Dr. Kathleen MacMillan




Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Current position:

Professor (Immediate Past Director) of the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University

Dr. Kathleen MacMillan is a Professor in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. She is a graduate of the Toronto East General Hospital School of Nursing (diploma) and the University of Toronto (BSc, 1980; MA, 1983, MSc, 1992; PhD, 2005). Her professional experience includes nursing practice, administration, research, education and health policy. She has been recognized as a distinguished alumna of the Faculty of Nursing at the U of T and received a Centennial Achievement Award from the Canadian Nurses Association in 2008. In 2017, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. MacMillan was the first Provincial Chief Nursing Officer for the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long Term Care (1999-2001) and Executive Director, Office of Nursing Services for First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada (2001-2004). Prior to her appointment to Dalhousie University, she was Dean, School of Health Sciences at Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning in Toronto. She holds a graduate faculty appointment at the University of Prince Edward Island. Her research interests are in patient safety, nursing human resources, nursing history and interprofessional collaboration.

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