Sandra Hirst is an Associate Professor Emeritus in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Nursing. She has held a number of leadership positions in gerontology, including President of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association, President of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, and President of the Alberta Association of Gerontology.
Associate Professor Emeritus Hirst recently completed a three-year prime ministerial appointment on the National Seniors Council. Her areas of research and related scholarship focus on abuse and neglect of older adults and the experiences of older adults who reside in long-term care facilities.
In 2009, Associate Professor Emeritus Hirst was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. She has also received Honourary Member Awards from the Alberta Gerontological Nursing Association and the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association.