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Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, RN, Ph.D.

Director MSN Program; Professor of Nursing

  • Biography

    My program of research focuses on the areas of culture, religion, equity and health, with particular attention to how difference is negotiated in clinical settings, including in the context of end-of-life care to people with chronic life-limiting conditions.  A second focus is that of nursing education, including the use of innovative clinical settings. I teach in the areas of nursing research, nursing ethics, and health policy.  I am the Director of the Master of Science in Nursing program.  My clinical background is in perinatal nursing, and adult medical/surgical nursing.  I was awarded the 2010 CRNBC Award of Excellence in Nursing Research.

  • Education

    • B.B.S. (Canadian Bible College)
    • R.N. (Grace Hospital, Winnipeg)
    • B.Sc.N. (Victoria)
    • M.Sc.N. (British Columbia)
    • Ph.D. (British Columbia)
  • Research & Scholarship


    Prayer as transgression? Prayer in residential care settings. ($5000). Principal Investigator: Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham; Co-investigator: Sonya Sharma.Funding:  Trinity Western University Aid to Small Universities (2014 - 2016).

    Understanding the factors which promote long term retention of Registered Nurses in critical care and emergency departments. ($71,874.35). Principal Investigators: K.Scarborough and M.Van Osch ; Co-Investigators: A.Abaya, S. Crowe, M.Elmore, K.Lewis, S. De Maio, C.MacGregor, S.Reimer-Kirkham. Funding: Fraser Health Authority Seed Grant (2014 – 2015).

    Cultural Tools Project with the Canadian Virtual Hospice. ($180,000). Co-Principal Investigators: S. Cory, G.Horst, and S.Sinclair. Co-investigators: S. Reimer-Kirkham with 28 others. Funding: Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (2014 – 2017).

    Access to End of Life Care for Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations ($488,535). Principal Investigator: Kelli Stajduhar Co-Investigators: Ryan McNeil, Bernadette Pauly, Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, Bruce Wallace. Knowledge Users: Danica Gleave, Kristen Kvakic, Caite Meagher, Grey Showler. Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2014 – 2017)

    Preparing for the future: Exploring Global Health Competencies for Undergraduate Nursing Students ($3333).B. Astle (Principle Investigator), S. Reimer-Kirkham (Co-Investigator). Funding: Trinity Western University [TWU] Internal Grant (2013 – 2015).

    Integrated Knowledge Translation:  Examining the Efficiency of a Collaborative Knowledge Translation Approach.  ($150,000).  PI Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham with Elisabeth Antifeau, Gweneth Doane, Barb Pesut,  Pat Porterfield, Della Roberts, Kelli Stajduhar.   Funding:  Michael Smith Health Research Foundation Knowledge Translation.  (2012 – 2014). See:

    Nursing students partnering:  A Zambian-Canadian case study.  ($5000). Principal Investigators: D.Pankratz, B.Astle, Co-Investigator: S.Reimer-Kirkham, C. xx Funding:  Western Northern Region Canadian Association Schools of Nursing  (2012 – 2015).

    A Mixed Methods Knowledge Synthesis to Support Nursing Care Delivery Models for a Palliative Approach.  ($250,000). Principal Investigators:  R.Sawatzky, P.Porterfield.  Co-investigators:  K.Stajduhar, S. Reimer-Kirkham, D.Roberts, B.Pesut. Funding:  Michael Smith Health Research Foundation BC Nurses Research Initiative (2012 – 2014). See:        

    Enhancing Educational Capacity for a Palliative Approach in Rural Nursing: A Research Demonstration Project.  ($249,695). Researcher Co-leader – Barbara Pesut, University of British Columbia  Practitioner Co-leader – Gail Potter, Selkirk College.  McLean, T., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Doane, G., Hutchings, D., McLeod, B., Schmitz, R., Stajduhar, K.  Funding:  Michael Smith Health Research Foundation BC Nurses Research Initiative (2012 – 2014). See:        

    Integration of a Palliative Approach for Nursing. ($800,000).K. I. Stadjuhar (Co-PI), C. Tayler (Co-PI), S.Reimer-Kirkham and 12 other co-investigators. Funding: Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (2010 – 2015). See:  


    Religion and ethics in pluralistic healthcare contexts: Faith and nursing symposium. ($7000). Principal Investigator: Reimer-Kirkham, S., Co-investigators: S.Grypma, R.Sawatzky, L.Terblanche. Funding: Reid Trust Foundation. (2012).

