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Louise Racine RN BScN(Laval), MScN(Laval), PhD(Brit.Col) Professor and Transcultural Nursing Scholar

E4344 Health Sciences, Saskatoon


Dr. Louise Racine was born and raised in beautiful Quebec City, QC, Canada. She entered the nursing profession in 1978 as a RN. She practiced more than 14 years in general surgery, ENT, head and neck surgery, urology, and gynecology. Dr. Racine received her RN diploma from the CEGEP Sainte-Foy and a Certificate in Health Administration from the Université de Montré al in 1991. She received her BScN (1994) and MScN (1996) from the Faculté des sciences infirmières de l'Université Laval. In 2004, she received her PhD in nursing from the University of British Columbia School of Nursing. Her dissertation entitled The meaning of home care and caring for aging relatives at home: The Haitian Canadian primary caregivers' perspectives indicated that ways of caring are enmeshed in a complex nexus of social relations where power, race, gender, and social class come into play to permeate each level of the caring commitment.

Dr. Racine's research interest is in the area of immigrant and refugee health. She is also interested in cultural nursing research applied to the context of family caregiving among non-Western immigrants and refugees and francophone communities living in the Prairie Provinces. Her program of research also focuses on the delivery of culturally safe nursing care to racialized populations. Dr. Racine is keenly interested in the philosophy of nursing, the application of feminist and postcolonial theories to nursing research and practice. Because of her interest on how racialization can affect the delivery of nursing and health care, Dr. Racine is interested in applying concepts drawn from the works of postcolonial scholars like Bakhtin, Bhahbha, Gramsci, Hall, Hill Collins, and bell hooks in nursing scholarship. Dr. Racine serves as a peer-reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, the International Journal of Qualitative Methods, the Journal of Nursing Education, The Journal of International Migration and Integration (JIMI), Women's Forum International (WFI), International Nursing Review, Nursing Science Quarterly, Qualitative Health Research, Aporia, Nursing Inquiry, Healthcare Policy, the Journal of Interprofessional Care, and Reflets: Revue d'Intervention Sociale et Communautaire. She also serves as a peer-reviewer for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Sigma Theta Tau International, Canadian Nurses' Foundation Merit Review Panel, The Alzheimer's Society, and the Fonds de Recherche sur la Socié té et la Culture du Qué bec. Dr. Racine has published her scholarly work in diverse peer-reviewed nursing and interprofessional health journals and in edited books.

Dr. Racine's research areas of expertise are: Immigrant and refugee health across the lifespan; cultural safety and marginalized populations; family caregiving; health care services; nursing philosophy; qualitative research methodologies with an interest for all types of ethnographies, critical discourse analysis; postmodern and postcolonial feminist theories applied to nursing research, practice, and education. She is an Associate Member in the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan. She is an Associate Member in the Centre canadien de recherche sur les francophonies en milieu minoritaire at the University of Regina. She is a Member Scholar at the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology at the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. Dr. Racine received the Edith Anderson Leadership in Education Award at the Sigma Theta Tau International, 41st Biennial Convention in Grapevine Texas, USA on October 30, 2011. Dr. Racine's name appears in the 4th edition of the Dictionary of Nursing Theory and Research authored by B.A. Powers and T.R. Knapp and published in 2011 by Springer. In this latest publication, Dr. Louise Racine is acknowledged by international nursing peers as an expert in philosophical inquiry.

Research Interests

  • Immigrant and refugee health across the lifespan
  • Cultural safety and marginalized populations
  • Family caregiving
  • Health care services
  • Nursing philosophy


  • Qualitative (Ethnography, institutional ethnography)
  • Discourse analysis and critical discourse analyses
  • Case study
  • Mixed methods


Zanchetta, M., Maheu, C., Racine, L., Kaszap, M., Jbilou, J., Giguère, S., Reece, D.A., Thélusma-Remy, M., Montgomery, C., Xenocostas, S., Parada, H., Talbot, Y., & Mohamed. M. (2018). Validation d’un questionnaire sur l’alphabétisme en santé des francophones en situation linguistique minoritaire. [Validation of a questionnaire on health literacy among French-speaking minorities]. Santé Publique 30(2), 1-10.

