Dr. Tammie McParland

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Associate Professor / Faculty of Education and Professional Studies - School of Nursing
Position
Full-time Faculty
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A201-S
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About
Dr Tammie McParland’s first post-secondary certificate was a diploma in nursing from the Halifax Infirmary School of Nursing in 1980. She then went on to receive a Post-RN BScN from Laurentian University, Sudbury, in 1994, a MN from Athabasca University, Athabasca, Alberta, in 2006, and PhD in Education (specialization in Nursing Education) from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2015. She is also a Canadian Certified Nurse Educator (CCNE), as well as a Canadian Certified Simulation Nurse Educator (CCSNE). She teaches in the undergraduate nursing program, and supervises Master’s students in the Faculty of Graduate Education.

Her clinical experience encompasses several specialities, such as acute & investigative medicine, 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. She was one of the first teletriage nurses hired in Ontario in 1999, and later helped bring the 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 diploma RN programs in Ontario, primarily in mental health and surgery. She has consulted with the Victoria Order of Nurses on education programs for community workers in far northern & remote reserves. Since 2012, she has been a consultant with a non-profit agency, Touchstone Institute, in the assessment of internationally educated nurses; done in collaboration with the College of Nurses of Ontario. Dr. McParland is an advocate of innovative learning technologies for education - her MN, PhD and both Nurse Educator certifications were completed in an online environment.

Dr. McParland is a founding member of the Ontario Simulation Alliance and CANSim (Canadian Alliance of Nurse Educators Using Simulation), which was created to support integration of Experiential Learning vis simulation into nursing curricula, and promote best practices in simulation scenario design and education in Canada. 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, and has contributed to the development of the curriculum of the university’s RPN-BScN Blended online program, and the new on-campus BScN program at Nipissing University. She is a member of, and active, in several nursing organizations and healthcare associations: The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (past board member), Sigma Theta Tau International (Lambda Pi chapter), International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning (INACSL), SimOne, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH), and several Interest Groups through the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.

Dr. McParland has completed several regional, provincial, national, and international conference presentations on nursing education. She has been a part of several successful grants researching simulation, and the resulting publications.

She co-edited the book: Ross-Kerr and Woods “Canadian Nursing: Issues and Perspectives” (6th ed.), published in 2020, and contributed to 3 chapters as an author.

In 2020, as acknowledgement for her innovation and work in education, Dr. McParland received the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, Excellence in Nursing Education (Academic) award.
Education
Diploma Nursing, Halifax Infirmary School of Nursing
BScN, Laurentian University
MN, Athabasca University
PhD, (Specialization Nursing Education), Capella University
Certified Canadian Nurse Educator (CCNE)
Certified Canadian Simulation Nurse Educator (CCSNE)
Research
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
Research Interests:
Current & Future Research:
  • 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
  • Understanding the Needs of Clinical Faculty to Facilitate student engagement in BPG use in Academic Clinical Programs. REB.
  • Faculty moral distress and teaching in a pandemic. Study Design Stage
Publications
Dissertation:

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

Other publications:

Goldsworthy, S., , Button, D., McNeil, L., Baron, S., Muir, N., Hunter; S., Waters, D., Fordham-Barnes, A., T. McParland, Reilly, M; L. Peachey, Dawkes, S. (2022, March). The Impact of Virtual Simulation in Recognition and Response to the Rapidly Deteriorating Patient among Undergraduate Nursing Students. Nurse Education Today, 110. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2021.105264

Jarvis, D. McCullough, K, & McParland, T. (2021, December). Nurse education and mathematical competency: Implementation of an online, self-directed, prerequisite model. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(24), Article 13106. [Online. Special Issue: Research Contributions to Improve Public Health through Mathematics and Scientific Literacies]. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182413106

Peachey, L., McParland, T., Goldsworthy, S., Williams, V. (2021, June).  P Stands for pivot: Pivoting face-to-face practicum to virtual simulation during the pandemic. Clinical Simulation in Nursing (Featured Article). doi: 10.1016/j.ecns.2021.04.021

Luctkar-Flude, M., Tyerman, J., Tregunno, D., Bell, K., Lalonde, M., McParland, T., Peachey, L., Verkuyl, M., & Mastrilli, P. (2021, March). Designing a virtual simulation game as pre-simulation preparation for a respiratory distress simulation: Usability, feasibility, and perceived impact on learning.  [Featured Article]. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 52. pp. 35-42. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2020.11.009

Tyerman, J., Luctkar-Flude, M., Chumbley, L., Lalonde, M., Peachey, L., McParland, T., Tregunno, D. (2021, March). Developing virtual simulation games for pre-simulation preparation: A user-friendly approach for nurse educators. Journal of Nursing Practice and Education

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

Books edited:

2020, October (publication date): Ross-Kerr and Wood’s Canadian Nursing Issues & Perspectives. (6th ed).  Elsevier Canada. ISBN: 978-0-323-68336-4.

