Dr. Hawranik has held a variety of clinical and senior leadership roles within health care and in higher education. She worked in community health, in tertiary care hospitals, and as a policy analyst. She held positions as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Nursing and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba.
She moved to Alberta to assume the role as inaugural Dean for the newly created Faculty of Graduate Studies at Athabasca University. Most recently, she held the interim positions of Associate Vice President Research for more than two years, followed by the role of interim Dean for the Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University.
She has a wide range of board membership experience. She has been a board member and president of national and provincial boards of directors which included long term care facilities, community non-profit organizations, and post-secondary national and western Canadian boards.
Her program of research examines the effectiveness of community services for informal caregivers who care for an older adult with cognitive impairment. A component of this research has examined the adequacy of vision care services for older adults living in long term care facilities for fall prevention.
Dr. Hawranik has received numerous awards for her community work and research, including the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award and the Canadian Nurses Association Centennial Award.