College of Nursing

Faculty & Staff

Kelly Penz
Assistant Professor

Office: 112 4400 - 4th Avenue Regina
Phone: (306) 337-3812
Fax: (306) 337-3804
Skype: kellypenz
Introduction: View Video


  • 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.


Penz, K. & Duggleby, W. (2011). 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, 281-294.

Duggleby, W., Penz, K., Leipert, B., Wilson, D., Goodridge, D., & Williams, A. (2011) '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 (online), 2011: 1733. Available from:

Duggleby, W., Penz, K., Goodridge, D., Wilson, D., Leipert, B., Berry, P., Keall, S., and Justice, C. (2010). The transition experience of rural older persons with advanced cancer and their families: A grounded theory study. BMC Palliative Care, 9(5), 1-9.

Duggleby, W., Cooper, D & Penz, K. (2009). Hope, self-efficacy, spiritual well-being and job satisfaction. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65(11), 2376-2385.

Kulig, J.C., Stewart, N.J., Penz, K., Forbes, D., Morgan, D., & Emerson, P. (2009). Work setting, community attachment, and satisfaction among rural and remote nurses. Public Health Nursing, 26(5), 430-439.

Penz, K. (2008). What are the potential factors that sustain registered nurses who provide home- based palliative and end-of-life care? Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 10(5), 295-303.

Penz, K. (2008). Theories of hope: are they relevant to palliative care nurses? International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 14(8), 408-414.

Penz, K., Stewart, N.J., D'Arcy, C., & Morgan, D. (2008) Predictors of job satisfaction for rural acute care registered nurses in Canada. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 30(7), 785-800.

Penz, K.L. & Stewart, N.J. (2008). Differences in autonomy and nurse-physician interaction among rural and small urban acute care registered nurses in Canada. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 8(1), 39-53.

Penz K.L., D'Arcy, C, Stewart, N.J., Kosteniuk, J., Morgan, D., & Smith, B. (2007). Barriers to participation in continuing education activities among rural and remote nurses. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 38(2), 58-66, CE Quiz 67-8, 93.

Penz, K.L. & Bassendowski, S.L. (2006). Evidence-based nursing in clinical practice: Implications for nurse educators. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 37(6), 250-254, CE Quiz 255-256, 269.