McMaster University

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Two distinguished nursing professors retire

Published: December 19, 2013

Two prominent nursing professors — Alba DiCenso and Heather Arthur — are retiring from McMaster University's School of Nursing (SON) this month.

Throughout their careers, both emerged as leading internationally-recognized researchers in their specific specialties: DiCenso in advanced practice nursing and Arthur in cardiac rehabilitation.

"Both Alba and Heather have blazed trails, achieving the highest quality in their research and teaching and helping establish the School of Nursing's reputation for research capacity," said Catherine Tompkins, associate dean, health sciences (nursing). "We're going to miss their valuable contributions, but wish them the best in retirement."


Alba DiCenso

Alba DiCenso
Alba DiCenso, professor, School of Nursing

DiCenso earned both her nursing ('74) and master of Design, Measurement and Evaluation ('81) degrees at McMaster. Since joining McMaster in 1978 as a lecturer, the professor has held the CHSRF/CIHR Chair in Advanced Practice Nursing and served as director of the CHSRF/CIHR Ontario Training Centre in Health Services and Policy Research.

Her primary research interests have included health services research, evidence-based nursing, and the introduction and evaluation of acute care and primary care nurse practitioner roles. Most recently, her research focused on the facilitators and barriers to the full integration of nurse practitioners into primary health care, and the role of nurse practitioners in the emergency department and long-term care.

In 2008, she was a recipient of the Canadian Nurses Association's Centennial Award.


Heather Arthur

Heather Arthur
Heather Arthur, professor, School of Nursing

Arthur is a '75 alumna of the nursing school. The professor joined the faculty at McMaster in 1981, and came to cardiac rehabilitation by way of her work in psychiatry when she decided to marry her past interest with the mind and cardiovascular disease.

Considered one of the leading scientists in Canada in the area of cardiac rehabilitation, she recently became the first woman and the first nursing professional to be awarded the Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation's Terry Kavanagh Prize.

Arthur has published widely on her research which has ranged from Type A behavior patterns to women and heart disease and behavioral predictors and recovery from heart disease.

She held the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario/Michael G. DeGroote Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Nursing Research and was the chief scientific officer at Hamilton Health Sciences.


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