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Noelle Rohatinsky RN, MN, PhD, CMSN(C) Associate Professor

E4342 Health Sciences, Saskatoon


Globally, Dr. Rohatinsky's program of research is categorized as health system research. Her qualitative and mixed methods research program focuses on enhancing health service delivery and access to care in an effort to positively impact patient, family, and provider experiences and outcomes within the healthcare system. Noelle's program of research significantly contributes to enhancing patient and family-centered care by developing and supporting healthcare professionals and students caring for patients as well as supporting patients' and families' chronic disease management and quality of life. Noelle has a particular research interest and expertise in inflammatory bowel disease.

Teaching History:
Noelle joined the College of Nursing in 2006 in a contract position teaching in the undergraduate program in various acute care-related labs and clinicals. In 2012, she was hired into a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor. She continues to teach medical and surgical concepts and skills to students.

Noelle received her undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Saskatchewan (BSN - 2002, MN - 2008, PhD - 2013)

Professional Practice:
Noelle has a background in and passion for medical and surgical nursing. She was on the national executive that founded the Canadian Association of Medical and Surgical Nurses and the Canadian Nurses Association -Medical Surgical Certification exam. She obtained her Canadian Nurses Association Medical Surgical Certification in 2013.

Noelle has been involved in numerous local, provincial, and national committees including:

  • Committee Member, Research Subcommittee, Canadian Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nursing, October 2019 to present
  • Committee Member, Governance Committee, Xi Lambda Chapter, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, October 2019 to present
  • Member, Investigations Committee, Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA), Regina, SK, September 2014 - October 2020
  • Member at Large - University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing Representative, Western & North-Western Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (WNRCASN); February 2014 - October 2019.
  • Member, Canadian Nurses Association Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Exam Committee, Canadian Nurses Association; August 2013 - August 2018.
  • Member, Rural Nurse Organization, January 2013 - present
  • Member, International Mentoring Association, October 2011 - present
  • Membership Advisory Committee, Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA), Regina, SK, June 2008 - May 2014. Chair - Sept 2011 - August 2012. (Interim Chair - May 2011 - September 2011).
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Xi Lambda Chapter, Member, Winnipeg, MN, July 2009 - Present
  • Volunteer Development Committee, University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association, Member at Large, Saskatoon, SK, February 2011 - April 2012
  • Canadian Association of Medical and Surgical Nurses Exam Item Writing Committee, Canadian Nurses Association, Ottawa, ON, March 2009
  • Alternate Auditor, SRNA Continuing Competence Program, Regina, SK, April 2008
  • Canadian Association of Medical and Surgical Nurses Standards Writing Committee, Ottawa, ON, January 2008
  • External Communications Director, Canadian Association of Medical and Surgical Nurses, founding executive board member, March 2007 - June 2015

Honors and Academic Awards

  • University of Saskatchewan Students' Union (USSU) Teaching Excellence Award, University of Saskatchewan (2019)
  • Provost's College Award for Outstanding Teaching, University of Saskatchewan (2018)
  • Ross McMaster Unsung Hero Award, Crohn's and Colitis Canada (2018)
  • Alumni Achievement Award, University of Saskatchewan (2016)
  • The Ferguson Graduate Student Leadership Award (2011)
  • Norman & Alice Caplin Scholarship (2011)
  • Saskatchewan Union of Nurses/Saskatoon Health Region Professional Development Funding (2011)
  • University Graduate Teaching Fellowship (2010)
  • Myrtle Evangeline Crawford Scholarship (2010)
  • Alice Caplin Award (2009)
  • Dean’s Scholarship (2008)
  • Lucy D. Willis Scholarship (2008)
  • University Graduate Scholarship (2007)
  • Saskatchewan Health - Nurse Educator Bursary (2007)
  • Annie I. Earle Award For Nurses (2006)

Research Interests

  • Patient-oriented research
  • Health systems research
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Health human resources in rural workplaces
  • Employee recruitment and retention
  • Workplace learning including mentorship of employees
  • New nurse transition
  • Patient transition to new chronic illness diagnoses
  • Patient self-management of their chronic illness


  • Qualitative
  • Mixed Methods


Hall*, S., Rohatinsky, N., Holtslander, L. & &, Peacock S. (2022). Caregivers to older adults require support: A scoping review of their priorities. Health and Social Care in the Community, 30(6): e3789-e3809. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.14071

