Social Entrepreneurship Education within Post-Secondary Institutions


  • Sandra Hirst Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary
  • Rebecca Stares Spirited Connections Counsellong
  • Carole-Lynne LeNavenec



Promoting health and wellness is a focus of social entrepreneurs within the health care professions. With the educational offerings of social entrepreneurship expanding within the health care programs of post-secondary institutions, assessing its current knowledge state is essential. Decisions about how and what to teach should be grounded in the best available evidence. The purpose of this preliminary scoping review was to provide an overview of best practices in curriculum content and methods of teaching social entrepreneurship for students in the health care professions.

Author Biography

Sandra Hirst, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary

Dr Sandra Hirst is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. Sandra is widely known in the field of gerontology as an educator, clinician, and researcher. She has been a consultant for HRSDC, Health Canada, and Alberta Justice. Her research interests are wide-ranging: including gerontological education, long-term care, person-centred dementia care, and disaster and emergency preparedness. Sandra’s current areas of research and related scholarship focus on healthy aging, related challenges to quality of life, and the experiences of older adults. She has received three teaching awards, including one from the Government of Alberta. She is a reviewer for a number of peer -reviewed publications. In 2015, her latest book Nursing for Wellness in Older Adults was published by Wolters Kluwer. 






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