McMaster University

McMaster University

Colleen A. McKey

Colleen A. McKey

Associate Professor, Assistant Dean & Associate Director, School of Nursing
Director, Leadership and Management Program
Lead Faculty of Health Sciences Academic Leadership Program
BScN (Niagara University), MScHSA (D’Youville College), PhD (Capella University), CHE (Canadian College Health Leaders), FACHE (American College Health Executives)

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McMaster University
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Hamilton, ON  L8S 4K1


Dr. Colleen McKey joined McMaster University in 1999. Currently she is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing where she teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of leadership and management. She also holds an appointment in the Master of Health Science Education Program. Currently, Dr. McKey is Assistant Dean & Associate Director, School of Nursing; Director, Leadership and Management Program; and Lead, Faculty of Health Sciences Academic Leadership Portfolio.

In addition, Dr. McKey is an Accreditation Reviewer with the Canadian Association Schools of Nursing and a Quality Reviewer for the Institutional Quality Assurance Process Reviews Program in Ontario.


Dr. McKey’s research and scholarship foci include leadership and management; professional practice; faculty development; and delivery of health care services.

Selected Grants

  • Wong, A. McKey, C., & Bayer, I. Soul on Fire: Narratives to Inspire. Forward with Integrity Provost Fund. 2014, $5,000.
  •  McKey, C., Mohide, E. A., Skelly, J., Noesgaard, C., Nagel, K., & Pope-Lyster, C. Peer to Peer Review of Scholarly Teaching. NERU. 2013, $1,900.
  • Wong, A., & McKey, C.  Leaning in: Gender and leadershipFaculty of Health Science Continuing Education Department Funding. 2013, $14,000.

Courses Taught

Dr. McKey’s teaching philosophy is based on the belief that the roles of teacher and learner are intertwined. Her vision of education is the creation of learner, faculty, and practice partnerships that create change opportunities in professional practice environments. It is in these environments that interaction and discovery take place between the educator and learner, between learners, and among the educator, learner, and practice setting.

Undergraduate Teaching

NB406/HS4E06, Leadership and Management in Health Care Organizations

N4Z03/HS4Z03, Conflict Management in Health Care Organizations

N4I03/HS4I03, Leading Effective Teams in Health Care Organizations

N4HH3/HS4HH3, Quality Management in Health Care Organizations

N4DD6/HS4DD6, Advanced Leadership Management in Health Care Organizations

N4FF3/HS4FF3, Integrative Leadership Project

Graduate Teaching

HSEDUC 706, MSc Health Science Education Program

Selected Presentations

  • McCutcheon, S., McKey, C., & Rogers, K. (2006, March). Rekindling the Spark for Nurse Leaders: Strategic Planning with a Provincial Interest Group. NLN.ON Conference, Toronto. Poster presentation.
  • Lunyk, O., Brown, B., McKey, C., Mathew-Maich, N., Mines, C., Carpio, B., Drummond-Young, M., Noesgaard, C., & Linton, J. May 2006. Faculty development for nurse educators in a problem-based learning curriculum: the impact on knowledge and comfort. Poster presented at 1st Nurse Education International Conference: Developing collaborative practice in health and social care education. Vancouver, Canada.

Selected Publications

  • McKey, C. (2013). Building Teams Through Communication and Partnerships. Leading and Managing in Nursing First Canadian Edition. Toronto, ON. In Press.
  • Cziraki, K., McKey, C., Peachey, G., Baxter, P., & Flaherty, B. (2013). Factors that attract and retain RNs in the first line manager role. Journal of Nursing Management. DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12093.
  • Toth, K.E., & McKey, C. (2010).  Identifying the potential organizational impact of an educational international journal of academic development.  International Journal of Academic Development. 15 (10) 73-83.
  • Toth, K.E., & McKey, C. (2010).  Educational peer review:  On size may not fit all.  Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 40 (1), 53-69.
  • Jeffs, L., MacMillan, K., McKey, C., & Ferris, E. (2009). Nursing leaders’ accountability to narrow the safety chasm:  Insights and implications from the collective evidence based on health care safety.  Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 22, 86-93.
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