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Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing

Jennifer Lapum


Associate Professor






416-979-5000 ext. 6316

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Dr. Jennifer Lapum (tenured Associate Professor) is a poet and an arts-based, narrative researcher. She is an RN with extensive clinical background in critical care nursing particularly in intensive care including cardiovascular intensive care nursing. In her research, she is focused on enhancing patients’ overall health and well-being and ensuring that no patient feels like “the 7,024th patient” when they enter and exit the health care system. As a scientist and artist, her focus is on the development of an arts-informed program of research in the health sciences to advance the capacity for humanistic approaches to health care. At the very core of a humanistic approach is practitioners’ capacity to develop empathetic relations so that they gain insight into patients’ social world and the internalized space of mind and body. Her program of research is embedded in the arts as a medium to facilitate practitioners’ capacity to adopt the subjective viewpoint of patients. The evocative power of the arts elicits affective and embodied responses so that practitioners feel and see the human condition.

Her most recent project is a CIHR funded art exhibition “The 7,024th Patient.” It is a 1739 square foot installation that is over 9 feet in height with hanging textiles imprinted with poetry and photographic images that capture the raw, emotional and embodied experiences of patients in open-heart surgery and recovery. For more information on the art installation, access the following short video:

Poetic Excerpt and Photographic Image from “The 7,024th Patient”

The Absent 24 Hours spotlights the gap in patients’ memory regarding the operation after they count backwards and lose consciousness. Their stories capture what they imagine occurred during this lost time.

                       I count backwards

          by the time I get to nine

I’m gone


Foundations of her teaching philosophy are rooted in “understanding” and student engagement. This philosophy is the driving force to her teaching methods that include creative and artistic methods, embedded critical thinking, integrative learning and student focused approaches. She was nominated by students for the TVOntario 2010 Best Lecturer Competition and received the Ryerson University Dean’s Teaching Award in 2012

Please contact Jennifer if you are interested in networking about arts-informed and/or narrative research projects. If you are a student looking for graduate supervision for an arts-based or narrative study, please email her.

Selected Publications & Presentations:

Lapum, J., Church, K., Yau, T., Ruttonsha, P., & Matthews David, A (2013). Narrative accounts of recovering at home following heart surgery. Canadian Medical Association Journal, Epub ahead of print May 13, 2013, doi: 10.1503/cmaj.121561  

McGovern, B., Lapum, J., Clune, L, & Schindel Martin (2013). Theoretical framing of high-fidelity simulation in nursing with Carper’s fundamental patterns of knowing in nursing. Journal of Nursing Education, 52(1), pg. 46-49

Lapum, J., Yau, T., Church, K., Ruttonsha, P., & Matthews David, A (accepted). Un-earthing emotions through art: reflective practice using poetry and photographic imagery. Journal of Medical Humanities.

Liu, L., Lapum, J., Fredericks, S., Yau, T., & Micevski, V (2013). Music as an interpretive lens: Patients' experiences of discharge following open-heart surgery. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 14 (1), pg. 1-23. Retrieved from

Lapum, J. (2012). The diagnosis – a poem. Medical Humanities, 38 (2), pg. 126.

Seto Nielsen, L. Angus, J., Lapum, J., Dale, C., Kramer-Kile, M., Abramson, B., Marzolini, S., Oh, P., Price, J., & Clark, A. (2012). "I can't just follow any particular textbook": Immigrants in cardiac rehabilitation. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68 (12), pg. 2719-2729. Study number IGO 86110

Fredericks, S., Lapum, J., Lo, J. (2012). Anxiety, depression, and self-management: A systematic review. Clinical Nursing Research: An International Journal, 21(4), pg. 411-429.

Lapum, J., Church, K., Yau, T., Matthews David, A., & Ruttonsha, P. (2012). Arts-informed research dissemination:  Patients' perioperative experiences of open-heart surgery. Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care, 41 (5), e4-e14. doi:10.1016/j.hrtlng.2012.04.012

Lapum, J., Fredericks, S., Beanlands, H., McCay, E., Schwind, J., & Romanuik, D. (2012). A cyborg ontology in health care: traversing into the liminal space between technology and person-centred practice. Nursing Philosophy, 13 (4), 276-288.

Fredericks, S., Lapum, J., Schwind, J., Beanlands, H., Romaniuk, D., McCay, E. (2012). Discussion of patient centered care in health organizations. Quality Management in Healthcare, 21, 3, 1-8.

Lapum, J., Ruttonsha, P., Church, K., Yau, T., & Matthews David, A. (2012). Employing the arts in research as an analytical tool and dissemination method – Interpreting experience through the aesthetic. Qualitative Inquiry, 18 (1), 100-115. DOI 10.1177/1077800411427852

Lapum, J., Hamzavi, N., Veljkovic, K., Mohamed, Z., Pettinato, A., Silver, S., & Taylor, E. (2012). A performative and poetical narrative of critical social theory in nursing education:  An ending and threshold of social justice. Nursing Philosophy, 13 (1), 27-45.

