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Dr. Michelle Freeman, PhD, RN, CPPS

Academic Qualifications:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 1976; University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario
Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences 1976; University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario
Master of Science in Nursing 1991; Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan                                         
Graduate Certificate in Gerontology 1994; Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University; Detroit,Michigan
Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing) 2012, McMaster University; Hamilton, Ontario
Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS)
Certified Just Culture (Outcome Engenuity)

Diverse experience in health care settings in Canada and the United States; an advanced practice nurse with a clinical specialty in geriatrics; worked as bedside nurse, clinical educator, clinical nurse specialist, an educational specialist (ambulatory care), geriatric consultant (acute and long term care), nurse practitioner (acute care), project manager (case management) and corporate director and consultant (patient safety and quality); developed and directed programs in the community (Alzheimer’s Society and Quick Response Program).

Currently tenured associate professor; Graduate Coordinator; teaches Nursing Leadership, Quality Improvement to graduates & patient safety to undergraduates

Co-investigator in the Nursing Health Services Research Unit (NHSRU), McMaster University site; Chairperson for Medication Safety Committee and Medication and Patient Safety Advisory Committee; Faculty advisor for IHI Open School for Health Professionals, Windsor Chapter.

Research Interests:
Health services (e.g., health human resources; nurse migration; models of care; intraprofessional practice; leadership) and health outcomes (e.g., patient safety and quality improvement)

Selected Publications:

Patrick, Linda; Freeman, Michelle; Painter, Stephanie (2014). Chapter 7 The Journey from Student to Graduate Nurse In edited book (Gregory et al), Fundamentals of Nursing Practice, Elsevier.

Freeman, Michelle, Beaulieu, Lizette & Crawley, Jamie (2015). Canadian nurse graduates considering migrating abroad for work: Are their expectations being met in Canada? Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 47(4), 80-96.

Armstrong-Stassen, Marjorie; Freeman, Michelle; Rajacich, Dale; Cameron, Sheila (2015). Nurse managers' role in older nurses' intention to stay of older nurses: The challenge for nurse managers. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 29(1), 55-74.

Meloche, Fran & Freeman, Michelle (2014). A win-win for residents, nursing students and the long-term care sector: Precepted clinical placements in long-term care homes for pre-graduate nursing students. Perspectives in Gerontological Nursing, 37(2), 23-27.

Rajacich, D; Freeman, M; Armstrong-Stassen, M; Cameron, S; Wolfe, B. (2014). Commuter migration: Work environment factors influencing nurses’ decisions regarding choice of employment. Nursing Leadership, 27(2), 56-67.

Freeman, Michelle (2014, November). Matching the right patient to the right care. Canadian Nurse, 14.

Rajacich, D., Kane, D., Lafreniere, K., Freeman, M., & Cameron, S. (2014). Work factors influencing male RNs job satisfaction and intent to stay in the profession. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 46 (3) 94-109.

Armstrong-Stassen, Marjorie, Rajacich, Dale, Cameron, Sheila, & Freeman, Michelle (2012). Do nurse managers understand how to retain seasoned nurses? Perceptions of nurse managers and direct-care nurses of valued human resource practices. Nursing Economic$, 32(4), 211-218.

Freeman, Michelle A., "Nurse Migration Intentions in a Canadian Border City" (2012). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 6900.

Freeman, M., Baumann, A., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Blythe, J., Fisher, A. (2012). Employment Goals, Expectations, and Migration Intentions of Nursing Graduates in a Canadian Border City: A mixed methods study. Journal of International Nursing Studies, 49(12), 1531-1543.

Freeman, M., Baumann, A., Blythe, J., Fisher, A., Akhtar-Danesh, N. (2011). Migration: a concepanalysis from a nursing perspective. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(5), 1176-1186. doi: 10.1111/j1365-2648.2011.05858.x

Freeman, M., Baumann, A, Blythe, J., Fisher, A., & Akhtar-Danesh, N. (2012). Case Study Methodology in Nurse Migration Research: An Integrative Review. Applied Nursing Research, 25, 222-228.

Singh, A., & Freeman, M. (2011). The important role for nurses in supporting the Asian Hindu patient and family at end-of-life: Providing culturally sensitive end-of-life care. Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal,21(1), 46-47.

Kovosi, S. & Freeman, M (2011). Administering medication for Parkinson’s disease on time. Nursing 2011, 41(3), 66.

Cameron, S., Armstrong-Stassen, M., Rajacich, D., & Freeman, M. (2010). Working in Canada or the United States: Perceptions of Canadian nurses living in a border community. Nursing Leadership, 23(3), 30-45.

Beaulieu, L. & Freeman, M (2009). Nursing shortcuts can short cut safety. Nursing 2009, 39(12), 16-17.doi: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000365016.08493.41

Baugh, R. & Freeman, M. (March/April 2003). Ingredients of a successful case management program. The Physician Executive, 30-33.

Freeman, M. & Zack, B. (1996). Triaging seniors in health crisis in the Emergency Department: A three year summary. Perspectives,20(3), 8-11.    

Freeman, M. (1994, September/October). Quick response programs: Effective management of a population in crisis. Leadership in Health Services, 3(5), 36-39.

Courses Taught:

  • 63-235: Health Issues in Gerontology
  • 63:333: Teaching, Learning and Information Technology
  • 63-472: Clinical Experience- Course Facilitator
  • 63-433/473: Leadership and Management
  • 63-477: Directed Study
  • 63-481: Transitions
  • 63-596: Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Leadership
  • 63-597: Innovation in Nursing Leadership
  • 63-580: Patient Safety and Quality Improvement for the Advanced Practice Nurse
  • 63-580: Readings in Gerontological Nursing
  • 63-399: Patient Safety: Creating a Safer Healthcare System
  • 63-580: Quality Improvement for the Healthcare Professional