Dr. Kelly Penz

External Research Associate University of Saskatchewan Key Interests: nursing work-life balance, psychosocial wellness of health care professionals, palliative and end of life care, work engagement, rural and remote nursing practice.

Dr. Kelly Penz joined the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus as an Assistant Professor in July 2011. In her clinical practice background as a Registered Nurse, Dr. Penz has been involved in surgical acute care nursing, specifically within the areas of general surgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, and day surgery. Within the context of her acute care practice, Dr. Penz has also been involved in palliative nursing practice.

Her developing program of research focuses on the psychosocial wellness of health care professionals, especially those who practice in the area of palliative and end of life care in both urban and rural/remote settings. Main themes of Dr. Penz’s research program include professional quality of life, models of job demands and job resources for health care professionals, health service delivery and primary health care, work engagement and burnout, and rural/remote nursing practice.

Dr. Penz is currently the Principal Investigator on a Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) Establishment grant funded study of the Professional Quality of Life of Nurses Who Provide Palliative and End of Life Care in Saskatchewan (Fall 2013-2016). In addition, Dr. Penz is a Co-Investigator on a Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) funded study on Nursing Practice in Rural and Remote Canada II, a nation-wide work-life survey to be conducted with licensed practical nurses (LPNs), RNs, registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) in rural and remote Canadian communities in all provinces and territories (Fall 2013-2016). Dr. Penz Co-supervises and advises a number of graduate students in the Master of Nursing Program and the Doctoral Program in Nursing. Finally, she continues to disseminate her work through scholarly and research publications, and through presentations at national and international conferences.