Assistant Dean, Associate Professor of Nursing
Neufeld Science Centre, Langley/BC
+1 (604) 513-2121 ext. 3273
+1 (604) 513-2012


Department(s) or Program(s)


Heather Meyerhoff is Associate Professor of Nursing at Trinity Western University. After graduating from McMaster University in 1986 with her undergraduate degree in nursing, Heather pursued her passion for pediatric nursing by working at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto and BC’s Children’s Hospital (BCCH), Vancouver in both staff nurse and staff educator roles. In 1997, Heather was introduced to Trinity Western University and became a part-time clinical supervisor for third year students in their pediatric clinical rotation. When an opportunity was presented for a full-time faculty position at TWU, Heather joined the School of Nursing in 1999 where she is able to combine her passion for nursing with her passion for students and their learning. 
Heather teaches Introduction to the Profession of Nursing in 1st year and Nursing Care of Children and Families in 3rd year. She has also taught basic nursing skills (lab), nutrition, care of the older adult, medical nursing, and community nursing. Heather has had the privilege of taking nursing students to Zambia as part of a travel studies course offered at TWU. Since 2013, Heather has taken on administrative duties as Assistant Dean (Undergraduate Program) with primary responsibilities in the admissions and progression of undergraduate nursing students.

Research & Scholarship

Oostra, K., Astle, B., & Meyerhoff, H. (in review). Clinical reasoning on an assignment: Baccalaureate nursing students’ perceptions. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education.


Partnering with Aboriginal Communities: Type II Diabetes Prevention in Children and Youth
(P.I.: Heather Meyerhoff)

This study uses Participatory Action Research with the First Nation Community of Seabird Island to explore the issues of Type 2 Diabetes prevention for children and youth.  This project culminated in the production of a DVD by 5 Youth Ambassadors on diabetes and its prevention.

Funding: $43,711; TWU Diabetes Research Fund (2005-2010)

Click here for final report.

The Negotiation of Religious and Spiritual Plurality in Health Care
(P.I.: Dr. Sheryl Reimer Kirkham)

The purpose of this study is to analyze the negotiation of religious plurality in health care settings, and the social, cultural, historical, economic, and political contexts that shape these social dynamics.

Funding: $63,341; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada (2006 – 2009)

Moral Dilemmas Encountered in the Provision of Intercultural Spiritual Care – Phase II
(P.I. Dr. Sheryl Reimer Kirkham)

Funding: $1,000; SSHRC Aid to Small Universities (2004-2005)

Religion, Culture, and Ethics: Moral Dilemmas of Nurses in the Provision of Intercultural Spiritual Care
(P.I.: Dr. Sheryl Reimer Kirkham)

Funding: $3875; SSHRC Aid to Small Universities (2001-2004)

A Cross-cultural Meta-ethnographic Study of Spirituality in the Context of Health
(P.I.: Dr. Lyren Chiu)

Funding: $5666; UBC Salary Grant (2001-2002)


Evaluation of Oral Conscious Sedation for Pediatric Procedures (2002-2007)
(P.I.: Heather Meyerhoff)

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the use of oral conscious sedation in children who require sedation for out-patient procedures in the Pediatric Short Stay Unit at a community hospital. While much has been written in the literature about intravenous conscious sedation for procedures in the pediatric population, little has been written about oral conscious sedation. It is expected that the findings of this study will contribute to practice by evaluating the effectiveness of the amount and type of medication used, the adequacy of monitoring that is required, and parent satisfaction with the procedure.

Family and Student Perceptions of the Family Assessment Project (2001-2004)
(P.I.: Heather Meyerhoff and Lynn Van Hofwegen)


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (McMaster University)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (University of British Columbia)

Recent Publications

Sharma, S., Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Meyerhoff, H. (2011). Filmmaking with Aboriginal youth for type 2 diabetes prevention. Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health, 9(2), 423-440.

Reimer-Kirkham, S., Sharma, S., Pesut, B., Sawatzky, R., Meyerhoff, H., & Cochrane, M. (submitted). Sacred spaces in public places: Religious and spiritual plurality in healthcare. Nursing Inquiry. Published online. DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1800.2011.00571.x

Pesut, B. & Meyerhoff, H. (2005). When a student fails.... Journal of Christian Nursing, 22(4), 28-33.

Reimer Kirkham, S., Pesut, B., Meyerhoff, H., & Sawatzky, R. (2004). Spiritual care giving at the juncture of religion, culture, and state. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 36, 148-169.

Chiu, L., Emblen, J., Van Hofwegen, L., Sawatzky, R., Meyerhoff, H. (2004). An integrative review of the concept of spirituality in the health sciences. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 26, 405-428.

Meyerhoff, H., Van Hofwegen, L., Hoe Harwood, C., Drury, M., & Emblen, J. (2002). Restoring Meaning in Life Through Spiritual Nursing Interventions. Canadian Nurse, 98(3), 21-24.

Meyerhoff, H. (1997). Parenting the Pre-school Aged Child with Asthma: A Secondary Analysis Using the Canam Adaptive Tasks Framework. (Unpublished master’s thesis). University of British Columbia, Vancouver.


Nursing care of children and families, chronic illness in children, international nursing, camp nursing.