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Faculty of Community Services

Jennifer Lapum




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Dr. Jennifer Lapum is an arts-based and narrative researcher. She is an RN with clinical background in critical care nursing and cardiovascular care. Taken from previous work, her program of research is focused on ensuring that “the 7,024th patient doesn’t feel like the 7,024th patient.” She explores the promotion of humanistic health care practices and policies in the healthcare context. Over the last couple of years, she has been exploring how to best prepare nursing students to work in these environments. She has been involved in developing innovative pedagogy and open educational resources.

In addition, her research involves engaging methodological approaches that facilitate deep understanding of human experiences. Her focus is on experimenting with the arts as an epistemological stance and method of research dissemination. Consequently, her work is qualitatively informed with expertise in narrative and arts-informed approaches including poetry and photographic images. One of her CIHR-funded projects that highlights this work is “The 7,024th Patient” art exhibit. It is a 1739 square foot installation that is over 9 feet in height and composed of poetry and photographic images that captures the raw, emotional and embodied experiences of patients in open-heart surgery and recovery. For more information on the exhibition, access the following video:

Her work has been presented internationally and published in Social Science & Medicine, Qualitative Health Research, Heart & Lung, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Qualitative Inquiry, CMAJ, CJCN, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, Canadian Journal of Cardiology and European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions. 

She was the recipient of the Ryerson University Research Knowledge Mobilization and Engagement award. She was also the co-recipient of the Clinical Simulation in Nursing Non-research article of the year award in 2018, the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), Research Excellence Award in 2018, and the eCampuOntario Technology Enabled Seminar + Showcase (TESS) Awards: Best in Show: Learner-Centred Outcomes.

Research Interests:

Please contact Dr. Lapum if you are interested in networking about arts-informed and/or narrative research projects. Please contact Dr. Lapum if you are a student looking for graduate supervision for an arts-based or narrative study.


Her most recently funded research includes:

2016 (June)-2020. Public Health Agency of Canada. $1,140,736 ($261,750 Ryerson sub-grant). Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre, J. Martin, & J.Lapum (co-PI). Trauma-informed dance intervention for youth who have experienced child abuse and/or domestic violence.

2017-2018. E-campusOntario, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. $14,953.20. Lapum, J. (lead), Verkuyl, M., Garcia, W., St-Amant, O., Tan, A., & Freeman, W. Vital sign measurement across the lifespan: Open textbook adaptation

2017 (Jan)-2018. E-campusOntario, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. $59,582.80. Verkuyl, M., Atack, L., Hughes, M., McCulloch, T., Lapum, J (co-I)., Romaniuk, D., Betts, L., & Mastrilli, P. Technology-enabled learning in virtual gaming simulation: Comparison of debriefing methods in nursing education.

2016 (Dec)-2018. E-campusOntario, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. $97,850. Lapum, J (lead), Romaniuk, D., St-Amant, O., Djafarova, N., Verkuyl, M., Hughes, M., Nikaiin, B., Betts, L., & Mastrilli, P. On-line modules with virtual gaming simulation: The essentials of maternal and newborn assessment in nursing.

2016 (January)-2017. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Planning and Dissemination grant – Institute of Community Support. $9,750. J.Lapum (co-PI), R.Bar, M.Dionne, & L. Kalia. Dance and Parkinson’s disease: a research dissemination project. FRN: 143976


Current Courses:

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 the recipient of the Ryerson University Provost’s Experiential Teaching award in 2015 and the Ryerson University Dean’s Teaching award in 2012.

Dr. Lapum teaches in the undergraduate and graduate program including:

NSE 13    Assessment of the healthy individuals

NSE 21    Concepts, individual and family

MN 8902  Qualitative Research Methods


Selected Publications:

*Publications since 2013

Books and Chapters in Books

Lapum, J., Verkuyl, M., Garcia, W., St-Amant, O., & Tan, A. (2018). Vital sign measurement across the lifespan. Open access. EcampusOntario. Retrieved from:

Lapum, J., Verkuyl, M., Hughes, M., St-Amant, O., Romaniuk, D., Betts, L., & Mastrilli, P (2018). Design and creation of virtual gaming simulations in nursing education. In R. Gordon and D. McGonigle (Eds.), Virtual Simulation in Nursing Education. Springer Publishing.

Lapum, J (2017). Installation art: The voyage never ends, pg. 377-395. In P. Leavy (Ed), The Handbook of Arts-based Research. Guilford Press: New York.

Lapum, J (2017). Deepening the mystery of arts-based research in the health sciences, pg. 526-545. In P. Leavy (Ed.), The Handbook of Arts-based Research. Guilford Press: New  York.

Lapum, J., & Schwind, J (2016). “My aesthetic moment”: interprofessional narratives. In A. Peterkin and P. Brett-MacLean (Eds.). In, Keeping Reflection Fresh: A Practical Guide for Clinical Educators. The Kent State University Press: Kent, Ohio.

