Faculty & Staff

Murray A. Holtby

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Administrative title: Chair, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Academic title: Assistant Professor, Bachelor of Nursing (Y464)

Degrees: PhD(nursing) BTh RN

Email: mholtby@mtroyal.ca
Phone: 403.440.6027

Areas of Academic Interest
Philosophical issues surrounding the practice of advance care planning, ethical implications and human impact of technologically sustained chronicity, family and gerontological nursing, interprofessional practices in healthcare delivery, philosophical hermeneutics as a research practice in nursing, forming lives/forming practice, the theory and praxis of nursing

 

 


Teaching

  • Health Promotion with Individuals I: Lab
  • Alterations in Health: Nursing Knowledge and Therapeutics I: Tutorial
  • Professional Practice I: Clinical
  • Research for Practice in Health and Community Studies
  • Adult Health
  • Seniors' Health

Clinical Practice

  • Nephrology/Transplant
  • Gerontology
  • Orthopedics

Scholarship and Research

Invited, Peer-Reviewed and Commissioned Publications, Presentations, and Documents
Holtby, M. A. (2011, October). How do you answer a question like that? PhD thesis findings presented at the Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technicians 2011 Conference "Blazing New Trails" Calgary, Canada.

Holtby, M. A. (2011, June). How do you answer a question like that? Summary of PhD thesis findings to the advance care planning-goals of care team, Alberta Health Services Calgary Zone, Canada.

Holtby, M. A. (2011, June). How do you answer a question like that? PhD thesis findings presented at the 3rd Canadian Hermeneutic Institute Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Ewashen, C. J., Rosenau, P. Holtby, M. A. (2010 October). Our experience of immersive learning at the Betty Ford Institute for Medical Students. Presentation to the Betty Ford Center Alumni Chapter Alcoholics Anonymous, Calgary Alberta, Canada.

Ewashen, C. J., Rosenau, P. Holtby, M. A. (2010 June). Our experience of immersive learning at the Betty Ford Institute for Medical Students. Presentation to the University of Calgary Nursing Faculty Association Meeting Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Holtby, M. A. (2009, May) Advance care planning in nephrology: What are we stepping into? Presentation at renal research rounds, Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary, Canada.

Holtby, M. A., & Visser, M. (2008). Interprofessional education for collaborative patient-centred practice: Toward a strategic action plan for the Calgary Health Region. Calgary, Canada: Calgary Health Region

Holtby, M. A. (2008, November). Advance care planning and the meaning of health at the intersection of life and technology: A research proposal. Presentation at a research capacity and development seminar, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Visser, M., & Holtby, M. A. (2007, September). Building connections for transformational change. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Calgary Health Region Interprofessional Practice Conference "Collaborating for Patient-Centred Care" Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Holtby, M. A. (2007, May). A conceptual framework for supportive geratological care. Poster presented at the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association 14th Biennial Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Holtby, M. A. (2007). Facilitating advance care planning for patients with end stage renal disease: The patient perspective [Research review]. CANNT Journal, 17(3), 86.

Holtby, M. A. (2007). Hope and advance care planning in patients with end stage renal disease: Qualitative interview study [Research review]. CANNT Journal, 17(3), 85-86.

Holtby, M. A. (2007). Know how it works before you fix it: A data analysis strategy from an inpatient nephrology patient-flow improvement project. CANNT Journal, 17(1), 30-36.

Service
Peer Reviewer: Journal of Applied Hermeneutic

Other Areas of Interest
Murray has abiding interests in the application of the principles of primary healthcare to the practice of nursing and in the understanding of cultural diversity in the experiences of health and illness. Murray has had several trans-cultural health and teaching related experiences: teaching English as an additional language in the English department of Huazhong Agricultural University (Wuhan PRC) to PhD students and to Government Officials, teaching English language and North American culture to Hmong Refugees in the Ban Vinai Refugee camp in Thailand, and participating as a student nurse in a primary healthcare/community healthcare practicum in several locations in Niger.

Murray's first degree was in theology. He maintains an interest in theology from the perspective of the spiritual aspects of nursing practice and the possible application of "secular theology" to the mediation of secular and religious understandings of the sanctity of life in advance care planning in the context of technologically sustained chronic illness.

Murray spearheaded the formation of a Philosophy Club for Graduate nursing students while he was a graduate student at the University of Calgary, and he played a supportive role in the formation of the Philosophy Interest Group for faculty in the School of Nursing at Mount Royal University.

Murray was a member of the first group of nurses to graduate from the Betty Ford Institute Spring Institute for Medical Students held at the Betty Ford Center, Rancho Mirage, CA in March 2010.