College of Nursing


Dr. Rohatinsky received her undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Saskatchewan (BSN’02, MN’08, PhD’13). She 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.

Dr. Rohatinsky's 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. Her 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. Dr. Rohatinsky has a particular research interest and expertise in inflammatory bowel disease.

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


  • NURS 205: Research for Evidence Informed Practice
  • NURS 220: Concepts of Patient and Family Centered Care
  • NURS 221: Patient and Family Centered Care in Clinical Practice
  • NURS 312: Core Competencies for the Management of Complex Patient Care II
  • NURS 441: Transitioning to Professional Practice
  • NURS 450: Practice Integration
  • NURS 824: Advanced Integrative Exercise
  • NURS 892: Quantitative Research Methods



Rohatinsky, N. (Co-PI), Pena-Sanchez, J. (Co-PI), Fowler, S., Morrison, D. & Rueda-Clausen, C. (August 2022 - July 2024). Enhancing chronic illness care for older adults with IBD in Saskatchewan, 9944.0 (CAD). Align Grant, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.
Peacock, S (PI)., Cammer, A., Bally, J., O’Connell, M. & Rohatinsky, N. (Co-I). (September 2022 - August 2023). Championing Dementia Care Education for Acute Healthcare Professionals, 9792.0 (CAD). Align Grant, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.
Pena-Sanchez, JN (Co-PI)., Rohatinsky, N. (Co-PI)., Alhassan, J., Cardinal, M., Lafontaine, T., Dmytrowich, J., Levandoski, C. & Kendel, D. (September 2022 - August 2023). Facilitating Conversations & Building Collaborations to Improve the Wellbeing and Retention of Healthcare Providers in Saskatchewan, 9998.0 (CAD). Align Grant, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.
Rohatinsky, N. (PI)., Pena-Sanchez, J., Fowler, S., Risling, T., Bhasin, S. & Guzowski, T. (March 2021 - February 2023). 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. (PI), Chauhan, U, Currie, B, & Phalen-Kelly, K. (October 2020 - September 2023). 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, N. (PI), Fowler, S, Risling, T, Pena-Sanchez, JN (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, S (PI), Alcorn, J., Rohatinsky, N. (Co-I), Risling, T. (March 2020 - February 2023). Medicinal Cannabis in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The experience of patients in Saskatchewan, 72679.5 (CAD). Sprout Grant, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.
Peacock S (PI), Bally J, Duggleby W, Haase K, Holtslander L, MacRae R, McAiney C, Morgan D, O'Connell M, Ploeg J, Rohatinsky, N. (Co-I), Thompson G, Vedel I, Micheal J, Gawdun J, Hauck V. Championing Health Professional Dementia Care Education, CIHR, Planning and Dissemination Grant. Total: $20,000.00 for 2019-05 to 2020-04
Rohatinsky, N. (PI), Risling T (Co-PI), Pena-Sanchez J, Fowler S, Quintin C, Worth L, Boyd I, Wicks K, Wicks M. 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

External Committees

Throughout her career Dr. Rohatinsky has been involved in numerous local, provincial, and national committees including:

  • Committee Member, Nominations Committee, College of Registered Nurses of Saskatchewan, Regina, SK, May 2022 – May 2024
  • Committee Member, Research Subcommittee, Canadian Inflammatory Bowel Disease 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.
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Xi Lambda Chapter, Member, Winnipeg, MN, July 2009 - Present

Honours (Medals, Fellowships, Prizes)

  • 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)