Heisler, C., Rohatinsky, N., Mirza, R., Kits, O., Zelinsky, S., Veldhuyzen, van Zanten S., Nguyen, G., McCurdy, J., MacMillan, M., Lakatos, P., Targownik, L., Fowler, S., Rioux, K. & Jones, J. (2022). Patient-Centered Access to IBD Care: A Qualitative Study. Crohn’s & Colitis 360, otac045, https://doi.org/10.1093/crocol/otac045

Peacock, S., Bayly, M., Fletcher-Hildebrand, S., Gibson, K., MacRae, R., Jack-Waugh, A., Haase, K., Bally, J., Duggleby, W., Hall, S., Holtslander, L., McAiney, C., Michael, J., Morgan, D., O’Connell, M., Ploeg, J., Rohatinsky, N., Thompson, G. & Vedel, I. (2022). Championing Dementia Education: Adapting an Effective Scottish Dementia Education Programme for Canadian Acute Health Care Providers. Canadian Journal of Aging, 42(2): 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0714980822000484

Jones, E., Sharma, S., Heisler, C., Rohatinsky, N., Novak, K., Leung, Y., Fowler, S., Kaczur, M. & Jones, J. (2022). Perceived Barriers to Professional Equality: A Qualitative World Cafe of Women in Gastroenterology. Journal of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, 5(5): 226-233. https://doi.org/10.1093/jcag/gwac023

Pena-Sanchez, JN., Osei, JA., Rohatinsky, N., Lu, X., Risling, T., Boyd, I., Wicks, K., Wicks, M., Quintin, CL., Dickson, A. & Fowler, SA. (2022). Inequities in Rural and Urban Health Care Utilization Among Individuals Diagnosed With Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Retrospective Population-Based Cohort Study From Saskatchewan, Canada.. Journal of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, gwac015. https://doi.org/10.1093/jcag/gwac015

Honan*, D., Lasiuk, G. & Rohatinsky, N. (2022). A Scoping Review of Followership in Nursing. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 35(1): 69-78. https://doi.org/10.12927/cjnl.2022.26749

MacDonald, S., Heisler, C., Mathias, H., Mirza, R., MacMillan, M., Borgaonkar, M., Rohatinsky, N. & Jones, J. (2022). Stakeholder perspectives on access to IBD care: Proceedings from a national IBD access summit. Journal of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, 5(4): 153-160. https://doi.org/10.1093/jcag/gwab048

Chauhan, U., Stitt, L., Rohatinsky, N., Watson, M., Currie, B., Westin, L., McCaw, W., Norton, C. & Nistor, I. (2021). Patients’ Access to Telephone and Email Services Provided by IBD Nurses in Canada. Journal of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, gwab041: 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1093/jcag/gwab041

Rohatinsky, N., Boyd, I., Dickson, A., Fowler, S., Pena-Sanchez, J., Quintin, C., Risling, T., Russell, B., Wicks, K. & Wicks, M. (2021). Perspectives of health care use and access to care for individuals living with inflammatory bowel disease in rural Canada. Rural and Remote Health, 21(2): https://doi.org/10.22605/RRH6358.

Rohatinsky, N., Risling, T., Hellsten, L., Kumaran & M. (2020). Inflammatory bowel disease nurses' perspectives: Prioritizing adolescent transition readiness factors. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 55: 29-39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2020.06.011.

Brown, J., McDonald, M., Besse, C., Manson, P., McDonald, R., Rohatinsky, N., & Singh, M. (2021). Nursing student academic success factors: A quantitative cross-sectional study. Nurse Educator, 46(2): E23-E27. DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000882

Brown, J., McDonald, M., Besse, C., Manson, P., McDonald, R., Rohatinsky, N. & Singh, M. (2020). Anxiety, Mental Illness, Learning Disabilities, and Learning Accommodation Use: A Cross-sectional Study. Journal of Professional Nursing, 36(6): 579-586. DOI:10.1016/j.profnurs.2020.08.007

Rohatinsky, N., Cave, J., & Krauter, C. (2020). Establishing a mentorship program in rural workplaces: Connection, communication, and support required. Rural and Remote Health, 20(1): https://doi.org/10.22605/RRH5640.

Rohatinsky, N., Exner-Pirot, H., Parent-Bergeron, M., Bosevski, K., & Pratt, C. (2018). Indigenous Nursing Students’ Readiness for Practice Perceptions. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education, 4(2), Article 3.
Comment https://doi.org/10.17483/2368-6669.1133.

