Roberta Heale

Roberta Heale

Full Professor

School of Nursing
L923, R.D. Parker Building Sudbury Campus


Roberta Heale received her BScN from the University of Toronto in 1988. In the following years, she worked in several acute care hospital settings including General Medicine, Neurosurgery, Intensive Care Nursery, Intensive Care Unit and ER. In 1999, Roberta obtained licensure as a primary health care nurse practitioner and began a full-time practice in Sudbury. She completed a Master of Nursing degree from Athabasca University in 2005. In addition, Roberta was a preceptor for many nurse practitioner students and began teaching in the COUPN NP program as well as in the Master of Nursing program at Athabasca University. In 2006, Roberta and her colleague, Marilyn Butcher, were awarded the development of Canada's first NP-Led Clinic. The Sudbury District Nurse Practitioner Clinics are the result. The success of this clinic and the NP-Led Clinic model were such that in 2008 the Ontario Government announced the development of 25 additional clinics in this model by 2012.

In 2006, Roberta accepted the position of Assistant Professor at Laurentian University School of Nursing where she now teaches full time in the undergraduate nursing program, the nurse practitioner and Master of Nursing Science programs. She completed a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 2012 with a research focus on nurse practitioner beliefs about and implementation of evidence based practice.

Roberta's commitment to her profession is evident in continued research related to the NP role and practice as an NP. She is an active member with the International Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network as the Chair of the Communications Sub-group. Roberta is also the Chair of an NP-Led, interprofessional primary health care conference that was held in Sudbury on Sept 27th and 28th, 2012.


  • PhD Rural and Northern Health
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Nursing
  • Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Academic Appointments

Full Professor

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Research projects focus on nurse practitioner education and clinical practice, implementation of evidence based practice, structures of health systems and interprofessional team functioning.


  • Co-founder and President of the Board of Directors (2007-2011) of The Sudbury District Nurse Practitioner Clinics. Opened for registration August 2007.
  • Primary Health Care System Program Research Fellowship