• Portrait of Kim Mitchell.
  • Assistant professor

    College of Nursing
    Helen Glass Centre for Nursing
    Room 319 - 89 Curry Place
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2

    Phone: 204-474-9317
    Email: kim.mitchell@umanitoba.ca

Teaching philosophy

 My areas of teaching expertise focus on the professional foundations of nursing with a specific focus on research and evidence-based practice. In the classroom, I am versatile, reflective, and above all else, and human.

A research program that focuses on studying nursing education and the nursing identity, has contributed to an empathetic awareness of the student experience.

My approach to teaching is evidence-based and threshold concept focused and emphasizes student choice in learning, which ultimately allows them to connect their learning to their nursing identity.

I accomplish the teaching of threshold concepts through conscious scaffolding using well developed assignments that can spark individual passions while achieving course objectives.

These choices are intended to facilitate more equitable evaluation practices in my teaching which focuses on learning achieved rather than grades.

Research summary

Dr. Mitchell uses mixed methods approaches to explore language and literacy needs of nursing students and the impacts of literacy (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) in medical language contexts on academic performance, student retention, nursing identity, and regulation of nursing practice.

Her doctoral work focused on the development and psychometric testing of the Situated Academic Writing Self-Efficacy Scale.

Her paper, "Constructing Writing Practices in Nursing" won the Christine A. Tanner scholarly writing award for best article in Journal of Nursing Education, 2018-2019.

Reading and writing in nursing education are the primary focus of her investigations along with interest in threshold concept theory, social constructionism, social cognitive theories, metacognition, and learning epistemologies.

Dr. Mitchell is interested in working with graduate students wishing to focus on research questions exploring nursing education, or on any nursing topic wishing to use instrument development and measurement techniques, structural equation modelling, or mixed methodology research approaches.


    • Evidence-based practice
    • Instrument development
    • Interpretive analysis approaches
    • Learning epistemologies
    • Literacy
    • Mixed-methods
    • Psychometrics
    • Quantitative research
    • Reading
    • Structural equation modelling
    • Threshold concepts
    • Writing


Kim M. Mitchell is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences since August 2022.

She is a career nurse educator who prior to coming to the University of Manitoba, taught for 20 years at RRC Polytech in Winnipeg where she was an instructor from 2002-2019, and coordinator of research and quality improvement from 2019-2022.

Prior to entering nursing education, Kim worked in cardiac care and intensive care at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg.

She is the currently:

  • Co-editor of Discourse and Writing/Rédactologie, the Journal of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing.
  • Co-chair of the Canadian Association of Canadian Schools of Nursing, Nursing Education Research Group.


Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, University of Manitoba (2021)

Certificate of Adult Education, Red River College Polytechnic (2016)

Master of Nursing, University of Manitoba (2002)

Bachelor of Nursing, University of Manitoba (1997)

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, University of Manitoba (1992)


Christine A. Tanner Award for Scholarly Writing, Best Article, Journal of Nursing Education (2019)

Research Manitoba PhD Studentship (2017-2019)

Red River College Polytech BRAVO Award – Research Excellence (2017)

Manitoba Writer’s Guild, Sheldon Oberman Emerging Writer’s Mentorship Program Participant (2006)

University of Manitoba Gold Medal for Nursing (1997)

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship, Masters (1999-2000)

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Contact us

College of Nursing
Helen Glass Centre for Nursing
89 Curry Place
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus) 
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada