Donna Wilson

Professor, Faculty of Nursing, , University of Alberta


Donna Wilson is a Registered Nurse, with a full-time tenured position as a (Full) Professor in the prestigious Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. Donna’s education includes a 3-year nursing diploma from the Royal Alexandra Hospital School of Nursing in Edmonton (1976), a Baccalaureate in Nursing degree from the University of Alberta (1981), a Master of Science in Nursing degree majoring in gerontology and healthcare management from the University of Texas at Austin (1985), and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Administration majoring in management, teaching, and research from the University of Alberta (1993). Donna has worked as a staff nurse, nursing supervisor, senior hospital administrator, media commentator, educator, researcher, and professor in Alberta, British Columbia, New Zealand, and Texas, as well as Ireland, Belgium, and England. Donna’s program of research focuses on health services and health policy, primarily in relation to aging, ageism, and end-of-life care, including bereavement. Much of her work is oriented to myth busting, with the aim of eliminating ageism and ensuring effective and accessible healthcare services for older and also younger people. Her investigations often involve population data and mixed-methods research for both qualitative and quantitative understandings. She has over 350 published articles, books, book chapters, and other peer-reviewed communications in print. She is frequently and widely consulted for expert commentary on aging, end-of-life care, health policy, healthcare services, and health system trends and issues.


When someone is terminally ill, it is usually a very stressful time for them and their family. It would not be unusual for intra-family conflict to occur. However, family conflict has not been identified as a major end-of-life issue needing to be noticed and addressed. A scoping research literature review was conducted for evidence on the incidence or prevalence of it, factors contributing to it or causing it, and the outcomes or impact of it.

3 Learning Objectives

1) Determine how common intra-family conflict is.

2) Determine what causes intra-family conflict.

3) Determine the impact of intra-family conflict.

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