Margaret Purden

Margaret Purden, RN, PhD
Associate Professor

Office of Interprofessional Education
2001 McGill College, Suite 1310
margaret.purden [at]

Professor Margaret Purden completed her undergraduate and doctoral studies in nursing at McGill University. Dr. Purden has been the Scientific Director of the Jewish General Hospital's Centre for Nursing Research since 1999, the Director of the Office of Interprofessional Education at McGill University's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences since 2016, an Associate Professor at the Ingram School of Nursing, and a Senior Investigator at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research.

Prof. Purden has conducted considerable work in the areas of Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Interprofessional Practice (IPP), in addition to research in the field of cardiovascular nursing. Between 2013 and 2019, Prof. Purden and her team established the Office of Interprofessional Education with significant infrastructure support from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences to promote the advancement of interprofessional education and scholarly work. The program now delivers the IPE curriculum to over 1,800 students each year with the involvement of approximately 200 academic and clinical faculty. Additionally, as a former co-chair of the Canadian Association of Schools in Nursing (CASN)'s Graduate Education Committee, she was instrumental in developing the national standards for masters' and doctoral nursing programs.

In her role as executive member of the Steering Committee of the Jewish General Hospital Nursing Collaborative, she promotes projects and initiatives that advance clinical practice and scholarly work across the McGill Nursing network.

Her current research interests reflect her commitment to advancing the quality of care in the health care context. This work includes an intervention study to manage pain in collaboration in the ICU, observational research to advance our understanding of nursing handoffs with patients at risk of deterioration, and a qualitative investigation to explore patients’, families’ and health care providers’ perceptions of ICU care during the COVID pandemic.

Areas of Interest

  • Interprofessional education and practice
  • Nursing services
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