Linda Juergensen

Assistant Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

334 Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies - HNES
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 33316

Email address(es):

Web site(s):

Editorial Advisory Board Member, Witness: The Canadian Journal of Critical Nursing Discourse
Facebook, Witness: The Canadian Journal of Critical Nursing Discourse

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Nursing


PhD (Nursing) - 2020
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

MSN - 1997
Queen's University
Kingston, ON

BScN - 1994
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

RN Diploma - 1989
St. Boniface General Hospital School of Nursing
Winnipeg, MB


Linda Juergensen is a Registered Nurse with a programme of research aimed at understanding and addressing the sociopolitical context of health.  As a former public health nurse, she has lived and worked in Canada, Africa and the Middle East.  Her undergraduate and graduate teaching and research in community health nursing subsequently combine a local and global perspective, as well as a social justice and critical theory lens. Linda's body of work examines how conceptualizing epidemics as “wars”  has shaped public health policies, practices and the experiences of people at risk or living with infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and more recently, COVID-19. She is particularly interested in leading a critical reflection on the concept of “engagement in care" in the testing and treatment cascades dominating public health responses, as well as identifying relational and social indicators of success, and exploring the implications of reconciliation and decolonization for case management nursing. The overall goal of her research, teaching, and advocacy for new policies and practices is to improve the outcomes of people with a history of marginalization in public health responses to epidemics so that "no one is left behind."  

The questions driving her research are:  What would a people-centred, culturally sensitive, land based and epidemiologically sound approach to infectious diseases management involve and how can public health nurses responsible for case management help actualize it? 

Research interests:


  • Health equity
  • Public health nursing
  • Critical theory (poststructuralism, posthumanism, one-health)
  • Critical mental health
  • Reconciliation and decolonization 
  • Collaborative practices
  • Harm reduction
  • Critical Ethnography / Critical Participatory Action Research
  • Global citizenship

Selected Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals:

1. Juergensen, L., Premji, S., Wright, B., Holmes, D. & Bouma, G. (2020).  "A time to lead" efforts to promote social justice:  The promise and challenges of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals for nurses [Guest Editorial]. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 104, 1-3.

2. Adam, S. & Juergensen, L. (2019). Toward critical thinking as a virtue: The case of mental health nursing education. Nursing Education in Practice, 38, 138-144. 

3. Adam, S., van Daalen-Smith, C., & Juergensen, L. (2019).The indispensability of critique: Reflections on bearing witness to mental health discourse. Witness: The Canadian Journal of Critical Nursing Discourse, 1(1), 39-48.

4. Gifford, W. A., Squires, J. E, Angus, D. E, Ashley, L. A., Brosseau, L., Craik, J. M., Domecq, M., Egan, M. Holyoke, P., Juergensen, L., Wallin, L., Wazni, L., & Graham, I. D. (2018).   Managerial leadership for research use in nursing and allied health care professions:  A Systematic Review. Implementation Science, 13, 1-23.

5.  Juergensen, L. (2017, December 20).  Current Issues in Public Health:  Can you imagine a public health response without signs telling people what to do? [Opinion-Editorial]. Health Digest, Canadian Public Health Association, online journal. 

Invited Presentations:

1. Juergensen, L., Holmes, D. & O’Byrne, P. (June 9, 2020 – postponed due to COVID-19).  A critical examination of space and spatiality as resistance to the hegemony of a biosecurity discourse in the public health response to HIV/AIDS. 8th International In Sickness and In Health (ISIH) Conference. Lleida, Spain.

2. Juergensen, L., Tkacz, U., Golan, A., Sayeau, R. & Kaszap, M.  (May 22, 2020 – postponed due to COVID-19). The meaning of” engagement” and promising practices in TB care with Inuit: A systematic review of the literature. Indigenous Health Conference, Niagara Falls, Canada.

