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Faculty of Community Services

Sue Bookey-Bassett


RN, BScN, MEd, PhD


416-979-5000, ext. 556309

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  • Nursing education
  • Interprofessional education and interprofessional collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Quality improvement
  • Perinatal nursing


Sue Bookey-Bassett obtained her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Toronto and a master of education from Brock University. Bookey-Bassett completed her PhD in nursing at McMaster University’s Aging Community and Health Research Unit in 2018. Her doctoral work involved the development and feasibility testing of an interprofessional education intervention to support collaborative practice in the home care sector. She also completed a certificate program on educating health professionals in interprofessional care (EHPIC) through the University of Toronto Centre for Interprofessional Education in 2013. 

Bookey-Bassett has held numerous numerous practice, education and research roles across health care and academic institutions. She has expertise in designing, delivering and evaluating education programs for health professions students and practicing health care professionals. Her nursing clinical background is in perinatal and neonatal nursing. 

Bookey-Bassett’s program of research relates to interprofessional education (IPE) and collaboration within and across all health sectors. Current work focuses on exploring the role of IPE in care transitions and integrated models of care.  

Research Interests:

 Research interests:

  • Substantive research interests include: Nursing and health professions education, interprofessional education, collaborative practice and team-based models of care, care transitions and integrated care
  • Methodological interests include: Knowledge translation and implementation science, qualitative, mixed-methods, development and evaluation of educational interventions

As an early career researcher, I am currently involved in several research initiatives as described below. I am developing collaborations with both nursing and other health professions researchers, patients and decision makers.   

Research projects:

  • Translation of doctoral IPE intervention to a complex continuing care setting to assess the feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of the intervention in an alternate practice setting
  • Qualitative study exploring nurses’ experiences caring for young carers with older relatives with dementia
  • Literature review on preparing health care professions to work in complex and changing health care systems

Current Courses:

Teaching responsibilities:

  • MN 8934: Interprofessional Education and Collaboration
  • NSE 306: Leadership and Change
  • NSE 407: Professional Issues and Trends
  • NSE 21AB: Concepts, Individual, and Family
  • NUR 830: Current Issues and Future Perspectives
  • NUR 80B: Research Design, Measurement, Applications

    Teaching interests:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • Nursing leadership 
  • Professional issues
  • Interprofessional education and collaboration
  • Quality improvement and patient safety
  • Aging population
  • Quantitative and qualitative research

Selected Publications:

  • McMaster University, School of Nursing Graduate Program Research Award, 2017 ($3,500) 
  • McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Program Outstanding Achievement Award, 2017 
  • Early Investigator Research Award, Nursing Research  Interest Group, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, 2015  ($3,000) 
  • Canadian Nurses Foundation Bianca Beyer Doctoral Scholarship, 2015 ($7,500)
  • Ann C. Beckingham Graduate Scholarship, McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences, 2015 ($3,750)
  • Registered Nurses Foundation of Ontario Saint Elizabeth Scholarship, 2015 ($2,500)
  • Registered Nurses Foundation of Ontario Community Health Nurses Initiatives Group  Educational Scholarship, 2014 $1,500)
  • Ann C. Beckingham Graduate Scholarship, McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences, 2014 ($4,000)

Professional Affiliations:

Journal articles:

  • Newman, K., Bookey-Bassett, S., Wang, A. H., & Wang, A. Z. (2019). Carers need care too: Recalling the experience of being a young carer for a relative living with dementia. Perspectives 40(3), 6-16.
  • Ganann, R., Peacock, S., Garnett, A., Northwood, M., Hyde, A., Bookey-Bassett, S., Kennedy, L., Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J., Valaitis, R. (in press) Capacity development amongst academic trainees in community-based primary health care research: The Aging, Community and Health Research Unit Experience. Primary Health Care Research and Development.
  • Bookey-Bassett, S., Bianchi, A., Richards, J., & Kelly, H. (2019). Overcoming Challenges to Support Clinician Scientist Roles in Canadian Academic Health Science Centres. Healthcare Quarterly. 22(1), 60-66.
  • Valaitis, R., Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J., Butt, M., Ganann, R., Bookey-Bassett, S., Kennedy, L. Murray, N., & Yousif, C. (2018). “It’s not a job you apply for.” A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of the “Health Links” Caregiver Experience. Innovation in Aging, 2(suppl_1), 124-124.
  • Ploeg, J., Markle-Reid, M., Fisher, A., Bookey-Bassett, S., Chambers, T., Kennedy, L., Morsy, M. & Dufour, S. (2017). Perspectives of Experts on the Current State of Interprofessional Education to Support Collaborative Practice in the Care of Community-Living Older Adults: A Qualitative Descriptive Study. Journal of Interprofessional Care. doi: 10.1080/13561820.2017.1347610
  • Bookey-Bassett, S., Markle-Reid, M., McKey, C.A., Akhtar-Danesh, N. (2017). Understanding interprofessional collaboration in the context of chronic disease management for older adults living in communities: A concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 73(1), 71-84. Doi: 10.111/jan.13162
  • Jeffs, L., McShane, J., Flintoft, V., White, P., Indar, A.,Maione, M., Lopez, A.J., Bookey-Bassett, S., & Scavuzzo, L. (2016). Contextualizing Learning to Improve Care Using Collaborative Communities of Practice. BMC Health Services Research, 16:464
  • Newman, K., Bookey-Bassett, S., & Wang, A. (2016). Youth experiences with older relatives who have dementia. International Journal of Aging and Society.7(2),
  • Bookey-Bassett, S., Markle-Reid, M., McKey, C.A., Akhtar-Danesh, N. (2016). A review of instruments to measure IPC for chronic disease management for community-living older adults. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 30(2), 201-201.
  • Jeffs, L., Indar, A., Harvey, B., McShane, J., Bookey-Bassett, S., Suhemat, A., Maione, M. (2016). Being present and flexible: The enabling role of the manager in engaging clinicians and staff in quality improvement. Journal of Nursing Care Quality. Doi:10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000196
  • Ploeg, J., Markle-Reid, M., Davies, B., Higuchi, K., Gifford, W., Bajnok, I.,  McConnell, H., Plenderleith, J., Foster, S. & Bookey-Bassett, S. (2014). Spreading and sustaining best practices for home care of older adults: a grounded theory study. Implementation Science, 9:162 
  • Almost, J., Doran, D., Ogilvie, L., Miller, C., Kennedy, S., Timmings, C., Rose, D. N., Squires, M., Lee, C. T., & Bookey-Bassett, S. (2013) Exploring Worklife Issues in Provincial Corrections Settings. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 9(1), 3-13.

Selected Publications & Presentations:

MN 8934:

  • May 2019 - collaborated with Ryerson IPE department to arrange a structured IPE session on conflict management involving Ryerson MN students and University of Toronto, medical and pharmacy students
  • June 2019 - IPE Panel involving a patient partner and three health professions to discuss the importance of interprofessional collaboration in managing care transitions for individuals with multiple complex medical conditions

Position Currently Held:

Assistant Professor

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  • DCC-558, Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex