Dr. Holly Richardson

Associate Professor
Camden Hall

Dr. Richardson received her nursing diploma in 1988 followed by a BScN from Dalhousie University in 1995. In 1997 she graduated with her MA in health education in which her focus of study was adolescent sexual health. In 2013 Dr. Richardson received an interdisciplinary PhD with a focus on spiritual health among chronically ill children.

Dr. Richardson’s clinical background includes nursing care of children with cancer and their families and family care coordination. Her teaching career began in 2001, and her primary areas of teaching have included fundamentals of nursing, nursing care of children and families, oncology nursing, chronic illness, leadership, and palliative care. Dr. Richardson has been a passionate advocate for palliative care since 2003, and in addition to teaching palliative care, she has also been involved in numerous initiatives to advance palliative care practice and education both locally and nationally.





N206: Foundations of the Discipline & Profession of Nursing


Students learn about nursing as a profession, the role of the professional nurse and the evolution of nursing. Exploration of professional identity, comportment, and moral, altruistic, legal, ethical, and regulatory standards and principles are addressed. Concepts of collective collaboration, leadership and evidenced-informed practice and their core competences are introduced. Introduction to learning plans and portfolio development are also included.


N306: Advanced Nursing Leadership, Management and Evidence-Informed Practice


Students learn the leadership and management roles of the nurse within collaborative teams. Concepts of power dynamics, management, human resource management, principles of assignment and delegation, conflict resolution, and program planning and evaluation are emphasized. Leadership is explored within the complexities of today’s public policy systems and profession based systems and organizations. Strategies to critique and facilitate the use of evidence including research and practice guidelines for evidence-informed nursing and collaborative practice are examined.


N234: Integrating Nursing Roles & Practices II: Care of Childbearing & Childrearing Families


This integrated practice experience focuses on the care of families during the childbearing and childrearing years. Principles of primary health care and the nursing process are applied. Students integrate psychomotor skills and techniques and mental health assessments. Students also apply professional and ethical practice, communication, relationship building skills, evidence-based practice and best practice guidelines, and critical thinking and judgment to work effectively with families, groups, and various health care teams/members. Includes clinical applications.


N409: Exploratory Nursing Practice


Students select a focused area of nursing from a variety of practice, policy, or research settings in order to integrate and refine competencies in professional and ethical practice, theoretical and critical thinking, leadership and inter-professional collaboration, application of evidence-informed practice, and psychomotor skills. Students pursuing a concentration in nursing practice are placed in practice settings related to their concentrated area of study. Includes clinical applications.

Recent Publications

Richardson, H. R. L. (2019). Palliative care. In A. Perry, P. Potter, W. Ostendorf, and

S. Cobbett (Eds.). Canadian clinical nursing skills and techniques. Toronto, ON: Elsevier.


Rietze, L., Tschanz, C., & Richardson, H. R. L. (2018). Evaluating an initiative to promote

entry-level competence in palliative and end-of-life care for registered nurses in Canada. Journal of Hospice Palliative Nursing, 20(6), 568-574. doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000502


McCallum, M., Carver, J., Dupere, D., Ganong, S., Henderson, D., Jewers, H., McKim, A., McNeil

Campbell, L., Richardson, H., Simpson, J., & Tschupruk, C. The Palliative Care Capacity Building Working Group. (2018). Developing a palliative care competency framework for health professionals and volunteers: The Nova Scotian experience. The Journal of Palliative Medicine, 21(7), 947-955.


Richardson, H. R. L. (2015). More than just child’s play: Symbolic expressions of illness and spirit.

International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 20(2), 100-113.


McCallum, M., Carver, J., Dupere, D., Ganong, S., Henderson, D., Jewers, H., McKim, A., McNeil

Campbell, L., Richardson, H., Simpson, J., & Tschupruk, C. The Palliative Care Capacity Building Working Group. (2017). The Nova Scotia palliative care competency framework: A reference guide for health professionals and volunteers. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Health Authority.


Jacono, B., Young, L., Baker, C., Richardson, H. R. L., Cable-Williams, B., Jewers, H., Lavoie, M.,

Librach, L., Bidgood, D., & Mitchell, M. G. (2011). Developing palliative care competencies for the education of entry-level baccalaureate prepared Canadian nurses. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 8(1), Article 21