Sandra Goldsworthy

Director of Online & Blended Learning

Faculty of Nursing

Associate Professor

Faculty of Nursing


University of British Columbia, 2015

MSc (Nursing)

Queen's University, 2004

BScN (Honours)

Lakehead University, 1984

Contact information


Professional Faculties Building: PF2240

Preferred method of communication

Administrative Assistant

Kathryn Downey


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 build competence 
  • Retention of nurses
  • Healthy work environments
  • Simulation as a strategy for patient safety:
    • Recognition and response to the deteriorating patient
    • Safe medication administration
    • Interprofessional education to build team communication competency
    • Safe handover
    • Electronic documentation




Dr. Sandra Goldsworthy PhD, RN, CNCC(C), CMSN(C), CCSNE is a recognized simulation, critical care expert, researcher and author. She is the author or editor of nine 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’.

Dr. Goldsworthy is the Associate Dean Teaching, Learning and Technology and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. In addition, she holds a Research Professorship in Simulation Education. The Research Professorship has resulted in the development of a research team, research collaborations (locally, nationally and internationally) and design and implementation of 15 active research projects of which she is principal investigator. Sandra holds two national Canadian Nurses Association credentials in Critical Care and Medical Surgical Nursing.

She 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 practice. 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.