Dr. Baiba Zarins

Baiba Zarins
Program Manager, Scholar Practitioner Program / Faculty of Education and Professional Studies - School of Nursing - Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) Scholar Practitioner Program (SPP)
Program Coordinator
750 Dundas Street West, Room 216
As a member of the University Health Network (UHN) collaborative academic practice team, Baiba’s portfolio supports UHN’s commitment to innovation in health care education and professional development. Baiba facilitates the NU Scholar Practitioner Program in collaboration with Nipissing University and three Toronto based academic health care delivery organizations, utilizing the tenants of narrative inquiry and cognitive apprentice pedagogies. Other roles include supporting UHN’s organizational capacity and knowledge networking through research, scholarship and practice initiatives, which foster unique responsiveness to health human resource needs.

Past collaborations include the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, within the Best Practice Guidelines (BPG’s) and Advanced Clinical Practice Fellowship programs to sustain evidence-informed practice initiatives. This resulted in achievement of UHN’s initial designation as a provincial Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO).

Baiba holds a Masters of Health Studies from Athabasca University and Master of Arts from Fielding Graduate University. She is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at the Fielding Graduate University in Human and Organizational Systems. Her 27 year nursing career spans many roles within clinical, educational and administrative capacities in both acute and community care sectors. Baiba volunteers in leadership positions on the Board of Directors of Kristus Darzs Latvian Home, a long term care facility located in Woodbridge, Ontario and is also cross appointed to the Laurence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
BScN, Ryerson Polytechnic University
RN, Ryerson Polytechnic University
MHS, Athabasca University
Areas of Specialization:

A registered nurse by profession, my current roles encompasses program management of the innovative narrative inquiry pedagogy based second degree BScN Scholar Practitioner Program in collaboration with Nipissing University as we;; as management of Global Practice initiatives within the corporate nursing leadership team at University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto, Ontario. Both innovative roles allow for facilitation of professional development, building of organizational capacity and knowledge networking; in support of provincial and international professional development opportunities.

Research Interests:

A graduate of Athabasca University with a Master of Health Studies and a sponsored student of the Executive Leadership Program of the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, I am currently enrolled in the doctoral program at Fielding Graduate University in Human and Organizational Systems. My professional and research interests surround professional development education modalities and health care leadership attributes.

Current & Future Research:

Previous corporate experience includes Project Management of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario’s (RNAO) Best Practice Guidelines program with UHN receiving Best Practice Spotlight Organization candidacy in 2003 and designation in 2006. Other collaborations include management and membership in both acute and long term care sectors; nursing education, nursing administration, and health promotion.