Laura Killam is an experienced nursing educator from Northern Ontario with expertise using social media to support open learning.
She excelled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and Masters of Science in Nursing program at Laurentian University and proceeded to work as a nurse, researcher and educator. As a nurse she has experience in acute, community and long-term care. Her research has focused on student perceptions of safety in clinical learning, rural nursing education, interprofessional education and social media in education. A commitment to innovation and student success drives her teaching approaches.
Passionate about accessible on-demand learning, YouTube was a natural fit. Laura started the NurseKillam YouTube channel in 2010 as a way to provide people worldwide with free access to clear answers to their questions at any time of day or night. This resource has since helped countless students understand complex topics in a variety of disciplines. With over 14,000 subscribers, she receives requests for help and thanks from students across the world, mostly at a Masters or PhD level. As an educator, she strives to reflect the characteristics of someone students can feel connected to and comfortable with – flexible, available, approachable, supportive, empathetic, honest, trustworthy, and fair.
In her free time, Laura loves to spend time camping and working on do-it-yourself projects with her husband and four children. She also volunteers to help her children’s school and on a number of professional committees.