    Considering Place: Religion, Spirituality, and Culture in Home Health Care  ($113,240). (PI: Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham with Barb Pesut (UBC-O), Sonya Grypma (TWU), Rick Sawatzky (TWU), Sonya Sharma (Durham University, UK)   Collaborators and Consultants: Jas Cheema (FH), Michael Wilkinson (TWU), Jens Zimmerman (TWU), Paddy Rodney (UBC), Sally Thorne (UBC), Joan Anderson (UBC), Lori Beaman (U of Ottawa), Pam Klassen (U of T), and Gloria Woodland. Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2009 – 2012).

    Access to health care: A gendered perspective. ($3000). Reimer-Kirkham, S. (PI), Anderson, J., & Jule, A. Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Café Scientifique. (2009 – 2010).

    The Negotiation of Religious Plurality in Health Care Services ($63,341). PI: Dr. Sheryl Reimer Kirkham, with Drs. Barbara Pesut, Rick Sawatzky, Heather Meyerhoff, Sonya Sharma, Marie Cochrane. Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada(2006 - 2009).

    Culture, pedagogy, practice, and research. ($19,023). Principal Investigators: Harrowing, J., D.Gregory, Co-investigators: C.Baker, A.Browne, S. Ferzacca, B.Hall, V.Holmes, S.Mahara, D.Martin, J.Popp, L.Racine, S.Reimer-Kirkham, B.Shore, D.Smith, V.Smye, C.Varcoe, Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Meetings, dissemination and planning grant. (2011).

    A Christian Theoretical Framing for Spirituality, Religion, and Culture in Nursing. ($15,000).                                            PI: Dr. Barb Pesut with Elizabeth Johnson-Taylor, Marsha Fowler, Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham and Rick Sawatzky. Funding: Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities (2006 – 2009).

    Cultural Safety and Knowledge Uptake in Clinical Settings: A Model for Practice for Culturally Diverse Populations. ($300,000) PI: Dr. Joan Anderson, Co-PI: S.Reimer-Kirkham, with Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2005 - 2008).

    Partnering with Aboriginal communities: Type II Diabetes Prevention in Children and Youth. ($43,711). PI: Heather Meyerhoff, Co-Investigators: Van Hofwegen, L., Reimer Kirkham, S., Terblanche, L., Luke, B. Funding: TWU Diabetes Research Fund (2005 - 2009).

    The Use of Innovative Clinical Placements in Nursing Education: A National Survey. ($2500).Reimer Kirkham, S. (PI); Hoe Harwood, C.; Co-investigators: Van Hofwegen, L., Terblanche, L.; Collaborator: Sawatzky, R. Funding: Western Region Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing (WRCAUSN) Nursing Education Research Grant. (2005 - 2008).

    Keeping the Vision: Sustaining Social Consciousness with Nursing Students Following International Learning Experiences. ($3000). Reimer Kirkham, S. (PI), Van Hofwegen, L., Pankratz, D. Funding: SSHRC Small Universities Grant. (2004 - 2006).

    Innovative Clinical Settings: A Descriptive Study. ($2500). Reimer Kirkham, S. (PI), Hoe Harwood, C.; Van Hofwegen, L. Funding: Western Region Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing (WRCAUSN) Nursing Education Research Grant. (2002 – 2005).