Chapters in books:

Ross-Kerr and Wood's Canadian Nursing Issues & Perspectives. Canadian Nursing Issues and Perspectives. (6th ed).  Elsevier Canada. 

  • Chapter 7: Thinking Philosophically in Nursing
  • Chapter 17: Shortage or Oversupply? The Nursing Workforce Pendulum
  • Chapter 21: Licensure, Credentialing, and Entry to Practice
Selected Presentations:

2021, May

Williams, V., Peachey, L., McParland, T., Goldsworthy, S., & Warbrick, M. The impact of COVID-19 on final year nursing students’ clinical preparedness and educational experience. Podium Presentation. Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) Research Conference – Virtual Delivery

2021, May

Manankil-Rankin, L., McKullough, K., Graham, N., Peachey, L., & McParland, TBecoming an academic best practice spotlight organization: A Nipissing University school of nursing journey.  Podium Presentation. Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) Research Conference - Virtual Delivery  

2020, April (canceled due to COVID-19).

Peachey, L., McParland, T., Lucktar-Flude, M., Tyerman, J., Lalonde, M., & Chumbley, L.   Design and development of virtual games as pre-simulation preparation for 4th Year nursing students. Podium Presentation. NETNEP. Stiges, Spain.  

2020, January

Peachey, L., McParland, T., Lucktar-Flude, M., Tyerman, J., Lalonde, M., Chumbley, L Design and development of a virtual game as pre-simulation preparation in a 4th Year BScN laboratory. Poster Presentation. International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH). San Diego, CA.  

2018, September

Peachey, L., McParland, T., Lucktar-Flude, M., Tyerman, J., Lalonde, M., & Chumbley, L. Design and Development of a Serious Virtual Game for fourth year Nursing Students as a Pre-simulation Preparation Strategy using a Standardized Scenario of Urosepsis in the elderly. Podium Presentation.  NET2018 (Networking for Education in Healthcare) Annual Conference, Cambridge, United Kingdom.   

2018, June

Lucktar-Flude, M., Tyerman, J., Lalonde, M., Peachey, L., & McParland, T.
Harnessing technology to improve nursing student preparation to participate in simulation: Feasibility, usability and learning outcomes of an innovative virtual simulation game. Innovation Station. Canadian Nurses Association Biennial Conference. Ottawa, Ontario.  

2018, June

Peachey, L., & McParland, T. Designing and Implementing a Serious Virtual Simulation Game Focusing on the Older Adult with Urospesis as a pre-simulation Preparation Activity for Undergraduate Nursing Students. Solution Lab. Canadian Nurses Association Biennial Conference. Ottawa, Ontario.  

2018, June

Peachey, L., & McParland, T.
Delivery of an Integrated Practice Learning Laboratory using Standardized Simulation Scenarios from a Provincial Repository to Address Readiness for 4th year students to meet Entry-to-Practice Requirements. Poster Presentation. International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation in Learning (INACSL) Conference. Toronto, Ontario.  

2018, June

Lalonde, M., Tyerman, J., Luctkar-Flude, M., Tregunno, D., McParland, T., Peachey, L., & Chumbley, L.
The Design and Implementation of a Virtual Simulation Game as a Pre-simulation Preparation Activity for Students in a BScN Program in a Francophone context. Poster Presentation. International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation in Learning (INACSL) Conference. Toronto, Ontario.  

2018, May

McParland, T., Peachey, L., Tyerman, J., Luctkar­Flude, M., Tregunno, D., Graham, L. Sustainability in nursing education: The evolution of a provincial simulation alliance. Poster with Mini-Oral Presentation. NETNEP conference, Banff, Alberta, May 6-9. 

2018, May

McParland, T. Peer Review in Simulation Design - More than a Checkbox. Poster presentation. Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Education Conference, Montreal, Quebec. May 28-29.

