Gianina Gaitana, Honours Bachelor of Science - Nursing (BScN)

Gianina Gaitana

Professor, Honours Bachelor of Science – Nursing


Gianina Gaitana is a Registered Nurse (RN) with a clinical background in paediatric nursing, specifically paediatric medicine, respiratory medicine and infectious diseases.

She a full-time professor in the Honours Bachelor of Science – Nursing (BScN) program at Georgian. She’s interested in issues surrounding patient- and family-centred care, and teaching about topics related to child and adolescent health.

Professor Gaitana’s research interests are focused on leadership in nursing education, in particular the educational pathways of foreign-trained nurses.

Her passion for teaching in nursing includes a focus on promoting inclusion and diversity in the learning process, and creating better awareness for culture and learning styles and their impact on the baccalaureate nursing student experience.

My favourite thing about teaching nursing is being able to inspire our future nurses to greatness! Being able to create excitement and support, and inspire students who want to enter the profession is a feeling hard to describe. The best part is being able to walk alongside them throughout their journey, and to learn along with them. It is a true benefit to lifelong learning.

Gianina Gaitana
Educational credentials and qualificationsGeorgian College Chevron
  • Doctor of Philosophy Nursing (PhD), Western University, London ON, in progress
    • Concentration: Leadership in nursing education
  • Master of Nursing (MN), University of Toronto, Toronto ON, 2010
    • Concentration: Nursing Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN), Ryerson University, Toronto ON, 2007
ResearchGeorgian College Chevron

Research interests

  • Leadership in nursing education
  • Educational and culturally diverse experiences of internationally educated nurses, and their integration into the nursing workforce following migration

Research projects

  • Career Planning & Development in Nursing: Innovation in the Art & the Science
    • Year funded: 2012
    • Funded by: Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Biennial Convention, Vancouver BC
  • Faculty as Career Coaches: Engaging Nursing Students and Renewing Faculty Career Satisfaction (Poster Presentation)
    • Funded by: Sigma Theta Tau International 21st International Nursing Research Congress, Orlando FL, USA
  • Efficacy of a Career Planning and Development program in Engaging Nursing Students in their Academic and Professional Nursing Careers
    • Funded by: Sigma Theta Tau International 21st International Nursing Research Congress, Orlando FL, USA
PublicationsGeorgian College Chevron

Featured publications

  • Waddell, J,. Spalding, K., Navarro, J., & Gaitana, G. (2015). Integrating a Career Planning and Development Program into the Baccalaureate Nursing Curriculum: Part III. Impact on Faculty’s Career Satisfaction and Confidence in Providing Student Career Coaching. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 12(1), 183-190.