Dean School of Nursing; Professor of Nursing
Neufeld Science Centre, Langley/BC
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My program of research focuses on the areas of culture, religion, equity and health, with particular attention to how difference and spiritual caregiving are negotiated in clinical settings, including in the context of end-of-life care to people with chronic life-limiting conditions, and for people who are structurally vulnerable.  I am currently leading a program of research on human rights and albinism that includes a study on mothering and albinism in Tanzania.  Another focus is that of nursing education, including global health education and the use of innovative clinical settings. I also conduct knowledge translation research, and have recently developed with colleagues the Knowledge-AS-Action Framework. I teach in the areas of nursing research, nursing ethics, and health policy.  I am Acting Dean for the School of Nursing and have directed the Master of Science in Nursing program since its launch in 2009.  My clinical background is in perinatal nursing, and adult medical/surgical nursing.  I was awarded the 2010 BCCNP (British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals) Award of Excellence in Nursing Research and appointed as a Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists (2014 – 2020).

Research & Scholarship


Compassion Care after a Code Blue:  A study of a psychological based group debriefing tool on a medical unit.  Principal Investigator:  Barbara Drake.  Co-Investigators: M. Heyn, S. Reimer-Kirkham, N.Shivji. Funding:  Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, Research Challenge (2018 – 2019).

Mothering and albinism in Tanzania.  ($7000).  Principal Investigator:  Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham; Co-applicants:  S.Sharma, B.Astle, & IK Ero.  Funding: TWU Internal Grant (Aid to Small Universities) (2018 – 2020).

The welfare and security of persons with albinism: Developing a research-policy network to address the interplay of spiritual/cultural practices and human rights($74,890).  Principal Investigator: S. Reimer-Kirkham, S. Co-applicants:  Astle, B., Beaman, L., Ibhawow, B., Tettey, W; Consultants:  Ero, IK, Dixon, D., Sawatzky, R., HQP:  Panchuk, K.  Funding: SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2017 – 2019).

Realizing the benefits of a palliative approach for vulnerable and marginalized people living with cancer. ($99,787). Principal Investigator: Stajduhar, K., Co-investigators:  Reimer-Kirkham, S., Pauly, B., Wallace, B., Dosani, N., Colgan, S., Kvakic, K., Kamano, B., Showler, G., McGregor, D., & Sawatzky, R.  Funding:          Canadian Cancer Society Research Institutes, Quality of Life Grant 2017-2019.

Developing and piloting interventions that facilitate resiliency in health care managers to improve patient health outcomes. ($5000).  Principal Investiagor:  Theron, M., Co-PI: Musto, L., Co-applicants: K. Sandhu; Collaborators:  J. McKay, C. Still, J. Carlson, B. Astle, S. Reimer-KirkhamFunding: TWU Internal Grant (2016 – 2018).

Integrating a quality of life assessment and practice support system in homecare services for older adults with life-limiting illness and their families. ($749,816). R. Sawatzky (principal investigator); R. Cohen, K. Schick-Makaroff, K. Stajduhar (co-principal investigators); N. Hilliard (clinician lead/principal knowledge user); L. Zetes-Zanatta (decision maker/ principal knowledge user); Bottorff, S. Bryan, P. Dodek, K. Fraser, A. Gadermann, E. Laforest, M. Parrilla Lopez, S. Reimer-Kirkham, P.A. Ratner, L. Russell, H. Tsang, M. Santana, D. Whitehurst (co-investigators); T. Edwards, G. Ewing, G. Grande, J. Öhlén (international collaborators); S. Baxter, S. Brown, J. Carlson, S. Cory, L. Cuthbertson, J. Gerke, B. McLeod, C. Paul, J. Resin, D. Roberts, C. Tayler, D. Williscroft, J. Warneboldt (knowledge users); J. Haskins, M. Kundert (collaborators). Partners: Fraser Health; Cambian Business Services, Inc;  J. Voth & Intogrey Research and Development.  This research is supported by: Geoff Cowman, CARP (Richmond/Delta.; Barb MacLean, Family Caregivers of British Columbia (; Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (; The Canadian Virtual Hospice; Mary Lok, Alies Maybee, Catherine Yau (patient/family caregiver representatives). Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Electronic Health Innovation Partnership Program. (2015 –2019).

