University of Calgary

Barbara Shellian

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor

Nursing Career Highlights

Provincial Level

  • Currently Director, Community and Rural Health for the Calgary Zone - Alberta Health Services located in Canmore, Alberta; portfolio includes responsibility for rural health, three hospitals, acute and long term care, urgent care and two large urban community health centers
  • Participated in research as a principal investigator and played an active role in knowledge translation and utilization of research in the clinical setting
  • Involved in provincial professional association since 1980, serving as President of the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses from 1995 – 1997

National Level

  • President Elect Canadian Nurses Association 2014 - 2016
  • Served two terms on CNA board, first as president of the Alberta association and then elected to board as the representative of associate/affiliate member groups
  • Instrumental in establishing a national association for rural and remote nurses in Canada and was elected as the first President of the Canadian Association of Rural and Remote Nurses in 2004

International Level

  • Co-chair of the Core Steering Group for Rural and Remote Nursing Network of the International Council of Nursing (ICN) , a project currently working to establish an international network for rural and remote nursing

Presentations and Papers

• Presented and published papers on clinical and professional issues e.g. “Rural and Resource Teams Evidence Based Practice in Action” presentation to the International Congress of Nurses, Quadrennial Congress in Durban, South Africa; Connecting Community with Opportunity – the journey to a community health centre” presentation to the International Congress of Nurses, Quadrennial Congress in Melbourne, Australia;  “Implementation of a Patient Family Centered Care Model” presentation to Interprofessional Practice Conference, Calgary, Alberta and “Rural Nursing - A necessary and valuable aspect of the health care of Canadians” published in Rural Nurse, Royal College of Nursing, Australia

My extensive experience as a staff nurse, educator, manager and clinical nurse specialist has given me a broad perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing nurses.  It has also allowed me to develop strength and skill as a facilitator, guiding and motivating others to excel and achieving common goals with diverse groups.  

Photograph of Barbara Shellian

Curriculum Vitae


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