Dr. Sioban Nelson a leading historian of nursing and health policy scholar. She holds degrees in history and humanities from La Latrobe University and Griffith University in Australia and completed her nursing education in the far northwest of Australia at the Royal Darwin Hospital. Her historical interests include transnational history, the Rockefeller Foundation, and material culture in nursing. Her policy and workforce interests have focused on professional regulation, scope of practice, mobility and the global nursing workforce. She served as editor-in-chief of the journal Nursing Inquiry for 12 years. She has been co-editor of the Culture and Politics of Health Care Work series, Cornell University Press, since 2004.
Dr. Nelson was a commissioner on the Canadian Nurses Association National Expert Commission for the Future of the Health Care System that launched A Nursing Call to Action in June 2012. She co-chaired the Assessment Committee on Scope of Practice in the Health Professions for the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She served as Dean of the Faculty of Nursing (2005 to 2013) and, subsequently, Vice-Provost at the University of Toronto (2013 to 2018). Dr. Nelson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses, Charter Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nurses, and serves as board member of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. She is President of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.