Linda McGillis Hall, RN, PhD, FCAHS, FCAN, FCNEI, FAAN, is a Professor in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. She served as the Associate Dean Research at the Faculty (2007-2013 and 2014-2018), Acting Dean (July-Dec 2011), Interim Dean (July 2013-August 2014), and the Kathleen Russell Distinguished Professor (2013-2019). She is a recognized leader in nursing health services and systems research and is the first Canadian nurse to be inducted as an American Academy of Nursing International Fellow (2007), is the inaugural recipient of the Canadian Nurses Association Order of Merit for Nursing Research in Canada (2008), was inducted as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2010), is a Fellow of the Canadian Nurse Educator Institute (2018) and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing (2020). Her research has also earned her a Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care [MOHLTC] Nursing Senior Career Research Award (2009-2012), a Canadian Institutes of Health Research [CIHR] New Investigator Award (2002-2007), and a Premier’s Research Excellence Award from the Government of Ontario (2003-2008).
She received the Award for Excellence in Nursing Research from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (2011), the Research Mentorship Award from the US Health Services Research Organization – Academy Health’s Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues (2013), was named a Senior Massey Fellow (2015), selected to the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, Nurse International Researcher Hall of Fame (2016), and was also named the 2017 Pat Griffin Scholar by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. Professor McGillis Hall gives invited presentations nationally and internationally, contributes to review panels and works extensively with policy leaders, professional and union leaders, and federal and provincial governments around nursing health human resources and outcomes issues.
Her research program focuses on health human resources, the nursing work environment and how these influence nurse migration and patient outcomes. Her current work is focused on the relationship between nurse staffing and hospital performance and the quality of nursing practice environments in Canada.
University of Toronto, PhD
Nursing Administrative Science
August 2014 to December 2018
Associate Dean, Research & External Relations, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
2013 to 2019
Kathleen Russell Distinguished Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
August 2013 to July 2014
Interim Dean, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
2007 to August 2013
Associate Dean, Research & External Relations, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
July 2011 to December 2011
Acting Dean, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
2009 to present
Professor (tenured), University of Toronto, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
2002 to present
Full Member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto
2005 to 2013
Program Director, MN/MHSc Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
2002 to 2015
Member, Ontario Training Centre in Health Services and Policy Research
1993 to 2011
Co-investigator, Nursing Health Services Research Unit, University of Toronto, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
2010 to 2019
Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto
Fellow, Canadian Nurse Educator Institute
Professor McGillis Hall was named a Fellow of the Canadian Nurse Educator Institute (CNEI) in November 2018, in recognition of her research in nursing work, nursing education and the nursing work environment.
Pat Griffin Scholar Award
Professor McGillis Hall was named the 2017 Pat Griffin Scholar by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. The award recognizes an established scholar with a strong program of research in nursing, and supports inquiry, mentorship and dissemination.
Sigma Theta Tau International International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
In 2016, Dr. McGillis Hall was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes nurse leaders who have “achieved significant and sustained broad national and/or international recognition for their work.” Members of the Hall of Fame have made valuable contributions to the profession of nursing through their research.
Senior Fellow, Massey College
Dr. McGillis Hall became a Senior Fellow of Massey College in Fall 2015. Massey College is affiliated with but independent from the University of Toronto. It is a residential community for graduate students. Senior Fellows are an important component of the College and include eminent academics at the University of Toronto as well as distinguished members of society. The distinction of Senior Fellow of Massey College is a great honour, connoting intellectual and academic excellence.
Research Mentorship Award, Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues (IRGNI), Academy Health
Dr. McGillis Hall was named the recipient of the Research Mentorship Award from the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues Interest Group of Academy Health at their annual meeting on June 22, 2013. Academy Health is a leading national organization in the US that represents the fields of health services and policy research and the groups of professionals who produce and use this research. The Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues Interest Group promotes and supports the development of health services research that focuses on nursing practice, workforce, and delivery of care. The Research Mentorship Award formally acknowledges the contributions of a senior scientist to the career development of young investigators who are engaged in research focused on interdisciplinary health services research on nursing issues.
Award of Excellence in Nursing Research, Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN)
The award for Excellence in Nursing Research recognizes the individual accomplishments of a faculty member of CASN who demonstrates sustained research activity in a substantive area of relevance to nursing practice, education, and research or policy development, along with the ability to succeed in obtaining intramural and extramural funding for research activities. The award also recognizes the individual’s active engagement in dissemination of research through presentations, publications nad other means, as well as their commitment to mentoring of students and colleauges engaged in the research process. Finally, leadership in strengthening the profile of nursing researchwithin academic, service and/or non-profit sector organizations and obtaining or receiving funding in the last ten years is acknowledged.
Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS)
Dr. McGillis Hall was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS) on September 30, 2010. The CAHS recognizes individuals of great accomplishment and achievement in the academic health sciences in Canada. Fellows elected to the Academy are health and biomedical science leaders who are well recognized by their peers nationally and internationally for their contributions to the promotion of health science having – demonstrated leadership, creativity, distinctive competencies and commitment to advance academic health sciences. Dr. McGillis Hall was acknowledged as an internationally recognized leader in nursing health services research.
Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Achievement Award, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes a Bloomberg Nursing, University of Toronto graduate with outstanding achievements whose noteworthy activity has been recognized in their field and has contributed to the health system through patient care, basic and clinical research, or healthcare oriented services. The recipient will have demonstrated the highest principles of the health care professions and serve as a role model for current and future health care professionals.
Order of Merit for Nursing Research, Canadian Nurses Association, Inaugural Winner
This award recognizes an individual personal contribution to research that has had a significant and sustained positive impact on the nursing profession and practice in Canada. The recipient will have a sustained program of research activity advancing the development of clinically relevant nursing knowledge and the application of research findings in practice settings. In addition, the recipient will have obtained research funding from a variety of sources, including national healthcare research funding agencies, and will actively share his/her expertise and knowledge of best practices in nursing research with colleauges across the country through presentations, publications and committee participation. Dr. McGillis Hall was the inaugural recipient of this prestigious award.
International Fellow, American Academy of Nurses (F.A.A.N.)
Dr. McGillis Hall was the first Canadian nurse to be inducted as an American Academy of Nursing International Fellow during the Academy’s 34th Annual Meeting & Conference, on November 10th, 2007, in Washington, DC. The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) is constituted to anticipate national and international trends in health care, and address resulting issues of health care knowledge and policy. The mission of the Academy is to serve the public and nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Invitation to Fellowship is ‘recognition of one’s accomplishments within the nursing profession, but also affords an opportunity to work with other leaders in health care in addressing the issues of the day.’ Dr. McGillis Hall was acknowledged for her research program addressing nurse staffing and the nursing work environment relative to outcomes for the health care system, nurses working within that system, and patient safety.
Teaching Award for Mentoring, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
The Teaching Award for Mentoring recognizes an outstanding contribution by a faculty member to enhance both student and faculty experience beyond usual activities, through mentoring activities, availability for questions and consultations, and collegial involvement in scholarly activities.
Dorothy M. Pringle Award of Excellence for Nursing Research, Lambda-Pi at Large Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International
Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award, University of Toronto Alumni Association
Nursing Senior Career Research Award
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
Premier’s Research Excellence Award
Ontario Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation
New Investigator Research Personnel Award
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Health Research
Medical Research Council of Canada
Doctoral Fellowship, National Health Research and Development Program (N.H.R.D.P.), Health and Welfare Canada