Dr. Ann M Celestini
Assistant Professor (Teaching Intensive)
BA, BScN (Windsor), MHS (Athabasca), EdD (Athabasca)
Office: LHS C160
Phone: 705-748-1011, ext. 6046
Dr. Ann Celestini has 30 years of experience as a registered nurse in various clinical, administrative, and educational roles. Since starting as faculty in 2013, her responsibilities include teaching in a variety of nursing theory and clinical courses, in all four years of the BScN program. Beyond these responsibilities, she has co-supervised students in completing their fourth-year undergraduate thesis related to topics such as simulation, neurofeedback, neurofeedback on learner stress, serious gaming, mental health, and time restricted eating. In 2018, Ann co-developed the first graduate-level nursing diploma program in mental health and addiction for the TFSON, which is still being offered to date. In 2020, she was approached by the Canadian Association of Schools for Nursing to develop and teach a course about inclusive Universal Design for Learning (UDL) theoretical principles in higher education for nurse educators as part of the Continuing Nursing Education Initiative at the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. As the recipient of two internal grants, she leads a third mixed methods case study to capture student experiences of inclusivity in a first-year nursing course. These individual and collaborative research endeavours have resulted in dissemination efforts including peer-reviewed publications, conferences, and guest speaking opportunities.
Areas of Interest
Instructional design and curricular development - inclusive pedagogy, experiential learning methods (e.g unfolding case studies, serious games, simulation); Stress and stress management; Complementary and integrative therapies (chronic pain, holistic wellness)
Current Research Projects
In January 2023, Ann leads an interdisciplinary project with the TFSON, First Peoples House of Learning, and Library Sciences, to develop a holistic and inclusive health assessment tool based on Indigenous Medicine Wheel teachings and biomedical practices. Indigenous and nursing student representatives will be included, with research and thesis project opportunities available for interested undergraduate and graduate learners. As the Principal Investigator, Ann leads her third mixed methods case study of NURS 1000 - Individual as Nurse, a first-year nursing course. An unfolding case study was introduced into in the fall 2022 semester, using a blended delivery model based on a Universal Design for Learning framework to apply key course concepts weekly. Authentic struggles were detailed weekly in the case study and discussed as a group to promote learning in a safe environment. A mixed methods case study is currently underway following an internally awarded grant to describe any connection of trauma informed care pedagogy to inclusive principles.
Celestini, A., Palalas, A., Cleveland-Innes, M., & Chmilliar, L. (2022). Dissertation. A Universal Design for Inclusive Online Nursing Education; Athabasca University, https://dt.athabascau.ca/jspui/handle/10791/387
Celestini, A.M. (Chapter 12) Complementary and Alternative Therapies. In (2023). Medical Surgical Nursing in Canada (5th ed.) Toronto: Mosby.
Lewis, S., & Bonner, P. adapted by Celestini, A.M. (Chapter 8). Stress and Stress Management. In (2023). Medical Surgical Nursing in Canada (5th ed.) Toronto: Mosby.
Celestini, A., Thibeault, C., Masood, B., & Perera, B. (2021). A Universal Design for success: A mixed methods case study of a first-year BScN course. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education- Avancées en formation infirmière, 7(2), Article 3, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.17483/2368-6669.1296
Celestini, A. (2021). Serious games in higher distance education. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, Fall 2020, 46(3), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.21432/cjlt27965-
Crane, A., Tyerman, J., & Celestini, A. (2021). Virtual simulation games as an educational tool for university First Responders in Canada: A usability study. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 55, 10-18. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2021.02.007 Game example: http://www.can-sim.ca/games/firstresponder3o/story_html5.html
Tyerman, J., Patovirta, A., & Celestini, A. (2021). How stigma and discrimination influence nursing care: A systematic review. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 42(2), 153-163. doi: 10.1080/01612840.2020.1789788 (UMHN2020-0023)
- May be accepting graduate students (2023-2024)
- May be accepting honours thesis students (2023-2024)