Dr. Kathryn Chachula

R.N., B.N., M.N., Ph.D
Assistant Professor – Nursing
Phone: (204) 571-8580
Fax: (204) 571-8568
Office: HSB 041



Kathryn Chachula is a Registered Nurse with a diverse clinical background that includes community health nursing in a remote, fly-in First Nations community in northern Manitoba, nursing within a rural community in New South Wales, Australia, among other experiences that include medicine, post-operative nursing, critical care, and emergency nursing.

Kathryn has served as a Council member on the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba. She is a Research Affiliate with the Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research. She also serves as a Teaching Affiliate with Brandon University’s Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology.


PhD Candidate, University of Saskatchewan
Master of Nursing (Special Focus: Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education), University of Alberta
Graduate Certificate in Simulation Education, Bryan College of Health Sciences
Advanced Studies in Critical Care Nursing, Mount Royal University
Bachelor of Nursing, University of Manitoba

Research Interests

Professor Chachula’s research centres upon teaching and learning in nursing education, simulated learning environments, inter-professional education, the transition experience of Licensed Practical Nurses into undergraduate nursing education, as well as the experience of newly graduated Registered and Psychiatric Nurses entering the workforce. Kathryn has a particular interest in qualitative methodology that includes Phenomenology (van Manen), Grounded Theory (Glaser and Charmaz), as well as mixed methods research.

Selected Publications

Chachula, K., Smith, M., & Hyndman, K. (2019). Practical nurses’ lived experience of returning to school. Nurse Educator, 44(1), 53-57. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000543

Henriquez, N., Hyndman, K., & Chachula, K. (In Press/Published Ahead of Print July 2019). It’s complicated: Improving undergraduate nursing students’ understanding and care of LGBTQ older adults. Journal of Family Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1177/1074840719864099

Rohatinsky, N., Chachula, K., Sedgwick, M., Press, M., Compton, R., & Lane, B. (2018). Comparison of nursing student and instructor preferences for block and non-block clinical models. Nurse Educator, 43(4), E1-EE6. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000458

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. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20170222-06

Chachula, K., Myrick, F., & Yonge, O. (2015). Letting go: How newly graduated registered nurses in Western Canada decide to exit the nursing profession. Nurse Education Today, 35, 912-918. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2015.02.024