    Hospitalization and Help-seeking Experiences of Ethnocultural Communities: Phase II. ($480,595). Dr. Joan Anderson (PI). Co-investigators: Brouse, A., Choi, A., Dyck, I., Lehal, R., Semeniuk, P., Tan, E., Reimer-Kirkham, S. Funding: Canadian Institutes Health Research. (2002 - 2005)

    Religion, culture, and ethics: Moral dilemmas encountered by nurses in the provision of intercultural spiritual care. ($5000). Reimer Kirkham, S. (PI), Meyerhoff, H., Pesut, B., Sawatzky, R. Funding: SSHRC/TWU Small Universities Grant. (2000 – 2004).

  • Recent Publications

    Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Sharma, S. (in press). Faith as social capital: Diasporic women stretching the rules of secularized healthcare services. In G. Bonifacio (ed.) Feminism, migration, and transnational practices in Canada. Canadian Scholars Press.(Book contract cancelled).

    Browne, A., & Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2014). Problematizing social justice discourses in nursing. In P.Kagan, M.Smith, & P.Chinn (eds). Philosophies and practices of emancipatory nursing: Social justice as praxis. Routledge.

    Burgess, C., Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Astle, B. (2014). Motivation and international clinical placements: Shifting nursing students’ perspectives to critical global citizenship. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. Published Online: 04/15/2014.

    Reimer-Kirkham. S. (2014). Critical refractions: Nursing research on religion and spirituality through a social justice lens. Advances in Nursing Science.37(3), 249–257.

    Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Jule, A. (2014). Crosstalk: Public Cafés as Places for Knowledge Translation Concerning Health Care Research. Health communication, (ahead-of-print), 1-8.

    Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2014). The intersection of religion and race in the context of health, health inequities and health services. In W. Cockerham, R. Dingwall, & S. Quah (eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

    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 Scholarship. 10(1)1-10.

    Sharma, S., Reimer-Kirkham, S. & Cochrane, M. (2013). Prayer as transgression: Stories from healthcare. In G.Giordan & L.Woodhead (eds.) Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion (pp.189-204). Oxford: Brill.

    Reimer-Kirkham, S., Grypma, S., & Terblanche, L. (2013). Religion and ethics in pluralistic healthcare contexts. (invited)  E1-E6. 

    Reimer-Kirkham, S., Pesut, B., Sawatzky, R., Cochrane, M., & Redmond, A. (2012).  Discourses of spirituality and leadership in nursing: A mixed methods analysis. . (8), 1029 – 1038.  (Publisher link [42]) [43]

    Grypma, S., Wolfs, D., & Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2012).  Returning home:  Historical influences on home health care in Canada.  (8)453-460.

    Sharma, S., Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Meyerhoff, H. (2012). Filmmaking with Aboriginal youth for Type 2 Diabetes prevention. Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Indigenous and Aboriginal Community Health. 9(2), 423-440.

    Fowler, M., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Sawatzky, R., & Johnston-Taylor, E. (2012).  Religion, religious ethics, and nursing.  New York:  Springer Publishers.

    Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2012).  A Critical Reading across Religion and spirituality: Contributions of postcolonial theory to nursing ethics. In M.Fowler et al. (ed.) Religion, Religious Ethics, and Nursing.  New York:  Springer Publishers.

    Reimer-Kirkham, S. & Sharma, S. (2012).  Intersectional Analyses of Culture, Religion, Ethics and Nursing.   In M.Fowler et al. (ed.) Religion, Religious Ethics, and Nursing.  New York:  Springer Publishers.

    Sharma, S., & Reimer-Kirkham, S. , & Fowler, M. (2012).  Emergent spiritualities and nursing ethics.   In M.Fowler et al. (ed.) Religion, Religious Ethics, and Nursing.  New York:  Springer Publishers.

    Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Sharma, S. (2011). Adding religion to gender, race, and class: Seeking new insights on intersectionality in health care contexts. In Hankivsky, O. (Ed.). Health Inequities in Canada: Intersectional Frameworks and Practices. (pp. 112-127). Vancouver, B.C.: UBC Press.

    Anderson, J., Khan, K., & Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2011). Community research from a postcolonial feminist perspective: Exemplars from health research in Canada and India. In G. Creese, & W. Frisby, (Eds.). Feminist methodologies in community research. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.

    Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2011). Spiritual formation and social justice in nursing education: Seeking an inspired integrated approach. In G.Chutter (ed.) Called to transform. Langley, B.C.: Trinity Western University.

    Reimer-Kirkham, S., Sharma, S, Pesut, B., Sawatzky, R., Meyerhoff, H., & Cochrane, M. (2011).  Sacred spaces in public places:  Religious and Spiritual Plurality in Healthcare.  Nursing Inquiry.  Published online. DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1800.2011.00571.x

    Pesut, B., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Sawatzky, R., Woodland, G., & Peverall, P.  (2010). Hospitable hospitals in a diverse society: From chaplains to spiritual care providers.   Journal of Religion and Health.  Published online.  DOI:  10.1007/s10943-010-9392-1.

    Anderson, J., Khan, K., McDonald, H., Peltonen, A., Browne, A., Reimer-Kirkham, S.,Lynam, J., Rodney, P., Tan, E., Varcoe, C., Wong, S., Baumbusch, J., Reimer, J., Semeniuk, P., Smye, V. (2010). The uptake of critical knowledge in nursing interventions: Insights from a knowledge translation study. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research.  42(3), 106-122.

    Reimer-Kirkham, S. & Anderson, J. (2010).  The advocate-analyst dialectic in critical and postcolonial feminist research:  Reconciling tensions around scientific integrity.  Advances in Nursing Science, 33(3), 196–205.

    Pesut, B., & Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2010). Situated clinical encounters in the negotiation of religious and spiritual plurality: A critical ethnography.  International Journal of Nursing Studies. 47(7),  815-825.

    Anderson, J., Khan, K., Peltonen, A., Rodney, P., Varcoe, C., Browne, A., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Lynam, J., McDonald, H., Tan, E., Wong, S., Baumbusch, J., Semeniuk, P. (2009). Inequities in health and health care viewed through the ethical lens of critical social justice: Contextual knowledge for the global priorities ahead. Advances in Nursing Science.  32(4), 1–13.

    McCall, J., Browne, A., Reimer Kirkham, S., & Spittal, P. (2009). Struggling to survive: The difficult reality of Aboriginal women living with HIV/AIDS in an urban context. Qualitative Health Research.19(12), 1769-1782.

    Pesut, B., Fowler, M.,Reimer-Kirkham, S., Johnson Taylor, E., & Sawatzky, R. (2009). Particularizing spirituality in points of tension: Enriching the discourse. Nursing Inquiry.16: 337–346

    Sharma, S., Reimer Kirkham, S., & Cochrane, M. (2009). Practising the awareness of embodiment in qualitative health research: Methodological reflections.  Qualitative Health Research. 19(11) 1642–1650.

    Hoe Harwood, C., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Sawatzky, R., Terblanche, L., & Van Hofwegen, L. (2009).  Innovation in community clinical placements: A Canadian survey.  International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. 6(1),  Article 28.

    Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2009). Lived religion: Implications for healthcare ethics Nursing Ethics 16(4), 406-17.

    Reimer Kirkham, S., Varcoe, C., Browne, A., Khan, K., Lynam, J., & Anderson, J. (2009). Critical inquiry and knowledge translation: Exploring tensions. Nursing Philosophy. 10(3), 152-66.

    Browne, A., Varcoe, C., Smye, V., Wong, S., Anderson, J., Lynam, J., Reimer-Kirkham, S., McDonald, H., Rodney, P., Tan, E. (2009). Cultural Safety and the Challenges of Translating Critically-Oriented Knowledge in Practice. Nursing Philosphy. 

    Reimer-Kirkham, S., Van Hofwegen, L., & Pankratz, D. (2009). "Keeping the vision": Sustaining social consciousness following international learning experiences. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. 6(1), article 3.

    Pesut, B., Fowler, M., Johnston Taylor, Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Sawatzky, R. (2008). Conceptualizing spirituality and religion for healthcare. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 17(21), 2803-2810.

