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Ola Lunyk-Child


Ola Lunyk Child joined McMaster University in 1988 and was thrilled to return to her alma mater as an Assistant Professor. 

Ola held a variety of roles in the undergraduate nursing program including Level 1 Chair, Coordinator of Studies, and Chair of Admissions.  In addition to these administrative roles, Ola taught across all levels of the program in both theoretical and clinical courses.  She contributed to curriculum development and program evaluation.

Select Publications

  • Drummond-Young, M., Brown, B., Noesgaard, C., Lunyk-Child, O., Matthew-Maich, N., Mines, C., & Linton, J. (2009). A comprehensive faculty development model for nursing education.  Journal of Professional Nursing, 26(3), 152-161.
  • Matthew-Maich, N., Mines, C., Brown, B., Lunyk-Child, O., Carpio, C., Drummond-Young, M., Noesgaard, C., & Linton, J.  (2007). Evolving as nurse educators in problem based learning through a community of faculty development.  Journal of Professional Nursing, 23, 75-82.
  • Lunyk-Child, O., Crooks, D., Ellis, P., Ofosu, C., O’Mara, L., & Rideout, E. (2001).  Self-directed learning: Faculty and student perceptions. Journal of Nursing Education. 40(3), 1-8.
  • Lunyk-Child, O., Patterson, C., & Crooks, D. Setting the stage for re-examining self-directed learning: Capitalizing on the past to direct the future of nursing education. Nurse Educator, 2001.


  • 2005    MSU Teaching Award 


  • Boblin, S.I., Drummond-Young, M., & Lunyk Child, O. Socialization of accelerated stream students into nursing. Nursing Education Research Unit. 2008, $2,000.
  • Manankil Rankin, L., Lunyk Child, O., Bentley Poole, L., Martin, L. Evaluating the impact of a Capstone project on student learning.  Nursing Education Research Unit. 2013, $2,000.


Ola's research interests include the experience of nursing graduates at time of entry to practice and 18 months post-graduation.  She is also engaged in evaluating the effectiveness of innovative teaching strategies such as the impact of a Capstone project on the integration of learning.   Responsible for admission of applicants to the nursing program, Ola is engaged in identifying a process that will ensure seats are offered to those who are academically most qualified and demonstrate a strong desire to pursue a career in nursing.


Ola enjoys teaching Level 1 students, helping them transition to university and a new way of learning in a problem-based, self-directed program taught in small groups.  She also teaches Level IV students and assists them with the transition to professional practice.  Her goal is to ensure students gain the skill set necessary to become lifelong learners.

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