- BN, McGill University
- MSc (A), Boston University
- PhD, University of Utah
My program of research incorporates two major areas: (1) impact of chronic conditions on individuals and families, specifically the impact of brain injuries on families, and (2) health systems research. Both programs of research are derived from my professional background and experience.
Most recent research studies: “Lessons Learned from the Hospital and Patient Outcomes Study: Findings from BC” (2001-2003). BC Ministry of Health.
“International Hospitals Outcome Study” (2001-2002). British Columbia Research Foundation.
Award of Excellence in Nursing Research, Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia, 1998 (Currently the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia).
Selected Publications not Indexed in PubMed
Limoges, J., & Acorn, S. (2016). Transforming practice into clinical scholarship. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72(4), 747-753. doi: 10.1111/jan.12881
Limoges, J., Acorn, S., & Osborne, M (2015). The scholarship of application: Recognizing and promoting nurses’ contribution to knowledge development. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 46(2), 77-82.
Acorn, S., & Osborne, M. (2013). Scholarship in nursing: Current view. Nursing Leadership, 26(1), 24-29.
Acorn, S., Lamarche, K., & Edwards, M. (2009). Practice doctorates in nursing: Developing nursing leaders. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 22(2), 85-91.
Mrayyan, M.T.; & Acorn, S. (2004). Nursing practice issues in Jordan: student suggested causes and solutions. International Nursing Review, 51, 81-87.
Acorn,S., & Joachim, G. (2003). Scleroderma: Living with unpredictability. AAOHN Journal, 51(8), 353-359.
Joachim, G., & Acorn, S. (2003). Living with a rare chronic disease: The scleroderma experience. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 42(6), 598-606.
Hesketh, K., Duncan, S.M., Estabrooks, C.A., Reimer, M., Giovannetti, P. Hyndman, K. & Acorn, S. (2003). Workplace violence in Alberta and British Columbia hospitals. Health Policy, 63, 311-321.
Estabrooks, C., Tourangeau, A., Humphrey, C.K., Hesketh, K., Giovannetti, P., Thomson, D., Wong, J., Acorn, S., Clarke, H., & Shamian, J. (2002). Measuring the hospital practice environment. Research in Nursing and Allied Health, 25, 256-268.
Kaur, J., & Acorn, S. (2002). Nursing leadership for the new millennium. Nursing Journal of India, 93, 5-6.
Thorne, S., Paterson, B., Acorn, S., Canam, C., Joachim, G., & Jillings, C. (2002). Chronic illness experience: Insights from a qualitative meta-study. Qualitative Health Research, 12(4), 427-452.
Duncan, S.M., Hyndman, K., Estabrooks, C.A., Hesketh, K., Humphrey, C.K., Wong, J.S., Acorn, S., & Giovannetti, P. (2001). Nurses’ experience of violence in Alberta and British Columbia Hospitals. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 32(4), 57-78.
Estabrooks, C.A., Duncan, S.M., Hyndman, K., Hesketh, K., Humphrey, C.K., Wong, J.S., Reimer, M.A., Acorn,S., Giovannetti, P. (2000). Nurses’ experiences of violence. Canadian Nurse, 96(9), 6.
Joachim, G., & Acorn, S. (2000). Stigma of visible and invisible chronic conditions. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 32(1), 243-248.
Joachim, G., & Acorn, S. (2000). Living with chronic illness: The interface of stigma and normalization. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 32(3), 37-48.
Canam, C., & Acorn, S. (1999). Quality of life of family caregivers of individuals with chronic health problems. Rehabilitation Nursing, 24(5), 192-196, 200.
Acorn, S., Baxter, E., & Walker, J. (1999). Workforce issues. In J.M. Hibberd & D. Smith (Eds.), Management for nurses: A Canadian perspective (2nd. ed). (pp. 237-256). Toronto: WB Saunders.
Li, X, & Acorn, S. (1999). The evolution of nursing administration in China. International Nursing Review, 46(3), 91-94.
Acorn, S., & Barnett, J. (1999). Patient satisfaction: Measurement issues. The Canadian Nurse, 95(6), 33-36.
Acorn, S., & Offer, P. (Eds.). (1998). Living with brain injury: A guide for families and caregivers. The University of Toronto Press.
