Dr. Nisha Sutherland

Graduate Coordinator, Masters of Nursing , MPH Nursing Specialization Programs
Associate Professor
+1 (807) 343-8058
SN 1038
Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Academic Qualifications: 

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing   Western University      2015

Masters of Science in Nursing     McMaster University    2008

Bachelor of Science in Nursing    McMaster University    2004

Date joined Lakehead: 
August, 2014
Research Interests: 

Working in the areas of aging, gender, and health, the focus of my research is to promote equity and quality of life for seniors and family caregivers in the community, particularly during end-of-life. Building from my doctoral work, I will explore how the social determinants of health (e.g. geography, class, age gender, or race) shape experiences. The ultimate goal is to optimize health and healthcare experiences, particularly for the disadvantaged and during vulnerable times.


Sutherland, N. (2020). Structures, tensions, and processes shaping long-term care home staff’s role in end of life decision-making for residents with dementia. Journal of Aging Studies, 58. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2020.100874

St. Amant, O. & Sutherland, N. (in press). Unpacking the hidden curriculum in nursing education: Clinical placements abroad. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship

Sutherland, N., Wiersma, E., Vangel, P. (2019). Barriers to staff involvement in end of life decision making for long-term care residents with dementia. Canadian Journal on Aging, 38 (3), 255-267. http://doi.org/10.1017/S0714980818000636

Sutherland, N., Ward-Griffin, C., McWilliam, C., & Stajduhar, K. (2018). Discourses reproducing gender inequities in hospice palliative home care. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 0(0). http://doi.org/10.1177/0844562118788239

Sutherland, N., Ward-Griffin, C., McWilliam, C., & Stajduhar, K. (2017). Structural impact on gendered expectations and exemptions for family caregivers in hospice palliative home care. Nursing Inquiry, 0:1. http://doi.org/10.1111/nin.12157

Sutherland, N. & Wiersma, E. (2016). Commentary: Three values that should underlie community-based dementia care strategies. Healthcare Papers, 16 (2), 52-56. http://doi.org/10.12927/hcpap.2017.25002

Sutherland, N., Ward-Griffin, C., McWilliam, C., & Stajduhar, K. (2016).Gendered processes in hospice palliative home care for clients with cancer and their family caregivers. Qualitative Health Research, 26 (7), 907-920. http://doi.org/10.1177/1049732315609571

Ward-Griffin, C., Brown, J., St.Amant, O., Sutherland, N., Keefe, J., & Kerr, M. (2015). Nurses negotiating professional-familial care boundaries: Striving for balance. Journal of Family Nursing, 24, http://doi.org/10.1177/1074840714562645

St. Amant, O., Ward-Griffin, C., Brown, J., Martin-Matthews, A., Sutherland, N., Keefe, J. & Kerr, M. (2014) Professionalizing familial care: Examining nurses’ unpaid family care work. Advances in Nursing Science, 37 (2): 117-31. http://doi.org/10.1097/ANS.0000000000000023

Sutherland, N. (2009). The meaning of being in transition to end-of-life care for female partners of spouses with cancer. Palliative & Supportive Care, 7, 423-433. http://doi.org/10.1017/S1478951509990435


Sutherland, N. (PI), St -Amant, O., Dupuis, S., Kontos, P., Wiersma, E. & Brennen, M. (2019-2022). Promoting Just and Inclusive End-of-Life Decision-Making for Long-Term Care Residents with Dementia and their Care Partners (funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research [CIHR])

Wiersma, Costa, & Sutherland (2019). Dementia Across the Borders: Exploring Opportunies for Collaboration (Funded by VPRI- International Parntership Award).

Phinney, A., & Wiersma, E., Baumbusch,J., Hung, V., Martin, L., , Purveen, G., & Sutherland, N. (2019-2030) Building Capacity for Meaning Participation by People Living with Dementia (funded by The Public Health Agency of Canada)

Thompson, D., Cameron,E., Newhouse, I., & Sutherland, N. (2019). Opening the Black Box of Rural Interprofessional Collaboration: A Multiple Case Study Examining the Relationships between Health Workers and Environments in Rural Settings (funded by SSHRC, Insight Development Grant).

Wiersma, E., Sutherland, N., & Wilford, R. (2019). Changing Melodies: A Declaration of Independence (funded by New Horizons for Seniors Program, Government of Canada).

Sutherland, N., & Wiersma E. (CoPIs) (2018). Process Evaluation of Behavioural Supports Ontario Program (funded by the Local Health Integration Network [LHIN]).

St. Amant, O., & Sutherland N. (2016-2018) . Student Placements Abroad and in Canada’s Northern Communities: A Critical Analysis of the Integration of ‘Global’ and ‘Local’ Knowledge in Nursing Pedagogy (funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council [SSHRC] Insight Development Grant) .

Sutherland, N (PI) (Oct 2015-2016) . Frontline Staff Perceptions of Their Role in End-of-life Decision Making for Long-term Care Residents Living With Dementia and Their Family Members (funded by the Lakehead University Senate Research Committee Research Development Fund) .


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