Racine, L. (2018). Case study: Internationally educated nurses working in a Canadian healthcare setting. In M. Douglas, D. Pacquiao, & L. Purnell. (Eds.), Global applications of culturally competent health care: Guidelines for practice. (pp. 287-292). New York, NY: Springer.

Udod, S., & Racine, L. (2017). Diversity in healthcare organization. In J. Wagner. (Ed.), Leadership and influencing change (pp. 25-51). Regina, SK: University of Regina Press.

Racine, L. (2017). A program of research in transcultural nursing. In M. Singh. (Ed.), Nursing research in Canada: Methods, critical appraisal, and utilization (pp. 4). Toronto, ON: Elsevier.

Udod, S., & Racine, L. (2017). Empirical and pragmatic adequacy of grounded theory: Advancing nursing empowerment theory for nurses’ practice. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26(23-24), 5224-5231.

Racine, L. (2017). Theoretical nursing knowledge in the 21st century. Aporia, The Nursing Journal, 8(2), 25-28.

Racine, L., & Lu, Y. (2015). Refugees’ resettlement in a Canadian mid-sized Prairie city: Examining experiences of multiple forced migrations. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare,8(3), 173-186.

Lu, Y., & Racine, L. (2015). Reviewing Chinese immigrant women's health experiences in English-speaking western countries: A postcolonial feminist analysis. Health Sociology Review, 24(1), 15-28. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14461242.2015.1006656

Udod, S., & Racine, L. (2015). A critical perspective on relations between staff nurses and their nurse manager: Advancing nurse empowerment theory. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 46(4), 83-100.

Racine, L. (2014). The enduring challenge of cultural safety in nursing. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 46(2), 6-9.

Racine, L. (2014). Examining the impact of migration on the reconfiguration of family dynamics: The experiences of Haitian immigrant women in Canada. In P.Stroud (Ed.), Feminism. Perspectives, stereotypes/misperceptions, and social implications (pp. 69-90). New York, NY: Nova.

McIntyre, M., MacDonald, C., & Racine, L. (2013). A critical analysis of online nursing education: Balancing optimistic and cautionary perspectives. The Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 45 (1), 1-25.


Mvumbi-Mambu, L (PI), Racine, L., (Co-I), & Leis, A. (Co-I). (2019). Home care and services' needs (HCSN) among rural and urban French communities' members: The minority context in Saskatchewan. Faculty of Nursing, University of Regina, Amount: $36,500 for 04/2019 to 04/2020.

Racine, L. (PI), Fowler-Kerry, S. (Co-PI), Bharadway, L., Dyck, E., Bourassa, C., Thorpe, L., Swidrovich, J., & Mistawasis Community. (2019). Towards an Understanding of Indigenous Perspectives on Cognitive Impairment and Dementia in Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Collaborative Innovation Grant (CID). Amount: $48,478. Ranked 2nd in the competition.

Racine, L. (PI), Maposa, S. (Co-I), Vatanparast, H. (Co-I), & Andsoy, I. (Co-I). (2018). Breast cancer barriers and facilitators among Islamic/Muslim refugee women in Canada. Sigma Theta Tau International and the Canadian Nurses’ Foundation. Total amount: $ 3,955 USD.

Racine, L. (PI), Fowler-Kerry, S. (Co-PI), Graham, H. (Co-I), Mishak, B. (Co-I), Wason-Ellam, L. (Co-I), Wills, J. (Co-I), McKay, G. (Co-I), & Elder Clennell (KU). (2018). Indigenous Palliative Care in Saskatchewan: Exploring Access, Needs, and Challenges. Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, Collaborative Innovation Development (CID) Grant. Total amount: $42,415. Ranked 1st out of 13 in the SHRF socio-health pillar.

Racine, L., (PI) & Power-Horlick, A. (Co-I). (2018). Exploration of undergraduate students’ experiences with remote robotic presence. Western North-western Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Grant (WNRCASN). Total: $5,000.

Racine, L., (PI) Akkerman, A., (Co-PI) Bowen, A., (Co-I) Desjardins, M., (Co-I) & Mishak, B. (Co-I). (2017).  Therapeutic landscapes in downtown Saskatoon’s neighbourhoods: Exploring Indigenous perspectives. University of Saskatchewan’s President's SSHRC Connection Grant. Total: $3,000.

