Elsabeth Jensen

Associate Professor

Director, York-CAMH Collaborative

Locations / Contact Info:

338 Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies - HNES
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 21023
Fax: 416 736 5714

Email address(es):

ejensen@yorku.ca

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Nursing

Degrees

Nursing Diploma - 1972
Hamilton Civic Hospitals School of Nursing
Hamilton

BA - 1981
Sociology
University of Western Ontario

BScN - 1989
Nursing
University of Western Ontario

MSN - 1998
College of Nursing
Wayne State University

PhD - 2004
College of Nursing
Wayne State University

Biography

 

Dr. Elsabeth Jensen Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program, School of Nursing, York University, Toronto has authored 17 book chapters, 22 peer reviewed papers, 3 technical reports and co-edited "Homelessness, Housing and Mental Health: Finding Truths - Creating Change" with Dr., Cheryl Forchuk and Dr. Rick Csiernik. She has given 8 invited addresses and presented 66 papers at conferences all over the globe. Dr. Jensen has been on 26 funded research projects representing over $911,000 worth of funding. She was involved with the SSHRC-CURA project that led to the creation of a new housing initiative, a restructuring of homelessness services in London, Ontario, new policies regarding hospital discharges to ‘no fixed address’. More recently, she led a team in the first Canadian evaluation of a community based model of discharge service. Implementation of the model resulted in a 40% reduction in readmission rate in an acute care mental health program. Currently she is exploring predictors of success in Nurse Practitioner graduate studies. Her areas of research expertise include mental health, childhood abuse, trauma screening, housing, discharge models, program evaluation, and knowledge translation. 

 

Selected Publications

Edited Books:



Forchuk, C., Csiernik, R., & Jensen, E. (Editors). (2011).  Homelessness, Housing and Mental Health Consumer- Survivors: Finding Truths – Creating Change.  Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.



 Book Chapters:



Forchuk, C., Jensen, E. , & Farquhar, N. (2017). The person who experiences disturbing beliefs and perceptions. In P. Barker (Ed.) Textbook of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 3rd ed. London: Arnold.



Jensen, E. (2017). How do theory, research and practice relate to each other?  In N. A. Schmidt & J. M. Brown (Eds.) Evidence-Based Practice for Nurses: Appraisal and Application of Research.3rd Ed. Massachusetts: Jones and Bartlett.



Jensen, E. (2012). How do theory, research and practice relate to each other?  In N. A. Schmidt & J. M. Brown (Eds.) Evidence-Based Practice for Nurses: Appraisal and Application of Research.2nd Ed.  Massachusetts: Jones and Bartlett.



 Jensen, E., Forchuk, C., & Csiernik, R. (2011). Stories from the process: Margaret’s Haven. In C. Forchuk, R. Csiernik, & E. Jensen (Eds.) Homelessness, Housing and Mental Health Consumer- Survivors: Finding Truths – Creating Change. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.



Papers in Peer Reviewed Journals:



Forchuk, C., Martin, M-L., Jensen, E., Ouseley, S., Sealy, P., Beal, G., Reynolds, W., & Sharkey, S. (2013). Integrating an evidence-based intervention into practice: “Transitional Relationship Model”, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 2013 Sep;20(7):584-594. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2012.01956.x. Epub 2012 Jul 25.



Forchuk, C., Kingston-MacClure, S., Jeng, M., Godin, M., & Jensen, E. (2013) Preventing Discharge from Psychiatric Wards to Homelessness: Perspectives of Consumers and Staff. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. Mar;51(3):24-31. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20130130-02. Epub 2013 Feb 11.



Forchuk, C., Martin, M-L., Jensen, E., Ouseley, S., Sealy, P., Beal, G., Reynolds, W., & Sharkey, S. (2012). Integrating the Transitional Relationship Model into practice, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. 26(5):374-381. doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2011.12.002. Epub 2012 Jan 10.  



