College of Nursing

Faculty & Staff

Jill Bally -
BsN, RN, BA(Psych), MN, PhD
Associate Professor
E4348 Health Sciences, Saskatoon
(306) 966-7391(306) 966-7391
(306) 966-6621


  • Research Interests
    • Pediatric Nursing
    • Family centred nursing care
    • Pediatric palliative care
    • Hope
    • Nursing education
  • Methodology
    • Qualitative

I am a registered nurse and have been a part time member of the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, since 2004. From 2004-2011 I was a clinical facilitator working within the Nursing Education Program of Saskatchewan and the Second Degree Entry Option program. In July 2011, I began full time employment in a tenure track position with the College of Nursing.

I have also been employed as a staff nurse in acute care pediatrics both in Saskatoon, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for over 20 years. I have worked in both the NICU and acute care pediatric units throughout my career, and have gained valuable experience in providing nursing care for a diverse pediatric population and their families with a variety of illnesses. I have an expansive clinical background that informs my clinical instruction, teaching, and research interests.

Research Interests
Currently, my research is focused in two areas. Along with two great interdisciplinary teams and graduate students, I am developing an intervention for parental caregivers who have children diagnosed with life limiting and life threatening illnesses. In addition, we are developing an innovative clinical practicum in nursing with a focus on pediatric oral health in northern Saskatchewan.


Spurr, S., Bally, J. M. G., & Ogenchuk, M. (2015, April). Integrating Oral Health into Pediatric Nursing Practice: Caring For Kids Where They Live. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 20(2), 105-114.

Bally, J. M. G., Holtslander, L., Duggleby, W., Mpofu, C., Spurr, S., Thomas, R., & Wright, K. (2014). Understanding Parental Experiences Through Their Narratives of Restitution, Chaos, and Quest: Improving Care for Families Experiencing Childhood Cancer. Journal of Family Nursing, 20(3), 287-312.

Holtslander, L., & Bally, J. M. G. (2014). The concept of finding balance in bereavement: Applying theory and research to practice. Grief Matters, 17(1), 20.

Bally, J. M. G., Duggleby, W., Holtslander, L., Mpofu, C., Spurr, S., Thomas, R., & Wright, K. (2014). Keeping Hope Possible: A Grounded Theory Study of the Hope Experience of Parental Caregivers Who Have Children in Treatment for Cancer. Cancer Nursing, 37(5), 363-372.

Ogenchuk, M., Spurr, S., & Bally, J. M. G. (2014, May). Caring For Kids Where They Live: Interprofessional Collaboration In Teaching and Learning In School Settings. Nurse Education in Practice, 14(3), 293-98.

Duggleby, W., Bally, J., Cooper, D, Thomas-MacLean, R., & Doell, H.. (2012). Engaging hope: The hope experience of male spouses of women with breast cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39(4), 400-406.

Spurr, S., Bally, J., Ogenchuk, M., & Walker, K.. (2012). A framework for exploring adolscent wellness. Pediatric Nursing, 38(6), 320-326.

Bally, J. (2012). Viewing the art and the science of pediatric nursing through the lens of paradigms: The impact on hope for the future. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 17(3), 215-225.

Holtslander, L., Bally, J., & Steeves, M. (2011). Walking a fine line: An exploration of the experience of finding balance for older persons bereaved after caregiving for a spouse with advanced cancer. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 15(3), 254-259.

Spurr, S., Bally, J., Ogenchuk, M., & Peternelj-Taylor, C. (2011). A wellness framework for pediatric nursing clinical practice. Holistic Nursing Practice, 25(6), 298-308.

Spurr, S., Bally, J., & Ferguson, L. (2010). A framework for clinical teaching: A passion-centered philosophy. Nurse Education in Practice, 10(6), 349-354.


Grants, Awarded (Peer-Reviewed)

Bally J (Principal Investigator), Hodgson-Viden H (Co-investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Mpofu C (Co-investigator). Evaluating a Theory-Based Hope Intervention to Support Parents of Children with Life Limiting and Life Threatening Illnesses, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. Total: $119,999.00 for 2015-09-01 to 2018-09-03

Butler L (Principal Investigator), Exner-Pirot H (Co-investigator), Norbye B (Co-investigator), Wolff Skaalvik M (Co-investigator), Bally J (Co-investigator), Bullin CA (Co-investigator), Neuls E (Co-investigator), Tomtene M (Co-investigator), Thurmeier R (Co-investigator). Developing a Northern Nursing Workforce, The funding will support establishing a network of institutions providing decentralized/ distributed nursing education to northern communities, in Norway, Canada, Siberia, Alaska, Iceland and Greenland. The goal is to improve the pedagogy of northern nursing education, share best practices, and form a community of students and educators in an annual Innovative Learning Institute on Circumpolar Health to jointly examine and improve the clinical practice of nursing in a northern context. Norwegian government program- Norway-North America High North Grant. Total: $272,578.00 for 2015-03 to 2018-07

Bally J (Principal Investigator), Spurr S (Co-investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Duggleby W (Co-investigator), Mpofu C (Collaborator), Hodgson-Viden H (Collaborator), Exner-Pirot H (Collaborator). Keeping Hope Possible: Improving Pediatric Oncology Nursing Care for First Nation Parents by Extending a Grounded Theory of Hope, Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).

Bally J (Co-principal Investigator), Holtslander L (Co-principal Investigator), Hodgson-Viden H (Co-investigator), Mpofu C (Co-investigator), Zimmer M (Co-investigator). Developing a Psychosocial Support Intervention for Parents of Children with a Life Limiting or Life Threatening Illness Living in Saskatchewan: A Community Based Approach, RBC Nurses Kids Community Development Program. Total: $40,000.00 for 2013-08 to 2015-08

Bally J (Principal Investigator), Holtslander L (Co-principal Investigator), Duggleby W (Co-investigator), Spurr S (Co-investigator), Mpofu C (Co-investigator), Thomas-Maclean R (Co-investigator), Wright K (Co-investigator). The Hope Experience of Parental Caregivers of Children Undergoing Cancer Treatment, CANO/ACIO (Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Association Canadienne des Infirmiries en Oncologie). Total: $5,000.00 for 2011 to 2013

Grants, Awarded (Non-Peer-Reviewed)

Spurr S (Principal Investigator), Bally J (Co-investigator), Ogenchuk M (Co-investigator). Pediatric oral health: An essential component of nursing education, College of Nursing. Total: $5,000.00 for 2013 to 2014

Bally J (Principal Investigator). Helping Parents of Children with Cancer: A Systematic Review, New Faculty Start-Up Funding, University of Saskatchewan. Total: $7,325.00 for 2012-08 to 2015-08