Dr. Susan Duncan

Dr. Susan Duncan
School of Nursing
Office: HSD A402

Susan Duncan, BSN, MScN, PhD, FCAN

Area of expertise

Nursing education leadership; policy analysis and advocacy; participatory research; public health nursing; primary health care

As former Director and current Professor in the School of Nursing, I have the privilege of working with exceptional colleagues to position nursing education and our programs to prepare excellent nurses and develop nursing knowledge needed to transform care delivery and promote health.  The School is part of the Faculty of Human and Social Development with rich and diverse interdisciplinary connections for faculty and students. This is a time of opportunity for influencing directions in nursing education and the nursing profession. I bring my broad experience and expertise in nursing and health policy to my work at a pivotal time for influencing the directions of nursing education and future health systems.  I am passionate about creating the best systems for students and for the health of populations we serve. 


My current research and scholarly work is in four areas:

  • Policy analysis in nursing education and health systems

  • Leadership, board governance  and political influence in nursing organizations

  • Indigenous health and nursing

  • Public health nursing and primary health care

I enjoy working with research teams inclusive of a variety of members. I have led collaborative research initiatives with nurses at the point of care, students, and faculty members. Initiatives have focused on practice education models, nursing competencies, and research capacity building. I have also worked with Indigenous communities to identify health system and research priorities and to inform educational initiatives aimed at enhancing recruitment and success of Indigenous students in nursing programs.

My scholarship also focuses on policy and organizational development in nursing education. I am a member of the Advisory Board of the Canadian Nurse Educators Institute and serve as a member of the executive of the Nursing Education Council of British Columbia.


  • Nursing Leadership theory and practice

  • Community health nursing theory and practice

  • Inquiry methods and policy analysis

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • Duncan, S.M., Sawchuck, D., Marcellus, M. & MacLaren, J. (2023). Sustaining and inspiring the capacity of the nursing profession. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 33(1), 33-45.
  • Watts, J., Bourque Bearskin, M.L., Blackstone, D., Christiansen, S., Young, K., Charleson, J., Charleson, R., Fraser, J., Sangster-Gormley, E., Duncan, S. & Whyte, N. (2023). Nursing the Nuu-chah-nulth Way: Communities driving nursing policy priorities. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 35(4), 55-67.
  • Chiu, P., Wignall, A., Duncan, S.M. & Whyte, N. (2022). Embedding a global perspective into Canadian Nursing’s policy priorities: Observations from the International Council of Nurses 2021 Congress. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership
  • Marcellus, L., Jantzen, D., Vermes, F. & Duncan, S.M. (2022). From pilot to established practice: Reflecting on the 20 year journey of implementing a collaborative learning unit practice education model in Victoria, British Columbia. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education, 8(1), Article 2.
  • Duncan, S.M., Scaia, M.R. & Boschma, G. (2020). 100 Years of university nursing education: The significance of a baccalaureate nursing degree and tis public health origins for nursing now. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education – Special Issue on the History of Nursing Education, 6(2), Article 1. 
  • Chiu, P., Duncan, S. & Whyte, N. (2020). Charting a research agenda for the advancement of nursing organizations’ influence on health systems and policy. Canadian Journal ff Nursing Research, 1-9.
  • Duncan SM, Nicklin W, Oulton JA, et al. Letters to the Editor. Nurs Leadersh (Tor Ont). 2020;33(1):8-21.
  • Sanders, T., O’Mahony, J., Duncan, S., et al., (2019). Opening the doors for school health – An exploration of Public Health Nurses’ capacities to engage in comprehensive school health programs. Public Health Nursing, 36(3), 348-356.
  • Marcellus, L., Duncan, S., McKinnon, K., Jantzen, D., Siemens, J., Brennan, J., & Kassam, S. (2018). The role of education in developing leadership in nurses. Nursing Leadership, 31(4), 26-35.
  • Duncan, S. & Whyte, N.  (2018). British Columbia’s One Nursing Regulator: A critical commentary on the amalgamation process. Special Focus on Regulation in Nursing. Nursing Leadership 31(3), 24-33.
  • Schofield, R., C., Chircop, A., Baker, C., Dietrich Leurer, M., Duncan, S. & Wotton, D. (2018)). Entry to practice public health nursing competencies: A Delphi method and knowledge translation strategy. Nurse Education Today, 65, 102-7.
  • Whyte, N. & Duncan, S. (2016). Engaging nursing voice and presence during the federal election campaign, 2015. Nursing Leadership, 29(4), 19-3.
  • Duncan, S., Thorne, S., Rodney P. (2015) Evolving trends in nurse regulation: What are the policy impacts for the profession? Nursing Inquiry, 27(1), 27-38.
  • Duncan, S., Rodney, P. & Thorne, S. (2014). Forging a strong nursing future: Insights from the Canadian context. Journal of Research in Nursing, 19(7-8), p. 621-33
  • Duncan, S., Mahara, S., Holmes, V. (2014). For what purpose? Confronting the social mandate for nursing scholarship - One school of nursing’s journey. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education, 1(1).
  • Zawaduk, C., Duncan, S., Mahara, S. et al. (2014). Mission possible: 25 years of university and college collaboration in baccalaureate nursing education. Journal of Nursing Education, 53(10), 580-8.
  • Duncan, S., Thorne, S., VanNeste-Kenny, J., & Tate, B. (2012). Policy analysis and advocacy in nursing education: The Nursing Education Council of British Columbia Framework. Nurse Education Today, 32, 432-437.
  • Mahara, S., Duncan, S., Whyte, N., Brown, J. (2011). “It takes a community to raise a nurse: educating for culturally safe practice with Aboriginal Peoples. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 8(1), Article 17.
  • Duncan, S. & Whyte, N. (2010). Global leadership priorities for Canadian Nursing: A perspective on the ICN 24th Congress. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 23(1), 16-21.

