Robert Catena, MN, RN

Robert Catena

Academic title: Associate Professor

Contact information
Office: Y364
Phone: 403-440-8616

MN, University of Calgary
BScN, University of Alberta

In addition to the academic position as an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, MRU, Robert continues to maintain clinical practice in Pediatric Nursing (critical care). This has allowed Robert to be well positioned to pursue an inquiry of various pedagogical approaches to learning, which has developed into an appreciation of simulated learning. Robert undertook many Professional Development opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills aimed at simulation teaching/learning and debriefing. Robert is currently involved in undergraduate simulation at Mount Royal University, and Interprofessional Education simulation in the KidSIM Program, Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary. Robert continues to be engaged in simulation education and research activities supporting healthcare professionals and students in simulated learning experiences.

Areas of instruction

  • Child Health
  • Leadership
  • Simulation
  • Clinical Practice

Areas of scholarship

  • Debriefing
  • Simulation (Communication, Teamwork)
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Leadership


Selected Presentations
June, 2018 Catena, R., MacLean, H., Angus, S. (2018). Does Rapid Cycle Deliberate Practice Support Student Learning During a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation High Fidelity Simulation?. International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning 2018, Toronto, ONT. (Role: First Listed Author)

June, 2016 Catena, R., Semple, L., Kennedy, A., Sherrow, T. (2016). Evaluation of Student Nurse learning Through High Fidelity Interprofessional Simulation. International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning (INACSL), Gaylord Texan Resort, Grapevine, TX. INACSL Conference, 2016. (Role: First Listed Author)

February, 2015 Semple, L., Catena, R., Kennedy, A. (2015). Student Nurse Experience and Learning during Interprofessional Simulation. WRNCASN Conference 2015, Cranbrook, B.C. (Role: Co-Author)

June, 2014 Boman, J., Catena, R., Funk, S., Skelton, S., Wiebe, D., Yeo, M. (2014). Transitioning from Professional to Academic Life: The First Year. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Queens University. (Role: Co-Author)

January, 2014 Semple, L., Catena, R., Pritchard-Kennedy, A., Szabo-Hart, J., Sherrow, T. (2014). Exploring the Blend of Traditional and Contemporary Active Learning Strategies for Undergraduate Students. Hawaii International Conference on Education. (Role: Co-Author)


Relevant Community Service

  • February 20, 2019 – Present. Executive Committee Member, Western North-Western Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing
  • December, 2017 – Present. Steering Committee Member. Calgary Interprofessional Collaborative Leadership Committee. Contribute with the Review of IPE Simulation events for Students in Healthcare Professions within the Calgary region. (Role: Committee)