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Dr. Tammie McParland

Tammie McParland
​Tammie McParland
Faculty of Applied & Professional Studies - Director (Interim), School of Nursing, Assistant Professor
office: A201-A
email: tammiem@nipissingu.ca
tel: 705.474.3450
ext: 4611
fax: 705.474.1947


Diploma in nursing from the Halifax Infirmary School of Nursing in 1980. BScN from Laurentian University, Sudbury, in 1994, MN from Athabasca University, Athabasca, Alberta, in 2006, and PhD in Education (specialization in Nursing Education) from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2015.

Tammie’s clinical experience encompasses acute medicine to rural and remote nursing (labor and delivery, and outpatient), surgery, critical care and emergency nursing and delivery of nursing education in private and public institutions. Tammie was one of the first teletriage nurses hired in Ontario in 1999, and later helped bring Telehealth Ontario Nurse Triage Telephone Line to existence from 2001-2006 as the education manager, creating the education requirements for new programs. Prior to this she taught in several college programs in mental health and surgery. Tammie has consulted with the Victoria Order of Nurses on education programs for community workers in far northern reserves. Currently she acts as consultant in the assessment of internationally educated nurses in collaboration with the College of Nurses of Ontario. Tammie is an advocate of innovative learning technologies for education - both her MN and PhD were completed in an online environment, and she is currently completing a certification as a Nurse Educator through the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing online.

She is a founding member of the Ontario Simulation Alliance, created out of collaboration between several colleges and universities in Ontario promoting best practices in simulation scenario design and education. She co-created the curricular framework of the Scholar Practitioner Program, recently granted full 7-year accreditation by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. She is a member or active in several nursing organizations and associations: the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (as the Member-at-Large for Education at the provincial level), Sigma Theta Tau International (Lambda Pi chapter), International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning (INACSL), Ontario Simulation Alliance, SimOne, and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.  


Diploma Nursing, Halifax Infirmary School of Nursing;
BScN, Laurentian University;
MN, Athabasca University;
PhD, (Specialization Nursing Education), Capella University

Areas of Specialization:

  • Simulation in nursing education
  • Faculty experiences with simulation/faculty development
  • Assessment and education of nurses
  • Program/curriculum development
  • Competency Mapping to Curriculum

Current & Future Research:

  • Nursing Student Satisfaction & Self-Confidence in Simulation Learning in the Final Semesters of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Co-PI. Analysis and Dissemination  in progress.
  • Compassion Satisfaction, Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, Depression, Anxiety and Stress baseline in graduate Nurses. Co-Investigator. Analysis and Dissemination in progress
  • Compassion Satisfaction, Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, Depression, Anxiety and Stress in Nurses. Co-Investigator. Dissemination in progress.
  • Formative Evaluation of an Undergraduate Student-led Clinical change project in an Innovative Nursing Education Program.  Dr. P. Zou, Primary Investigator, Dr. R. Vanderlee, Co-PI, Dr. K. McCullough, Cp P-I.  Entering REB  process
  • Evaluation of Nursing Faculty Satisfaction and Uptake of Standardized Simulation Scenarios – Study design  stage
  • Evaluation of Nursing Faculty Experiences with Collaboration in Simulation Development and Design  - Study design stage 


McParland, T. (2015).  Simulation and Praxis in Nursing Education: A Study of the Experiences of Nurse Educators. Dissertation: UMI/ProQuest 3739517. Capella University.

Zarins, B., Carter, L. M., McParland, T. (2015). An innovative approach to adult education in a two-year BScN Program: Creating partnerships in learning. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education - Avancées en formation infirmière, 1(2), Art. 6. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.17483/2368-6669.1025

Courses Taught:

  • NURS 3006: Nursing Theories
  • NURS 4017: Issues and Trends in Nursing
  • NURS 4026: Advanced Clinical Practicum
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