College of Nursing

Faculty & Staff

Louise Racine -
RN BScN (Laval), MScN (Laval), PhD (Brit.Col)
E4344 Health Sciences, Saskatoon
(306) 966-6366(306) 966-6366
(306) 966-6621


  • Research Interests
    • Immigrant and refugee health across the lifespan
    • Cultural safety and marginalized populations
    • Family caregiving
    • Health care services
    • Nursing philosophy
  • Methodology
    • Qualitative
    • Mixed methods

Dr. Louise Racine was born and raised in beautiful Quebec City, QC, Canada. She entered the nursing profession in 1978 as a RN. She practiced more than 14 years in general surgery, ENT, head and neck surgery, urology, and gynecology. Dr. Racine received her RN diploma from the CEGEP Sainte-Foy and a Certificate in Health Administration from the Université de Montré al in 1991. She received her BScN (1994) and MScN (1996) from the Faculté des sciences infirmières de l'Université Laval. In 2004, she received her PhD in nursing from the University of British Columbia School of Nursing. Her dissertation entitled The meaning of home care and caring for aging relatives at home: The Haitian Canadian primary caregivers' perspectives indicated that ways of caring are enmeshed in a complex nexus of social relations where power, race, gender, and social class come into play to permeate each level of the caring commitment.

Dr. Racine's research interest is in the area of immigrant and refugee health. She is also interested in cultural nursing research applied to the context of family caregiving among non-Western immigrants and refugees and francophone communities living in the Prairie Provinces. Her program of research also focuses on the delivery of culturally safe nursing care to racialized populations. Dr. Racine is keenly interested in the philosophy of nursing, the application of feminist and postcolonial theories to nursing research and practice. Because of her interest on how racialization can affect the delivery of nursing and health care, Dr. Racine is interested in applying concepts drawn from the works of postcolonial scholars like Bakhtin, Bhahbha, Gramsci, Hall, Hill Collins, and bell hooks in nursing scholarship. Dr. Racine serves as a peer-reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, the International Journal of Qualitative Methods, the Journal of Nursing Education, The Journal of International Migration and Integration (JIMI), Women's Forum International (WFI), International Nursing Review, Nursing Science Quarterly, Qualitative Health Research, Aporia, Nursing Inquiry, Healthcare Policy, the Journal of Interprofessional Care, and Reflets: Revue d'Intervention Sociale et Communautaire. She also serves as a peer-reviewer for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Sigma Theta Tau International, Canadian Nurses' Foundation Merit Review Panel, The Alzheimer's Society, and the Fonds de Recherche sur la Socié té et la Culture du Qué bec. Dr. Racine has published her scholarly work in diverse peer-reviewed nursing and interprofessional health journals and in edited books.

Dr. Racine's research areas of expertise are: Immigrant and refugee health across the lifespan; cultural safety and marginalized populations; family caregiving; health care services; nursing philosophy; qualitative research methodologies with an interest for all types of ethnographies, critical discourse analysis; postmodern and postcolonial feminist theories applied to nursing research, practice, and education. She is an Associate Member in the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan. She is an Associate Member in the Centre canadien de recherche sur les francophonies en milieu minoritaire at the University of Regina. She is a Member Scholar at the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology at the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. Dr. Racine received the Edith Anderson Leadership in Education Award at the Sigma Theta Tau International, 41st Biennial Convention in Grapevine Texas, USA on October 30, 2011. Dr. Racine's name appears in the 4th edition of the Dictionary of Nursing Theory and Research authored by B.A. Powers and T.R. Knapp and published in 2011 by Springer. In this latest publication, Dr. Louise Racine is acknowledged by international nursing peers as an expert in philosophical inquiry.


Racine, L. (2014). The enduring challenge of cultural safety in nursing. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 46(2), 6-9.

Racine, L. (2014). Examining the impact of migration on the reconfiguration of family dynamics: The experiences of Haitian immigrant women in Canada. In P.Stroud (Ed.), Feminism. Perspectives, stereotypes/misperceptions, and social implications (pp. 69-90). New York, NY: Nova.

McIntyre, M., MacDonald, C., & Racine, L. (2013). A critical analysis of online nursing education: Balancing optimistic and cautionary perspectives. The Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 45 (1), 1-25.

Santos Zanchetta, M., Kaszap, M., Mohamed, M., Racine, L., Maheu, C., Masny, D.,…Kinslikh, D. (2012). Construction of Francophone families' health literacy in a linguistic minority situation. Alterstice. International Journal of Intercultural Research, 2(2), 1-23.

Racine, L., & Perron, A., (2012). Unmasking the predicament of cultural voyeurism: A postcolonial analysis of international nursing placements. Nursing Inquiry, 19(3), 190-210.

Holtslander, L., Racine, L., Furniss, S., Burles, M., & Turner, H. (2012). Developing and piloting an online graduate nursing course focused on experiential learning of qualitative research methods. Journal of Nursing Education, 51(6), 345-348.

Racine, L., Proctor, P., & Jewell, L. M. (2012). Putting the world as classroom: An application of the inequalities imagination model in nursing and health education. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 23(1), 90-99.

Racine, L. (2011). The impact of race, gender, and class in postcolonial feminist fieldwork: A retrospective critique of methodological dilemmas. Aporia, 3(1), 15-27.

