Academic Staff

Terri J. Ashcroft, RN, PhD
Senior Instructor

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PhD, University of Manitoba

MN, University of Manitoba

BN, University of Manitoba

RN, St. Boniface Hospital

Specialty/Clinical/Teaching Areas  

Research Interests: Nursing students with disabilities; Videotaping as an evaluation tool

Clinical Interests: Women's health 

Teaching Areas: Health assessment; Obstetrics and women's health; Health promotion of families from pregnancy to adolescence


2011   University of Manitoba Faculty Access Award
Recognizing commitment to increasing accessibility for students with disabilities

2008   Foundation for Registered Nurses of Manitoba Inc. Scholarship ($4,500)
1994   Edith Parker Graduate Nursing Study Award

1993   University of Manitoba Graduate Studies Fellowship

1993   Margaret Elder Hart Graduate Nursing Study Award

Work Chronology  

August 2000 - Present   Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba
                                    Instructor II
                             Teaching portfolio includes Nursing Health Assessment, Maternal Child Nursing, Health Promotion of Families, Issues and Trends in Nursing, and Nursing Theories.

2005 - 2007   Med-Emerg International – Calian Inc., Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, 17 Wing, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Employed as an advanced practice nurse in the Well Woman Clinic. Provide       gynaecological services such as obtaining Pap samples, sexually transmitted infections teaching, prescribing contraceptives, prenatal and postnatal exams, and breast health.

1998 - 2000   Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg.  Nursing Supervisor at Womens and Childrens Hospitals. Facility manager during evenings, nights and weekends. Responsible for staffing, patient placement and other issues as they arose.

1997   North Central District, Alberta Association of Registered Nurses, Edmonton, Alberta. Communications Coordinator. Managed district office of AARN, serving 10, 000 members. Information conduit between headquarters and North Central District members, media representative, organized nursing and public events regarding the role of nursing in the province of Alberta.

1992-1995   Manitoba Nursing Research Institute, Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba. Research Assistant. Provided research support as directed. Supervisor: Annette Gupton

1984 - 1995   Employed as general duty registered nurse in tertiary and community hospitals in a variety of positions.


Ashcroft, T. & Lutfiyya, Z. Nursing Educators’ Perspectives of Students with Disabilities: A Grounded Theory Study. Nursing Education Today. (in press)

Steinstra, D. & Ashcroft, T.  (2010)Voyaging on the seas of spirit: an ongoing
journey towards understanding disability and humanity. Disability & Society.25:2, 191-203

Sawatzky, J. V., Enns, C, L., Ashcroft, T. J., Davis, P. L., & Harder, B. N. (2009). Teaching excellence in nursing education: A caring framework. Journal of Professional Nursing,

Ashcroft, T., Chernomas, W., Davis, P., Dean, R., Seguire, M., Shapiro, C., Swiderski, L. (2008). Nursing students with disabilities: One faculty’s journey. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. 5(1), article 18.

Ashcroft, T., Chernomas, W., Chalmers, K., Davis, P., Barkwell, D., Seguire, M., Shapiro, C., Dean, R., & Swiderski, L. (2005). Students with Disabilities and the Faculty of Nursing: A  Discussion Document. Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba.

Ashcroft, T. (2005). Clinical preventative services for men: Information for women=s health care providers. AWHONN Lifelines. 8 (6). 528 - 533.

Gupton,A., Heaman,M., & Ashcroft, T. (1997) Bedrest from the perspective of the high-risk pregnant woman. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. 26, 423-430.

Gupton,A., Thompson,L. Arnason,R., Dalke, S. & Ashcroft, T. (1995). Pregnant women and smoking. The Canadian Nurse 91 (7); 26-30.

Ashcroft, T. & Kristjanson, L.J. (1994) Research utilization in maternal-child nursing: Application of the CURN model. Canadian Journal of Nursing Administration 7(3), 90 -102.

Kristjanson, L.J. & Ashcroft, T. (1994). The family's cancer journey. Cancer Nursing, 17(1), 1 - 17.


Harder, N, Ashcroft, T. & Taylor, T. (2012) “Nursing students’ role in patient safety: Communication to empower patients” Recipient Dr John Wade Research Award, Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety.

