Delivering Excellence in Lifelong Learning

Jennifer Skelly

Jennifer Skelly RN, PhD is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, McMaster University. She has been actively involved in developing continence care standards and education for nurses over the past 25 years in an effort improve access to continence care for Canadians.

Her clinical experience in continence care is extensive. She was the Director of Continence Programs at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (1994 – 2019) as the first nurse-led continence service in Canada. She works collaboratively with primary care, urology, gynaecology, and physiotherapy.

Dr. Skelly’s clinical practice focused on conservative methods of managing urinary and fecal incontinence. She has been involved in the development and revisions of the RNAO BPGs Prompted Voiding and Managing Constipation (2000, 2005, 2011). She co-chaired the new Best Practice Guideline (BPG), A Proactive Approach to Bladder and Bowel Management in Adults, due to be released Fall 2020. She established the Nurse Continence Advisor (NCA) Distance Education Program offered by McMaster (1995 – 2019) and the Canadian Nurse Continence Advisors Association (CNCA) ( in 2000 to ensure a standard of excellence in the role of continence nursing.