Dr. Olga Petrovskaya

Dr. Olga Petrovskaya
Associate Professor
School of Nursing

Accepting PhD Students

Office: HSD A454


Area of expertise

Technology in health care; eHealth; Electronic Health Records; online patient portals; care practices; Continental philosophy; post-structuralism; socio-material theory; actor-network theory; nursing theory; health services research; qualitative research methods; ethnography; systematic literature reviews; scoping & umbrella reviews

Dr. Olga Petrovskaya is an associate professor in the UVic School of Nursing. Her scholarly interests lie in theory-informed analyses of nursing practice. Her program of research aims to combine her interest in eHealth and Health Information and Communication Technology (e.g., electronic patient portals) and philosophies and theories attuned to the socio-materiality of care practices. Her other longstanding philosophical interests include post-structuralism and other critical theories.

Olga is a principal investigator on several studies focused on eHealth and electronic patient portals. Her research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Women’s and Children’s Health Research Institute (Alberta), and internal competitive grants at the U of Alberta (prior to 2020). Olga is an active and long-standing member of the International Philosophy of Nursing Society (IPONS). In 2020 she started her second three-year term on the IPONS Executive Council. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Nursing Philosophy journal.

Olga teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. She especially enjoys teaching courses and seminars on nursing knowledge and diverse theoretical perspectives in the discipline of nursing. Her goal is to help students understand and appreciate the world of nursing philosophy, and its relevance for nursing and healthcare practices.

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