Dr. Ann Tourangeau’s research is within the broad field of nursing health systems. Her research program focuses on nursing-related determinants of health care outcomes and explores causes and other influencing factors affecting patient safety, nurse, and nurse work environment outcomes. She is also involved in program evaluation research examining outcomes related to the implementation of specific focused interventions such as a nursing leadership development intervention. Currently she is studying determinants of nurse retention in home care, long-term care, acute care and educational sectors to develop knowledge about the reasons nurses leave or stay in their employment. Such knowledge is useful to develop generation specific nurse retention promotion strategies.
Dr. Tourangeau incorporates data from large administrative and clinical databases to answer questions related to the contribution that nursing care and nursing work environments make to these patient and organizational outcomes. She also uses survey methods to collect primary data, particularly related to nurse work, nurse work environments and nurse responses to their work environments. She has expertise in risk adjustment methods used in outcomes research to account for differences in patient characteristics across units of analysis used in a study. Utilization of her research findings are of particular interest to health care administrators, health care leaders, and health policy makers.
Dr. Tourangeau teaches graduate course content related to management and leadership in health services, research, and program development/evaluation.
2001 – PhD, University of Alberta
1988 – MN, University of Alberta
1981 – BScN, University of Alberta