Assistant Professor (on leave)
UBC School of Nursing
T201 2211 Wesbrook Mall
Canada V6T 2B5
BScN , University of Alberta
MSN , University of British Columbia
PhD , University of British Columbia
Honours & Awards
Distinguished Nursing Dissertation Award - UBC School of Nursing (2007)
Flora A. Musgrave Scholarship in Nursing - UBC School of Nursing (2005)
Wil Evon McCreety Memorial Prize - UBC School of Nursing (2005)
Canadian Institutes of Health Research Health Professional Research Training Fellowship Award (2002-2005)
Michael Smith Foundation Health Research Doctoral Trainee Award (2002-2004)
Research Training Fellowship - CIHR (2000-2002)
Children's and Women's Health Centre of British Columbia Bursary Award (2001)
Canadian Bioethics Society Student Competition Award (2001)
Margaret A. Campbell Scholarship Award - UBC School of Nursing (2001)
Member, Undergraduate Program Committee - UBC School of Nursing
Lead, Pediatric Nursing Course Revision Committee - UBC School of Nursing
Chair, Doctoral Comprehensive Exam, Ingrid Handlovsky - UBC School of Nursing
Member, Aboriginal Engagement Committee - UBC School of Nursing
Member, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
Member, Canadian Bioethics Society
Member, Society of Pediatric Nurses
Member, Canadian Association for Nursing Research
Organizer/Contributor, Gawalapa Community Gathering - Alert Bay, BC
External Reviewer - Advances in Nursing Science, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, Qualitative Health Research
My current research interests focus on addressing health equity within one First Nations community as an expanded development of my interest in advocacy and voice. My engagement in this scholarship is highly team-based and interactive, a necessary feature of community-based participatory work. My research team has completed three projects with the ‘Namgis First Nation people of Alert Bay, with two in progress.
Amlilas: Toward a 'Namgis' Community-Driven Curriculum for Early Childhood Education
G. McPherson [PI], H. Brown, B. Cranmer, & V. Newman
Revitalizing Ceremony and Tradition for 'Namgis Health & Well-being"
V. Newman [PI], B. Cranmer [co-PI], G. McPherson, H. Brown, G. Cook, & D. Cranmer
First Nations Health Authority (Community Health Initiatives Funding)
Mobilizing Local "Know-How" for Community Health Action in a Rural Aboriginal Context
The 'local know-how project' is being conducted in a partnership between researchers in the UBC School of Nursing and community leaders from the Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay. Our goals in this project are to enlist local knowledge to design and test the effectiveness of health actions that may enhance health among the youth and the elders of this community.
H. Brown [PI], G. McPherson [co-PI], C. Varcoe, G. Cook, V. Newman, B. Cranmer, W. Peterson, & R. Peterson
Vancouver Foundation (Health & Medical Education/Research Grants)
Students' Experience of Teachers' Use of the Arts in an Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum
Nursing teachers use various forms of the arts in teaching nursing students. In this project we sought to understand how these teaching endeavors are experienced by students.
G. McPherson [PI], K. O’Flynn-Magee, M. Groening, & H. Brown
UBC School of Nursing (McMann Teaching Scholarship Fund)
Exploring Nurses’ Experiences of Cohorting Pediatric Cardiac Patients on a General Medical Unit
This project brings together researchers from UBC with nurse leaders at British Columbia's Children's Hospital. The intent of this project is to explore how changes in one unit affect the nursing practice and nurses' sense of job satisfaction.
G. McPherson [PI], K. Rasmussen, & D. Warn
UBC School of Nursing
Missing Voices in Health Outcomes and Health Policy Research: Investigating Rural and Aboriginal Women's and Youth's Experiences of Health and Health Care
In the community based project we developed a complex contextual understanding of the health experiences of individuals in one community -- the Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay. The knowledge generated in this project underpins the subsequent "local know-how" project.