Rohatinsky, N., Udod, S., Anonson, J., Rennie, D., & Jenkins, M. (2018). Rural mentorships in healthcare: Factors influencing their development and sustainability. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 49(7), 322-328.
Comment: https://doi.org/10.3928/00220124-20180613-08

Rohatinsky, N., Risling, T., Kumaran, M., Hellsten, L., & Thorp-Froslie, N. (2018). Healthcare transition in pediatrics and young adults with inflammatory bowel disease: A scoping review. Gastroenterology Nursing, 41(2), 145-158. Comment: doi: 10.1097/SGA.0000000000000345

Rohatinsky, N., Chachula, K., Sedgwick, M., Press, M., Compton, R., & Lane, B. (2018). A Comparison of Nursing Student and Instructor Preferences for Block and Non-Block Clinical Models. Nurse Educator, 43(4), E1-6. Comment: doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000458

Rohatinsky, N., Goodridge, D., Rogers, M., Nickel, D., & Linassi, G. (2017). Shifting the balance: Conceptualizing empowerment in individuals with spinal cord injury. Health and Social Care in the Community, 25(2), 769-779

Rohatinsky, N., Harding, K., & Carriere, T. (2017). Nursing student peer mentorship: A review of the literature. Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 25(1), 61-77.

Rohatinsky, N., Chachula, K., Compton, R., Sedgwick, M., Press, M., & Lane, B. (2017). Nursing Student Preference for Block versus Nonblock Clinical Models. Journal of Nursing Education, 56(3), 152-157

Perry, R., Press, M., Rohatinsky, N., Compton, R., & Sedgwick, M. (2016). Pilot study: Nursing students' perceptions of the environment in two different clinical models. International Journal of Nursing Sciences.

Rohatinsky, N., & Jahner, S. (2016). Supporting Nurses' Transition to Rural Healthcare Environments through Mentorship. Rural and Remote Health, 16, 3637.

Goodridge, D., Rogers, M., Klassen, L., Jeffery, B., Knox, K., Rohatinsky, N., & Linassi, G. (2015). Access to Health and Support Services: Perspectives of People Living with a Long-term Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury in Rural and Urban Areas. Disability and Rehabilitation, 37(16), 1401-1410.

Knox, K., Rohatinsky, N., Rogers, M., Goodridge, D., & Linassi, G. (2014). Access to traumatic spinal cord injury care in Saskatchewan, Canada: A qualitative study on community healthcare provider perspectives. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 3(3), 83-103.

Rohatinsky, N., & Ferguson, L. (2013). Mentorship in rural healthcare organizations: Challenges and opportunities. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 13(2), 149-172.

Rohatinsky, N., & Ferguson, L. (2013). Mentorship in healthcare organizations: Managers’ perspectives. Management Education: An International Journal, 13(1), 11-20.


Grants, Awarded (Peer-Reviewed)

Rohatinsky, N., Pena-Sanchez, J., Fowler, S., Risling, T., Bhasin, S. & Guzowski, T. (March 2021 - February 2022). Exploring the use of virtual care in Saskatchewan in individuals with inflammatory bowel disease and gastroenterologist care providers, 47452.0 (CAD). Solutions Program - Innovation Grant, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.

Rohatinsky, N. (October 2020 - October 2021). Health-related quality of life and care experiences in Canadian older adults with IBD: An exploratory study, 15000.0 (CAD). Nursing-Led IBD Research Grant, Crohn's and Colitis Canada.

Rohatinsky, Noelle (PI) & Sharyle Fowler, Tracie Risling, Juan-Nicolas Pena-Sanchez (August 2019 - February 2021). Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in older adults: An exploration of health-related quality of life and care experiences, 9976.0 (CAD). College of Nursing.

Fowler, Sharyle (PI), Jane Alcorn, Noelle Rohatinsky, Tracie Risling, (March 2020 - February 2022). Medicinal Cannabis in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The experience of patients in Saskatchewan, 72679.5 (CAD). Sprout Grant, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.