3. Adam, S., van Daalen-Smith, C., & Juergensen, L. (June 13, 2019). The indispensability of critique: Reflections on bearing witness to mental health care. Social Justice in Nursing Conference. Toronto, Canada

4. Adam, S. & Juergensen, L. (May 28, 2019). Working with psychiatric consumers and survivors: Theory, method, advocacy. National Community Health Nursing Conference. St. John, Canada

5. Juergensen, L., Adams, S., Meerai, S., Kaszap, M., Bridgeman, J., Mackinnon, J., McFadden, G., Zamfir, R. & MacLean, R. (May 1, 2019). Deconstructing political policies and perceptions of drug use and stigma:  A scoping review (Poster). Harm Reduction International (HRI) 2019 Conference, Porto, Portugal

6. Juergensen, L. (April, 2018).  A case management nursing perspective on the “War on HIV/AIDS:” A critical reflection on the meaning of “engagement” in public health practice in Ontario. The 27th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research, Vancouver, BC

7.  Juergensen, L. (2017).  A critical ethnography of the work of case management nurses in the ‘War on HIV/AIDS.’ Canadian Public Health Association National Conference, Halifax, NS

8.  Juergensen, L. (2016).  A critical concept analysis of ‘case management:’ Helping re-imagine the HIV/AIDS response. Canadian Association of Nurses in HIV/AIDS Care National Conference, Halifax, NS

Articles in the Media:

1. Holmes, D., Juergensen, L., Murray, S. J. (2018, November 21). The red line crossed, Jamal Khashoggi's life cannot be sacrificed for Canada's economy [Opinion-Editorial]. The Globe and Mail online.

2.  Juergensen, L. (2018, August 16).  Safe injection sites are an ethical imperative, not a political option [Opinion-Editorial].  Toronto Star, p. A12.



Other Research Outputs

1. Juergensen, L. (2019, March 21). The effect of public health policies on stigma and innovations in HIV case management nursing. Webinar Series: Reducing stigma related to sexuality, substance use and STBBIs. Canadian Public Health Association, Ottawa, Canada

2. Juergensen, L. (2020). The public health response to HIV/AIDS in Ontario: A critical ethnography of case management nursing [Doctoral Thesis]. University of Ottawa. Co-supervisors:  Dr. Dave Holmes & Dr. Patrick O'Bryne, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa.


Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA)

Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA)

Canadian Nurses Association

College of Nurses of Ontario

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

Service/Community Activities

Witness: The Canadian Journal of Critical Nursing Discourse
Editorial Advisory Board Member


NSAY Faculty Award (IEN Program)

Ontario Graduate Scholarships

Ambassador's Award for Excellent Achievement, Canadian Embassy, Amman, Jordan

Dean's Award for Outstanding Extracurricular Achievement, Queen's University

University of Ottawa Gold Medal in Nursing


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

1. “No one left behind:” Designing a Nurse-led Community-informed Case Management Response to Pandemics and Crisis SituationsDr. Linda Juergensen & Dr. Mahdieh (Fay) Dasterdji, Co-P.I.'s.  School of Nursing, York University (May 2020 - 2022). 

2. A Multidisciplinary experiential-education resource to support the communication needs of students with disabilities and instructors in placement. Dr. Iris Epstein (P.I.), School of Nursing, York University (April 2020-2021). Co-Applicant, Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) – Category 1 Project Grant ($59,400). 

3. Building culturally safe cancer survivorship care with Inuit in Inuit Nunangat. Dr. Wendy Gifford (P.I.), Centre for Research in Health and Nursing, University of Ottawa (January 2020-2023). Co-Applicant, CIHR Indigenous Health Research – Project Grant ($738,224).

4. Adapting transitions-in-care (TiC) strategies for cancer to be culturally relevant with First Nations communities. Dr. Wendy Gifford (P.I)., Centre for Research in Health and Nursing, University of Ottawa (June 2019-2021). Co-Applicant, CIHR Transitions in Care – Evaluation Grant ($200,000).


Research Projects

2. Understanding and addressing the stigma of drug use: Examining "NIMBY" using Community-Based Participatory Research
Phase 1 presented: Juergensen, L., Adam, S., Meerai, S., Kyzap, M., Bridgeman, J., Mackinnon, J., McFadden, G., Zamfir, R., & MacLean, R. (2019). Deconstructing Political Policies and Perceptions of Drug Use and Stigma: A Scoping Review. (Poster). Harm Reduction International. Porto, Portugal, April 30-May1.
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funded by: Other...

3. Examining community-delivered HIV PEP for gay, bisexual and other MSM
Dr. Patrick O'Byrne (P.I.), School of Nursing, University of Ottawa
Role: Collaborator
Duration: 2013
Funded by: Other...

4. PROUD: Participatory research in Ottawa - Understanding drugs
Dr. Mark Tyndall (P.I.), Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Role: Collaborator
Year Funded: 2013
Funded by: Other...

1. The meaning of engagement and promising practices in Tuberculosis care in Inuit Nunangat: A 'cartography of the present'
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $3000
Year Funded: 2018
Funded by: York University

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Linda Juergensen