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Athabasca University

Beth Perry RN, Ph.D., Professor




  • B.Sc. (1978), University of Alberta
  • B.Sc.N. (1982), University of Alberta
  • Ph.D. (1994), University of Alberta

Clinical Background

  • Oncology Nursing and Palliative Care Nursing (Cross Cancer Institute 1982-1990)
  • Clinical Educator Medicine (Grey Nuns Hospital 1998-2001)

Teaching and Learning Interests

  • Online course design
  • Use of arts-based teaching strategies in online teaching (photovoice, conceptual quilting, poetry, etc.)

Scholarship and Research Interests

  • Exemplary nursing care
  • Compassion fatigue in oncology nurses and in older adult family caregivers
  • Excellence in online teaching
  • Use of arts-based teaching strategies in online teaching
  • Use of mobile technology in online teaching
  • Use of mobile technologies by older adults

Other Interests

  • Outdoor activities
  • Cycling in Europe
  • Living life fully

Professional Associations

  • Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO)
  • European Oncology Nurses Society (EONS)
  • College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA)

Honors & Awards

  • 2011 - Best Paper in Section Award - Clute Institute, International College Teaching and Learning (ITLC) Conference - Creating an "invitational classroom" in the online educational milieu
  • 2011-2013 - Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology Experienced Researcher Award – An Exploration of the Actions of Exemplary Oncology Nurses When Further Nursing Interventions Seem Futile: At Diagnosis, During Treatment, and in Palliative Situations
  • 2011 - Athabasca University Academic Research Fund - Exploration of the Concepts of Caregiver Burden, Caregiver Burnout, and Compassion Fatigue in Family/Friend Caregivers and Potential Relationships Between these Concepts (co-investigator, M. Edwards as PI)
  • 2010 - College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) Outstanding Nurse Researcher Award (nominated)
  • SSHRC – Standard Research Grant - An Exploration of How Artistic Pedagogical Technologies Influence Interaction, Social Presence, and Community in the Online Post-Secondary Classroom (M. Edwards co-investigator)
  • 2008 - Association of Nurse Researchers (CANR) Nurse Research Award (nominated)
  • 2007 - International Palliative Care Nursing Awards (Educationalist of the Year) (nominated)
  • 2007 - CANO/Eli Lilly Canada Leadership in Oncology Nursing Mentorship Award (nominated)
  • 2007 - 2008 Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology Research Award - An Exploration of Factors that may Trigger or Exacerbate the Experience of Compassion Fatigue in Clinical Oncology Nurses
  • 2007 - Western Regional Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing – Award for Innovation in Education (with M. Edwards)
  • 2006 - McMaster University Lectureship in Clinical Nursing Education
  • 2005 - Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology Conference, Schering Lectureship Award
  • 2000 - Vernon Hunter Award - Regional Palliative Care Program, Edmonton, Alberta
  • 2000 - Caritas Travel Award for Outstanding Contribution to CARITAS
  • 1999 - Canadian Cancer Society Saskatchewan Division Zachariah Thomas Memorial Lectureship
  • 1996 - Marjorie Mumford Memorial Lectureship - Canadian Cancer Society
  • 1995 - Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology - Helen Hudson Memorial Lectureship


Beth Perry has presented at more than 200 academic conferences around the world on topics related to oncology nursing, palliative care nursing, nursing of older adults, and online teaching.


Has published in many academic journals over the past 20 years on topics related to oncology nursing, palliative care nursing, compassion fatigue in oncology nurses, online student attrition and persistence, nursing care of older adults, arts-based teaching strategies, and excellence in online teaching. Has authored, edited or written chapters in the following books:

Melrose, S., Park, C., & Perry, B. (Eds.) (2013). Teaching Health Professionals Online: Frameworks and Strategies (forthcoming AU Press).

Perry, B., & Edwards, M. (2010). Creating a culture of community in the online classroom using artistic pedagogical technologies. Using Emerging Technologies in Distance Education. G. Veletsianos (Ed.). Edmonton, AB: AU Press. (book chapter). Retrieved from

Perry, B., & Edwards, M. (2009). Strategies for creating virtual learning communities. In Nursing and Clinical Informatics: Socio- Technical Approaches, B. Staudinger, V. Hob, H. Ostermann, (Eds.). (pp.175-197). Hersey, CA: IGI Global.

Perry, B. (2009). More moments in times: Images of exemplary care. Edmonton, AB: AU Press. (book)

Perry, B. (2009/2012). Instructors' manual for nursing leadership and management: First Canadian edition. Toronto, ON: Nelson. (Instructor's manual- ISBN-10: 0135142709 | ISBN-13: 9780135142707)

Perry, B. (1999). Moments in time: Images of exemplary nursing care. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Nurses' Association. (book)

Perry, B. (1999). Through the valley: Intimate encounters with grief. Ottawa, ON: The Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology. (book)

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