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Sanja Visekruna


Dr. Sanja Visekruna joined McMaster University in July 2021 as an Assistant Professor. She is passionate about teaching and learning in undergraduate and graduate nursing education. Her nursing practice experiences in critical care, paediatric type 1 diabetes (community), project management, research, and teaching, inspire the health systems lens that positions her pedagogy about topics grounded in nursing practice.

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  • McGillis Hall, L., Lalonde, M., Visekruna, S., Chartrand, A., Reali, V., & Feather, J. (2019). A comparative analysis of NCLEX pass rates: Nursing health human resources considerations. Journal of Nursing Management, 27(6), 1067-1074.      
  • Visekruna, S., McGillis Hall, L., Parry, M., Spalding, K. (2017). Intersecting health policy and the social determinants of health in pediatric type 1 diabetes management and care. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 37, 62-69.     
  • Visekruna, S., Edge, D. S., & Keeping-Burke, L. (2015). “Being in balance”: Self-management Experiences Among Young Women with Type 1 Diabetes. The Qualitative Report, 20(9), 1373-1393.   


  • 2017     AstraZeneca Award, Canadian Nurses Foundation
  • 2017     Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing
  • 2016     Dorothy Monteith Scholarship, Registered Nurses’ Foundation of Ontario


McGillis Hall, L. (PI), & Visekruna, S. (Co-Investigator). CFNU National Nurse Study: Outlook on Nursing Study. Funding: Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU). $101,595.00. June 1, 2019 - July 31, 2020.

McGillis Hall, L. (PI), Sermeus, W., Lalonde, M., Visekruna, S. (Co-Investigator), & Harris, A. RN4Cast Ontario - Canada. Funding: Ontario Nurses Association. $237,300.00. June 2017 - May 2020.


Dr. Visekruna’s research interests include nursing roles and competencies (e.g., entry-to-practice, advanced practice), chronic disease management (e.g., diabetes), and program planning and evaluation. In her doctoral mixed methods study, she examined the type 1 diabetes health needs of children in Ontario, cost burden of diabetes health technologies on families, and diabetes nurse educator role, in the context of health policy and the determinants of health. 


Undergraduate Teaching

Fall 2021: HTHSCI 4NR3 - Nursing Research, N2MM3 - Nursing Concepts in Health and Illness I  

Winter 2022: HTHSCI 3C04 - Research Appraisal and Utilization in Evidence Informed Decision Making, N2NN3 - Nursing Concepts in Health and Illness II

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