"The creation of community in a synchronous classroom fosters relational trust, collaboration and transformation, nourished within a supportive learning environment. The classroom (either face to face or online) provides a multi-layered learning environment in which students work together as a cohesive class and also within smaller independent learning communities to critique, discuss, collaborate and discover solutions to complex issues. I teach from a pragmatic constructivist approach which informs nursing through the connection between knowledge, experience and practice. Knowledge is acquired through inquiry, creation and discussion to develop new understanding and innovative interventions."
Deborah Gibson is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Trinity Western University. After graduating from VGH School of Nursing, Deborah worked in Bone Marrow Transplant at VGH and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at BC Children’s Hospital. Upon completion of her BSN and MSN degrees at UBC, Deborah worked as a public health nurse and coordinated a high risk pregnancy program (Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program) with VCH. Deborah taught theory, lab and clinical with Douglas College prior to joining the TWU Faculty of Nursing in 2011. Deborah teaches Health Promotion theory and clinical in 1st year; Community Health Nursing and Care of the Childbearing Family in 3rd year and is a faculty supervisor for the final preceptorship experience in 4th year. She has also taught Nursing Concepts and Pediatric Community clinical experiences and co-led a Nursing travel study course in Zambia in 2013. Deborah’s research interests focus on Community Health Wellness and building supportive environments for women experiencing perinatal mood disorders.
Research & Scholarship
Guidelines for Healthcare Providers’ Application of Patient‐Centred-Measurement (PCM) Data in Practice. Co-investigator (Perinatal Cluster). Project Lead: Angela Wolfe.
Gibson, D. (2020). Evaluation of an exit interviews as an effective summative assessment tool.
- Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN), University of British Columbia, BC, Canada
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN), University of British Columbia, BC, Canada
- Diploma in Nursing, Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Awards & Honors
- British Columbia Registered Nurses Foundation (BCRNF), (2008), $2,000
- Graduate Studies Scholarship, Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association (VGHAA) (2007; 2008), $3,500
- Graduate Studies Scholarship Award, UBC, Grace Torchy Stewart Adamson Memorial Scholarship in Nursing, (2006), $9,000
Astle, B. & Gibson, D. (2016). Finding our place: Making the “Initial” Connection with our undergraduate nursing students toward faith integration. Journal of Christian Nursing (34)2, 108-111. Also published before print. doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000278
Gibson, D. (2018). Chapter 35: Complementary and Alternative Approaches in Health Care. In P.A. Potter, A.G. Perry, J.,B. Astle, and W. Duggleby (Eds). Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing (6th ed.). Toronto, ON: Elsevier Canada.
*Liva, S., Gibson, D. & LaRochelle, K. (2020). Post Partum Blood clot/PPH and infant temperature instability simulation. Canadian Alliance of Nurse Educators Using Simulations (CAN-SIM), May 2020.
Gibson, D., Burns, E., Demian, A. & McCann, D. (2016, December 8). Everyone Poops: Lack of toilets is a social justice issue. The Surrey Now, Retrieved from http://www.thenownewspaper.com/opinion/letters/405485626.html The Surrey Leader Retrieved from: http://www.surreyleader.com/opinion/letters/406356346.html The Cloverdale Reporter Retrieved from: http://www.cloverdalereporter.com/opinion/letters/405671756.html
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION PUBLICATIONS
*CASN (2016). Practice Domain for Baccalaureate Nursing Education: Guidelines for Clinical Placements and Simulation. Contributor. Retrieved from http://www.casn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Draft-clinical-sim-2015.pdf)
Gibson, D. (May, 2020 – Date rescheduled to November 2020 due to COVID-19)"Virtual Communities: Putting theory into action" CHNC2020: Community Health Nursing Now, Richmond, BC.
Gibson D. (2019). Person-centred care and postnatal depression: Lifting the veil of darkness, 7th Biennial Spirituality Conference. Inspiring Person-Centredness: A call to action. May 8 – 10, 2019. Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Gibson D. (2019). Developing person-centredness in community health nursing practice, 7th Biennial Spirituality Conference. Inspiring Person-Centredness: A call to action. May 8 – 10, 2019. Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Gibson D., Morton, C., Mathew, S., Macanalaly, M., & Coulter, D. (2019). : Individualized Music Care to Foster Activity Engagement in Older Adults with Dementia, 7th Biennial Spirituality Conference. Inspiring Person-Centredness: A call to action. May 8 – 10, 2019. Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Gibson D., Morton, C., Mathew, S., Macanalaly, M., & Coulter, D. (2019). : Individualized Music Therapy to Foster Activity Engagement in Older Adults with Dementia. WNRCASN: Rejuvenating nursing education through relational practice”. February, 19-21, 2019. Edmonton, Alta, Canada.
