Dr. Joan Humphries

Dr. Joan  Humphries
Limited Term Assistant Teaching Professor BSN Partnership Academic Coordinator
School of Nursing
Office: HSD A474


As Academic Coordinator for UVic and College Partners BSN, my role is to coordinate the Partners Curriculum and Evaluation Committee, and the many responsibilities that shape the partnership, including accreditation from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN).  Of note, the partnership is engaging in a curriculum update to prepare students for the current context of health care, and the view to envision future directions for registered nursing practice.  I am an active member of the JBI Committee, Indigenous Initiatives Committee, and a regular presenter at scholarly meetings.


Exploring the experience of infant feeding among women, including women who live with mood disorders, and exploring the experience of registered nurses providing infant feeding support in the perinatal setting. My research methodology is Gadamerian hermeneutics, utilizing the underpinning of philosophical hermeneutics. I also have an interest in intersectional influences on health, and promoting health equity.


I have been a Nurse Educator since 2006, teaching across all levels in the BSN program, as well as selected courses in Master of Nursing programs. My teaching interests are broad, but the opportunity to support student learning in Maternal/Child theory and practice areas has been particularly rewarding. I am also interested in philosophical approaches to nursing knowledge, and integrating philosophical and theoretical knowledge to build competent nursing practice.  My evolution of learning and interests in teaching include conceptual approaches to nursing education and curriculum development, and the responsibility to support de-colonizing approaches to nursing education and practice.


Humphries, J. (2018). My life flashed before my eyes: Hermeneutic reflections on time.  Journal of Applied Hermeneutics (Article 1), 1-11.

Humphries, J. M. (2016). Struggling to breathe: Nurses' experience of infant feeding support.  Unpublished dissertation.

Humphries, J. (2013). Nursing management during the postpartum period . In J.Chow, C. Ateah, S. Scott, S, Ricci, S., Kyle, T . Canadian Maternity and Pediatric Nursing.

Humphries, J. (2012). Like a melody it passes: Dasein and peri-natal well- being. Journal of Applied Hermeneutics Article 9, 1-14.

Humphries, J. (2012). I wanted to glimpse: Peri-natal isolation, women’s suffering as motet. Creative Approaches to Research, 5 (2), 141-155.

Humphries, J. & McDonald, C. (2012). Unveiling new dimensions: A hermeneutic exploration of perinatal mood disorder and infant feeding. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 33 , 377–386. DOI: 10.3109/01612840.2012.656824

Humphries, J.M. (2011). Breastfeeding promotion.  American Journal of  Nursing, 111(12), 11.