College of Nursing

Faculty & Staff

Kelly Penz
Assistant Professor

Office:112 4400 - 4th Avenue Regina
Phone:(306) 337-3812(306) 337-3812
Fax: (306) 337-3804
Skype: kellypenz
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  • 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.