Nancy Walton is the Director of the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University, and an Associate Professor. She previously served as the Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (2016-17). She serves as the Chair of the Research Ethics Board at Women’s College Hospital and is the Deputy Chair and Ethicist on the Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Research Ethics Board. Dr. Walton has been the Chair of the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board from 2004-2013 and served as the Director of e-learning from 2013-16.
Dr. Walton has a PhD in Bioethics from the University of Toronto Collaborative Program in Bioethics (2003) and an undergraduate degree in nursing science from Ryerson (1992). She has both published and presented in the areas of priority setting and decision-making in health care, internet-based research, research ethics board composition, risk in social science and humanities research and the legal and ethical concerns in research involving children and adolescents. As a Principal Investigator, her areas of research are the experiences of parenting children with special needs, and the ethical considerations in the use of technologies and innovations in healthcare.
She is the Canadian author of the textbook Ethics and Issues in Contemporary Nursing (3rd edition) and is the co-editor of the textbook Leading and Managing in Nursing (2019).