Jacqueline van Wijlen

Jacqueline van Wijlen

Assistant Professor (on leave)
Camden Hall
(902) 867-3370

Jacqueline is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University (BScN with Adv. Major, 2012), Dalhousie University (MN-NP: Family/All-Ages, 2016) and a current PhD (Nursing) student at McGill University. She is an Assistant Professor in the Elizabeth & Thomas Rankin School of Nursing at St. Francis Xavier University and has taught courses and clinical in research methods, pharmacology, healthy aging, community health, maternal-child & family health and wellness.

Her nursing practice career as a registered nurse began in Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU) before transitioning into Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) where Jacqueline worked full-time until beginning her Masters in Nursing. While completing her MN at Dalhousie University in the primary care nurse practitioner (NP) stream, Jacqueline continued to work in the NICU, as a family practice nurse for Dalhousie Student Health Services and in the undergraduate nursing program at Dalhousie University.

Jacqueline has spent much of her time both as a student and during her RN career involved in a leadership capacity with Nursing the Future and subsequently, the Nova Scotia Transition Facilitation Network. Through these non-profit organization, she has provided New Graduate nursing support within the province and has been invited to give several guest lectures & workshops to new graduate RNs, LPNs and nursing students with the goal of preparing them for transition into professional practice.

Currently, Jacqueline is enrolled in the PhD (Nursing) program at McGill University’s Ingram School of Nursing under the co-supervision of Drs. Sonia Semenic (McGill) and Megan Aston (Dalhousie). The focus of her doctoral work is related to infant feeding support interactions in the NICU using a feminist lens. Her broad research interests include children adolescent, maternal-newborn and family health as well as new graduate nursing transition. Jacqueline is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, amongst other professional associations.



Courses Taught

N237: Nursing Concepts in the Care of Women, Children & Families (Distance Education)

N231: Fundamentals of Research & Collective Collaborative Practice                               

N233: Care of Families in Transition: Childbearing & Childrearing Years           

N298: Introduction to Pharmacology: A Pathophysiological Approach                           


Clinical & Simulation Supervision

N234: Integrating Nursing Roles & Practices II: Care of Childbearing & Childrearing Families

N298: Introduction to Pharmacology: A Pathophysiological Approach (Simulation)                     

N208: Foundations of Health & Health Systems                                                                                        

N245: Healthy Aging



van Wijlen, J.E. & Aston, M. (2019). Applying feminist poststructuralism as a framework for exploring infant feeding interactions in the neonatal intensive care unit. Witness: The Canadian Journal of Critical Nursing Research, 1(1), 59-72. https://witness.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/default/article/view/12

van Wijlen, J.E. (2018). Breastfeeding woman or lactating object? A critical philosophical discussion on the influence of Cartesian dualism on breastfeeding in the neonatal intensive care unit. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 28(5-6), 1022-1031. doi: 10.1111/jocn.14686.

van Wijlen, J.E. (2016). Healing the healer: A Caring Science approach to moral distress in new graduate nurses. International Journal for Human Caring, 21(1), 15-19.


Carnevale, F., van Wijlen, J.E. & Carter, B. (In Press). Ten ethical principles in palliative care. In Limbo, R., Wool, C. & Carter, B. (Eds.), Perinatal and neonatal palliative care clinical handbook for nurses, physicians, and other health professionals (1st ed.) (Ch. 21). New     York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Implementation of a maternal pertussis immunization program: Improving coverage among Inuit women. Co-Investigator, 2017–2019. $199,992.



van Wijlen, J.E. (2019, June 14). Caring Science as an approach to addressing & mitigating moral distress: Applicability to new graduate and student nurses. [30-Minute Oral Presentation]. Atlantic Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing 2019 Conference, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, Canada.

van Wijlen, J.E. (2019, March 21). Applicability of various feminist theories and frameworks in exploring the unique challenges of supporting breastfeeding women in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).  [60-minute Presentation/Discussion Session]. 14th Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.

van Wijlen, J.E., Dykes, F., Aston, M., Feely, N. & Semenic, E. (2019, March 20-22). A proposed feminist poststructural exploration of infant feeding support in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit [Poster Presentation & Roundtable Discussion]. 14th Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.

van Wijlen, J.E. (2018, Oct. 27-29). Breastfeeding woman or lactating body? Deconstructing the influence of Cartesian dualism on breastfeeding support interactions [Poster 2]. 24th Qualitative Health Research Conference, Halifax, NS, Canada.

Lukeman, S.O., van Wijlen, J.E. & Austen, E. (2018, May 28-31). Changing the conversation: A collective responsibility for supportive breastfeeding environments [Poster 42]. Public Health 2018 Conference, Montreal, QC, Canada.

Lukeman, S.O., van Wijlen, J.E., Austen, E., Lukeman, E. & Aquino, N.  (2017, Oct.15-16). Making room: Exploring the complexities, challenges and triumphs of establishing and implementing public breastfeeding spaces [Poster 05]. Canadian Association of Perinatal & Women’s Health Nurses’ 2017 Conference, Halifax, NS. [Winner: Best Poster, CAPWHN Conference 2017]