Adjunct Associate Professor, Thompson Rivers University School of Nursing
Director, Nursing The Future
Principal Investigator, CASN Nurse Residency Program (2023-2027)

After graduating with a diploma in nursing in 1989, Dr. Duchscher’s early career was focused on developing expertise as a direct care nurse, researcher, leader and educator in cardiothoracic and high acuity (critical care) contexts. Instrumental to her early development was a 10-year tenure developing and coordinating heart, lung and multi-organ donor transplant teams across Canada and the United States. Judy’s commitment to advanced education can be seen in her acquisition of a Post-Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing from the University of Manitoba, a Diploma in Cardiovascular Nursing from Stanford University in California, a Clinical Transplant Coordinator Diploma from John’s Hopkins in Baltimore, Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certification through the American Association of Critical Care Nursing, a Post-RN Baccalaureate and Master’s degree in nursing from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD from the University of Alberta. For the past 25 years Dr. Duchscher has been an active researcher and consultant in the area of new graduate professional role transition – work for which she has received 33 national and international grants, awards and scholarships. The findings of her research have generated a theory of Transition Shock and a model of the Stages of Transition, constructs that are being used globally in the preparation, orientation, transition, integration and stabilization of the newly graduated nurse. Most recently Dr. Duchscher completed the development and psychometric evaluation of the Duchscher Professional Role Transition Scale © which is based on the tenets of transition shock. Dr. Duchscher has published more than 22 peer-reviewed articles, 2 books, 13 book chapters and delivered over 400 keynote addresses and workshops throughout Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Asia on the topic of new nurse integration. After taking a momentary break in 2014 to return to acute-care where she managed a 41-bed telemetry unit, Dr. Duchscher returned to academia in 2018 as an Associate Professor at Thompson Rivers University and re-engaged in her work with new nurses. In 2020 she was seconded by the Canadian Nurses Foundation to re-establish NTF ™ as the national platform of support for new nurses in Canada. Duchscher is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at Thompson Rivers University School of Nursing, the Director of NTF and the Principal Investigator on a 4-year (2023-2027) Health Canada grant to evaluate the Canadian National Nurse Residency Program in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN). Dr. Duchscher maintains that “it is the vision, creativity and passionate commitment of these young professionals, supported by the expert knowledge and practice experience of their senior mentors that will drive nursing and healthcare forward”.

Nursing The Future™ acknowledges that nurses across this country live, work and play on the lands of our Indigenous Ancestors and we join our members in expressing respectful gratitude for this privilege.
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