Lapum, J. (2012). The Un-beautiful mind. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 24 (4), 269-270.

Lapum, J. (2011). Death – A Poem. Qualitative Inquiry, 17 (8), 723-724

Timmermans, K., Rukholm, E., Michel, I., Seto Nielsen, L., Lapum, J., Nolan, R., & Angus, J. (2011). Accessing heart health: A Northern Experience. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 11 (1), 17-36. Study # MOP 74670

Lapum, J., Angus, J., Peter, E., & Watt-Watson, J. (2011). Patients’ discharge experiences: Returning home following open-heart surgery. Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care, 40 (3), 226-235

Lapum, J., Angus, J., Peter, E., & Watt-Watson, J. (2010). Patients’ narrative accounts of open-heart surgery and recovery: Authorial voice of technology. Social Science & Medicine, 70, p. 754-762.

Angus, J. Rukholm, E., Michel, I., Larocque, S. Seto, L., Lapum, J., Timmermans, K., Chevrier-Lamoureux, R., & Nolan, R. (2009). Context and cardiovascular risk modification in two regions of Ontario: A photo elicitation study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 6 (9), p. 2481-2499.

Lapum, J. (2008). The Performative Manifestation of a Research Identity: Storying the Journey Through Poetry [46 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(2), Art. 39,


Lapum, J. (2008). Residuals of death. Qualitative Inquiry, 14(2), 233-234.

Angus, J., Rukholm, E., St. Onge, R., Michel, I., Nolan, R., Lapum, J., & Evans, S. (2007). “Habitus”, stress and the body: The everyday production of health and cardiovascular risk. Qualitative Health Research, 17 (8), p. 1088-1102.

Lapum, J. (2006). Until my time of death. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 174 (12), 1749-1750.

Lapum, J.  (2006).  Patency of arterial catheters with heparinized solutions versus non-heparinized Solutions: A Review of the Literature. Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 16 (2), 64-70.

Lapum, J. (2005). Women’s experiences of heart surgery recovery: A poetical approach to research dissemination. Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 15 (3), 12-20.

Leung, D., & Lapum, J. (2005). A poetical journey: The evolution of a research question. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 4 (3), 1-17.

Angus, J., Evans, S., Lapum, J., Rukholm, E., St. Onge, R., Nolan, R. & Michel, I. (2005). “Sneaky disease”: The body and health knowledge for people at risk for coronary heart disease in Ontario, Canada. Social Science and Medicine, 60 (9), 2117-2128.

Book Chapters

Liu, L., Lapum, J., Fredericks, S., Yau, T., & Micevski, V. (accepted). Music: opening the imagination in interdisciplinary social science research. In C. Fogel, E. Quinlan and A. Quinlan (Eds.). In, Imaginative Inquiry: Innovative Approaches to Interdisciplinary Research. Palo Alto, California: Academica Press

Lapum, J., Chen, S., Peterson, J., Leung, D., Andrews, G. (2008). The place of nursing in primary health care (pp. 131-148). In V. Crooks and G. Andrews (Eds.) In Primary Health Care: People, Practice, Place. Ashgate.

Art Exhibitions

Lapum, J., Church, K., Matthews David, A., Yau, T., & Ruttosha, P. (June 2011). “The 7,024th Patient Art Exhibition: Stories of Open-heart Surgery and Recovery. Toronto General Hospital. Funded by CIHR Planning, Meetings and Dissemination Event Grant.

Lapum, J., Church, K., Matthews David, A., Yau, T., & Ruttosha, P. (May 2011). “The 7,024th Patient Art Exhibition: Stories of Open-heart Surgery and Recovery. International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Funded by CIHR Planning, Meetings and Dissemination Event Grant.


Peter Munk Cardiac Centre Clinical and Research Report, 7 (1), July 2011, pg. 8. Art exhibit tells stories of heart patients. Retrieved from

The Weekly Qualitative Report, 4 (36), September, 2011. Qualitative Research in the News, Visual presentation of a qualitative research project: The 7,024th patient – art exhibition – heart surgery. Retrieved from

CBC Metro morning with Matt Galloway (aired on Thursday June 16, 2011). Patient Art with Dr. Jennifer Lapum.

Council of Ontario Universities (June 15, 2011). With poems and images, Ryerson nursing professor demonstrates experiences of heart surgery patients. Retrieved from,-ryerson-nursing-professor-d.aspx

Hospital News. Art exhibit tells stories of heart patients. Article by Antoinette Mercurio. Print version June 2011, p. 2.

University Health Network. Art exhibit tells stories of heart patients. Retrieved from

The Toronto Star. Open-heart surgery from the heart (article by Katie Daubs). Print version June 16, 2011, p. 3. Online version retrieved from

Letter to the editor (in response), June 19, 2011. Rhonda Seidman-Carlson, Chief Nurse Execuitve, The Scarborough Hospital. Retrieved from

RNAO (July/August, 2011). Open-heart surgery inspires poetry. RNAO Journal, pg. 8.

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