Peacock S (Principal Investigator), Bally J (Co-investigator), Duggleby W (Co-investigator), Haase K (Co-investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), MacRae R (Co-investigator), McAiney C (Co-investigator), Morgan D (Co-investigator), O'Connell M (Co-investigator), Ploeg J (Co-investigator), Rohatinsky N (Co-investigator), Thompson G (Co-investigator), Vedel I (Co-investigator), Micheal J (Collaborator), Gawdun J (Collaborator), Hauck V (Collaborator). Championing Health Professional Dementia Care Education, CIHR, Planning and Dissemination Grant. Total: $20,000.00 for 2019-05 to 2020-04

Rohatinsky N (Principal Investigator), Risling T (Co-principal Investigator), Pena-Sanchez J (Co-investigator), Fowler S (Co-investigator), Quintin C (Co-investigator), Worth L (Co-investigator), Boyd I (Co-investigator), Wicks K (Co-investigator), Wicks M (Co-investigator). Healthcare Utilization and Access to Care in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Rural Saskatchewan (SK), Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) & Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) [Sprout Grant]. Total: $111,947.00 for 2019-02-01 to 2021-01-31

Brown J (Principal Investigator), McDonald M (Co-investigator), Rohatinsky N (Co-investigator), Besse C (Co-investigator), Manson P (Co-investigator). Factors in nursing students’ academic success during program progression., Brown, J. (Principal Investigator), McDonald, M. (Co-investigator), Rohatinsky, N. (Co-investigator), Besse, C. (Co-investigator), Manson, P. (Co-investigator). Education Innovation Award. Western Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (WRCASN). Total: $5,000.00 for 2018 to 2019

Haase K (Principal Investigator), Domes T (Co-investigator), Rohatinsky N (Co-investigator). Interprofessional clinical simulation: Evaluating a post-operative surgical pilot with nursing and medical undergraduate students, University of Saskatchewan, Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning (SoTL Cluster Grant), Saskatoon, SK. Total: $10,000.00 for 2017-09-01 to 2019-09-30

Risling T (Co-principal Investigator), Rohatinsky N (Coprincipal Investigator), Fowler S (Co-investigator), Risling D (Co-investigator). Developing a Mobile Application to Support Healthcare Transition Success for Adolescents with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) [Collaborative Innovation Development Grant]. Total: $48,551.00 for 2017-03-01 to 2018-03-01

Linassi A (Principal Investigator), Goodridge D (Coinvestigator), Rohatinsky N (Co-investigator), Munce S (Co-investigator), Wolfe D (Co-investigator), Nickel D (Collaborator). Understanding self-management in persons living with spinal cord injury: a descriptive, exploratory study., College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. Total: $13,332.00 for 2016-04 to 2017-04

Morgan D (Principal Investigator), Kosteniuk J (Co-investigator), O'Connell M (Co-investigator), Kirk A (Co-investigator), Stewart N (Co-investigator), Acan Osman B (Collaborator), Auer S (Collaborator), Bourassa C (Collaborator), Bracken J (Collaborator), Dal Bello-Haase V (Collaborator), Defontaines B (Collaborator), Farmer J (Collaborator), Holroyd-Leduc J (Collaborator), Innes A (Collaborator), Jacklin K (Collaborator), Mallory-Weir L (Collaborator), Miller W (Collaborator), Mou H (Collaborator), Osgood N (Collaborator), Osman M (Collaborator), Parrott E (Collaborator), Quail J (Collaborator), Rohatinsky N (Collaborator), Seitz D (Collaborator), Walker J (Collaborator). Design and evaluation of integrated primary health care practices for dementia in rural and remote settings., Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Total: $2,336,491.00 for 2016-07 to 2023-06

Risling T (Principal Investigator), Rohatinsky N (Co-principal Investigator), Hughton J (Co-investigator). From Pediatric to Adult Care: Healthcare Transition Needs of Adolescents with IBD in Saskatchewan, RBC Nurses for Kids Community Development Program, University of Saskatchewan. Total: $15,000.00 for 2016-06 to 2017-06

Risling T (Principal Investigator), Rohatinsky N (Co-investigator), Hughton J (Co-investigator). Exploring Healthcare Transition Needs of Adolescents Living with IBD in Saskatchewan: A Collaborative Partnership, Community Engaged Scholarship Research Seed Fund, University of Saskatchewan. Total: $6,000.00 for 2016-06 to 2017-12

Risling T (Principal Investigator), Rohatinsky N (Co-investigator), Hellsten-Bzovey L (Co-investigator), Kumaran M (Co-investigator). Collaborating with Canadian IBD Nurses to Develop a Pilot Healthcare Transition Readiness Assessment Tool for Adolescents with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn's and Colitis Canada. Total: $13,857.00 for 2016-06 to 2017-06