Praying to transgress? Exploring accommodation of and resistance to prayer in public spaces.  ($245,301).  Principal Investigator:  Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham. Collaborators:  Sonya Sharma, Lori Beaman, Paul Bramadat, Sylvie Mayo-Collins, Andrew Todd. Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2015 – 2018).


Structural vulnerability, aging and care at the end-of-life.  ($25,000).  Principal Investigator: Stajduhar, K., Co-investigators:  Kvakic, K., McGregor, D., Showler, G., Pauly, B., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Wallace, B.  Funding: CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grant – Institute Community Support (2017).

A scoping review on the health implications of spiritual and cultural practices for people with albinism:  A global health perspective ($5000).  Principal Investigator:  Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham; Co-applicant: B. Astle. Funding: Under the Same Sun (Non-government organization).  2016- 2017.

An integrated palliative approach in acute care (iPAC-AC). ($100,000).  Principal Ivestigator:  Stajduhar, K., Co-PI:  Hilliard, N., Co-investigators: Doane, G., Matheson Jennings, L., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Roberts, D., Roy, P., Sawatzky, R., Wikjord, N. Funding: Canadian Frailty Network, Catalyst Grant (2016-2017).

Integrating a Quality of Life Assessment and Practice Support System in Palliative Homecare($99,983).  Principal Investigators: R. Sawatzky, & R. Cohen; K. Stajduhar (co-PI); C. Tayler (knowledge user co-PI); Bottorff, S. Bryan, P. Dodek, A. Gadermann, P.A. Ratner, S. Reimer-Kirkham, K. Schick-Makaroff, H. Tsang, M. Santana (co-investigators); G. Ewing, G. Grande, J. Öhlén, T. Edwards (international collaborators); S. Baxter, C. Beveridge, S. Cory, M. Johnson, H. Lee, B McLeod, J. Warneboldt (knowledge users); E. Laforest, S. Wang (TVN trainees). This research is in partnership with: J. Voth & Intogrey Research and Development; Fraser Health (; (The Canadian Virtual Hospice (; Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (  Funding:  Technology Evaluation for the Elderly, Catalyst Program (2015 – 2016).

Development of a framework for international partnership for palliative care research and a graduate course. ($130,000). Project Leads:  Joakim Ohlen and Rick Sawatzky; Co-Investigators: Arestedt, K., Astle, B., & Reimer-Kirkham, S.     Funding:  The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (2014 - 2015).

Prayer as transgression? Prayer in residential care settings. ($5000). Principal Investigator: Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham; Co-investigator: Sonya Sharma.Funding:  Trinity Western University Aid to Small Universities (2014 - 2016).

Understanding the factors which promote long term retention of Registered Nurses in critical care and emergency departments. ($71,874.35). Principal Investigators: K.Scarborough and M.Van Osch ; Co-Investigators: A.Abaya, S. Crowe, M.Elmore, K.Lewis, S. De Maio, C.MacGregor, S.Reimer-Kirkham. Funding: Fraser Health Authority Seed Grant (2014 – 2015).

Cultural Tools Project with the Canadian Virtual Hospice. ($180,000). Co-Principal Investigators: S. Cory, G.Horst, and S.Sinclair. Co-investigators: S. Reimer-Kirkham with 28 others. Funding: Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (2014 – 2017).

Access to End of Life Care for Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations ($488,535). Principal Investigator: Kelli Stajduhar Co-Investigators: Ryan McNeil, Bernadette Pauly, Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, Bruce Wallace. Knowledge Users: Danica Gleave, Kristen Kvakic, Caite Meagher, Grey Showler. Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2014 – 2017)

Preparing for the future: Exploring Global Health Competencies for Undergraduate Nursing Students ($3333).B. Astle (Principle Investigator), S. Reimer-Kirkham (Co-Investigator). Funding: Trinity Western University [TWU] Internal Grant (2013 – 2015).

Integrated Knowledge Translation:  Examining the Efficiency of a Collaborative Knowledge Translation Approach.  ($150,000).  PI Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham with Elisabeth Antifeau, Gweneth Doane, Barb Pesut,  Pat Porterfield, Della Roberts, Kelli Stajduhar.   Funding:  Michael Smith Health Research Foundation Knowledge Translation.  (2012 – 2014). See:

Nursing students partnering:  A Zambian-Canadian case study.  ($5000). Principal Investigators: D.Pankratz, B.Astle, Co-Investigator: S.Reimer-Kirkham, C. xx Funding:  Western Northern Region Canadian Association Schools of Nursing  (2012 – 2015).

