Dr. Kevin Armstrong

Professor, Honours Bachelor of Science – Nursing


Dr. Armstrong has diverse experiences providing patient care and nursing leadership in a variety of clinical environments.

His professional career has been characterized by a drive to improve the quality of patient care, particularly by improving the practice environment for nurses.

Dr. Armstrong has many years of nursing clinical and leadership experience, primarily in the United States, with the last several years as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.

Nursing is a profession with almost unlimited options to pursue one’s professional growth, while helping others. I’m particularly thankful for the opportunity to share my experiences with the next generation of nurses through my teaching efforts.

Dr. Kevin Armstrong
Educational credentials and qualificationsGeorgian College Chevron
  • Adult/Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner post-master’s certificate, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN, USA, 2015
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN, USA, 2013
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MScN), University of Western Ontario, London ON, 2007
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN), University of Western Ontario, London ON, 1994
Professional affiliations and certificationsGeorgian College Chevron
Career highlightsGeorgian College Chevron
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) – Orthopedics/Spine Centre, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, 2016–2020
  • Instructor – Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, 2016–2020
  • Director of Clinical Services – Connected Care Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, 2015–2016
  • Emergency Department Staff Nurse – Per Diem, Dartmouth Hitchcock, 2014–2015
  • Director, Patient Care Services/Assistant Chief Nursing Officer, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, 2012–2014
  • Director, Patient Care Services – Emergency Department, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, 2010–2012
  • Emergency Department Director/Project Manager, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, 2005–2010
ResearchGeorgian College Chevron

Research interests

  • Patient safety
  • Nursing practice environments
  • Optimum nursing resource deployment in the emergency department

Research projects

  • Research involved assessing nursing practice environments through measurement of nursing workplace empowerment, Magnet hospital characteristics, and patient safety climate.
  • Doctoral project resulted in development of a software model that predicted nursing workload (number of nurses needed each hour of each day) in the emergency department, utilizing historic patient demand data.
PublicationsGeorgian College Chevron

Featured publications

  • Armstrong, K., Laschinger, H., & Wong, C. (2009). Workplace empowerment and Magnet hospital characteristics as predictors of patient safety climate. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 24(1), 55-62.
  • Armstrong, K. & Laschinger, H. (2006). Structural empowerment, Magnet hospital characteristics and patient safety culture: Making the link. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 20(27); 124-132.