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Faculty Profiles

Mary Ann Van

Mary Anne Van Os

Professor and Program Coordinator, Practical Nursing program

Office: H150, Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies, Davis Campus 
(905) 459-7533, Ext. 5346


Diploma in Nursing (Lambton College 1977), BScN (Ryerson University 2006) MScN (York University 2009).  Instructor ALARM International-Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (since 2007), NRP Instructor-Canadian Paediatric Society (since 1992).

Mary Anne brings to Sheridan College a passion to educate and train nursing students. Her own education has given her insight into mentor motivation needed as she progressed from college to post graduate level. She brings real world experience in health care education. Her experience in educating health care providers in developing countries to decrease morbidity and mortality in women and children provides practical guidance in effectively understanding multicultural expectations for both students and patients. Mary Anne has worked as a nurse in all aspects of health care. Her focus for the last 30 years has been the care of women and children. She has been teaching at Sheridan since 2011 and for the last year has been the Coordinator for the Practical Nursing Program in the Faculty of Health and Community Studies. She recently received a Best Poster award at an International conference for work on introducing Aboriginal Cultural Safety to the Practical Nursing Program through curriculum change. This was addressed by changes to course outlines and establishing links to the aboriginal community. These links then led to aboriginal speakers becoming part of specific courses to share their lived experiences of the health care system.  Mary Anne believes health care requires education in global issues and hopes to inspire her practical nursing students to incorporate their lived experiences and best practice to optimize health care for patients.

Philosophy of teaching

"To ignite the desire to want to know more”

Teaching interests

Global responsibility for the health and well-being of women and children.

Research Interests

Health of women and children global perspectives on mortality, morbidity and quality of life.


College of Nurses of Ontario
Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada 
Registered Nurses of Ontario
Canadian Paediatric Society
Art Gallery of Ontario

Selected Publications & Presentations

Ireland International Conference on Education-Best Poster April 2013

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