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Barbara Astle, RN, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Nursing

  • Biography

    My research program focuses in the area of global health related to different forms of partnerships; equity, global competencies, global citizenship and social justice. I am particularly interested in exploring global educational partnerships; student and faculty partnering; and interdisciplinary research partnerships to better understand the complexities of the partnering relationships for equity, and building capacity for sustainable change. As well, I am interested in exploring how global citizenship can be embedded within the nursing curriculum. My current research projects includes: working with a global research group on areas related to homelessness and global partnerships; exploring global partnering relationships with undergraduate nursing students from different countries involved in international placements; and exploring global health competencies for nursing students and faculty involved in international work and global missions.

    My clinical focus is Global Health and Community Nursing. I teach undergraduate courses in Nursing Research and Nursing Leadership; and graduate courses in Qualitative Research, Knowledge Translation and Nursing Leadership.

    I am the Director of the TWU Centre of Equity and Global Engagement (CEGE), and Past Chair: Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH, 2009 - 2012).

  • Education

    • Bachelor Science in Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
    • Master of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
    • PhD in Nursing. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Research & Scholarship

    Under the Same Sun (Non-government organization). A scoping review on the health implications of spiritual and cultural practices for people with albinism: A global health perspective. PI: Reimer-Kirkham. S, Co-PI: B. Astle. 2016- 2017.

    Evaluation of an online knowledge translation course for nurses in higher education.Lee, J. (Principle Investigator), S. Reimer-Kirkham (Co-I), B. Astle (Co-I), & M. Theron. (Co-I) (Trinity Western University [TWU].

    Development of a framework for international partnership on palliative care research and a graduate course. J. Öhlén (PI), R. Sawatzky, K. Årestedt, S. Reimer-Kirkham, B. Astle .The Swedish Foundation for Inter-national Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (2014 – 2015).

    LMIC Host perspectives of desired global health competencies.Evert, J., Cherniak, W., Standish, K., Silverman, M., Myser, C., Anguyo, G., Eichbaum, Q., Latham, E., & Astle, B. (2014 – present)

    Preparing for the future: Exploring Global Health Competencies for Undergraduate Nursing Students B. Astle (Principle Investigator), S. Reimer-Kirkham (Co-Investigator). Funding: Trinity Western University [TWU] Internal Grant (2013 – 2016).

    Nursing students partnering:  A Zambian-Canadian case study .  D.Pankratz, B. Astle, (Principle Investigators) & S. Reimer-Kirkham, (Co-Investigator), Western Northern Region Canadian Association Schools of Nursing (WNRCASN) (2012 – 2015).

    Research literacy for nurses and health professionals (1st ed). S. Jakubec & B. Astle (Co-Editors). Canadian Scholar’s Press/Women’s Press. Book Contract (2013 – 2016).

    Welcoming Communities Initiative - Pathways to ProsperityE. Esses (Applicant) Director, Center for Research on Migration & Ethics Relations. Faculty of Social Science, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. B. Partnership Grant (2.5 million) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); Astle (Collaborator) et al. (Trinity Westerns University – Pathways to Prosperity); with other Universities across Canada (2012 - 2019)

    Research planning and grant writing for global poverty and homelessness policies and service research M. S. Richter (Principal Investigator); M. Greeff, K. Kovacs Burns, B. Astle, V. Caine, A.D.H. Botha, S.P. Human, R. Enns, L. Roets, G. Pretorius, & J. Peters. Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) (2010-2011).

  • Recent Publications


    Harder, M., Astle, B., Grypma, S., Voyageur, E. (Accepted - 2016). Discerning success of Indigenous Health Students in community-based programs. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education.

    Öhlén,J., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Astle, B., Håkanson, C., Lee, J., & Eriksson, M. & Sawatzky, R. (2016). Person-centered care dialectics in palliative care – An inquiry informed by Ricoeur’s Hermeneutics. (Abstract presented at the 9th World Research Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care; Dublin, Ireland). Palliative Medicine, 30(6), NP349-50, Sage. Doi: 101177/0269216316646056

    Astle, B., & Gibson, D. (2016). Finding our place: Making the connection toward faith integration. JCN. On-line - Published Ahead of Print.  doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000278

    Cherniak, W., Latham, E., Astle, B., Auguyo, G., Standish, K., Myser, C., Eichbaum, Q., Silverman, M., & Evert, J. (2015). Interprofessional host perspectives on global health competencies. (Abstract: 6th Annual GUGH Conference: Mobilizing Research for Global Health).  Annals of Global Health, 81(1), 19, doi

    Astle, B. (2014). Building and sustaining a global educational partnership in nursing: Setting up for “Success”. (Abstract).  Annuals of Global Health, 80(3), 159, doi

    Burgess, C. A., Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Astle, B. (2014). Motivation and International Clinical Placements: Shifting Nursing Students to a Global Citizenship Perspective. International Journal of Nursing Education, 11(1), 1-8. doi: 10.1515/ijnes-2013-006.56

    Astle, B. (2013). Advocacy and mentoring: Reaching for a voice for future global health leaders. (Year of Advocacy Blog), Global Nursing Caucus Newsletter. Boston, MA.

    Afriyie Asenso, B., Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Astle, B. (2013). In Real Time: Exploring Nursing Students’ Learning during an International Experience. International Journal of Nursing Education, 10(1), 1-10. doi: 10.1515/ijnes-2012-0045.

    Jakubec, S., & Astle, B. (2013). Students connecting critical appraisal to evidence-based practice: A Teaching – Learning activity for research literacy. Journal of Nursing Education 51(12) doi: 10.3928/01484834-20121121-03.