Gibson, D., Goertzen, R. Palma, A. & Van der Linde, A. The value of clinical practice in supportive nursing pedagogies. WNRCASN “The edge of tomorrow: Perspectives, pedagogies and possibilities for nursing education.” February 16-17, 2017. Victoria, British Columbia
Gibson, D. (2016). Initiatives that foster collaborative learning and sense of community in the classroom. TWU Faculty Retreat: “Nourishing the soul of learning: Practicing community” August 24, 2016 Cedar Springs, Washington, USA.
Gibson, D. & Regehr, M. (2015). Promoting Wellness: Application of a Wise "Decision-Making Grid" For Community Nursing. 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges: 10 years after the Edmonton Charter. UBCO, Kelowna, British Columbia.
Gibson, D. & Theron, M. (2015). Exploring initiatives for educators to cultivate spiritual formation in undergraduate nursing students. TWU, School of Nursing Brown Bag Session, Langley British Columbia.
Gibson, D.; Regehr, M.; Richardson, F.; Stinson, D. & Terblanche, L. (2013). Aligning life: Developing personal and relational wellness. TWU Global Student Learning Outcome Professional Development Seminar. Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia.
Gibson, D. (November 2012). Spiritual care & postnatal depression: Lifting the veil of darkness. NCFI Quadrennial International Conference, Center for Spirituality “Loyola” Santiago, Chile.
Pankratz, D.; Meyerhoff, H. & Gibson, D. (November, 2012). Care for widows: A widow’s tea and teaching. NCFI Quadrennial International Conference, Center for Spirituality “Loyola” Santiago, Chile.
Gibson, D. & Astle, B. (May, 2012). Langley, BC: Finding our place: Making the connection of faith integration with our students. Faith & Nursing Symposium, Trinity Western University.
Affiliations & Memberships
Member, Public Health Association of BC (PHABC), Vancouver, BC
Member, Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Member, Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Member, Community Health Nurses of Canada, Vancouver, BC
Member, Nurses Christian Fellowship International, North American Region
Member, Vancouver General Hospital Alumnae Association, Vancouver, BC
Member, Sigma Theta Tau International, Xi Eta Chapter, Vancouver, BC
Deborah has worked as a Registered Nurse in clinical practice for 22 years prior to becoming a nurse educator. She is an experienced and innovative educator with clinical practice in Intensive Care Units (NICU, Bone Marrow Transplant), Public Health Nursing, Coordinator: Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP), Nursing Education (Theory and Clinical practice).
Deborah has been a Volunteer RN at NightShift Ministries Carebus. She was member/ contributor for the CASN (2016). Practice Domain for Baccalaureate Nursing Education: Guidelines for Clinical Placements and Simulation.
My areas of interest is in the field of nursing, public health and Community health nursing, health promotion and perinatal nursing with an emphasis on professional practice and clinical practice skills.
My philosophy of teaching focuses towards a constructivist approach and the use of student learning communities to facilitate experiential, active and inquiry-based learning. I integrate teaching and learning theory to facilitate variations of learning needs for students and community members. I advocate for respectful learning environments to facilitate student engagement and cultural safety. My teaching strategies, aimed to promote inclusivity and active participation, include Inquiry-based and problem-based learning.
- Health Promotion (NURS 127 Health Promotion and Primary Health Care)
- Health Promotion Practice Experience (N 128), Clinical Supervision
- Community Health Nursing (NURS 317 Community Health)
- Community Health Practice Experience (NURS 318 Clinical Practice: Community Health)
- Perinatal Nursing (NURS 322 Nursing Care of Childbearing Families)
- Perinatal Nursing Practice Experience (NURS 323 Clinical Practice: Family Health I).
- MSN Thesis 2nd Reader
- Undergraduate Courses
- 1st year:
- NURS 121 -Nursing Concepts
- 3rd year:
- NURS 362 - Nursing Care of Children and Families, Community Clinical
- NURS 465 - Nursing Care of Adults in Community, travel studies, (Zambia, May, 2013)
- NURS 402 - Transcultural Nursing Travel Study (Zambia, May 2013)
- 4th year:
- Community health nursing and clinical practice (NURS 465),
- Consolidated practice experience/preceptorship (N 482)