Jayne Smitten PhD, MEd, CHSE-A, FSSH

School of Nursing - Department of Public Health


  • University of Alberta
  • Faculty of Nursing (PhD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry (PhD ABD)
  • Public Health Sciences, Epidemiology: Core Course Completion
  • Faculty of Education (MEd)
  • Master of Education (Educational Administration/Leadership)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma Adult, Career, Technology Education


Jayne Smitten is an internationally recognized leader in healthcare simulation experiential education, having served in various academic leadership roles, embracing innovative health discipline teaching and learning experiences for five universities on her career journey [within Canada (3), Middle East (Doha, Qatar) and USA (Hawaii)]. *Dr. Smitten, 2023 President for Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) and named to the Academy of Fellows in the SSH, also serves on the Board of Review for accreditation of simulation centers worldwide. She has provided leadership in policy development, research, strategic and business planning, and uses innovative teaching strategies for technology-based education programs. As a result, she has presented at various international healthcare and simulation conferences, delivering lectures, workshops, and round table discussions around the world and contributing in authorship to various peer-reviewed simulation-based articles and textbook chapters. Dr. Smitten has also served many leadership roles in the nursing profession and was honored to be chosen as one of the top 100 Alberta Nurses for the 2016 Centennial Nursing Award (selected from over 37,000 Registered Nurses in Alberta)!


Facilitating meaningful, informative and fun learning environments for a variety of healthcare and simulation education topics based on DEBI (diversity, equity, belonging and inclusion)- all integral to local, regional, and global healthcare outcomes.Also interested in demystifying research methodologies and the pursuit of authentic, effective, and transformative leadership.


  • Healthcare Simulation and Public Health Education
  • Healthcare Policy and Global Health
  • Innovative Technologies and Strategies in Healthcare and Humanistic Education
  • Interprofessional Education Development
  • Futuristic Leadership
  • Accreditation
  • Creativity and Innovation in Debriefing


Healthcare Simulation Education and Scholarship; Accreditation of Simulation Centers; Public Health Policy/Risk Management; Community/Public Health Nursing; Interprofessional Education (IPE); Cultural Competence; International Teaching/Learning; Transformational Leadership; Oversight of Trauma Care Management and Disaster Health Preparedness and Response.

Jayne Smitten

Department Chair

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