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New publication for graduate student Emily Belita

Apr 20, 2020


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Emily Belita, a PhD student in the School of Nursing, is the lead author on a new article in the Quality Advancement in Nursing Education Journal. Faculty members Dr. Nancy Carter and Dr. Bryant-Lukosius are co-authors. The literature review examines stakeholder engagement in nursing curriculum development and renewal initiatives. 

For the past two years, Belita has worked with the School of Nursing’s graduate curriculum committee as a MacPherson student partner.

Belita explains that the idea for the article started with the committee’s idea to establish a community advisory committee composed of members with diverse expertise in the areas of health and community needs, healthcare, or education. This advisory committee would lend their health care leadership expertise to the curriculum renewal process.

But first the curriculum committee wanted to know the best strategies for working with these community stakeholders. To discover this, they undertook a review of the literature on the topic. “I worked with Dr. Nancy Carter and Dr. Denise Bryant-Lukosius, co-chairs of the curriculum committee. We produced this manuscript to identify and synthesize data on strategies for effective stakeholder engagement in the context of curriculum development. Through this review, we identified several strategies, which then guided our collaboration,” Belita says.

“What has been most interesting about working on this review is that it has been an intersection of two of my interests – community engagement which stems from my experience as a public health nurse, and my developing interest in nursing curriculum development,” she notes.

This is Belita’s fifth journal publication. Her thesis supervisor is Dr. Maureen Dobbins.

Publication details:

Belita, E., Carter, N., & Bryant-Lukosius, D. (2020). Stakeholder engagement in nursing curriculum development and renewal initiatives: a review of the literature. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education, 6(1), 1-17. DOI:

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