Norma Hilsmann


Faculty of Health and Social Development, School of Nursing
Office: Arts 147
Office Hours: By Appointment
Phone: 250.807.9961

Research Summary

Pharmacology in Nursing
Methods of Student Evaluations of Teaching in Nursing

Courses & Teaching

N211, N221 - Health and Healing I & II (old curriculum)
N210, N220 - Pharmacology I & II
N236, N237, N336, N337 - 2nd and 3rd year Medical and Surgical Clinicals
N431/434 - Preceptorship
N432 - Group Leadership Capstone Project Seminar
N421- Acute Care NCLEX preparation


I did my Bachelor degree at UBC Vancouver and as part of the last graduating class from Vancouver General Hospital’s Diploma Program.  I did my 2 Masters degrees in Dallas, Texas, at The University of Texas at Arlington; one in Nursing Education and the other as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

My clinical nursing background is in med/surg, palliative, hematology oncology/bone marrow transplant, trauma/neuro/surgical ICU, Emergency and most recently CCU (8yrs).

My Nursing administration background is as a Nursing Coordinator (9 years).

I practiced as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a private medical practice in rural USA (6yrs).

My Nursing Educator experience has been at colleges in the US and Canada; LPNs, Diploma RNs, Bachelors and Masters Nurses, including NPs for (15yrs).



Master's in Nursing Education - The University of Texas at Arlington, 1999
Family Nurse Practitioner - The University of Texas at Arlington, 1999
BScN - The University of British Columbia, 1993
French Certificate - The University of Victoria, 1990

Research Interests & Projects

Pharmacology and education in nursing.

Student evaluations of teaching and remediation, coping and resiliency.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Moralejo, L., Anderson, E., Kennedy, L., Hilsmann, N. (2019). Measuring Student Responses in and Instructors’ Perceptions of Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET), Pre and Post Intervention. Published by The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Volume 10, No.3, Winter 2019, article 5.


Gill, M., Andersen, E., & Hilsmann, N. (2019). Best practices for teaching pharmacology to undergraduate nursing students: A systematic review of the literature. Published by Nurse Education Today. Volume 74, March 2019, Pages 15-24 (Ms. Ref. No.: NET-D-18-00403R1).

Selected Grants & Awards

  • Teaching Honour Roll Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation – recognizes faculty who are consistently acknowledged by students as an effective teacher and who had achieved a position in the top 10% of Faculty at UBC Okanagan, April 2018
  • Golden Apple Award – recognizes instructors/professors that promote a positive wellbeing in the classroom. Chosen as one of 14 candidates selected from 100 nominations (UBC & UBCO), March 2018 demonstrating support for students in the academic environment
  • Golden Apple Award – recognizes instructors/professors that promote a positive wellbeing in the classroom. UBC Voice Campus Health Project, November 2016


  • Collaborated on an educational DVD offered to midwifery schools across Canada entitled “General Skills for the Student Midwife” – copyright 2006


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