Selected Book Chapters

  • Duncan, S. & Wignall, A. (2022, in press). Nursing leadership, management and collaborative practice, (chapter 13). In B. Astle & W. Duggleby, (Canadian Eds.). Canadian fundamentals of nursing practice (7th ed.). Toronto: Elsevier.
  • Duncan, S. (2020). Political Influence in nursing, (chapter 18). In L. McCleary and T. McParland, (Eds.). Canadian nursing issues and perspectives (6th Ed.). Toronto: Elsevier.
  • Duncan, S (2019). Nursing leadership, management and collaborative practice, (chapter 10). In B. Aste and W. Duggleby,(Canadian Eds.). Canadian fundamentals of nursing practice (6th Ed.).</em. Toronto:Elsevier.
  • Duncan,S.(2019).Onward to 2030: Nursing's momentum for global health equity, (chapter 21). In C. MacDonald and M. McIntyre. Realities of Canadian nursing Professional, practice and power issues (5th Ed.).Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.
  • Whyte, N., Duncan, S. (2019). Canadian provincial and territorial nursing organizations. In C. MacDonald & M. McIntyre (Eds.), Realities of Canadian nursing: Professional, practice and power Issues. (5th Ed.), (pp105-127)Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer / Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins).
  • Duncan, S. (2019). Nursing leadership and collaborative practice. In, B.J. Astle & W. Duggleby, (Canadian Eds.), Canadian fundamentals of nursing practice. (6th Ed.), (pp. 157-173). Toronto: Elsevier.
  • Duncan, S. & Sanders, T. (2018). Community health nursing.  In Kozier, B. et al. (Eds.). Fundamentals of Canadian nursing: Concepts, process and practice (4th ed.), (pp. 246-261). Don Mills, ON: Pearson.
  • Duncan S. (2016). Chapter 1: The history of community health nursing in Canada. In L. Stamler, L. Yiu & A. Dosani, (Eds.) Community health nursing: A Canadian perspective, (4th Ed). Toronto: Pearson.
  • Duncan, S. (2015). Chapter 20: Collective nursing advocacy. In L. Grant (Ed). Leading and managing nursing in Canada (1st Ed.). Toronto: Elsevier.