Success”. (Abstract). Annuals of Global Health, 80(3), 159, doi

Burgess, C. A., Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Astle, B. (2014). Motivation and International Clinical Placements: Shifting Nursing Students to a Global Citizenship Perspective. International Journal of Nursing Education, 11(1), 1-8. doi: 10.1515/ijnes-2013-006.56

Astle, B. (2013). Advocacy and mentoring: Reaching for a voice for future global health leaders. (Year of Advocacy Blog), Global Nursing Caucus Newsletter. Boston, MA.

Afriyie Asenso, B., Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Astle, B. (2013). In Real Time: Exploring Nursing Students’ Learning during an International Experience. International Journal of Nursing Education, 10(1), 1-10. doi: 10.1515/ijnes-2012-0045.

Jakubec, S., & Astle, B. (2013). Students connecting critical appraisal to evidence-based practice: A Teaching – Learning activity for research literacy. Journal of Nursing Education 51(12) doi: 10.3928/01484834-20121121-03.

Jakubec, S., & Astle, B. (2012). Appraising evidence for everyday research questions. Journal of Nursing Education 51(12), 719. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20121119-02.

Astle, B (2012) Participant:  Nurse leaders graduate from ICN-Burdett Global Leadership Institute, ICN International Nursing Review59, 439-440. doi: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2012.01045.x

Astle, B., Mitchell, M., Currie, G., Dawson, D., & El Hussein, M. (2011). Developing a cohort of scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) Faculty in an undergraduate nursing program: Discovering our own path. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal, 5(1), 1-9.

Mill, J., Astle, B. J., Gastaldo, D., & Ogilvie, L. (2010). Linking global citizenship, undergraduate nursing education, and professional nursing: Curricular innovations in the 21st century.Advances in Nursing Science, 33(3), (E1 – E11). doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e318eb416f

Astle, B. J. (2009). Evolving ethical standards for health-related research in Ghana, Africa, Canadian Association for International Nursing (CAIN) News1(2), 3-4.

Ogilvie, L., Mill, J. E., Astle, B., Fanning, A., & Opare, M. (2007). The exodus of health professionals from sub-Saharan Africa: Balancing human rights and societal needs in the twenty-first century. Nursing Inquiry, 14, 114-124.

Mill, J., Astle, B., Ogilvie, L., & Opare, M. (2005a). Global health and equity Part I: Setting the context. Canadian Nurse, 101(5), 22-24.

Ogilvie, L., Astle, B., Mill, J., & Opare, M. (2005b). Global health and equity Part II: Exploring solutions. Canadian Nurse, 101(6), 25-28.

Books / Selected Chapters:

Potter, P.A., Perry, A., Ross Kerr, J., Wood, M., Astle, B.J., Duggleby, W. (2013/2014). Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing (5thed.). (Canadian Editor), Toronto, ON: Elsevier Canada.

Astle, B.J., Barton, S.S., Johnson, L., & Mill, J. (2013/2014). Chapter 9: Global Health, Culture and Diversity. In P.A. Potter, A.G. Perry, J. Ross Kerr, M. Wood, B. Astle, and W. Duggleby (Eds), Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing (5th ed., pp. 107-124). Toronto, ON: Elsevier Canada.

Jakubec, S., & Astle, B.J. (2013/2014). Chapter 9: Communication. In P.A. Potter, A.G. Perry, J. Ross Kerr, M. Wood, B. Astle, and W. Duggleby (Eds), Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing (5th ed., pp. 242-261). Toronto, ON: Elsevier Canada.

Potter, P.A., Perry, A., Hall, A., Stockert, P.A., Ross Kerr, J., Wood, M., Astle, B.J. Grypma, S., & Letourneau, N. (2009/2010).Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing (4th ed.). (Canadian Section Editor), Toronto, ON: Elsevier Canada.

Astle, B. J., & Barton, S. S. (2009/2010). Chapter 10: Culture and ethnicity. In J. C. Ross-Kerr and M. J. Wood (Eds.) Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing (4th ed., pp. 114-131). Toronto, ON: Elsevier Canada.

Astle, B.J., & Barton, S. S. (2009). Ancillaries to Chapter 10: Culture and Ethnicity – Exam Style Review Questions. J. C. Ross-Kerr and M. J. Wood (Eds.) Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing(4th ed.). Toronto, ON: Elsevier Canada.

Astle, B. J. (2006). Chapter 9: Culture and ethnicity. In P. A. Potter, A. G. Perry, J. C. Ross-Kerr, & M. J. Wood (Eds.), Canadian fundamentals of nursing (3rd ed., pp.127-147). Toronto: Elsevier Mosby.

Raffin Bouchal, S., & Astle, B. (2003). Documentation. In B. Kozier, G. Erb, A. Burman, K. Burke, S. Raffin Bouchal, & S. Hirst. (Eds.), Fundamentals of nursing: The nature of nursing practice 1st Canadian Edition (pp. 443-464).Toronto, ON: Pearson Education.


Astle, B. (2008). Building and sustaining international partnerships in higher education in nursing. Doctoral Dissertation. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Member, Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)
  • Director, Centre for Equity and Global Engagement (CEGE), Trinity Western University
  • Member, Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH)
  • Member, Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR)
  • Member, Western and Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (Member-at-Large)
  • Advisory Board Member, Global Nursing Caucus (GNC), Boston, MA.
  • Member, International Advisory and Editorial Board, Christian Journal for Global Health
  • Founding Member, Canadian Association for International Nursing (CAIN)
  • Founding Member, Mu Sigma, Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society


Dr. Astle has expertise in Global partnerships (educational and research partnerships), Global citizenship, Equity and Global Health and Global Health Competencies.