Faculty Member

Kathryn A. Nichol PhD, MHSc, BScN

Email Address(es)
k.nichol@utoronto.ca, knichol@vha.ca
Office Address
VHA Home HealthCare 30 Soudan Avenue Toronto, ON M4S 1V6
Epidemiology Division
Occupational & Environmental Health Division
Assistant Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

healthy work environments; occupational health and safety; occupational skin disease, contact dermatitis; infection prevention and control; acute care hospitals; nurses; personal protective equipment; respiratory protection; facial protective equipment; communicable respiratory illness; adherence to safe work behaviours; barriers and facilitators of adherent behaviours; workplace violence prevention; sharps injury prevention; joint health and safety committee functioning and effectiveness; workplace safety culture; interactions between worker health and patient safety in healthcare

Education & Training History

2010 PhD Medical Science, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto

1996 MHSc Occupational and Environmental Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

1989 BScN Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

2016 Effective Governance for Quality and Patient Safety Certificate – Governance Centre for Excellence

2013 Rotman Executive Leadership Certificate, University of Toronto

Other Affiliations

Associate Member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto

Investigator, Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease

Member, Occupational Health and Safety Research Advisory Panel, Ontario Ministry of Labour

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

Director – CHL 5904F Perspectives in Health and Safety, MPH Occupational and Environmental Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Professional Summary & Appointments

Vice President Quality, Best Practice, Research and Education and Chief Nursing Executive, VHA Home HealthCare, Toronto

Honours & Awards

2012 GEM Award, Ontario Ministry of Labour

2009 Doctoral Thesis Completion Grant, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

2009 University of Toronto Open Fellowship Award, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

2008 University of Toronto Open Fellowship Award, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

2007 University of Toronto, IMS Academic Development Award, Best Poster – Alan Wu Poster Competition

2006 University of Toronto Open Fellowship Award, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

2005 University of Toronto Open Fellowship Award, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Current Research Projects

2018 – 2021    Shaw J, Bhatia RS, Martin D, McKay S, Nichol K, Anderson G, Bhattacharyya O, McGahan A and Baker R. Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network $950,000 – Promoting Innovation in Home and Community Care (PIHCC): A Research Program.

2018 – 2019    Nichol K, Holness DL, McKay SM, Lok J, Ruco A, vanHulle H. VHA Home Healthcare – $10,000 – Preventing Workplace Violence in Home Care – Implementing the Spot It, Prevent It Program for Managing Clients with Responsive Behaviours.

2018-2019      Nichol K, Holness DL, Garritano E, Dunn D. Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease $10,000 – Testing the JHSC Assessment eTool in the Construction Sector.

Representative Publications

Nichol K, Copes R, Kersey K, Eriksson J, Holness DL. Screening for Hand Dermatitis in Healthcare Workers: Comparing Workplace Screening with Dermatologist Photo Screening – Contact Dermatitis (manuscript in preparation).

Nichol K, Kudla I, Young V, Eriksson J, Budd D, Holness DL. Testing the Joint Health and Safety Committee Assessment Tool in the Education Sector. Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health (manuscript under review).

Nichol K, McKay SM, Ruco A, Holness DL. Testing the hand dermatitis screening tool in the home healthcare sector – Home Healthcare Management and Practice. First published June 4, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1177/1084822318780012.

Ku R, Nichol K, Holness DL. Mild hand dermatitis: Identification and management practices. Journal of the Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association, Spring/Summer 2018.

Nichol K, Holness DL, Kudla I, Robson L, Hon C-Y, Eriksson, J. The Development and Testing of a Tool to Assess Joint Health and Safety Committee Functioning and Effectiveness. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 2017; 60: 368-376.

Nichol K, Eriksson J, Kersey K, Copes R, Spielmann S and Holness DL. Workplace Screening for Hand Dermatitis: A Pilot Study. Occupational Medicine, 2016; 66: 46–49.

Ruco A, Nichol K. Patient engagement in research and innovation: A new framework. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, 2016 Dec; 47(4): 290-293.

Holness L, Hayes L, Nichol K, Kudla I, Nincic V. Joint health and safety committees – what is their impact in the acute care hospital? WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 2016 Feb 15; 53(4):763-773.

Nichol K, Kersey K, Copes R, Kendall A, Eriksson J, and Holness DL. Dermatitis Screening Practices within Toronto Hospitals. Journal of the Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association, 2015 Fall/Winter; 34(2): 3-6.

Chambers A, Mustard C, Holness DL, Nichol K, Breslin C. Barriers to the adoption of safety-engineered needles following a regulatory standard: Lessons learned from three acute care hospitals. Healthcare Policy, 2015 August; 11(1): 90-101.

Rozenbojm MD, Nichol K, Speilmann S, Holness DL. Hospital unit safety climate: Relationship with nurses adherence to recommended use of facial protective equipment. American Journal of Infection Control, 2015 Feb; 43(2): 115-120.

Kuster SP, Coleman BL, Raboud J, McNeil S, De Serres G, Gubbay J, Hatcette T, Katz KC, Loeb M, Low D, Mazzulli T, Simor A, McGeer AJ, Working Adult Influenza Cohort Study Group. Risk factors for influenza among health care workers during 2009 pandemic. Emerg Infect Dis, 2013 Apr; 19(4): 606-15.

Chambers A, Mustard C, Breslin C, Holness DL and Nichol K. Evaluating the implementation of health and safety innovations under a regulatory context: A collective case study of Ontario’s safer needle regulation. Implementation Science, 2013 Jan 22; 8: 9.

Nichol K, Bigelow P, O’Brien-Pallas L, McGeer A, Scott J and Holness DL. BEHIND THE MASK: Determinants of nurse’s adherence to facial protective equipment. Am J Infect Control 2013 Jan; 41(1):8-13.

Kubrak O, Arrandale V, Chenard A, Nichol K. Health and safety in high school shops. Journal of the Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association 2013; 32(2):33-9.

Boucher P, Sikorski J and Nichol K. Establishing a culture of safety: Safeguarding employees, clients, and the public. Qmentum Quarterly 2009;1(3):14-18.

Nichol K, Kudla I, Manno M, McCaskell L, Sikorski J and Holness L. Form and function of joint health and safety committees in acute care hospitals. Healthcare Quarterly 2009;12(2):86-93.

Nichol K, Bigelow P, O’Brien-Pallas L, McGeer A, Manno M and Holness DL. The individual, environmental and organizational factors that influence nurses’ use of facial protection to prevent occupational transmission of communicable respiratory illness in acute care hospitals. Am J Infect Control 2008;36(7):481-7.

Nichol K and Holness DL, Occupational health and safety programs in Ontario hospitals, Journal of Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene 1998;13(4):229-32.