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Elsie Duff, NP, BScN, MEd, PhD - Saskatchewan Polytechnic | Regina Campus. Regina, SK, CA

Elsie Duff, NP, BScN, MEd, PhD Elsie Duff, NP, BScN, MEd, PhD

Faculty, School of Nursing, Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program | Saskatchewan Polytechnic | Regina Campus

Regina, SK, CANADA

Advocates for nurses as a first point of access to healthcare.



Elsie Duff, NP, PhD is a practicing primary care nurse practitioner and nurse educator. Her understanding of the NP role from practice, education and regulation has provided insight for NP student experiences and NP scope of practice. In addition to nursing undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees, she graduated with a master of adult education degree while continuing to work in direct clinical practice. Elsie has served as a board member of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, and held various executive positions with the Nurse Practitioner Association of Manitoba, and currently is a research committee member with the Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses. As a member of the International Council of Nurses Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Nurse Network research committee she is currently engaged with nurses from around the world to revise and publish ICN advanced practice competencies.

Industry Expertise (3)


Health Care - Providers


Areas of Expertise (8)

Nurse practitioners

Nurse Education


Nurse Leadership

Adult Education

Distance Education and Technology

Distance Learning

Distance Education

Accomplishments (1)

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (Nursing) (professional)


Elsie Duff, is an educator, leader and clinician who has advanced the role of nursing for the benefit of Canadians. See more at:

Education (4)

Western University: Doctorate Degree, Nursing Education Leadership 2016

Athabasca University: Graduate Degree, Nurse Practitioner Advanced Practice Nursing 2006

University of Manitoba: Graduate Degree, Adult Education 2003

Brandon University: Undergraduate Degree, Nursing 1997

Affiliations (1)

  • Nurse Practitioner

Languages (1)

  • English

Event Appearances (4)

Rural and remote advanced nursing education: An integrative literature review

2016 International Rural Nursing Conference  Rapid City, South Dakota


A Study of Nurse Practitioners: Relationships of Empowerment, Role Competence and Complex Socio-cultural Patient Safety Competence

Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses Conference  Winnipeg


To Twitter or Not to Twitter in Nursing Education

Western Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing 2014 Conference  Winnipeg


ZOTERO – Outstanding Tool to Enhance Research and Organize Sources

Manitoba Association for Distributed Learning and Training (MADLaT)  Winnipeg


Articles (8)

Online Virtual Simulation and Diagnostic Reasoning The Journal of Nursing Simulation.


•Online virtual simulation is comparable to traditional simulation methods. •Students reported that virtual patients were more realistic than standard actor patients. •Students reported increased engagement with learning.

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Differentiating the Symptom of Dysphonia Differentiating the Symptom of Dysphonia


•Thirty percent of the adult population experience dysphonia, impacting quality of life. •Dysphonia etiology can range from benign to serious. •Dysphonia as a symptom of disease is frequently ignored. •No standardized screening tests exist. •Potential causes of dysphonia are identified. •Nurse practitioner practice interventions and plans of care are recommended.

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Mindfulness: An effective prescription for depression and anxiety The Journal for Nurse Practitioners


•Anxiety and depression are frequent complaints in primary care. •Meditation or mindfulness strategies may help decrease health care costs and improve health outcomes for anxiety and depression. •In addition to Buddhist philosophy, the 2 main secular interventions of Western mindfulness are mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. •Mindfulness can be cultivated through a variety of practices, including meditation, body recognition, and yoga. •Nurse practitioners must ensure patient suitability before the initiation of mindfulness-based intervention.

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Ovarian Cancer: How to ensure early diagnosis when screening is not recommended The Nurse Practitioner.


Ovarian cancer is the most fatal of all gynecological malignancies and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women. Vague symptoms often lead to late diagnosis and poor prognosis. Fortunately, identification of risk factors can help nurse practitioners (NPs) ensure close attention of at-risk patients.

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Bariatric Surgery: Comprehensive Strategies for Management in Primary Care The Journal for Nurse Practitioners,


•Role of primary care nurse practitioner in the management of the patient before and after bariatric weight-loss surgery. •Review of the obesity epidemic, weight-loss surgery options, and possible postoperative complications to be aware of in primary care. •Review of the medical and psychological components of weight-loss surgery. •Strategies in primary care to prevent long-term weight regain after bariatric surgery.

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Bimanual Examinations in Asymptomatic Well Women: Interpreting Current Practice Guidelines The Journal for Nurse Practitioners


•Bimanual examinations are not an effective screening tool in asymptomatic well women. •The bimanual exam is not recommended for cancer screening, sexually transmitted infection testing, or prior to initiation of contraception. •Clinicians continue to perform the bimanual exam despite evidence-based rationale as to its futility. •The greatest harm generated by pelvic exams is the detection of false-positive pathology.

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Adolescent Concussions The Nurse Practitioner


Abstract: Increased awareness of adolescent sport concussions has led to legislation requiring a medical professional's permission to return to play. These patient-specific and evidence-based recommendations for nurse practitioners will ensure safe return to play decisions.

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Relating the Nursing Paradigm to Practice: A Teaching Strategy The International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship


Nursing science is a topic students and faculty view with skepticism. The interchangeable terms and the need to understand the contextual nature of nursing philosophy lead to feelings of anxiety and confusion. Students question the relevance of learning nursing science in relation to practice. The analogy of a building is used to explain how nursing philosophy relates to practice. The analogy of interrelated concepts may help students gain an understanding of nursing science, which is essential to further knowledge development in nursing.

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