A Mixed Methods Knowledge Synthesis to Support Nursing Care Delivery Models for a Palliative Approach.  ($250,000). Principal Investigators:  R.Sawatzky, P.Porterfield.  Co-investigators:  K.Stajduhar, S. Reimer-Kirkham, D.Roberts, B.Pesut. Funding:  Michael Smith Health Research Foundation BC Nurses Research Initiative (2012 – 2014). See:        

Enhancing Educational Capacity for a Palliative Approach in Rural Nursing: A Research Demonstration Project.  ($249,695). Researcher Co-leader – Barbara Pesut, University of British Columbia  Practitioner Co-leader – Gail Potter, Selkirk College.  McLean, T., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Doane, G., Hutchings, D., McLeod, B., Schmitz, R., Stajduhar, K.  Funding:  Michael Smith Health Research Foundation BC Nurses Research Initiative (2012 – 2014). See:        

Integration of a Palliative Approach for Nursing. ($800,000).K. I. Stadjuhar (Co-PI), C. Tayler (Co-PI), S.Reimer-Kirkham and 12 other co-investigators. Funding: Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (2010 – 2015). See:  

Religion and ethics in pluralistic healthcare contexts: Faith and nursing symposium. ($7000). Principal Investigator: Reimer-Kirkham, S., Co-investigators: S.Grypma, R.Sawatzky, L.Terblanche. Funding: Reid Trust Foundation. (2012).

Considering Place: Religion, Spirituality, and Culture in Home Health Care  ($113,240). (PI: Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham with Barb Pesut (UBC-O), Sonya Grypma (TWU), Rick Sawatzky (TWU), Sonya Sharma (Durham University, UK)   Collaborators and Consultants: Jas Cheema (FH), Michael Wilkinson (TWU), Jens Zimmerman (TWU), Paddy Rodney (UBC), Sally Thorne (UBC), Joan Anderson (UBC), Lori Beaman (U of Ottawa), Pam Klassen (U of T), and Gloria Woodland. Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2009 – 2012).

Access to health care: A gendered perspective. ($3000). Reimer-Kirkham, S. (PI), Anderson, J., & Jule, A. Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Café Scientifique. (2009 – 2010).

The Negotiation of Religious Plurality in Health Care Services ($63,341). PI: Dr. Sheryl Reimer Kirkham, with Drs. Barbara Pesut, Rick Sawatzky, Heather Meyerhoff, Sonya Sharma, Marie Cochrane. Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada(2006 - 2009).

Culture, pedagogy, practice, and research. ($19,023). Principal Investigators: Harrowing, J., D.Gregory, Co-investigators: C.Baker, A.Browne, S. Ferzacca, B.Hall, V.Holmes, S.Mahara, D.Martin, J.Popp, L.Racine, S.Reimer-Kirkham, B.Shore, D.Smith, V.Smye, C.Varcoe, Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Meetings, dissemination and planning grant. (2011).

A Christian Theoretical Framing for Spirituality, Religion, and Culture in Nursing. ($15,000).                                            PI: Dr. Barb Pesut with Elizabeth Johnson-Taylor, Marsha Fowler, Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham and Rick Sawatzky. Funding: Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities (2006 – 2009).

Cultural Safety and Knowledge Uptake in Clinical Settings: A Model for Practice for Culturally Diverse Populations. ($300,000) PI: Dr. Joan Anderson, Co-PI: S.Reimer-Kirkham, with Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2005 - 2008).

Partnering with Aboriginal communities: Type II Diabetes Prevention in Children and Youth. ($43,711). PI: Heather Meyerhoff, Co-Investigators: Van Hofwegen, L., Reimer Kirkham, S., Terblanche, L., Luke, B. Funding: TWU Diabetes Research Fund (2005 - 2009).

The Use of Innovative Clinical Placements in Nursing Education: A National Survey. ($2500).Reimer Kirkham, S. (PI); Hoe Harwood, C.; Co-investigators: Van Hofwegen, L., Terblanche, L.; Collaborator: Sawatzky, R. Funding: Western Region Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing (WRCAUSN) Nursing Education Research Grant. (2005 - 2008).