    Baumbusch, J., Reimer Kirkham, S., Khan, K., McDonald, H., Semeniuk, P., Tan, E., & Anderson, J. (2008). Pursuing common agendas: A collaborative model for knowledge translation in clinical settings. Research in Nursing and Health. 31, 130-140. [One of top 20 most cited articles in Research in Nursing and Health in 2008].

    Anderson, J., Reimer Kirkham, S; Lynam, J., & Browne, A. (2007). Continuing the dialogue: postcolonial feminist scholarship and Bourdieu - discourses of culture and points of connection. Nursing Inquiry.14(3), 178-188.

    Baumbusch, J., Semeniuk, P., MacDonald, H; Khan, K., Reimer Kirkham, S., Tan, E., & Anderson, J. (2007). Easing the transition between hospital and home: Translating knowledge into action. The Canadian Nurse. 103(8), 24 - 29.

    Khan, K., McDonald, H., Baumbusch, J., Reimer Kirkham, S., Tan, E., & Anderson, J. (2007). Taking up postcolonial feminist methodology in the field: Working through a method. Women's Studies International Forum. 30(3), 228-242.

    Lynam, J., Anderson, J., Reimer Kirkham, S., & Browne, A. (2007). Re-thinking 'culture': What might we learn from Bourdieu? Nursing Inquiry, 14(1), 23-34.

    Reimer Kirkham, S, Baumbusch, J.,., Schultz, A., Anderson, J. (2007). Enhancing professional nursing practice through evidence-based practice: Insights and opportunities from a post-colonial feminist perspective. Advances in Nursing Science, 30(1), 25-40.

    Reimer Kirkham, S. & Browne, A. (2006). Toward a Critical Theoretical Interpretation of Social Justice Discourses in Nursing. Advances in Nursing Science, 29(4), 324-339.

    Reimer Kirkham, S. (2006). Book review: Cultural safety in Aotearoa New Zealand by Dianne Wepa. Contemporary Nurse, 22(2), 333-334.

    Reimer Kirkham, S., Van Hofwegen, L., & Hoe Harwood, C. (2005). Narratives of Social Justice: Student Learning in Innovative Clinical Placements. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 2(1), article 28. Available:

    Van Hofwegen, L., Reimer Kirkham, S., & Hoe Harwood, C. (2005). Accessing the strength of rural health settings: Implications for undergraduate nursing education. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 2(1), article 27. Available:

    Reimer Kirkham, S., Hoe Harwood, C., & Van Hofwegen, L. (2005). Capturing the vision: Undergraduate nursing students in innovative clinical settings. Nurse Educator, 30(6):263-270.

    Reimer Kirkham, S., Pesut, B., Meyerhoff, H., & Sawatzky, R. (2004). Spiritual care-giving at the juncture of religion, culture, and state. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 36(4), 248-269.






  • Memberships & Affiliations

    • Professor, Trinity Western University, School of Nursing
    • Investigator, Critical Inquiry in Health and Health Inequities Research Unit, University of British Columbia
    • Founding member, Religion in Canada Institute, Trinity Western University
    • Founding member:  Gender Studies Institute, Trinity Western University
    • Co-Director: Centre for Equity and Global Engagement
  • Courses Taught at TWU

     NURS 633  Health Care Ethics and Decision-Making

    NURS 550  Health Care Policy

    NURS 530  Nursing Inquiry 1 (Qualitative Research)

    NURS 437  Nursing Issues and Theories

  • Awards & Honours

    2010  College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia, Award of Excellence in Nursing Research

    2001  Elizabeth Kenny McCann Outstanding Dissertation Award, UBC School of Nursing

    2000  Governor General’s Gold Medal, University of British Columbia

    1997 – 1999  National Health Research and Development Program Doctoral  Fellowship ($36,000)

    1999  St. Paul’s Hospital Doctoral Student Research Award ($5,000)


School of Nursing, and School of Graduate Studies

Department or Program:

School of Nursing, and Master of Science in Nursing
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