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More about Dr. Caroline Porr

Caroline completed her PhD in Public Health Nursing in 2009 at the University of Alberta. Her dissertation was entitled Establishing Therapeutic Relationships in the Context of Public Health Nursing Practice. She recently joined the School of Nursing with the belief that the teacher’s job is to teach from the heart with enthusiasm and persistence derived from authentic pride in the professional practice of nursing. She offers teaching and supervisory experiences from each level of the four-year baccalaureate nursing curricula. Her portfolio encompasses didactic models of teaching-learning as well as problem-based learning groups, hands-on simulation technology, role-playing and clinical instruction in acute and community care settings.

Caroline enjoys sharing experiential knowledge and anecdotal accounts drawn from the various nursing roles and responsibilities she has assumed including primary health care nurse practitioner (focused on acute and preventive health needs of lower income multicultural families), homecare nurse and medical-surgical nurse. Caroline has also worked as a volunteer health promotion worker in the Dominican Republic taking preventative health messages to mothers living in underprivileged communities.

Caroline’s teaching experience includes a position as an assistant professor at Liberty University, Virginia; sessional faculty lecturer at the University of Alberta; nurse teacher at Confederation College, Ontario; and clinical instructor at the University of Calgary.

From 2005-2007, Caroline was a graduate fellow with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research at the International Institute of Qualitative Methodology, University of Alberta. She has received numerous scholarships and awards and has served on many committees including as Chair (founder), of the Graduate Student Grounded Theory Working Group at the University of Alberta.

Her most recent publications and presentations include:

Porr, C., Olson, K., & Hegadoren, K. (2010). Tiredness, fatigue and exhaustion in
the context of a major depressive disorder. Qualitative Health Research, 20(10). 1315-1326.
Stern, P. & Porr, C. (2011). Essentials of accessible grounded theory. In J. M. Morse (Ed.). Qualitative essentials. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
Porr, C., Graffigna, G., Mayan, M., Ramos, Vieira, E., & Wall, S. (2011) (in press). The
evocative power of projective techniques for the elicitation of meaning. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 1-20.
Porr, C. (2010, June). Guest lecturer presentation for managers, coordinators and nursing staff of Health For Two programme, Public Health, Edmonton Zone, Alberta Health Services, entitled, Establishing Therapeutic Relationships in the Context of Public Health Nursing Practice.
Porr, C. (2010, May). Professional public health nursing in-service for public health nursing staff of East Edmonton Public Health Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, entitled, Interpersonal Competencies.
Porr, C. (2009, October). Abstract and paper presented to the ‘Twenty-Third Annual Margaret Scott Wright Research Day,’ Edmonton, Alberta, entitled, Targeting Essence: Pragmatic Variation of the Therapeutic Relationship: A Relationship Model for Public Health Nursing Practice.
Porr, C. (2009). Rekindling the significance of the nurse-patient relationship. Journal of Christian Nursing, 26(3), 88-91.
Porr, C. (2009, October). Guest lecturer for Elluminate Session: Health Communication, Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta, topic entitled, Building Professional Relationships with Vulnerable and Potentially Stigmatized Clients.


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