University of Calgary

Sandra Goldsworthy

  • Associate Professor - Research Professor in Simulation Education
  • Director - Blended and Online Learn
  • Associate Dean, Teaching, Learning & Technology - Dean's Office

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Sandra Goldsworthy is a recognized critical care expert, researcher and author. She is the author or editor of six books including: ‘Simulation Simplified: A Practical Guide for Nurse Educators’‘Simulation Simplified: Student Lab Manual for Critical Care Nursing’ and ‘The Compact Clinical Guide for Mechanical Ventilation’.

As an associate professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary, she holds a Research Professorship in Simulation Education. Sandra holds two national Canadian Nurses Association credentials in Critical Care and Medical Surgical Nursing. Sandra is a member of a number of national and international committees including her role as a Director on the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses Association Board. Her research focus is simulation and transfer of learning, job readiness and transition of new graduates into critical care. Sandra has conducted and published research involving the use of simulation and technology in nursing education. Her recent publications and national and international presentations have concentrated on critical care nurse retention, critical care nurse work environments and the use of simulation to build confidence and competence among nurses. 

Research Interests

To conduct a dynamic program of research within the national and international context in health human resources as it relates to:

  • Job readiness for new graduates
  • Simulation and technology as a strategy to increase self-efficacy and transfer
  • Retention of nurses
  • Healthy work environments
  • Patient safety

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