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Athabasca University

Susan Poonai

Academic Coordinator



  • Master of Distance Education (2006), Athabasca University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1993), University of Alberta
  • Registered Nurse Diploma (1990), Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing, Edmonton, AB

Clinical Background

  • Acute Care Settings: Surgery, Medicine, Plastic Surgery, Burns, Intensive Care, NICU, Orthopedics, Urology, Gynecology
  • Unit Supervisor - Acute Care and Long Term Care settings

Teaching & Learning Interests

  • Acute Care - medical and surgical
  • Teaching literacy to adults
  • CPR
  • Ethics - healthcare issues, therapeutic boundaries, conflict management, moral distress
  • Online education

Scholarship and Research Interests

  • Managing Moral Distress in the Healthcare Setting: An Ethical Issue
  • Detecting Online Plagiarism in Nursing Programs
  • Interdisciplinary Nursing
  • Curriculum Development
  • Managing students with disabilities in post-secondary professional educational settings
  • Exam development
  • Alberta Health and Wellness Provincial, PCA Manual and Study Guide
  • Health and Safety, Disaster Planning, Risk Management

Other Interests

I enjoy running, backpacking, scuba diving, biking, riding a motorcycle, hunting, fishing, hiking, walking, and Search & Rescue (air, land, and water). I love to spend time with my children and grandchildren. Traveling is a priority for me; I want to see the world before my 65th birthday. I love shopping, especially at the outlet malls in Washington. My relaxation interests include quilting, sitting in my Jacuzzi, reading, and playing games such as scrabble and cribbage.

Professional Associations

  • College and Association of Registered Nurses Alberta
  • United Nurses of Alberta
  • Canadian Orthopedic Nurses Association

Recent Presentations

Poonai, S. (2009). Detecting and deterring plagiarism. Presentation. Athabasca University, Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, Professional Development Day.  Edmonton, AB, Canada. June 9, 2009.


Poonai, S. (in progress). Qualitative research study: Moral distress among student nurses, psychology interns, and interdisciplinary team members in a health care setting.

Updated May 26 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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