Karen Clements

R.P.N., C.A.C.E., B.A. (adv). M.A.
Assistant Professor – Psychiatric Nursing
Phone: (204) 772-0377 Ext. 873
Fax: (204) 772-7842


Karen joined the Department of Psychiatric Nursing in August of 2005 after 31 years in acute care, staff education, and First Nation consulting. Karen is a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and is pleased to serve as a thesis advisor and thesis committee member for graduate students.


M.A. in Anthropology, University of Manitoba

B.A. in Medical Anthology, University of Manitoba

Adult and Continuing Education Certificate, University of Manitoba


Research Interests

Current research interests include projects related to community mental health activism / advocacy in Manitoba and topics related to psychiatric nursing philosophy.

Karen has been involved in numerous qualitative research projects directly related to practice using a variety of research methods: surveys, questionnaires, focus groups, interviews, thematic analysis. Recent research projects include the Healthy Living Project—a community collaboration entailing the development of a wellness assessment tool for inpatient psychiatry, educational modules on healthy living, healthy living groups, smoking cessation, and metabolic syndrome screening clinics at the Clubhouse of Winnipeg.

Selected Publications

Thomson, A., Racher, F., & Clements, K. (2019). Caring for the entire unit. Psychiatric Nurses’ use of awareness. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 57(9), 17 – 23. doi:10.3928/02793695-20190528-03

Thomson, A., Racher, F., & Clements, K. (2019). Person-centered psychiatric nursing interventions in acute care settings. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 40(8), 682 – 689. doi: 10.1080/01612840.2019.1585495.

Clements, K. (2012). Ethical research guidelines and psychiatric nursing. Canadian Journal of Psychiatric Nursing Research, 1. http://www.cjpnr.org/

Clements, K. (2011). Participatory action research and Photovoice in a psychiatric nursing/Clubhouse collaboration exploring recovery narrative. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Advanced online view Dec 2011. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2011.01853.x

Robinson, J. Renée, Clements, Karen, & Land, Colleen (2003, April). Prevalence, Distribution, Correlates and Predictors of Workplace Stress among Psychiatric Nurses. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, 41(4), 33 – 41.