Kathleen MacMillan



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School of Nursing

Email: kathleen.macmillan@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1143
Fax: 902-494-3487
Mailing Address: 
Room 132, Forrest Bldg.,
Dalhousie Unversity
PO Box 15000
5869 University Avenue
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Patient safety and near-misses
  • Nursing history
  • Nursing human resources planning
  • Interprofessional collaboration


Dr. MacMillan 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. 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), she holds graduate faculty appointments at both UNB and UPEI.


  • Toronto East General Hospital School of Nursing - BN(diploma)
  • University of Toronto -  BSc. (1980)
  • University of Toronto - MA (1983)
  • University of Toronto - MSc. (1992)
  • University of Toronto - PhD (2005)


  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Lamda Pi Chapter
  • Registered Nurses Association of Ontario
  • Margaret M. Allemang Society for the History of Nursing
  • Canadian Association for the History of Nursing
  • College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia
  • College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Association of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward  Island

Awards and Honours

  • Distinguished Alumna, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
  • Honourary Life Membership, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario
  • Honorary Life Membership, Registered Nurses Foundation of Ontario
  • Canadian Nurses Association, Centennial Achievement Award, 2008


  • Tourangeau, AE, Thomson, H, Saari, M, Widger, K, Ferron, EM, MacMillan, K (2012). Determinants of nurse faculty intention to remain employed.  Open Journal of Nursing, 2012, 2, 254-261 OJN doi:10.4236/ojn.2012.23039 Published Online September 2012 (http://www.SciRP.org/journal/ojn/)
  • MacMillan, K.  The challenge of achieving Interprofessional Collaboration: Should we blame Nightingale?  Accepted for publication May 25th, 2012. The Journal of Interprofessional Care.
  • Jeffs, L., Rose, D., MacRae, C., Maione, M. & MacMillan, K. (2011). What Near Misses Tell Us about Risk and Safety in Mental Health Care. Submitted to Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing. (in press). doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2011.01812.x
  • Mohaupt, J., van Soeren, M., Andrusyszyn, M.A., MacMillan, K., Devlin-Cop, S. & Reeves, S. (2012). Understanding interprofessional relationships by the use of contact theory.  Journal of Interprofessional Care, 2012; Early Online: 1–6 q 2012 Informa UK, Ltd. ISSN 1356-1820 print/ISSN 1469-9567 online DOI: 10.3109/13561820.2012.673512
  • van Soeren, M., Devlin-Cop, S., MacMillan, K., Reeves, S. (2012). A virtual learning community for interprofessional education. Journal of Interprofessional Care, Early Online: 1–2 q 2012 Informa UK, Ltd. ISSN 1356-1820 print/ISSN 1469-9567 online DOI: 10.3109/13561820.2011.647124