Liu, L., Lapum, J., Fredericks, S., Yau, T., & Micevski, V. (2013). Music: opening the imagination in interdisciplinary social science research (pp. 45-62). In C. Fogel, E. Quinlan and A. Quinlan (Eds.). In, Imaginative Inquiry: Innovative Approaches to Interdisciplinary Research. Palo Alto, California: Academica Press.

Papers in Refereed Journals

Lee, C., & Lapum, J. (2018). Student-guided, theme-based post-clinical conference to enhance student involvement in clinical learning. Journal of Nursing Education, 57(6), 388.

Verkuyl, M., Lapum, J., Hughes, M., McCulloch, T., Liu, L., Mastrilli, P., & Betts, L. (2018). Virtual gaming simulation: Exploring self, virtual, and in-person debriefing. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 20, 7-14.

Verkuyl, M., Atack, L., McColloch, T., Liu, L., Betts, L., Lapum, J., Hughes, M., Mastrilli, P., Romaniuk, D. (2018) Comparison of debriefing methods following a virtual simulation: An experiment. Clinical Simulation in Nursing,19, 1-7.

Angus, JE., Dale, C., Seto Nielson, L., Kramer-Kile, M., Lapum, J., Pritlove, C., Abramson, B., Price, J., Marzolini, S., Oh, P., & Clark, A (2018). Gender matters in cardiac rehabilitation and diabetes: Using Bourdieu’s concepts. Social Science & Medicine, 200, 44-51.

Fredericks, S. & Lapum, J. (2017). Examining the theoretical basis of quality of life interventions in the congenital heart disease population. Primary Health Care. 27(10), 30-33.

Fredericks, S., Lapum, J., & Policelli, J. (2017). An alternative to RCTs in the case of sample heterogeneity. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 12(11), 532-537.

Verkuyl, M., Lapum, J., St-Amant, O., Betts, L., & Hughes, M. (2017). An exploration of debriefing in virtual simulation. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 13(11), 591-594. DOI:

Verkuyl, M., Hughes., M, Tsui, J., Betts, L., St-Amant, O. & Lapum, J. (2017). Virtual gaming simulation in nursing education: A focus group study. Journal of Nursing Education, 56(5), 274-280. DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20170421-04

Lapum, J., Owusu, K., Tan, A., Rattan, S., Nguyen, P., Simoni, E., & Lee, C. (2017). Mandala making to foster understanding of theoretical concepts in nursing education: Stress and coping. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 7(7), 22-29.

Waddell, J, Martin, J., Schwind, J., & Lapum, J (2016). A faculty-based mentorship circle: Positioning new faculty for success. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 46(4), 60-75.

Lapum, J. (2016). Psychosis: A Poem. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health, 54(12), 17.

Fredericks, S., Lapum, J., & Policelli, J. (2016). Considerations for the design of online gaming interventions for the frail elderly: A short communication. Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics, 11(3). 1-5. Retrieved from

Lapum, J., & Wang, S. (2016, August). Fostering an experiential understanding of addiction: Using the arts in nursing. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services, 54(8), 16-17.

Lapum, J., Liu, L., Church, K., Hume, S., Harding, B., Wang, S., Nguyen, M., Cohen, G., & Yau, T. (2016). Knowledge translation capacity of arts-informed dissemination: A narrative study. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 1(1), 258-282.

Carter, C., Lapum, J., Lavallee, L., Schindel Martin, L., & Restoule, J (online first July 15, 2016). Urban First Nations men: narratives of positive identity and implications for culturally safe care. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. doi:10.1177/1043659616659348

Lapum, J., Fredericks, S., Liu, L., Yau, T., Retta., B., Jones, V & Hume, S (2016). Facilitators and barriers of heart surgery discharge: patients’ and nurses’ narrative accounts. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 31(4), 350-356. DOI: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000253

Nguyen, M., Miranda, J., Lapum, J., & Donald, F (2016). Arts-based learning: A new approach to nursing education using andragogy. Journal of Nursing Education, 55(7), 407-10.

Lapum, J. & St-Amant, O (2016, May-Jun). Visual images in undergraduate nursing education. Nurse Educator, 41(3), 112-114. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000214

Lapum, J., & Bar, R (2016, March). Dance for individuals with dementia. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 54(3), 31-34. DOI: 10.3928/02793695-20160219-05

Lapum, J (2016). Resilience and loss: un-conceal grief and embrace vulnerability. International Journal of Whole Person Care, 3(1), 4-7.

Lapum, J. (2015, December). Wrecked. Families, Systems and Health, 33(4), 417-418. 

