College of Nursing

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Arlene Kent-Wilkinson -
Associate Professor
E4242 Health Sciences, Saskatoon
(306) 966-6897(306) 966-6897
(306) 966-6621
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  • Research Interests
    • Mentally disordered offenders
    • Aboriginal health education
    • Forensic nursing education
    • International collaborations and policies
    • Mental health
  • Methodology
    • Qualitative
    • Mixed methods

Hello, my name is Arlene Kent-Wilkinson RN, PhD

I am a tenured Associate Professor here at the College of Nursing since 2002.

I would like to take a few moments to talk about my research interests and to tell you about my background in order to let students know who have similar interest and are looking for committee members, so-supervisors or supervisors for their masters or doctoral work.

My three focus areas of research are: (1) Forensic mental health, (2)Aboriginal health and (3) International collaborative and comparative research

First I will tell a bit about my clinical background and how my research interests grew from those experiences.

Clinical Experience
Much of my career has been spent in clinical practice: 8 years in emergency nursing, 3 years in correctional nursing, 18 years in forensic psychiatric nursing. I also have causal part time experience in addictions, acute care psych, and individual/family counseling in mental health.

Teaching Experience/ Online course Development
In the mid 1990's along with teaching sessional I started developing forensic courses for class room and online because there were not any at the time. Here at the University of Saskatchewan I have developed and teach two online courses in Aboriginal Health, N483.3 at the undergraduate level and N814.3 at the graduate level.

Doctoral Dissertation
Because I had developed a lot of the early forensic nursing courses – that was what I picked for my doctoral dissertation. I interviewed other forensic nurses educators that like me had developed and taught some of the earliest forensic nursing courses.

My PhD dissertation was a mixed methods (predominantly qualitative) study of forensic nursing education. The purpose of the study was to explore forensic nursing knowledge as a specialty area of study and factors influencing educational development from the perspective of nurse educators (purposive sample) who wrote and taught the initial programs in their areas. A thematic analysis of the data was interpreted from a constructivist worldview and compared to the relevant literature. Outcomes of the study were constructed definitions of forensic nursing, a differentiation and a demarcation of forensic nursing concepts that were similar and different from nursing in general and from other forensic disciplines. In addition, findings from the study filled in gaps in the literature of the social influences of why forensic nursing developed when it did and why educational development did not occur sooner. An interprofessional practice model, a suggested meta theory on social justice for forensic specialty development, and a taxonomy of concepts to include were also outcomes that began further needed discussion and research in this specialty area.

1. Forensic Mental Health
I am a member of a new interprofessional research team here at the University of Saskatchewan, called the Forensic Mental Health Research Group. We will be putting in grants with a focus on service delivery to offenders in the areas of mental health, Aboriginal, aging, addictions, and national/international comparative research.

2. Aboriginal Health & Education
My online course development in the specialty areas of Aboriginal health has led me to collaborate with other researchers on studies related to Aboriginal health research and policy development.

3. International Collaborative/ Comparative Research
I was instrumental in acquiring a 5 year agreement and MOU with Flinders University of South Australia to collaborate in areas of student exchange and research collaboration for comparative studies. I currently have an Adjunct Appointment with Flinders University of South Australia. Therefore my current and future research proposals will be in relation to comparative policy and health indicators between Canada and Australia.

I welcome inquiries from students in the graduate programs who are interested in these areas.

Good luck in your studies.

Arlene K-W

Research Area

  • Forensic Psychiatric/Correctional Nursing;
  • Forensic Nursing (general);
  • Psych Mental Health Nursing,
  • Addictions;
  • Aboriginal Health Education;
  • Online Education;
  • International;


Kent-Wilkinson, A., Dietrich Leurer, M., Luimes, J., Ferguson, L., & Murray, L. (2015, August). Study abroad: Exploring factors influencing nursing students’ decisions to apply for clinical placements in international settings. Nurse Education Today, 35(8), 941–947.

Esteves, R. B., Lasiuk, G. C., Cardoso, L., & Kent-Wilkinson, A. (2014, December). Toward the establishment of a forensic nursing specialty in Brazil: Lessons from around the globe. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 10(4), 189–198.

Donnelly, G., Kent-Wilkinson, A., & Rush, A. (2013, December). Just another drunk: The binge drinking patient: A need for culturally competent nursing care. MEDSURG Nursing: Journal of Adult Health, 23(2), 355–358.

Springer, R. A., Kent-Wilkinson, A., Ewashin, C., & Ali, R. (2013, March 10). Making time for reflexive dialogue in philosophical group discussion: Extending the debate on the militarization of nursing. Advances in Nursing Science, 36(1), 18–25.

