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Nurse Leaders in Community Care: CASE RNs Ottawa Chapter meeting

  • 17 Sep 2021
  • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Virtual



Lisa Ashley is an independent health care policy consultant working with other nurses and organizations to improve community health nursing. She is in her third year of a PhD Nursing, exploring nurse leader positions in home healthcare organizations. 

Prior to becoming self-employed, she worked for 10 years at the Canadian Nurses Association as a senior nurse advisor advancing national and international policy and practice priorities such as RN prescribing, primary health care, home care, primary care, and nursing leadership. Lisa has also worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in public health, a home care case manager, and in direct practice in home care, public health and acute care. 

Lisa has published three book chapters and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, and presented at national and international conferences. Her career in nursing is driven by the ambition to enhance the visibility of community health nurses and to improve access to community health nursing in Canada.


Abstract for presentation:


Nursing leadership in Canada is historically concerned with skill-based and relational styles. The description of nurse leaders’ contribution to health systems is strongly grounded in ideology and terminology consistent with corporate, business, and managerial imperatives. Such descriptions should confirm nurses’ position as full members of organizations’ executive teams, but this is not always the case. This presentation will:

·       Address the importance of understanding what knowledge is dominant within healthcare organizations and what knowledge is dismissed;

·       Create a different understanding of how (1) nurse leaders can be both subjects and objects of power in healthcare organizations, and (2) how knowledge tensions and ignorance are used to bring forth certain narratives. 

Lisa Ashley, RN CCHN(C) M.Ed. Ph.D. (c)/inf. aut. ICSC(C) M. Éd. Ph.D. (c)

Senior Health Consultant / Conseillère principale en santé




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