Ashcroft, T. (2012). Dissertation title: Nursing Educators’ Perspectives of Students with Disabilities: A Grounded Theory Study .University of Manitoba.

T. Ashcroft & N. Harder (2004) Students Perceptions of Videotaped Nursing Health Assessment Demonstration Exams.  Funded by the Faculty of Nursing Endowment Fund ($1400)

T. Ashcroft (2004). Antecedents of Uncertainty in Women Experiencing Complications of Pregnancy. Funded by the Manitoba Association of Registered Nurses ($400).

Conference Presentation  

Ashcroft, T. (2012). Nursing Educators’ Perceptions of Students with Disabilities. Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba Graduate Student Symposium.

Ashcroft, T. (2010).  Shared Responsibility: Educating Nursing Students with Disabilities. Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Conference, Winnipeg, Canada

Ashcroft, T. (2010). Nursing Educators & Disability Advisors: Learning About Each Others’ Worlds. Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Conference, Winnipeg, Canada

Ashcroft, T. & Harder, N. (2006). Videotaping Psychomotor Skills as a Self-Evaluative Tool: Old Technology, New Applications Western Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (WRCASN) Conference, Edmonton, Alberta

Ashcroft, T. & Harder, N. (2005). Videotaping Psychomotor Skills as an Evaluation Tool: Students= Perceptions Sigma Theta Tau International Xi Lambda & Eta Upsilon Chapters Caring: The Journey of Nursing Science.  2nd Biennial International Nursing Research Conference

Invited Guest Lectures  

Ashcroft, T. (2013) Team Based Learning: So Much More Fun Than a Lecture. Mentor, Munch and Muse Series, Faculty of Nursing

Ashcroft, T. (2012) Leveling the Playing Field: Accommodating Students in Clinical Practice Courses, Mentor, Munch and Muse Series, Faculty of Nursing

Ashcroft, T. & Vadnais, A.  (2011). Teaming Up for Success: Reasonable Accommodation in Practicum Courses Invited Professional Development Workshop, University Teaching Services, University of Manitoba.

Ashcroft, T. (2010).  iClickers: Musings of a (formerly) Reluctant Early Adopter Mentor, Munch and Muse Series, Faculty of Nursing

Ashcroft, T. (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008) Nursing Theories Guest Lecture in BPRN Professional Issues course

Ashcroft, T. (2009). Tips & Tools for Successful Candidacies Invited Speaker, Doctoral Students Interest Group, Faculty of Education

Ashcroft, T., Mordoch, E. & Temple, B.February, (2008).  Disabilities Guest panalists in Restoration Nursing Course, Faculty of Nursing

Ashcroft, T. (2004) Nursing in Canada Guest Lecturer, Canadian Communication for Physicians Trained Abroad at Red River College

Ashcroft, T. (2004) Postpartum Recovery and Complications Guest Lecturer, Primary Care Skills, Faculty of Nursing
Committee Membership  

2009 - Present   Co-Chair, Faculty of Nursing Curriculum Development Committee. Co-leading development of innovative concept based curriculum.

2010 - Present   Chair, Faculty of Nursing Accommodations Team. Develop individualized accommodation plans for students with disabilities in clinical practice courses. Provide consultation to faculty members regarding disabilities.

2012 - Present   Member, Cooper Commission Implementation Working Group Sub-committee on Bona Fide Academic Skills. University of Manitoba

2008   College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba Disability Policy Committee

2007 - 2008   Chair, Nursing Week Activities Committee, Faculty of Nursing

2007 - 2008   Member, Teaching Excellence Committee, Faculty of Nursing

2005 - 2008   Member, Nominations Committee, Faculty of Nursing

2006 - 2007   Chair, Families Teaching Team, Faculty of Nursing

2006 - 2007   Member, Curriculum Committee, Faculty of Nursing

2005   Co-Chair, Faculty of Nursing Ad Hoc Committee on Students with Disabilities

2006   Member, Community Principles Committee, Faculty of Nursing

2004 - 2005   Chair, Distinguished Visitor Committee, Faculty of Nursing

2004 - 2006   Member, Curriculum Revision Committee, Faculty of Nursing