2018, May

Peachey, L., McParland, T., Tyerman, J., Luctkar-Flude, M., Lalonde, M., Tregunno, D., Egan, R. Designing and Implementing a Serious Virtual Simulation Game Focusing on the Older Adult with Urosepsis as a Full Game and as a Pre-simulation Preparation Activity for Undergraduate Nursing Students. Podium Presentation. Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Education Conference, Montreal, Quebec. May 28-29, 2018.

2018, April

Luctkar-Flude, M., Tyerman, J., Tregunno, D., McParland, T., Peachey, L., Lalonde, M., Egan, R., Chumbley, L., Collins, L., Verkuyl, M., & Mastrilli, P.
Feasibility and learning outcomes associated with preparing nursing students for simulation using virtual gaming simulations. Poster Presentation. Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Education Research Conference, Washington, D.C.  

2018, January

Oldrieve, E., Bunker, J. Haslehurst, J., Ford, D., Peachey, L., McParland, T.
Nursing Simulation Use in Large-Scale Nursing Games. Poster Presentation. IMSH (International Meeting of Simulation in Healthcare) of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Los Angeles, CA., USA.  

2018, January

Sibbald, D., McParland, T.
Invited Plenary Speaker: Examiner Training and Scoring (Demonstration). Touchstone Institute Annual Symposium: Perspectives on Assessment Validity. Toronto, Ontario

2017, December

Luctkar-Flude, M., Tregunno, D., Tyerman, J., McParland, T., Peachey, L., Lalonde, M., Egan, R., Chumbley, L., Collins, L., Verkuyl, M., & Mastrilli, P.
Designing and implementing a serious virtual simulation game as a pre-simulation preparation activity for a live respiratory distress simulation for nursing students. Poster Presentation. Ontario Simulation Exposition 2017, Toronto, Nov 30-Dec 1, 2017.  
Winner: Best Poster Research and Innovation

2017, December

Tyerman, J., Luctkar-Flude, M., Tregunno, D., McParland, T., Peachey, L., Lalonde, M., Chumbley, L., Egan, R., Verkuyl, M., & Mastrilli, P.
Developing serious virtual games to be used as pre-simulation preparation within healthcare education. Poster Presentation. Ontario Simulation Exposition 2017, Toronto, Nov 30-Dec 1, 2017.  

2017, December

Peachey, L., McParland, T., Tyerman, J., Luctkar-Flude, M., Tregunno, D., Chumbley, L., Lalonde, M., Egan, R., Collins, L., Verkuyl, M., & Mastrilli, P.
Designing and implementing a serious virtual simulation game focusing on the older adult with urosepsis as a full game and as a pre-simulation preparation activity for undergraduate nursing students. Poster Presentation. Ontario Simulation Exposition 2017, Toronto, Nov 30-Dec 1, 2017. (Peer-Reviewed)

2017, December

Lalonde, M., Tyerman, J., Luctkar-Flude, M., Tregunno, D., McParland, T., Peachey, L., Chumbley, L., Egan, R., Verkuyl, M., & Mastrilli, P.
La conception et la mise en oeuvre d’un jeu de simulation virtuelle comme une activité de préparation pré-simulation pour les étudiants dans un programme de baccalauréat en sciences infirmières dans un contexte francophone. Poster Presentation.  Ontario Simulation Exposition 2017, Toronto, Nov 30-Dec 1, 2017.  

2017, April

McParland, T., Peachey, L., Luctktar-Flude, M., Tyerman, J., Graham, L.
Strength in Numbers: The Creation and Evolution of a Provincial Simulation Alliance. Podium Presentation. Global Alliance for Leadership in Nursing Education and Science (GANES) conference, Miami, Florida, USA.  

2017, June

McParland, T., Graham, L., Luctkar-Flude, M., Peachey, L., Tregunno, D. & Tyerman, J.  Sustainability in Simulation Education: The Creation and Evolution of a Provincial Simulation Alliance. E-Poster. The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, Washington, D. C.  

2017, June

McParland, T. Simulation and Praxis in Nursing Education: A Study of the Experiences of Nurse Educators. Professor-Rounds Poster. The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, Washington, D. C.   

2016, September

McParland, T., & Peachey, L., Tyerman, J., Luctkar-Flude, M. A Provincial Nursing Collaboration to Enhance Student Transition to Practice Using Shared Clinical Simulation Scenarios. Podium Presentation. NET (Networking for Education in Healthcare) International Conference: Cambridge, England.