Keeping the Vision: Sustaining Social Consciousness with Nursing Students Following International Learning Experiences. ($3000). Reimer Kirkham, S. (PI), Van Hofwegen, L., Pankratz, D. Funding: SSHRC Small Universities Grant. (2004 - 2006).

Innovative Clinical Settings: A Descriptive Study. ($2500). Reimer Kirkham, S. (PI), Hoe Harwood, C.; Van Hofwegen, L. Funding: Western Region Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing (WRCAUSN) Nursing Education Research Grant. (2002 – 2005).

Hospitalization and Help-seeking Experiences of Ethnocultural Communities: Phase II. ($480,595). Dr. Joan Anderson (PI). Co-investigators: Brouse, A., Choi, A., Dyck, I., Lehal, R., Semeniuk, P., Tan, E., Reimer-Kirkham, S. Funding: Canadian Institutes Health Research. (2002 - 2005)

Religion, culture, and ethics: Moral dilemmas encountered by nurses in the provision of intercultural spiritual care. ($5000). Reimer Kirkham, S. (PI), Meyerhoff, H., Pesut, B., Sawatzky, R. Funding: SSHRC/TWU Small Universities Grant. (2000 – 2004).


  • B.B.S. (Canadian Bible College)
  • R.N. (Grace Hospital, Winnipeg)
  • B.Sc.N. (Victoria)
  • M.Sc.N. (British Columbia)
  • Ph.D. (British Columbia)

Awards & Honors

2014 Member of the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists

2010  College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia, Award of Excellence in Nursing Research

2001  Elizabeth Kenny McCann Outstanding Dissertation Award, UBC School of Nursing

2000  Governor General’s Gold Medal, University of British Columbia

1997 – 1999  National Health Research and Development Program Doctoral  Fellowship ($36,000)

1999  St. Paul’s Hospital Doctoral Student Research Award ($5,000)

Recent Publications

Shea, L., Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Frisch, N. (in press). Nursing perspectives on Integral Theory in nursing practice and education: An interpretive descriptive study. Nursing Inquiry, Accepted September 24, 2018.

Sawatzky, R., Laforest, E., Schick-Makaroff, K., Stajduhar, K., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Krawczyk, M., Öhlén, J., McLeod, B., Hilliard, N., Tayler, C., & Cohen, R. (Accepted July 20, 2018). Design and introduction of a quality of life assessment and practice support system: Perspectives from palliative care settings. Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes.

Janzen, K., Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Astle, B. (Accepted January 24, 2018).  Extending the spirit: A qualitative secondary analysis on nurses' perspectives on spiritual caregiving.  Journal of Christian Nursing.  

Krawczyk, M., Sawatzky, R., Schick-Makaroff, K., Stajduhar, K., Öhlen, J., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Laforest, E., & Cohen, S. R. (2018). Micro-meso-macro practice tensions in using patient-reported outcome and experience measures in hospital palliative care. Qualitative Health Research. (Online first). doi: 10.1177/1049732318761366

Van Osch, M., Scarborough, K., Crowe, S., Wolff, A., & Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2017).  Understanding the factors which promote Registered Nurses’ intent to stay in critical care and emergency areas.  Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27:5-6.

Millard, R., Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Reimer-Kent, J. (2018). Canadian cardiovascular nurses’ knowledge, practice and advocacy role in promoting evidence-based pre-procedural fasting guidelines.  Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 28(2), 11-18.

Reimer-Kirkham, S., Sharma, S., Smith, B., Schutt, K., & Janzen, K. (2017).  Expressions of prayer in residential care homes.  Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy. 24(2):67-85.

Reimer-Kirkham, S., Sharma, S., Grypma, S., Pesut, B., Sawatzky, R., & Wolfs, D. (2017).  "The elephant on the table":  Religious and ethnic diversity in home health services.  Journal of Religion and Health.  (Published online 01 September 2017).

Öhlén, J., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Astle, B., Håkanson, C., Lee, J., Eriksson, M., Sawatzky, R. (2017). Person-centred care dialectics in palliative care—Inquired in the context of palliative care.  Nursing Philosophy, 18(4). 

Sawatzky, R., Porterfield, P., Roberts, D., Lee, J., Liang, L., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Pesut, B., Schalkwyk, T., Stajduhar, K., Tayler, C., Baumbusch, J., Thorne, S. (2016). Embedding a palliative approach in nursing care delivery: An integrated knowledge synthesis. Advances in Nursing Science, 32(4), 282-294.

