Assistant Professor of Nursing
Office: SHS 124
Education: BN, University of Lethbridge, 2006; MSN, University of Lethbridge, 2010; PhD, University of Calgary, 2019. At SPU since 2019.
Dr. MacKay comes to SPU from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where she worked as a pediatric nurse. She specialized in hospitalized toddlers and infants at a tertiary pediatric hospital. Also, she worked as an oncology research nurse at the same tertiary pediatric hospital. She is passionate about enhancing the care provided to acutely and chronically ill infants and toddlers.
Dr. MacKay’s scholarship and research involves conducting qualitative studies in the area of Family-Centered Care. For her masters work she explored how pediatric oncology nurses provide Family-Centered Care. Her most recent research explored parental and health care professionals’ experiences caring for hospitalized Medically Fragile Infants. She aims to identify key ways to improve the relationships between parents of hospitalized pediatric patients and health care professionals to improve patient outcomes, enhance parental health and well-being, and develop interventions.
Dr. MacKay teaches undergraduate students in the areas of nursing research and clinical pediatrics.
MacKay, L., & Benzies, K., Hayden, A., & Barnard, C. (2019). Parental experiences caring for medically fragile infants: A scoping review. ACTA Paediatrica. In press.
MacDonald, S. E., Sharpe, H. M., Shikako-Thomas, K., Larsen, B., & MacKay, L. (2013). Perspective: Entering uncharted waters: Navigating the transition from trainee to career for the nonphysician clinician-scientist. Academic Medicine, 88(1), 61-66.
MacKay, L., & Bellamy-Stack, C. (2010). The use of a clinical resource nurse for newly graduated nurses in a pediatric oncology setting. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 27(6).
MacKay, L., & Gregory, D. (2010). Exploring family-centered care among pediatric oncology nurses. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nurses, 28(1), 43-52.
MacKay, L. (2010). Exploring family-centered care among pediatric oncology nurses at the Alberta children’s hospital (Master’s thesis). University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Canada.
See Dr. MacKay's CV (PDF) for additional publications.