Springer, R. A., Kent-Wilkinson, A., Ewashen, C., & Ali, R. (2013). Making time for dialogue. [Featured Articles: Posted on March 10, 2013 by peggychinn]. ANS: Advances in Nursing Science Blog.
Comment: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. Retrieved from

Donnelly, G., Kent-Wilkinson, A., & Rush, A. (2011, December). (2012). The alcohol dependent patient in hospital: Challenges for nursing. MEDSURG Nursing, 21(1), 9–15.

Kent-Wilkinson, A. (2011). Forensic nursing educational development: An integrated review of the literature. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 18(3), 236–246.
Comment: Epub 2010 Nov 22.

Kent-Wilkinson, A. (2010). Psychiatric mental health forensic nursing: Responding to social need. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 31, 425–431.

Kent-Wilkinson, A., Starr, L., Dumanski, S., Fleck, J., Lefebvre, A., & Child, A. (2010). International Nursing student exchange: Rural and remote clinical experiences in Australia. Journal of Agromedicine, 15(1), 58–65.


Stenberg A (Principal Investigator), Kent-Wilkinson A (Principal Investigator), Hill P (Co-investigator). Indigenous health: An Australian and Canadian Alliance, Short-term Mobility Program (STMP) 2015 Grant. Flinders University of South Australia. Total: $13,000.00 for 2014-06 to 2015
Comment: Submitted June 2, 2014. $13,000 Awarded in August 2014. Wrote 70% of content of Aboriginal health and program here in SK.[Approx. 25hrs].

Anonson J (Co-principal Investigator), Tran TD (Co-principal Investigator), Tran T (Co-principal Investigator), Buhler L (Co-investigator), Kent-Wilkinson A (Co-investigator), Springer RA (Co-investigator), Walker ME (Co-investigator). Scaling up practice of non- pharmaceutical approaches in improving Quality of life, along with the prevention and care of common mental health disorders in Vietnam, The project aims to develop and provide locally feasible and effective non-pharmaceutical treatment interventions for children and women, especially for high risk groups of teenagers, pregnant women, mothers and infants. Grand Challenges Canada. Total: $25,000.00 for 2011-10 to 2012-03
Comment: . Awarded in December, 2012. Phase i Funding for Flight & Accommodation for PI Meeting in Tanzania in March 2012

Kent-Wilkinson A (Principal Investigator), Peternelj-Taylor C (Co-principal Investigator). (2011). RESEARCH CONNECTIONS GRANT., Conference Funding for 12th Biennial Custody & Caring International Conference Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF).. Total: $10,000.00 for 2011-07-15 to 2011-11-30
Comment: Matching Funds $10,000. Submitted June 21, 2011. July 15, 2011, awarded $10,000 until November 30, 2011.

Kent-Wilkinson, A (Principal Investigator), Peternelj-Taylor, C (Co-principal Investigator). (2011). CIHR Meetings, Planning and Dissemination Grant: Planning Grants for the 2011, Conference Funding for: Custody & Caring 12th Biennial International Conference on the Nurse’s Role in the Criminal Justice System Canadian Institute of Health Research, CIHR Knowledge Translation Branch. Total: $24,500.00 for 2011-05-30 to 2011-12-01

Luther G (Principal Investigator), Kent-Wilkinson A (Co-investigator), Mela M (Co-investigator), Wormith J (Co-investigator). (2011). FACULTY RESEARCH GRANT: Therapeutic Justice and Problem solving Courts: An idea whose time has come to Saskatchewan, Literature Review Centre for Forensic Behavioural Sciences and Justice Studies (CFBSJS);(Supported by Correctional Service Canada) Awarded on March 11, 2011. Completed August, 2012. Total: $11,000.00 for 2011-03-11 to 2012
Comment: Submitted February 28, 2011. March 1, 2011 awarded $11,000.

Kent-Wilkinson A (Principal Investigator), Mela M (Co-principal Investigator), Wormith J (Co-investigator), Olver M (Co-investigator), Peternelj-Taylor C (Co-investigator), Mitten R (Co-investigator), Luther G (Co-investigator), Nicholaichuk T (Co-investigator), Woods P (Co-investigator), Wason-Ellam L (Co-investigator), Adeugba O (Co-investigator), Hnatuk L (Co-investigator), Grant J (Co-investigator), Sanders SL (Co-investigator), McCabe J (Collaborator). Periodic environmental scanning and needs assessment of forensic mental health services and programming in Saskatchewan, 2010. Forensic Interdisciplinary Research: Saskatchewan Team (FIRST) [Study design & research coordinator S. Lee Sanders BAHon, MA, PhD student]., FACULTY RESEARCH GRANT Commissioned by the Forensic Behavioural Sciences and Justice Studies (FBSJS) Initiative. Saskatoon, SK: University of Saskatchewan.. Total: $30,000.00 for 2010-01-01 to 2011-12-30