Bhimani, R., & Acorn, S. (1998). Managing within a culturally diverse environment. The Canadian Nurse, 94(8), 32-36.
Acorn, S. (1998). The family as caregiver. In S. Acorn & P. Offer (Eds.), Living with brain injury: A guide for families and caregivers. (pp. 155-162). Toronto: The University of Toronto Press.
Acorn, S., Williams, J., Dempster, L., Provost, S., & McEwan, C. (1997). Job sharing by nurse managers. Nursing Management, 28(5), 46, 48.
Crawford, M., & Acorn, S. (1997). Focus groups: Their use in administrative nursing research. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 27(5), 15-18.
Acorn, S., Ratner, P., & Crawford, M. (1997). Decentralization as a determinant of autonomy, job satisfaction, and organizational commitment. Nursing Research, 46(1), 52-58.
Li, X., & Acorn, S. (1996). Nursing administration in China. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 16(2), 12-13.
Acorn, S., & Crawford, M. (1996). First-line managers: Scope of responsibility in a time of fiscal restraint. Healthcare Management Forum, 9(2), 26-30.
Acorn, S., & Crawford, M. (1995). Decentralized organizational structures and first-line nurse managers. Journal of Nursing Administration, 25(10), 5, 27.
Acorn, S., & Li, X. (1995). Rehabilitation nursing in China. Rehabilitation Nursing, 20(6), 335-336.
Acorn, S. (1995). Assisting families of head-injured survivors through a family support program. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 21, 872-877.
Acorn, S., & Walker, J. (1994). Human resources-Human management. In J.M. Hibberd & M. Kyle (Eds.), Management for nurses: A Canadian perspective. (pp. 482-500). Toronto: WB Saunders.
Acorn, S., Flather Murrell, J., & Little, J. (1993). Education and support program for families of head-injured survivors. a community education manual.
Acorn, S. (1993). An education/support program for families of survivors of head injury. Canadian Journal of Rehabilitation, 7, 149-151.
Acorn, S. (1993). The use of the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale by nurses. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, 31(5), 9-12.
Acorn, S. (1993). Emergency shelter use in Vancouver, Canada. Journal of Community Health, 18, 283-291.
Acorn, S. (1993). Mental and physical health of homeless persons who use emergency shelters in Vancouver. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 44, 854-857.
Acorn, S. (1993). Head injured survivors: Caregivers and support groups. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 18, 39-45.
Acorn, S., & Bampton, E. (1992). Patients’ loneliness: A challenge for rehabilitation nurses. Rehabilitation Nursing, 17(1), 22-25.
Acorn, S., & Roberts, E. (1992). Head injury: Impact on the wives. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 24, 324-328.
Acorn, S. (1991). Relationship of role conflict and role ambiguity to selected job dimensions among joint appointees. Journal of Professional Nursing, 7(4), 221-227.
Acorn, S., & Andersen, S. (1990). Depression in multiple sclerosis: Critique of the research literature. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 22, 209-214.
Acorn, S. (1990). Scholarly productivity in nursing. The Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 22(2), 7-13.
Dueck, J., Acorn S. (1989). Specialization in practice: Rehabilitation nursing. The Canadian Nurse, 85(9), 25-26.
Acorn, S. (1988). Role perspectives of joint appointees. The Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 20(3), 5-15.
Acorn, S. (1990). Joint appointments: Perspectives of nurse executives. Canadian Journal of Nursing Administration, 3(4), 6-9.
Acorn, S., Love, S., & Mills, W. (1990). Implementation of unit?based quality assurance projects in a rehabilitation hospital. Rehabilitation Nursing, 15(1), 10-12.
Currently teaching Leadership Roles in Health Care, a graduate course, at the Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, Athabasca University.
These include leadership and management, rehabilitation nursing and chronic care in both graduate and undergraduate programs. Results from research in the health care system and international consultation and teaching has been integrated into my courses and graduate student supervision.
Clinical areas include rehabilitation nursing, mental health nursing and the care of individuals with chronic conditions.
Supervision of graduate students regarding theses and major papers in the areas of health systems research, healthy work environments, and chronic health conditions.