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Jennifer Skelly


 Dr. Skelly joined the School of Nursing in 1987 as a Clinical Lecturer. She was the Assistant Dean of the Graduate Nursing Program 2011-2016. She was cross appointed to St. Joseph’s Hospital from  1994 to 2019 where she was the Director of the Continence Program and maintained an active clinical practice two days a week. In 1997, she established the Nurse Continence Advisor certificate program and in 2000, she founded the Canadian Nurse Continence Advisors Association. In 2019 she developed an online undergraduate nursing elective course called Concepts of Continence Care which is open to third and fourth year students.

Select Publications

  • Northwood M., Skelly J., (2014) Improving Continence Care For Older Adults in the Community:  Chronic Care Model Mobilized. Perspectives Vol 37, No 1: 15-23.
  • Skelly J., Northwood M., (2013) Bowel Elimination – Chapter 45 in Potter and Perry Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing Revised 5th Edition, Elsevier Canada, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Ploeg, J., Skelly, J., Rowan, M., Edwards, N., Davies, B., Grinspun, D., Bajnok, I., Downey, A., (2010)  The Role of Nursing Best Practice Champions in Diffusing Practice Guidelines: A Mixed Methods Study.  Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing Vol 7, Issue 4: 238-251.
  • Swanson, GJ, Kaczorowski, J., Skelly, J., Finkelstein, M. (2005). Urinary Incontinence: Common problem among women over 45. Canadian Family Physician, Vol. 51: 84-85.
  • Edwards, N., Davies, B., Ploeg, J., Dobbins, M., Skelly, J., Griffin, P.(2005). Evaluating Best Practice Guidelines: Looking at the process, challenges and lessons learned. The Canadian Nurse, Vol. 101; 2; 18-23.
  • Finkelstein MM, Skelly J., Kaczorowski J, Swanson G. (2002) The Incontinence Quality of Life Instrument (I-QOL) in a Survey ofPrimary Care Patients. J Fam Pract 51 (11):952. (and online).
  • Swanson, GJ., Skelly, J., Hutchinson, B., Kaczorowski, J., (2002) Attitudes, knowledge base and practices towards urinary incontinence: A national survey of family physicians in Canada. Canadian Family Physician Vol 48:86-92.


  • 2008 - Canadian Nurses Association Centennial Award
  • 2004  - RNAO - Leadership in Nursing Research Award
  • 1994-1999  - Career Scientist Award, Ontario Ministry of Health
  • 1991-1994 - Health Research Personnel Development Program Fellowship Ontario  Ministry of Health


  • Skelly, J., Virani, T., Fedorkow, D., Stacey, D., Bajnok, I., Nazarali, R., Incontinence in mid-life women: Developing evidence-based tools to aid in communication and decision-making. Funded by Echo: Improving Women’s Health in Ontario. January 2011 – March 2012, $50,000.
  • Skelly, J., Improving Continence Care for Seniors in the Community – Funded under the Aging at Home Year 2 by the HNHB LHIN. September 2009 – March 2011, $246,725.
  • Skelly, J., Handyside, J., Pak, S., Murray M., Carmichael, M., IC3- Improving Continence Care in the Community – Funded by the Health Care Performance Network (HCPN) OMH and LTC. April 2006 – March 2007, $240,750.


Dr. Skelly has devoted much of her research in the past 22 years looking at conservative management of urinary incontinence(UI), self management of UI and best practice guidelines.


Graduate Teaching

2016      NUR 715 - Tutor
             NUR 711 - Tutor

Undergraduate Teaching

2016      BScN Program, McMaster University
             Level 4 - Clinical Tutor

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