Jessica Peterson, PhD

Assistant Professor
Jessica Peterson
Career Highlights
  • 17 years in nursing, with practice background in orthopedics, adult, acute care.
  • 5 years as nursing educator: Teaching expertise is research methods and theories of organizational behavior and human resource management as related to nursing.
  • 5 years in research, with expertise is the transition from student to new nurse.
  • Experienced in Directing DNP Projects

Dr. Peterson received her PhD in Nursing from the University of Toronto in 2009. During her doctoral studies, she also completed the Collaborative Graduate Program in Health Services and Policy Research through a consortium of six universities in Ontario, Canada. After graduating, Dr. Peterson held the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Nursing Early Career in Research Award from 2009-2012. Her program of research focuses on the transition of newly graduated nurses into practice settings and their preparation for practice. Her research interests broadly include the work environments, work lives and careers of nurses, and recruitment and retention of the nursing workforce.

Courses Taught

NURS 735 Advanced Research Methods
NURS 740 Health Care Systems
NURS 752 Health Care Systems Practicum
NURS 900 Philosophy of Science
NURS 930 DNP Advanced Practicum I
NURS 945 DNP Advanced Practicum II
NURS 960 DNP Scholarly Project

Published Works

Peterson, J. (2012, May). Peer support among new graduates and the role of the school. Podium session presented at the meeting of the Innovation in Research and Knowledge Exchange, Canadian Association of School for Nursing Research Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Peterson, J., McGillis Hall, J., O'Brien-Pallas, L., & Cockerill, R. (2011). Job satisfaction and intentions to leave of new nurses. Journal of Research in Nursing, 16(6), 536-548. doi: 10.1177/1744987111422423

Peterson, J., McGillis Hall, L., & Price, S. (2013). Experiences of early career nurses who practise in the US. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 26(Special Issue), 20-28.


PhD, University of Toronto
BScN, Calvin College