G. McPherson [PI], H. Brown [co-PI], C. Varcoe, & S. Turris
British Columbia Medical Services Foundation
Arts-based Methodological Innovation in Rural and Aboriginal Health Research
This project brought together First Nations artists from the lower mainland and Vancouver Islands as we explored the contributions of various artistic practices to our understandings of health and healing.
H. Brown [PI], G. McPherson [co-PI], & G. Doane
BC Rural and Remote Health Research Network
Selected Publications not Indexed in PubMed
Mahon, P. & McPherson, G. A view from inside: Critical ethnography for inquiry into nurses’ decisions to stay in or leave bedside nursing. Accepted for publication by Nurse Researcher, November 4, 2013.
Rodney, P., d’Agincourt Canning, L., McPherson, G., Anderson, J., McDonald, M., Pauly, B.M., Burgess, M., & Phillips, J.C. (2013). Working within the landscape: Ethics in Practice. J.L Storch, P. Rodney & R. Starzomski (Eds), Toward a Moral Horizon: Nursing Ethics for Leadership and Practice (2nd ed., pp. 254-281). Toronto: Pearson.
Rodney, P., Burgess, M., Phillips, J.C., McPherson, G & Brown, H. (2013). Our theoretical landscape: A brief history of health care ethics. In J.L Storch, P. Rodney & R. Starzomski (Eds), Toward a Moral Horizon: Nursing Ethics for Leadership and Practice (2nd ed., pp. 59-83). Toronto: Pearson.
Brown, H. & McPherson, G. (2012). Maternal and child health. In L.L. Stamler & L. Yiu (Eds), Community Health Nursing: A Canadian Perspective, (3rd Ed.), pp. 253-266. Toronto, Canada: Pearson.
McPherson, G. (2007) Book review. Bosek and Savage: The Ethical Component of Nursing Education: Integrating Ethics into Clinical Experience. Nurse Education Today, 27(6), 965-966.
McPherson, G., & Thorne, S. (2006). Exploiting exceptions to enhance interpretive qualitative health research: Insights from the study of cancer communication. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 5(2), Article 1.
Thorne, S.E., Henderson, A.D., McPherson, G.I., & Pesut, B.K. (2004). The problematic allure of the binary in nursing theoretical discourse. Nursing Philosophy 5, 208–215. [Reprinted in P.G. Reed & N.C. Shearer (2009), Perspectives on Nursing Theory (5th Ed.). New York: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins].
Thorne, S., McGuinness, L., McPherson, G., Con, A., Cunningham, M., Harris, S.R. (2004). Health care communication issues in fibromyalgia: An interpretive description. Physiotherapy Canada, 56(1), 31-38.
Rodney, R., Burgess, M., McPherson, G., & Brown, H. (2004). Our theoretical landscape: A brief history of health care ethics. In Storch, J., Rodney, P. & Starzomski, R (Eds.), Toward a moral horizon: Nursing ethics for leadership and practice. (pp. 56-76). Toronto, ON:Pearson.
McPherson, G., Rodney, P., McDonald, M., Storch, J., Pauly, B., & Burgess, M. (2004). Working within the landscape: Applications in health care ethics. In J. L. Storch, P. Rodney & R. Starzomski (Eds.), Toward a moral horizon: Nursing ethics for leadership and practice. (pp. 98-125). Toronto:Prentice Hall.
To my teaching, I bring an extensive clinical background in pediatric nursing care and over 15 years as an educator in clinical and classroom contexts. These experiences combined with a research stream focused on health equity and social justice for vulnerable populations including children, youth, families and Aboriginal communities provide the background for my teaching interests and accomplishments.
I have been involved in teaching courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. I have designed and delivered a blended learning theory using a virtual classroom, blog, and other electronic tools to achieve the course goals.
Courses Taught at UBC
NURS 305: Introduction to Critical Inquiry and Research
NURS 331: Nursing Care of Children and their Families
NURS 334: Nursing Care of Infants, Children, Youth and their Families
NURS 450: Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice
NURS 511: Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice
NURS 590: Independent Studies in Nursing