 Forchuk, C., Jensen, E., Martin, M-L., & Csiernik, R. (2010). Crisis services: A comparative approach to evaluation. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. 20, supp 5, 73-86.


Other Research Outputs

E. Jensen, C. Forchuk, P. Witcher, A. Davis, B. Seymour, and P. Chapman. An Evaluation of Community Bases Discharge Planning. 2009 https://www.ehealthontario.ca/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_11862_11751_2182_22019_43/http%3B/ptpublisher.phportal.srv.ehealthontario.ca%3B7087/publishedcontent/publish/ssha/eho/communities/mental_health_and_addictions/systems_enhancement_evaluation_initiative/final_reports/an_evaluation_of_community_based_discharge_planning___final_report___march_2009.pdf (April 13, 2009).

C. Forchuk, E. Jensen, M. Martin, & R. Csiernik. Police Mobile Crisis Services: A Comparative Approach to Evaluation. 2009. https://www.ehealthontario.ca/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_11862_11751_2182_22019_43/http%3B/ptpublisher.phportal.srv.ehealthontario.ca%3B7087/publishedcontent/publish/ssha/eho/communities/mental_health_and_addictions/systems_enhancement_evaluation_initiative/final_reports/crisis_services___a_comparative_approach_to_evaluation___final_report.pdf  (April 27, 2009)

 

Affiliations

Canadian Association of Advance Practice Nurses
I have been a member since 1995. I held the office of Secretary from 1990 to 2003.

College of Nurses of Ontario
I have been on the registry of the College of Nurses of Ontario since 1968. I was first registered as a Registered Nursing Assistant, and later became registered as a Registered Nurse in 1972.

Canadian Nurses Association
I have been a member since 1973. I was a member of the Board of Directors 1989-1990. In a voluntary capacity I have researched past leaders and prepared many files for deceased nurse leaders for the CNA Memorial Book.

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario
Since joining in 1973 I have held offices at the Chapter, Regional, and Provincial levels. I was President of RNAO from 1989 to 1990, and most recently held the office of Member at Large: Nursing Research from 2004 to 2008.

Clinical Nurse Specialist Association of Ontario
I have been a member for many years and in 2011 became President for a 4 year term, followed by the position of Past President on the executive for two years.

Clinical Nurse Specialist Association of Canada
I was a member of the group that founded this organization in 2016 and became the inaugural Ontario Representative on the first Board of Directors following the founding Annual General Meeting in October of 2016.

Awards

Canada's Who's Who - 1990

Canadian Nurses Association Centennial Award - 2008

Dean's Honor List - 1989

M. Josephine Flaherty Award - 1989

RNAO Nurse of Distinction - 2007

Toronto Star Nightingale Award Honor Roll - 2009

Canadian Nurses Association 150 Nurses for Canada - 2017

Supervision

Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Research Projects

Personal Essays for Admission to the PHCNP Program: Can they predict success?
Essays submitted as part of the application to the Nurse Practitioner stream at York were reviewed to see if they predicted success on the post graduation registration exam.
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $14,565
Year Funded: 2013
Duration: 1
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: COUPN

An Evaluation of Community Based Discharge Planning
This project evaluated the impact of locating discharge planning services with the community after care agency rather than in the acute care hospital. Readmission rates were reduced 40% as a result of the change
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $80,500
Year Funded: 2006
Duration: 2
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: OMHF

Predicting success; an analysis of the characteristics of applicants to the Ontario PHCNP Program
Application packages of successful graduates from 4 University Nurse Practitioner programs were explored to see if any variables predicted success on the NP registration exam.
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $20,000
Year Funded: 2015
Duration: 1
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: COUPN

The Meaning of Homelessness and Migration among Homeless Aboriginal Veterans
Role: CoInvestigator
Amount funded: $5,000
Year Funded: 2013
Duration: 1
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: Canadian Legion

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Elsabeth Jensen