Reimer-Kirkham, S., Stajduhar, K., Pauly, B., Giesbrecht, M., Mollison, A., McNeil, R., Wallace, B. (2016).  Death is a social justice issue:  Perspectives on equity-informed palliative care.  Advances in Nursing Science, 39(4), 293-307. 

Reimer-Kirkham, S., Sawatzky, R., Roberts, D., Cochrane, M., & Stajduhar, K. (2016).  “Close to” a palliative approach.  Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25(15-16), 2189-2199.

Werunga, J., Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Ewashen, C. (2016).  A decolonizing methodology for health research on Female Genital Cutting.  Advances in Nursing Science, 39(1), 150-164. 

Reimer-Kirkham, S., Terblanche, L., Sawatzky, R., Hoe Eriksen. (2016). Host agency perspectives on facilitating community-based clinical experiences for nursing students.  Quality Advancement in Nursing Education - Avancées en formation infirmière 2(1), Article 3. 

Reimer-Kirkham, S. & Cochrane, M. (2016). Resistant, reluctant or responsible? The negotiation of religious and cultural plurality in Canadian healthcare.  In S.Sharma and D. Llewellyn (Eds), Religion, equality, and inequalities (pp.65 – 76).  Surrey, UK:  Ashgate.

Pesut, B., McLean, T., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Hartrick-Doane, G., Hutchings, D., & Russell, L. B. (2015). Educating registered nursing and healthcare assistant students in community-based supportive care of older adults: A mixed methods study. Nurse Education Today, 35(9), e90-e96.

Hartrick Doane, G., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Antifeau, E., & Stajduhar, K. (2015). (Re)theorizing integrated knowledge translation: A heuristic for Knowledge-As-Action. Advances in Nursing Science. 38(3), 175-186.

Reimer-Kirkham, S., Hartrick Doane, G., Antifeau, E., Pesut, B., Porterfield, P., Roberts, D., Stajduhar, K., Wikjord, N. (2015).  Translational scholarship and a palliative approach:  Enlisting the Knowledge-As-Action Framework.  Advances in Nursing Science. 38(3), 187-202.

Sharma, S. & Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2015).  Faith as social capital:  Diasporic women stretching the rules of secularized healthcare services.  International Women’s Studies Forum, 49, 34-42.

Thomas, S., Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Kohr, R. (2015).  Wound dressings during cancer radiotherapy:  A survey of Canadian practice. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing19(4), E87-E91 DOI: 10.1188/15.CJON.E87-E91

Browne, A., & Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2014). Problematizing social justice discourses in nursing. In P.Kagan, M.Smith, & P.Chinn (eds). Philosophies and practices of emancipatory nursing: Social justice as praxis. Routledge.

Burgess, C., Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Astle, B. (2014). Motivation and international clinical placements: Shifting nursing students’ perspectives to critical global citizenship. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. Published Online: 04/15/2014.

Reimer-Kirkham. S. (2014). Critical refractions: Nursing research on religion and spirituality through a social justice lens. Advances in Nursing Science.37(3), 249–257.

Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Jule, A. (2014). Crosstalk: Public Cafés as Places for Knowledge Translation Concerning Health Care Research. Health communication, (ahead-of-print), 1-8.

Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2014). The intersection of religion and race in the context of health, health inequities and health services. In W. Cockerham, R. Dingwall, & S. Quah (eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

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 Scholarship. 10(1)1-10.

Sharma, S., Reimer-Kirkham, S. & Cochrane, M. (2013). Prayer as transgression: Stories from healthcare. In G.Giordan & L.Woodhead (eds.) Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion (pp.189-204). Oxford: Brill.

Reimer-Kirkham, S., Grypma, S., & Terblanche, L. (2013). Religion and ethics in pluralistic healthcare contexts. (invited)  E1-E6. 

Reimer-Kirkham, S., Pesut, B., Sawatzky, R., Cochrane, M., & Redmond, A. (2012).  Discourses of spirituality and leadership in nursing: A mixed methods analysis. . (8), 1029 – 1038.  (Publisher link [42]) [43]

Grypma, S., Wolfs, D., & Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2012).  Returning home:  Historical influences on home health care in Canada.  (8)453-460.