Racine, L., & Petrucka, P. (2011). Enhancing decolonization and knowledge transfer in nursing research with non-Western populations: Examining the congruence between primary health care and postcolonial feminist approaches. Nursing Inquiry, 18 (1), 12-20.

Racine, L. (2010). Caring for older Haitian parents: The impact of immigration on family dynamics and caring activities on family caregivers. In D. Durst & M. MacLean (Eds.), Diversity and aging among immigrant seniors in Canada. Changing faces and graying temples (pp. 341-362). Calgary, AB: Detselig.

Proctor, P., Lake, D., Jewell, L., Racine, L., D'Eon, M., & Reeder, B.A. (2010). Influencing student beliefs about poverty and health through interprofessional community-based educational experiences. Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education, 1(2) 145-158.


Ferguson, L., (PI), Racine, L., (Co-PI), Graham, H., (Co-I), & Rohatinsky, N., (Co-I). (2014). Facilitating Workplace Learning for Internationally-Educated Workers and Students, and their Canadian Counterparts: A Participatory Action Project. SSHRC: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. $218,062.

Racine, L., (PI) & Lu, Y. (Co-PI). (2013). Between Chinese Traditional Medicine and Western Medicine: A Negotiated Medical Decision Making Process among Mainland Chinese Immigrants in Saskatchewan. SHRF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship awarded to Dr. Yixi Lu. $100,000.

Bilinski, H., (PI) & Racine, L. (Co-PI). (2013). Advancing knowledge and practice in interprofessional health education. College of Nursing Faculty and Staff Development Committee. Amount: $1,000. January -April 2013.

Racine, L.,(PI), Ferguson, L. (Co-PI), Udod, S. (Co-I), Maposa, S., (Co-I), & Fowler-Kerry, S. (Co-I). Understanding Internationally Educated Nurses' Professional, Cultural, and Social Integration in Canadian Nursing Workplaces: Designing Culturally Competent and Evidence-Based Retention Programs. CIHR-RPP/ 2 years. October 2012.

Ferguson, L. (PI)., Racine, L. (Co-PI). & Graham-Mars, H. (Co-PI). (2012). Cross-cultural preceptoring and mentoring. $5,000. University of Saskatchewan President's SSHRC Insight Grant.

Harrison, S., (PI) & Racine, L. (Co-PI). (2012). La contribution des centres scolaires communautaires de la Saskatchewan au vé cu langagier des francophones et à l'é tat de mieux-Ítre des personnes aîné es. [An exploration of the Contributions of Saskatchewan's community school centres on aging francophones lived experiences with language and well-being].$4,327. Institut Français, Centre canadien de recherche sur les francophonies minoritaires, University of Regina.

Higginbottom, G.M. (Nominated PI), Racine, L., (Co-PI), Etowa, J. B. (Co-PI) & Vallianatos, H. (2012). Optimizing food choices and practices in the perinatal period for immigrant and new Canadian women. $287,997 (2012-2015). Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Health Services and Policy Research. Psychosocial, Sociocultural & Behavioural Determinants of Health Committee. Ranked 1st out of 41 applications. Score: 4.43

Davison, B. J., (PI) Gutwin, C., Visvanathan, K., Holtslander, L., & Racine, L (Co-I). (2011). Profiling patient's preferences to facilitate treatment decision making. Canada's Motor Ride for DAD. $42,896.

Zanchetta, M. S., Parada, H., Racine, L., Maheu, C., Montgomery, C., Xenocostas, S., M. T., & Kaszap, M. (2011). Migrant and immigrant francophone linguistic minorities in Canada: Exploring systemic barriers and mobilizing social capital and cultural assets related to family health literacy. Fonds de Recherche sur la Socié té et la Culture du Qué bec (FRSCQ), Development Grant- Research Group METISS. Migration and ethnicity in the health interventions and social services, Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Montagne (Ministère de la santé et de services sociaux du Qué bec). $4,000

Racine. L. (2011). University publications fund award, $400. Publication Fund Committee, University of Saskatchewan, Research Services.

Racine. L. (PI) (2011). Proposal development assistance grant. $1,000.University of Saskatchewan, Vice-President Research.

Racine, L. (PI). 2010). Caring for non-western immigrants at the end-of-life: A review of nurses' and health care practitioners' perspectives and survey development, $8,257.Canadian Institutes of Health, Health Professional Student Research Award 2010, CIHR & the University of Saskatchewan.

Racine, L. (PI), Springer, R.A., Spencer, C. Shutko, C., Udod, S., & Wall, P. (Co-Inv). (2010). Assessment of faculty needs for support and training related to the delivery of a new nursing curriculum through distributed learning, $6,235.University of Saskatchewan, USTEP Board of Governors.

Holtslander, L. (PI), & Racine, L. (Co-PI). (2010). NURS 893 Qualitative Methods, $34,000, University of Saskatchewan Tel Grant.

Racine, L. (PI), Leis, A., Zong, L, & Bruce, A. (Co-Applicants). (2009-2010). End-of-life for aging non-Western immigrants: Exploring issues of access. $50,000, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Catalyst Grant: Pilot Projects in Aging, Institute of Aging.