Tracy L. Powell, RN

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Contact Information
phone: 403.440.8847

PhD(c), University of Victoria
MN, University of Calgary
BScN, Western University
Tracy is a Registered Nurse with a clinical background in oncology, cancer care and palliative care. Her research is focused on medical assistance in dying (MAID)/assisted death, nursing ethics, public policy, and oncology nursing. Tracy’s doctoral research focuses on the experiences of bereaved family members of MAID recipients. Through this qualitative research, Tracy seeks to both understand the experiences of family members and describe how MAID implementation, policy and processes in different provinces have influenced family members' experiences.

Tracy’s other recent research projects have focused on teaching and learning and clinical practice development. She has co-led survey research on graduate studies & clinical practice for oncology nurses; and qualitative research on the experiences of first year nursing students participating in a shadow learning experience in an outpatient oncology clinic.

Areas of Instruction
  • Nursing leadership
  • Social justice
  • Nursing ethics
  • Clinical practicum- transitioning to independent practice

Areas of Scholarship
  • Medical assistance in dying/assisted death; End-of-life care
  • Family member/caregiver experiences
  • Oncology nursing and cancer care
  • Nursing and health professional ethics
  • Nurse education

Selected Publications
Powell, T.L., Cooke, J., & Brakke, A. (2019). Altered nursing student perspectives: Impact of a pre-clinical observation experience at an outpatient oncology setting. Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal (CONJ), 29(1), 33-38. doi:10.5737 /236880762913338

Galica, J., Bilodeau, K., Strohschein, F., Powell, T., Lambert, L., & Truant, T. (2018). Building and Sustaining a Postgraduate Student Network: The Experience of Oncology Nurses in Canada. Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal (CONJ), 28(4), 288-293. doi:10.5737/23688076284288293

Jakubec, S., Tomaszewski, A., Powell, T., & Osuji, J. (2012). “More than the house”: A Canadian perspective on housing stability. Housing, Care and Support Journal, 15(3), 99-108. doi: 10.1108/14608791211268518

Selected Presentations
Powell, T.L. (8 January 2020). Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID). Origin at Spring Creek. Canmore, AB. Oral presentation. (Invited)

Powell, T.L. (23 October 2019). How might the experiences of bereaved family members be studied in the context of medical assistance in dying (MAID)? [Conference presentation-oral]. CANO/ACIO 2019 Annual Conference, Winnipeg, Canada

Haase, K.R., Horrill, T., Lambert, L., Powell, T., & Strohschein, F. (23 October 2019). Integrating oncology practice and academic worlds: Results from an international survey [Conference presentation-oral]. CANO/ACIO 2019 Annual Conference, Winnipeg, Canada

Powell, T.L. (4 October 2019). Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID). Alberta Managers Society – Senior Citizen Housing, 2019 Fall Workshop. Red Deer, AB. Workshop facilitation. (Invited)

Powell. T.L., Galica, J., Haase, K., Kaur, J., Lambert, L., Strohschein, F., & Truant, T. (October 2018). Bridging graduate studies and clinical practice for the benefit of oncology patients and families: Ne’r the twain shall meet? [Conference presentation- workshop]. CANO/ACIO 2018 Annual Conference, Charlottetown, Canada

Community Service
  • Chair- Doctoral Student Network (DSN) (2018-2021), Canadian Association of Nursing in Oncology/ Association Canadienne des infermière en oncologie (CANO/ACIO)
  • Collective Bargaining Committee member (2020-2022) (2010-2012), Mount Royal Faculty Association (MRFA)
  • Executive Board Member-at-Large (2013-2016), Mount Royal Faculty Association (MRFA)
  • Member Development Committee member (2012-2015), International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC)
  • President of the Oncology Nurses Interest Group of Alberta (ONIGA- South) (2006- 2009), Chapter of the Canadian Association of Nursing in Oncology/ Association Canadienne des infermière en oncologie (CANO/ACIO)