Dr. Dahlke is an associate professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta, Canada. She has received international recognition as a Gerontological Nurse Educator and a McCalla Teaching Award. She is a certified gerontological nurse. Her program of research aims to understand how to improve nursing practice with older people, and has been awarded funding from Canadian national funding, as well as other provincial funding bodies.
Dr. Dahlke’s program of research aims to improve nursing practice with older people. Her research focuses on three main themes:
(1) How nurses in interprofessional teams can enhance care of older people;
(2) Examining and improving nursing education related to older people;
(3) How nurses’ perceptions of safety and harm and their context influences their practice with older people.
For the past three years, much of her work has focused on improving how both practicing nurses and nursing students are educated to work with older people. As a result, she has developed and tested three e-learning activities (based on findings from her previous studies) to enhance undergraduate nurses’ education about older people.