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Amy Palma


Amy Palma is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and teaches in a variety of levels in the undergraduate program. She started at McMaster in 2006 as a clinical instructor, and joined the School of Nursing as a full time faculty member in 2008. Her clinical background is in pediatric nursing. Amy is currently the Level 3 Lead for the basic stream at the McMaster site.

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Viegas, J., Palma, A., Benson, L., Manlhiot, C., & McCrindle, B. (2013). Use of local anesthetic for pain control in paediatric cardiac catheterization: A randomised controlled trial [Abstract]. Cardiovascular Journal of Africa, 24(1), 71.


  • Matthew-Maich, N., Martin, L., Ackerman-Rainville, R., Hammond, C., Mines, C., Palma A., Roche, C., Sheremet, D., Stone, R. (2012-2013). What makes an effective tutor in each level of the BScN curriculum? Funded by the Center for Leadership and Learning, McMaster University, $1000, and the Nursing Education Research Unit (NERU), McMaster University, $2000.
  • Palma, A., & Viegas, J. (2009-2012). Use of local anesthetic (0.25% bupivacaine) for pain control in pediatric cardiac catheterization: A randomized controlled trial. Nursing Research Fellowship, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, $2000.


Amy’s research interests include clinical teaching in nursing education, the use of simulation, and pediatric nursing. She is actively involved in a variety of activities related to the scholarship of teaching and learning, including the development of new PBL/PBL scenarios for the undergraduate curriculum and the creation of new high fidelity simulation scenarios. 


In her teaching, Amy strives to motivate and challenge students to achieve their full potential and help shape them into caring, capable, and confident nurses for the future.

Undergraduate Teaching

2014      BScN Program, McMaster University
             Levels 1, 3 and 4, with main focus on clinical teaching.
             N1I02 Introduction to Nursing Practice, Level 1 basic stream - Course planner
             N1J02 Professional Nursing Practice I, Level 1 basic stream - Course planner
            (Academic year 2014/2015)

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