Sharma, S., Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Meyerhoff, H. (2012). Filmmaking with Aboriginal youth for Type 2 Diabetes prevention. Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Indigenous and Aboriginal Community Health. 9(2), 423-440.

Fowler, M., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Sawatzky, R., & Johnston-Taylor, E. (2012).  Religion, religious ethics, and nursing.  New York:  Springer Publishers.

Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2012).  A Critical Reading across Religion and spirituality: Contributions of postcolonial theory to nursing ethics. In M.Fowler et al. (ed.) Religion, Religious Ethics, and Nursing.  New York:  Springer Publishers.

Reimer-Kirkham, S. & Sharma, S. (2012).  Intersectional Analyses of Culture, Religion, Ethics and Nursing.   In M.Fowler et al. (ed.) Religion, Religious Ethics, and Nursing.  New York:  Springer Publishers.

Sharma, S., & Reimer-Kirkham, S. , & Fowler, M. (2012).  Emergent spiritualities and nursing ethics.   In M.Fowler et al. (ed.) Religion, Religious Ethics, and Nursing.  New York:  Springer Publishers.

Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Sharma, S. (2011). Adding religion to gender, race, and class: Seeking new insights on intersectionality in health care contexts. In Hankivsky, O. (Ed.). Health Inequities in Canada: Intersectional Frameworks and Practices. (pp. 112-127). Vancouver, B.C.: UBC Press.

Anderson, J., Khan, K., & Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2011). Community research from a postcolonial feminist perspective: Exemplars from health research in Canada and India. In G. Creese, & W. Frisby, (Eds.). Feminist methodologies in community research. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.

Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2011). Spiritual formation and social justice in nursing education: Seeking an inspired integrated approach. In G.Chutter (ed.) Called to transform. Langley, B.C.: Trinity Western University.

Reimer-Kirkham, S., Sharma, S, Pesut, B., Sawatzky, R., Meyerhoff, H., & Cochrane, M. (2011).  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., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Sawatzky, R., Woodland, G., & Peverall, P.  (2010). Hospitable hospitals in a diverse society: From chaplains to spiritual care providers.   Journal of Religion and Health.  Published online.  DOI:  10.1007/s10943-010-9392-1.

Anderson, J., Khan, K., McDonald, H., Peltonen, A., Browne, A., Reimer-Kirkham, S.,Lynam, J., Rodney, P., Tan, E., Varcoe, C., Wong, S., Baumbusch, J., Reimer, J., Semeniuk, P., Smye, V. (2010). The uptake of critical knowledge in nursing interventions: Insights from a knowledge translation study. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research.  42(3), 106-122.

Reimer-Kirkham, S. & Anderson, J. (2010).  The advocate-analyst dialectic in critical and postcolonial feminist research:  Reconciling tensions around scientific integrity.  Advances in Nursing Science, 33(3), 196–205.

Pesut, B., & Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2010). Situated clinical encounters in the negotiation of religious and spiritual plurality: A critical ethnography.  International Journal of Nursing Studies. 47(7),  815-825.

Anderson, J., Khan, K., Peltonen, A., Rodney, P., Varcoe, C., Browne, A., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Lynam, J., McDonald, H., Tan, E., Wong, S., Baumbusch, J., Semeniuk, P. (2009). Inequities in health and health care viewed through the ethical lens of critical social justice: Contextual knowledge for the global priorities ahead. Advances in Nursing Science.  32(4), 1–13.

McCall, J., Browne, A., Reimer Kirkham, S., & Spittal, P. (2009). Struggling to survive: The difficult reality of Aboriginal women living with HIV/AIDS in an urban context. Qualitative Health Research.19(12), 1769-1782.

Pesut, B., Fowler, M.,Reimer-Kirkham, S., Johnson Taylor, E., & Sawatzky, R. (2009). Particularizing spirituality in points of tension: Enriching the discourse. Nursing Inquiry.16: 337–346

Sharma, S., Reimer Kirkham, S., & Cochrane, M. (2009). Practising the awareness of embodiment in qualitative health research: Methodological reflections.  Qualitative Health Research. 19(11) 1642–1650.

Hoe Harwood, C., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Sawatzky, R., Terblanche, L., & Van Hofwegen, L. (2009).  Innovation in community clinical placements: A Canadian survey.  International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. 6(1),  Article 28.

Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2009). Lived religion: Implications for healthcare ethics Nursing Ethics 16(4), 406-17.

Reimer Kirkham, S., Varcoe, C., Browne, A., Khan, K., Lynam, J., & Anderson, J. (2009). Critical inquiry and knowledge translation: Exploring tensions. Nursing Philosophy. 10(3), 152-66.

Browne, A., Varcoe, C., Smye, V., Wong, S., Anderson, J., Lynam, J., Reimer-Kirkham, S., McDonald, H., Rodney, P., Tan, E. (2009). Cultural Safety and the Challenges of Translating Critically-Oriented Knowledge in Practice. Nursing Philosphy. 

Reimer-Kirkham, S., Van Hofwegen, L., & Pankratz, D. (2009). "Keeping the vision": Sustaining social consciousness following international learning experiences. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. 6(1), article 3.

Pesut, B., Fowler, M., Johnston Taylor, Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Sawatzky, R. (2008). Conceptualizing spirituality and religion for healthcare. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 17(21), 2803-2810.

Baumbusch, J., Reimer Kirkham, S., Khan, K., McDonald, H., Semeniuk, P., Tan, E., & Anderson, J. (2008). Pursuing common agendas: A collaborative model for knowledge translation in clinical settings. Research in Nursing and Health. 31, 130-140. [One of top 20 most cited articles in Research in Nursing and Health in 2008].

Anderson, J., Reimer Kirkham, S; Lynam, J., & Browne, A. (2007). Continuing the dialogue: postcolonial feminist scholarship and Bourdieu - discourses of culture and points of connection. Nursing Inquiry.14(3), 178-188.

Baumbusch, J., Semeniuk, P., MacDonald, H; Khan, K., Reimer Kirkham, S., Tan, E., & Anderson, J. (2007). Easing the transition between hospital and home: Translating knowledge into action. The Canadian Nurse. 103(8), 24 - 29.

Khan, K., McDonald, H., Baumbusch, J., Reimer Kirkham, S., Tan, E., & Anderson, J. (2007). Taking up postcolonial feminist methodology in the field: Working through a method. Women's Studies International Forum. 30(3), 228-242.

Lynam, J., Anderson, J., Reimer Kirkham, S., & Browne, A. (2007). Re-thinking 'culture': What might we learn from Bourdieu? Nursing Inquiry, 14(1), 23-34.

Reimer Kirkham, S, Baumbusch, J.,., Schultz, A., Anderson, J. (2007). Enhancing professional nursing practice through evidence-based practice: Insights and opportunities from a post-colonial feminist perspective. Advances in Nursing Science, 30(1), 25-40.

Reimer Kirkham, S. & Browne, A. (2006). Toward a Critical Theoretical Interpretation of Social Justice Discourses in Nursing. Advances in Nursing Science, 29(4), 324-339.

Reimer Kirkham, S. (2006). Book review: Cultural safety in Aotearoa New Zealand by Dianne Wepa. Contemporary Nurse, 22(2), 333-334.

Reimer Kirkham, S., Van Hofwegen, L., & Hoe Harwood, C. (2005). Narratives of Social Justice: Student Learning in Innovative Clinical Placements. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 2(1), article 28. Available:

Van Hofwegen, L., Reimer Kirkham, S., & Hoe Harwood, C. (2005). Accessing the strength of rural health settings: Implications for undergraduate nursing education. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 2(1), article 27. Available:

Reimer Kirkham, S., Hoe Harwood, C., & Van Hofwegen, L. (2005). Capturing the vision: Undergraduate nursing students in innovative clinical settings. Nurse Educator, 30(6):263-270.

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(4), 248-269.



Culture, religion, equity & health; Spiritual caregiving; Health care ethics; Global health; Health policy; Human rights and albinism; Palliative approach; Structurally vulnerable populations; Critical Research methods (postcolonial feminism); Nursing research; Interpretive description; Qualitative research; Intercultural health care; Cultural safety; Knowledge translation

Courses Taught

NURS 437  Nursing Issues and Theories

NURS 520  Knowledge Synthesis

NURS 530  Nursing Inquiry 1 (Qualitative Research)

NURS 550  Health Care Policy

NURS 607  Spirituality and the Helping Professions

NURS 633  Health Care Ethics and Decision-Making

NURS 692/693 Knowledge Translation