College of Nursing

Faculty & Staff

Kelly Penz -
Assistant Professor - On Leave
112 4400 - 4th Avenue, Regina
(306) 337-3812(306) 337-3812
(306) 337-3804
On Sabbatical Leave (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018)


  • Research Interests
    • Nursing work life balance
    • Psychosocial wellness of health care professionals
    • Palliative & end of life care
    • Work satisfaction / Quality workplaces
    • Rural & remote nursing practice
  • Methodology
    • Quantitative
    • Mixed methods
    • Qualitative

Dr. Penz joined the College of Nursing as an Assistant Professor in July 2011. Her clinical practice background involves surgical acute care nursing, specifically within the areas of general surgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, and day surgery. Within the context of her acute care practice, Dr. Penz has also worked with patients receiving palliative and end of life care. She feels honoured to have been able to provide care for individuals and families within this context, and she is strongly drawn to research within this area of health care. At the Master's and doctoral level she was fortunate to become a member of interdisciplinary research teams/groups which ultimately enhanced her knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Since 2005, Dr. Penz has enjoyed teaching in a variety of courses with the Nursing Education Program of Saskatchewan at the SIAST Wascana campus. She is very pleased to join the College of Nursing faculty at the University of Saskatchewan and looks forward to making a contribution to the development of new knowledge in nursing science.


Kosteniuk, J., Wilson, E., Penz, K., MacLeod, M., Stewart, N., Kulig, J., ... Kilpatrick, K. (2015, March). Development and psychometric evaluation of the Primary Health Care Engagement (PHCE) Scale: A pilot survey of rural and remote nurses. Primary Health Care Research & Development, 2016(17), 72-86.

Penz, K., Duggleby, W., Wilson, D., Williams, A., Leipert, B., Marshall, D., ... Cooper, L. (2012, December). Palliative Care Professionals' Perceptions of Effective Interpersonal Communication in the Context of Caring for Older Adults in Rural Settings. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 7(4), 20-37.

Penz, K., & Duggleby, W. (2012, July). 'It's different in the home...' The contextual challenges and rewards of providing palliative nursing care in community settings. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 14(5), 365-373.

Penz, K., & Duggleby, W. (2011, September). Harmonizing hope: A grounded theory study of the experience of hope of registered nurses who provide palliative care in community settings.
Palliative and Supportive Care, 9(3), 281-294.

Duggleby, W., Penz, K., Leipert, B., Wilson, D., Goodridge, D., & Williams, A. (2011, July). 'I am part of the community but...' The changing context of rural living for persons with advanced cancer and their families. Rural and Remote Health, 11, 1733 (Online).

Leipert, B., Berry, P., ... Justice, C. (2010, April). The transition experience of rural older persons with advanced cancer and their families: A grounded theory study. BMC Palliative Care, 9(5), 1-9.


MacLeod M (Co-principal Investigator), Stewart N (Co-principal Investigator), Kulig J (Co-principal Investigator), Banner D (Co-investigator), Andrews ME (Co-investigator), Hanlon N (Co-investigator), Karunanayake C (Co-investigator), Kilpatrick K (Co- investigator), Koren I (Co-investigator), Kosteniuk J (Co-investigator), Martin-Misener R (Co-investigator), Moffitt P (Co-investigator), Penz K (Co-investigator), Van Pelt L (Co-investigator), Wilson E (Co-investigator), Zimmer L (Co-investigator). Nursing Practice in Rural and Remote Canada II, Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), Open Operating Grant Competition. ($611,967.00).

Penz K (Principal Investigator), Goodridge D (Co-investigator), Hellsten-Bzovey L (Co-investigator). Healthy health care workforces: Testing a Model of Work Engagement and Burnout among Palliative Care Nurses in Rural and Urban Practice Settings, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) Establishment Grant Competition ($119,859.00).

Penz K (Principal Investigator). An Exploration of the Perceived Work Related Demands/Resources and Personal Resources of Palliative Care Nurses in Saskatchewan, New Faculty Start-up Operating Funds Provost Office, University of Saskatchewan. Total: $5,000.00 for 2012-02 to 2015-02

MacLeod M (Co-principal Investigator), Stewart N (Co-principal Investigator), Kulig J (Co-principal Investigator), Pitblado R (Co-principal Investigator), Andrews ME (Co-investigator), Banner D (Co- investigator), Kilpatrick K (Co-investigator), Koren I (Co- investigator), Kosteniuk J (Co-investigator), Martin- Misener R (Co-investigator), Moffitt P (Co-investigator), Penz K (Co-investigator), Van Pelt L (Co-investigator), Wilson E (Co-investigator), Zimmer L (Co-investigator). Nursing Practice in Rural and Remote Canada II. (RRN2) Health Care Policy Contribution Program, Health Canada. ($467,385.00).


Primary author publication “Predictors of Job Satisfaction for Rural Acute Care Registered Nurses in Canada” was recognized as one of the top 10 most- cited articles for Western Journal of Nursing Research in 2010 from publication years 2008 and 2009., Western Journal of Nursing Research, Editor Dr. Vicki Conn PhD RN FAAN.

Selected as a recipient of a Canadian Cancer Society Research Institution (CCSRI) Junior Investigator Grant Panel Travel Award for their Quality of Life Research Panel., Canadian Cancer Society Research Institution (CCSRI)