Melanie Willson


School of Nursing
Office: ART132
Phone: 250-807-8468

Research Summary

Active learning; perinatal and childbearing families health; lactation; clinical education; remediation in clinical practice; preceptorship.

Courses & Teaching

Teaching in 2020-21:
NRSG 328: Health of the Childbearing Family
NRSG 338: Nursing practice with Childbearing Families (Kelowna General)
NRSG 422: Leadership


I have been teaching nursing since 2010. I taught at North Island College in the Comox Valley and am grateful to have joined the school of nursing at UBCO in 2014.

My previous clinical nursing practice includes maternity, pediatrics, medical and surgical acute care in a rural hospital; maternity care in tertiary care hospitals in Canada and the United States; urban public health nursing; and prenatal teaching.

My volunteer work and graduate studies have been in community health and social policy with a broad exploration of rural community development, community planning, food security, municipal policy, and harm reduction.


MPH (Social Policy), University of Victoria, 2016
BSN, University of British Columbia 2001
Perinatal specialty, British Columbia Institute of Technology 2001

Selected Publications & Presentations

Open access online lactation modules:

Selected Grants & Awards

Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund, 2019/20, $47,079 Interprofessional Lactation Module for Health Sciences- IP Lactation

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees


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