Maposa, S., (PI) Racine, L. (Co-I) & Woods, S (Coll). (2017). Factors influencing interpersonal violence among women in Northern Saskatchewan. University of Saskatchewan President's SSHRC Insight Grant. Total: $7,000.00 for 2017-06-01 to 2018-06-01.

Racine, L., (PI) Fowler-Kerry, S., (Co-I) & Wason-Ellam, L (Coll). (2017). A postcolonial analysis of cultural competency and cultural safety in study's abroad programs among undergraduate students in international placements. University of Saskatchewan President's Insight SSHRC. Total: $6,997.00.

Tait, C., (PI) Innes, R., (Co-PI) Abonyi, S., (Co-I) Butler, L., (Co-I),Dell, C., (Co-I) Foulds, H., (Co-I)Hackett, F., (Co-I), Mela, M., (Co-I) Mendez, I., (Co-I) Milosavljevic, S., (Co-I) Mutwiri, G., (Co-I), Oosman, S., (Co-I) Racine, L., (Co-I) Rosenberg, A., (Co-I) Waldram, J., (Co-I), Graham, H. (Co-I). (2017). Building reconciliation together: Transformative intergenerational mentorship, CIHR. Total: $1,000,000.00 for 2017-04-01 to 2022-03-31.

Vatanparast, H., (PI) Koc, K., (Co-PI) Racine, L., (Co-I) Engler-Stringer, R., (Co-I) Garcea, J., (Co-I) White, J., (Co-I) Qarmout, T., (Co-I) Farag, M., (Co-I) Iqbal, R., (Co-I) Diaz, E., (Co-I). (2017). The impact of socio-economic, geography, and cultural factors on household food insecurity of Syrian refugees: A comprehensive study after resettlement in Canada. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant. Total: $189,815.00.

Vatanparast, H., (PI) Henry, C., (Co-I), Garcea, J., (Co-I) White, J., (Co-I) Racine, L., (Co-I) Mehta, K., (Co-I) Farag, M., (Co-I) Koc, M., (Co-I) Engler-Stringer, R., (Co-I) Iqbal, R., (Co-I) Qarmout, T. (Co-I).  (2016). The impact of socio-economic and cultural factors on household food security of Syrian refugees in Canada. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, SSHRC Targeted Research: Syrian Refugee Arrival, Resettlement, and Integration June 2016. Total: $25,000.

Racine, L., (PI) & Leis, A. (Co-I). (2015). Immigration francophone africaine en Saskatchewan: Exploration de l'espace de vie et son influence sur la santé des nouveaux arrivants. [African immigration in SK: Exploring living space and its influence on newcomers' health], Centre canadien de recherche sur les francophonies minoritaires. University of Regina. Total: $4,000.00.

Ferguson, L., (PI), Racine, L., (Co-PI), Graham, H., (Co-I), & Rohatinsky, N., (Co-I). (2014). Facilitating Workplace Learning for Internationally-Educated Workers and Students, and their Canadian Counterparts: A Participatory Action Project. SSHRC: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. $218,062.

Racine, L., (PI) & Lu, Y. (Co-PI). (2013). Between Chinese Traditional Medicine and Western Medicine: A Negotiated Medical Decision Making Process among Mainland Chinese Immigrants in Saskatchewan. SHRF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship awarded to Dr. Yixi Lu. $100,000.

Bilinski, H., (PI) & Racine, L. (Co-PI). (2013). Advancing knowledge and practice in interprofessional health education. College of Nursing Faculty and Staff Development Committee. Amount: $1,000. January -April 2013.

Higginbottom, G.M. (Nominated PI), Racine, L., (Co-PI), Etowa, J. B. (Co-PI) & Vallianatos, H. (2012). Optimizing food choices and practices in the perinatal period for immigrant and new Canadian women. $287,997 (2012-2015). Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Health Services and Policy Research. Psychosocial, Sociocultural & Behavioural Determinants of Health Committee. Ranked 1st out of 41 applications. Score: 4.43