Centenary Medal – Colleen Stainton

BSN’61,UBC and both MSN ’71 & PhD (Nursing)’85 from the University of California, San Francisco: Paul Harris Fellow ( Calgary Rotary). 2012 Nursing Award of Distinction (UBC)

Dr. Stainton devoted her career to promoting excellence in nursing as an educator, clinical role model and researcher. During 25 years on the University of Calgary Faculty, she became known nationally and internationally for her ability to integrate meaningful research, relevant education and expert nursing practice.  Invited workshops and consultations locally, nationally and in Taiwan, Sweden, Japan, Denmark, and Nigeria focused on transitions from hospital to university education and nursing research development.

Her research focus on early parent-infant relationships tracked the development of attachment, described perinatal experiences such as during high risk pregnancy, induction of labour, neonatal care. All research evolved from nursing practice and research teams always involved clinicians and students from development to presentations and publications.

In 1996, she was recruited to become Australia’s first Clinical Professor of Women’s Health Nursing, an endowed Chair and joint appointment between the University of Sydney and the Royal Hospital for Women to “ develop a research culture in nursing” by establishing the Centre for Women’s Health Nursing in the RHW. Many studies of a wider range of women’s health issues were completed.

Since retirement in 2007, she enjoys using research skills in community projects, and volunteering. She is a Board member of a primary care clinic.  She continues to promote the importance of the role of nursing to nurses, other professionals and the public.