Lapum, J., Liu, L., Hume, S., Wang, S., Nguyen, M., Harding, B., Church, K., Cohen, G., & Yau, T. (December 2015). Pictorial narrative mapping as a qualitative analytic technique. International Journal of Qualitative Methods,14, p. 1-15 DOI: 10.1177/1609406915621408 Retrieved from

Carter, C., & Lapum, J (2015) Urban First Nations men: narratives of identity and well-being. Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts and the Humanities, 11(1), p. 1-11.

Lapum, J., & Hume, S. (2015, August). Teaching qualitative research: fostering student curiosity through an Arts-informed Pedagogy. The Qualitative Report, 20(8) pg. 1220-1232.

Lapum, J (2015, July). Recollections of his death. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 18(7), 644.

Lapum, J (2015). Looking beyond the façade: A whole person perspective of suicidal ideation. International Journal of Whole Person Care, 2(2) pg. 41-44.

Fredericks, S., Lapum, J., & Hui, G. (2015). Examining the effect of patient-centered care on patient outcomes: a systematic review. British Journal of Nursing, 24 (7), 394-400.

Lapum, J., Yau, T., & Church, K (2015). Arts-based research: Patient experiences of discharge. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 10 (2), pg. 80-84.

Fredericks, S., Lapum, J., Hui, G (2015). Applying patient centered to surgical interventions. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 10 (4), pg. 170-174.

Dale, C.M., Angus, J.E., Seto Nielson, L., Kramer-Kile, M., Pritlove, C., Lapum, J., Price, J., Marzolini, S., Abramson, B., Oh, P., Clark, A (2015). “I’m no Superman”: understanding diabetic men, masculinity, and cardiac rehabilitation. Qualitative Health Research. doi:10.1177/1049732314566323

Lapum, J., Yau, T., Church, K., Ruttonsha, P., & Matthews David, A (2015). Un-earthing emotions through art: reflective practice using poetry and photographic imagery. Journal of Medical Humanities, 36 (2), 171-176. DOI 10.1007/s10912-013-9258-0

Carter, C., Lapum, J., Lavallée, L., & Schindel Martin, L (2014). Explicating positionality: A journey of dialogical and reflexive storytelling. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 13, 362-376.

Schwind, J., McCay, B., Lapum, J., Fredericks, S., Beanlands, H., Romaniuk, D., Edwards, S., & LeGrow, K (2014). The experience of developing a faculty research cluster using the creativity of the Narrative Reflective Process. Creative Nursing, 20 (3), pg. 164-170.

Schwind, J., Beanlands, H., Lapum, J., Romaniuk, D., Fredericks, S., LeGrow, K., Edwards, S., McCay, & Crosby. (2014). Fostering person-centred care among nursing students: Creative pedagogical approaches to developing personal knowing. Journal of Nursing Education, 53(6), pg 343-47.

Lapum, J., Liu, L., Church, K., Yau, T., Ruttonsha, P., Matthews David, A., & Retta, B (2014). Arts-informed research dissemination in the health sciences: an evaluation of peoples' responses to "The 7,024th Patient" art installation. Sage Open (an open access journal-DOAJ approved), 4 (1), DOI: 10.1177/2158244014524211   

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, 185 (14), pg. E693-7 Pubmed link:  

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

Other relevant publications

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

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.

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.

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. (2011). The Un-beautiful mind. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 24 (4), 269-270.

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

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.

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),

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


Selected Publications & Presentations:


Bar, R., Lapum, J., Kalia, L., & Dionne, M. (2017). A Prescription for Dance. Producer and Director Karen Suzuki. Retrieved from:


Art Exhibitions/Dissemination Events

Bar, R., Lapum, J., Dionne, M., & Kalia, L. (June 27, 2018). Dance for Parkinson’s: Translating knowledge into action. Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation. Halifax

Bar, R., Lapum, J., Dionne, M., & Kalia, L. (April 20, 2017). Dance for Parkinson’s: Translating knowledge into action. Canada’s National Ballet School. Toronto, Ontario.

Bar, R., Lapum, J., Dionne, M., & Kalia, L. (April 11, 2017). Dance for Parkinson’s: Translating knowledge into action. Toronto Western Hospital. Toronto, Ontario

Lapum, J., Yau, T, Church, K., Liu, L., Cohen, G, & Ruttonsha, P (October 24 to 26, 2015). “The 7,024th Patient” art exhibition. Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. Toronto, Ontario.

Lapum, J., Church, K., Yau, T., Liu, L., Cohen, G, & Ruttonsha, P (March 11 to 16, 2014). “The 7,024th Patient” art exhibition. Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Toronto, Ontario.

Lapum, J., Church, K., Yau, T., Matthews David, A., & Ruttonsha, P. (June 15 & 16, 2011). “The 7,024th Patient” art exhibition. Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario.

Lapum, J., Church, K., Yau, T., Matthews David, A., & Ruttonsha, P. (May 18 to 21, 2011). “The 7,024th Patient”. International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Urbana, Illinois

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