Blackstock, Dr. Sheila

Sheila Blackstock
PhD, COHN (University of Alberta); RN, MScN, BScN (UNBC) Associate Professor
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  • Prince George


Dr. Sheila Blackstock RN, BScN, MScN, COHN, PhD is a Gitxsan nursing scholar. She has over 32 years of nursing experience ranging from acute care to rural health, Indigenous and occupational health nursing.

Dr. Blackstock has developed and delivered an interdisciplinary indigenous health course and an Indigenous nursing practice course for Thompson Rivers University. She is a Board of Director for the First Nations Health Authority, and the inaugural Indigenous faculty representative on the board of the Canadian Nurses Association. She was appointed by the Minister of Health to the provincial In Plain Sight task force where she is working to change health care legislation, and to enact cultural safety and humility for Indigenous Peoples at points of care.

Research and Expertise

Her research and scholarship focus on using a decolonizing approach to improving Indigenous holistic health and the empowerment of nurses, and nurse leaders to improve the quality of nursing practice work environments. She uses an organizational context to explore the role of oppression embedded within organizational workplace structures, processes, policies. The effects of oppression on nursing leadership, new graduate nurses, students are linked to the creation of fertile work environments where experiences of incivility and bullying are more apt to occur. The findings of her research arm health care administrators with the information to change organizational structures, processes, and policies to improve the quality of nursing practice environments for nursing leaders and nurses.

Research Fields:
  • First Nations
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Indigenous Health
  • Northern Issues
  • Occupational Health Nursing
Areas of Expertise:

Quality of work-life, Incivility, Indigenous Health Nursing, Organizational Change, Occupational Health

Languages Spoken:
  • English
Currently accepting graduate students
Supervises in:
  • MScN Nursing
  • PhD Nursing
  • PhD Health Sciences
Available to be contacted by the media as a subject matter expert

Selected Publications

Blackstock, S., Cummings, G.C., Glanfield, F. & Yonge, O. (2022). A review: Developing an ecological model approach to co-worker incivility experiences of new graduate nurses. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 78(6), 1535-1550.

Blackstock, S., Salami, B., & Cummings, G. (2018). "Organizational antecedents, policy and horizontal violence among nurses: An integrative review." Journal of Nursing Management* 26, 972-991.

Blackstock, S., Harlos, K., MacLeod, M., & Hardy, C. (2015). The impact of organizational factors on horizontal bullying and turnover intentions in the nursing workplace. Journal of Nursing Management, 23(8), 1106-14.

Blackstock, S. Y. (2017). Shifting the academic lens: Development of an Interdisciplinary Indigenous Health Course. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 7(1), 11-16.

Curriculum Vitae

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