Rohatinsky N (Principal Investigator), Rennie D (Co-investigator), Anonson J (Co-investigator), Olatunbosun O (Co-investigator), Udod S (Co-investigator). Registered Nurse and Physician Mentorship in Saskatchewan’s Rural Communities, The purpose of this study is to modify an existing provincial mentorship program to meet the transition and learning needs of registered nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians in rural communities. Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Establishment Grant. Total: $82,061.00 for 2015-10 to 2018-09

Rohatinsky N (Principal Investigator), Exner-Pirot H (Co-investigator). Evaluating Aboriginal New Nursing Graduates' Transition to Practice Experiences., The purpose of this study is to evaluate University of Saskatchewan Aboriginal new nursing graduates’transition to practice experiences. The research question is ‘What impact does an Aboriginal nursing mentorship program have on the transition experiences of Aboriginal newly graduated registered nurses?’ Through engagement with community partners, the researcher will: 1) Explore Aboriginal new nursing graduates’ perceptions of their readiness to practice. 2)Develop a mentorship program for Aboriginal new nursing graduates. 3) Evaluate mentorship program effectiveness and experiences of those who participated in the formal mentorship program. 4)Compare transition experiences of mentored and nonmentored Aboriginal new nursing graduates. Asequential explanatory mixed methods approach will be used. Community Engagement and Outreach,University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. Total: $5,500.00 for 2015-07 to 2017-01; & Sigma Theta Tau International, Xi Lambda Chapter Research Award. Total: $2,000.00 for 2015-06 to 2016-06

Ferguson L (Principal Investigator), Racine L (Co-principal Investigator), Rohatinsky N (Co-investigator), Graham-Marrs H (Co-investigator). Facilitating Workplace Learning for Internationally-Educated Workers and Students, and their Canadian Counterparts: A Participatory Action Project., The purpose of this naturalistic inquiry project, guided by Interpretive Description, is to explore and understand the experiences of non-Western, non-English-speaking international immigrants, as students within field placements and as professionals in ethnoculturally and/or racially diverse workplace learning relationships, which could be constituted as racialized learning relations. The workplace learning relationships we will be exploring are of two types with similar processes: preceptorships and mentorships. As an outcome, we will design an online learning module to implement anti-racist and culturally safe relationships in workplace experiential learning. SSHRC: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Funded. Total: $218,062.00 for 2014-05-01 to 2017-05-01

Rohatinsky N (Principal Investigator), Press M (Co-investigator), Compton R (Co-investigator), Sedgwick M (Co-investigator). Nursing Students’ and Instructors’ Perceptions of Clinical Environments on Students Learning: A comparison of two different clinical models in four western provinces, Canadian nursing programs typically rely on two types of clinical education models: The block and the non-block clinical models. There is minimal research to indicate what type of clinical structure best correlates with student learning, mentorship opportunities, and sense of belonging. Also, there is no literature regarding instructor perceptions of students’ learning within differing clinical models. This proposal provides an avenue to describe nursing students’ and instructors’ perceptions of clinical environments on students learning. Western & Northwestern Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. Total: $5,000.00 for 2014-02 to 2016-02

Grants, Awarded (Non-Peer-Reviewed)

Press M (Principal Investigator), Compton R (Co-investigator), Perry R (Co-investigator), Rohatinsky N (Co-investigator), Sedgwick M (Co-investigator). Phase II: Nursing Students' Perceptions of the Learning Environment in Two Different Clinical Education Models., Nurse educators are responsible for facilitating students in linking theory to practice through clinical experiences. It is unclear how to structure the requisite clinical hours within the nursing program to maximize this integration. Several clinical models related to the placement of the clinical days within the semester are available for meeting the required number of clinical hours. However, student perceptions of their educational experiences must be considered. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of different aspects of the clinical education environment on student perceptions of learning in health profession-related education using a combined survey tool (student demographics, DREEM, mentorship and belongingness scales, and open-ended questions related to clinical model preference). All undergraduate nursing students in Saskatchewan and Alberta in any year of study who have a clinical component as part of their nursing program will be eligible to participate. Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) - Nursing Division. Total: $2,500.00 for 2013-06 to 2013-12

Rohatinsky N (Principal Investigator). Exploring mentorships in rural healthcare organizations., New Faculty Start-up Grant University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. Total: $7,400.00 for 2013-02 to 2014