Adeline Falk-Rafael (1943 – )

Inspiration for Activism: Part II.

  • Spoke truth to power in advocating for publicly funded, not-for-profit health care.
  • Initiated a lobby group to persuade Federal Health Minister to include

    Adeline Falk-Rafael

    health promotion in universal health care legislation.

  • Emphasized social determinants of health during time as President of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.
  • Author of cutting-edge scholarship focused on emancipatory nursing and the theory of Critical Caring in nursing (also see titles listed below).
  • Advocated strongly for nurses to be conferred with the academic degrees commensurate with their program of study.
  • Taught leadership to Internationally Educated Nurses, highlighting political activism as a form of leadership


Protesting outside the Ontario legislature to bring attention to our demands for increased nursing staffing in nursing homes.

Adeline’s York University web page

Chinn, P.L. & Falk-Rafael (In press). Embracing the focus of the discipline of nursing: Critical caring pedagogy. Journal of Nursing Scholarship.

Falk-Rafael, A.R. (In press). Critical Caring. In Smith, M. (Ed.) Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice (6th ed.) F.A. Davis: Philadelphia.

Chinn, P.L. & Falk-Rafael, A.R. (2017). Critical caring as a requisite for peace leadership. In Amaldas, S. & Bryne, S. (Eds.), Peace Leadership: The Quest for Connectedness. Routledge: New York.

Chinn, P.L. & Falk-Rafael, A.R. (2015). Peace and Power: A theory of emancipatory group process. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 47(1), 62-69.

Falk-Rafael, A. & Bradley, P. (2014). Towards Justice in Health: An exemplar of speaking truth to power. Advances in Nursing Science, 37(3), 224-234.

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