Marilyn Hodgins

Associate Professor


Nursing, Faculty of

MacLaggan Hall 208

1 506 458 7628


  • PhD (Nursing) - University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
  • Master of Nursing - University of Alberta, Edmonton AB
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing - University of Western Ontario, London, ON
  • Certificate in Emergency Nursing - Douglas College, New Westminster, BC
  • Diploma in Nursing - Georgian College, Owen Sound, ON

Areas of interest

  • Nursing Sciences: Evidence-based practice, Evaluation of nursing practice, Quality Indicators of nursing care, Pain & symptom management
  • Health Sciences: Health services research; Access to healthcare, Care transitions, Healthcare outcomes, Emergency & urgent care
  • Research Methods: Quantitative methods, Statistical modeling, Outcome measurement, Clinical Significance


  • Health Research Statistics (Nurs6012)
  • Introduction to Health Assessment (Nurs1305)
  • Nursing Research (Nurs3092)


As a registered nurse, I have practiced in a variety of clinical settings including surgery, paediatrics, critical care, the emergency department (ED), and community health centres in northern Indigenous communities.

Although I was always curious about the evidence that informs our practice, I began to critically examine and question the strength of this evidence and realize that I did not possess the knowledge and skills to help advance Nursing's knowledge base. It was this realization that sparked my decision to pursue graduate studies.

I am interested in the changing patterns of healthcare utilization and delivery and the effect these changes are having on patient outcomes. Much of my research is situated within the emergency department or at the intersection between acute healthcare services and the home.

The emergency department is an ideal venue for conducting health services research because it is affected not only by what is happening within the hospital but also what is occurring within the broader community. Many people end up at an emergency department when they are unable to access needed healthcare services in the community. They may also end up spending long periods in the department when the capacity of inpatient units is exceeded and there are no beds available.

Nurses play a vital role in the healthcare system. As members of a practice profession, we are responsible for evaluating the outcomes of the care we provide as well as for generating the evidence to support our recommendations for practice change. Research matters!

Recent publications

Hodgins, M.J., Filiatreault, S., & Fraser, J. (in press). The metrics of acute care re-entry and emergency department visits by recently discharged inpatients. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal.

Hodgins, M.J., Filiatreault, S., Keeping-Burke, L., & Logan, S. (in press). Patterns of patient coping during transition from hospital to home: A pilot study. Nursing and Health Sciences.

Scott-Storey, K., Hodgins, M.J., & Wuest, J. (in press). Modeling lifetime abuse and cardiovascular disease risk among women. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders.

Smith, G.I., & Hodgins, M.J. (2018). Synthesis of research articles to examine reporting of the educational preparation and practice parameters of emergency nurse practitioners. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 40, 226-237. doi: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000202

Hodgins, M.J., Logan, S.M., Buck, D.M., Fraser, J., & Stack, B. (2018). Clinical utility of the Blaylock Risk Assessment Screen (BRASS): An analysis of administrative data. Applied Nursing Research, 41, 36-40. doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2018.03.003

Filiatreault, S., Hodgins, M.J., & Witherspoon, R.L. (2018). Umbrella review of clinical practice guidelines for management of patients with hip fractures and synthesis of recommendations for pre-operative period. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 74, 1278-1288. doi: 10.1111/jan.13550

Professional practice, committees and volunteer work

  • Member, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) College of Reviewers (2014 to present)
  • Member, CIHR-University Delegate Committee (2013 to present)