Kathy L. Rush PhD, RN

Current Positions and Affiliations:

  • MSN Program Coordinator, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development,
    UBC Okanagan
  • Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development,
    UBC Okanagan

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Mobility, Mobility Aids  
  • Exercise/Physical Activity, Nutrition
  • Falls, Fall Risk Assessment, Fall Prevention
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Professional Development and Socialization
  • Health Promotion in Nurses and Nursing Students
  • Evidence-based Teaching (eg. distance learning, simulation, preceptorships, technology in   the classroom)
  • Concept Analysis and Development
  • Measurement and Psychometrics
  • Instrument Development
  • Weakness
  • Aging

Current Research Related to the Institute’s Priorities:

Implementation of a Family Palliative Caregiver Decision Support Guide
PIs:  C. Robinson, K. Rush
Co-Is:  B. Pesut, J. Bottorff, G. Fyles, E. Andersen
Date:  October 2014 - October 2015
Funded by:  Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies: Solutions Initiatives

A review of physical activity self-management in chronic illness
PI:  Lise Olsen
Co-Is:  Kathy Rush, Ali McManus
Date:  2014
Funded by:  UBC Okanagan Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Grant

Improving care for persons living with life-limiting chronic illness in rural communities
PI:  B. Pesut
Co-Is:  C. Robinson, N. Oelke, K. Rush, E. Staples, N. Klaver, B. Hope, J. Hope, M. Harkness, J. Adams, J. Hollowary
Date:  July 2013 - July 2014
Funded by:  Rural and Remote Health Research Network

Psychological distress and self-management in older adults with persistent atrial fibrillation
PI:  Kathy Rush
Co-PI:  Carol Laberge
Co-Is:  Ed Taylor, Colin Reid, Linda Hatt, Nicole Gorman, Ryan Wilson
Date:  2013 - 2014
Funded By:  IHLCDP, Research Interest Group Grant, $10,000

Hypertension: Multiple perspectives of Zambian adults
PI: Kathy Rush
Co-PIs: Nelly Oelke, Fastone Goma
Co-I: Cristina Caperchione, Fay Karp
Collaborator: Margaret Maimbolwa
Funded by: FHSD Internal Research Grant

Towards integrated care in small urban and rural communities:
A pilot study in older adults with atrial fibrillation
PI: Kathy Rush
Co-Is: Nelly Oelke, Mary Kjorven, Colin Reid
Knowledge-Users: Carol Laberge, Frank Halperin, Francois Louw
Funded by: CIHR

Building Healthy Rural Communities for Older Adults by Enhancing Mobility
PI:  Kathy L. Rush, Elisabeth Antifeau
Co-I:  Nial Helgason, Barb Pesut, Mary Ann Murphy
Date:  2010-2011
Funded By:  IHLCDP, Research Interest Group Grant, $10,000

Publications and Reports:


Rush, K.L., Hatt, L., Shay, M., Gorman, N., Laberge, C.G., Reid, R.C. & Wilson, R. (2015, publish on line before print). The stressors and coping strategies of older adults with persistent atrial fibrillation prior to and following direct current cardioversion. Journal of Applied Gerontology. doi: 10.1177/0733464815608495  http://tinyurl.com/nqbuay4

Pesut, B., Laberge, C., Sawatzky, R., Mallinson, J., & Rush, K. (2013). Understanding the landscape: Promoting health for rural individuals after tertiary level cardiac intervention. Journal of Rural Health, 29(1), 88-96. Link to Article


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Kathy Rush
Associate Professor
Program Coordinator
School of Nursing
Faculty of Health and Social Development
UBC Okanagan
1147 Research Road ART 150
Kelowna  BC  V1V 1V7

Tel:  250-807-9561
email:  kathy.rush@ubc.ca

web:  https://nursing.ok.ubc.ca/person/kathy-rush/

Kathy Rush