Sandra Hirst

Sandra Patricia Hirst


Associate Professor Emerita of Nursing

Faculty of Nursing, Emeriti

Contact information

Phone number

Office: 403.220.6270

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Office: +1.403.220.4361
Twitter: @ucalgarynursing


Educational Background

B.S.N. Nursing, University of Ottawa, 1977

Doctor of Philosophy Nursing, University of Alberta, 1999

M.S. Nursing, University of Edinburgh, 1978


Sandra P. Hirst RN, PhD, GNC(C) has held a number of leadership positions in gerontology including: President of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association and president of the Canadian Association on Gerontology. She served a three year appointment from the Prime Minster to sit on the National Seniors Council. Her scholarship focuses on abuse of older adults and the experiences of older adults in long term care facilities. Sandra was Director of the Brenda Strafford Centre for Excellence in Gerontological Nursing from 2008 to 2013. In 2012, Sandra received the Jeanne Mance award from the Canadian Nurses Association.


Areas of Research

Aged abuse, Long term care, Gerontological nursing education


  • ARNET Education / Travel Award, 2015
  • CAFA Distinguished Academic Award, 2015
  • nomination / in review, 2015
  • CAFA Distinguished Academic Award, 2014
  • Certification, 2014
  • Jeanne Mance, Canadian Nurses Association. 2012
  • Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, Government of Canada. 2012
  • Honourary Life membership, 2011
  • Honourary Member, Canadian Gerontogical Nursing Association. 2011
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009