    Jakubec, S., & Astle, B. (2012). Appraising evidence for everyday research questions. Journal of Nursing Education 51(12), 719. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20121119-02.

    Astle, B (2012) Participant:  Nurse leaders graduate from ICN-Burdett Global Leadership Institute, ICN International Nursing Review, 59, 439-440. doi: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2012.01045.x

    Astle, B., Mitchell, M., Currie, G., Dawson, D., & El Hussein, M. (2011). Developing a cohort of scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) Faculty in an undergraduate nursing program: Discovering our own path. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal, 5(1), 1-9.

    Mill, J., Astle, B. J., Gastaldo, D., & Ogilvie, L. (2010). Linking global citizenship, undergraduate nursing education, and professional nursing: Curricular innovations in the 21st century. Advances in Nursing Science, 33(3), (E1 – E11). doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e318eb416f

    Astle, B. J. (2009). Evolving ethical standards for health-related research in Ghana, Africa, Canadian Association for International Nursing (CAIN) News, 1(2), 3-4.

    Ogilvie, L., Mill, J. E., Astle, B., Fanning, A., & Opare, M. (2007). The exodus of health professionals from sub-Saharan Africa: Balancing human rights and societal needs in the twenty-first century. Nursing Inquiry, 14, 114-124.

    Mill, J., Astle, B., Ogilvie, L., & Opare, M. (2005a). Global health and equity Part I: Setting the context. Canadian Nurse, 101(5), 22-24.

    Ogilvie, L., Astle, B., Mill, J., & Opare, M. (2005b). Global health and equity Part II: Exploring solutions. Canadian Nurse, 101(6), 25-28.


    Books / Selected Chapters:

    Potter, P.A., Perry, A., Ross Kerr, J., Wood, M., Astle, B.J., Duggleby, W. (2013/2014). Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing (5th ed.). (Canadian Editor), Toronto, ON: Elsevier Canada.

    Astle, B.J., Barton, S.S., Johnson, L., & Mill, J. (2013/2014). Chapter 9: Global Health, Culture and Diversity. In P.A. Potter, A.G. Perry, J. Ross Kerr, M. Wood, B. Astle, and W. Duggleby (Eds), Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing (5th ed., pp. 107-124). Toronto, ON: Elsevier Canada.

    Jakubec, S., & Astle, B.J. (2013/2014). Chapter 9: Communication. In P.A. Potter, A.G. Perry, J. Ross Kerr, M. Wood, B. Astle, and W. Duggleby (Eds), Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing (5th ed., pp. 242-261). Toronto, ON: Elsevier Canada.

    Potter, P.A., Perry, A., Hall, A., Stockert, P.A., Ross Kerr, J., Wood, M., Astle, B.J. Grypma, S., & Letourneau, N. (2009/2010). Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing (4th ed.). (Canadian Section Editor), Toronto, ON: Elsevier Canada.

    Astle, B. J., & Barton, S. S. (2009/2010). Chapter 10: Culture and ethnicity. In J. C. Ross-Kerr and M. J. Wood (Eds.) Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing (4th ed., pp. 114-131). Toronto, ON: Elsevier Canada.

    Astle, B.J., & Barton, S. S. (2009). Ancillaries to Chapter 10: Culture and Ethnicity – Exam Style Review Questions. J. C. Ross-Kerr and M. J. Wood (Eds.) Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing (4th ed.). Toronto, ON: Elsevier Canada.

    Astle, B. J. (2006). Chapter 9: Culture and ethnicity. In P. A. Potter, A. G. Perry, J. C. Ross-Kerr, & M. J. Wood (Eds.), Canadian fundamentals of nursing (3rd ed., pp.127-147). Toronto: Elsevier Mosby.

    Raffin Bouchal, S., & Astle, B. (2003). Documentation. In B. Kozier, G. Erb, A. Burman, K. Burke, S. Raffin Bouchal, & S. Hirst. (Eds.), Fundamentals of nursing: The nature of nursing practice 1st Canadian Edition (pp. 443-464).Toronto, ON: Pearson Education.



    Astle, B. (2008). Building and sustaining international partnerships in higher education in nursing. Doctoral Dissertation. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.

  • Memberships & Affiliations

    • Member, Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)
    • Director, Centre for Equity and Global Engagement (CEGE), Trinity Western University
    • Member, Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH)
    • Member, Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR)
    • Member, Western and Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (Member-at-Large)
    • Advisory Board Member, Global Nursing Caucus (GNC), Boston, MA.
    • Member, International Advisory and Editorial Board, Christian Journal for Global Health
    • Founding Member, Canadian Association for International Nursing (CAIN)
    • Founding Member, Mu Sigma, Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society
  • Awards & Honours

    • International Council of Nurses (ICN): Burdett Trust for Nursing: Attended the Global Nursing Leadership Institute, Geneva, Switzerland (2012)
    • Education Research Award, Western and Northern Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing; Pankratz, D., Astle, B., & Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2012)
    • Doctoral Research Scholarship Award, Alberta Registered Nurses Educational Trust (ARNET), (2004)
    • Doctoral Fellowship Scholarship Award, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC),University of Alberta, (2003 – 2004)
    • Manuscript Award: Allen, M., Astle, B., & Burt, J. Analyzing the quality of Ophthalmic Nursing Research, Journal of the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses INSIGHT, 25(1), 7-13. Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses (ASORN), (1999)
    • Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB. (1997)
    • Helen Rollis Prize for Excellence in Advanced Nursing Practice Award, University of Alberta, (1991).


School of Nursing, School of Graduate Studies, and Centre For Equity And Global Engagement

Department or Program:

School of Nursing, and Master of Science in Nursing
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