Dr. Anne Bruce

Dr. Anne Bruce
School of Nursing
Office: HSD A424


Area of expertise

Palliative care nursing; contemplative practices in teaching and learning; mindfulness meditation; death and dying; living with fatal chronic conditions; narrative and interpretive inquiry

Associate Director Graduate Education

The Associate Director: Graduate Education works closely with the Director of the School of Nursing to provide guidance and support for faculty and administrative professional staff to plan, develop and implement effective delivery of Graduate Nursing Programs. The School offers both a Master’s in Nursing and PhD in Nursing through distance education. The MN Advanced Practice program consists of four options: Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Leadership, Nurse Educator, and a dual degree of Nursing and Health Informatics.




Scholarship underpins nursing as an academic discipline. My research interests include narratives of living with chronic fatal conditions, medical assistance in dying, Buddhist perspectives of death and dying and contemplative practices in health and nursing education.


Bruce, A. & Beuthin R. (Co-PIs), Robertson, W.D., Hopwood, MC. Physicians’ Experiences of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Island Health Collaborative Grant,  $20,000.

Island Health Seed Grant Competition: Nurses’ Experiences with Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD).  (Bruce, A. &  Beuthin, R.) (Co PI) & Scaia, M. (Co-I), Funding: $ 5,000


Bruce A.  Daudt, H., & Breiddal, S. Dinner and Stories: Sharing Experiences of End-of-Life Care. Island Health Collaboration Grant Competition. $15,000.


McKinnon, K . & Bruce, A. Working to their full scope: Exploring changing work relationships between RNs and LPNs.  UVic Internal Research/Creative project Grant.  $7,000.


McKinnon, K . & Bruce, A. Working to their full scope: Exploring changing work relationships between RNs and LPNs.  UVic Internal Research/Creative project Grant.  $7,000.

2013- 2016

Co-Investigator (P.I. Laurene Sheilds). Living-and-dying with chronic fatal conditions: Understanding narratives of liminality.  Molzahn, A., Bruce, A., Schick-Makaroff, K., Clark, A., Borycki, E.,CIHR (Ref. # 301227) 354,000. http://www.uvic.ca/hsd/illnessnarratives/

2011 – 2015

Research Affiliate (Principal Investigators: Kelli Stajduhar; Carolyn Taylor with 3 research strand leaders (Stajduhar,K,  & Pesut, B.,) and 12 other co-investigators). Initiative of Palliative Approach in Nursing: Evidence and Leadership (IPANEL)  Granting agency: Michael Smith Foundation of Health Research – BC Nursing Research Initiative (MSFHR- BCNRI) * Withdrew as Co-I in June 2012- current Affiliate Member of IPANEL   $800,000.00

2009 – 2012

 Co- Investigator (Principal Investigator: Louise Racine; Duggleby, W., Leis, A., Bruce, A. & Zong, L., Exploring End-of-Life Care for Non Western Immigrants in Saskatchewan: Perceptions, Access and Needs Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) $50,000.

2008 - 2011

Co- Investigator (with Principal Investigators: Harold Coward and Kelli Stajduhar; Co-Investigators: G. Agupio; T. Attig;  D. Clark; J. Clouston; E.Davies; R. Florida; M. Hadley; E. Hui; J. Kaufert; K. Nayar; A. R. Ambachan. ‘Religious Requirements for a Good Death in Hospice Care’ edited textbook’. Granting Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research. $164,923.

2008 - 2010

Co- Investigator (PI): Su-Er Guo. Factors Influencing COPD Patients’ Adherence in Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR)  Programs in Greater Vancouver. Funded by ICEBERGS UBC  $25,427.

2007- 2012

Co- Investigator (with Principal Investigator: Laurene Sheilds; Co- Investigators: A. Molzahn & K. Stajduhar). “Re-stor(y)ing life within life threatening illness.” Granting Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Ref. # MOP-84509)160 $246,826

Principal Investigators (with PI: Priscilla Koop; Co-Investigators: R. Cohen, K. Stajduhar, &  Catherine Phillips). Evaluation of a mindfulness based intervention for family caregivers of people with advanced cancer. Granting Agency: (CIHR) Grant Proposal NET-Grant Pilot Study  $15,000


As a multifaceted discipline, nursing education invites innovation and creativity. My approach to education embraces a belief that academic preparation in nursing makes a difference in serving patients and families competently, compassionately, and justly. Currently I teach courses across programs in the BSN (Nursing Inquiry and Nursing Research), the MN (Nursing Educator Practicum) and the PhD (Philosophy in Nursing). My supervisory role with graduate students includes masters and doctoral students in nursing and interdisciplinary students in the faculty of human and social development.

Selected Publications

(2020) Bruce, A., Beuthin, R., Schick Makaroff, K., Sheilds, L., Molzahn, A. Holding secrets while living with life-threatening illness: Normalizing patients’ decisions to reveal or conceal. Qualitative Health Review, Vol. 30, (5), pp. 655-665, doi.org/10.1177/1049732319887714

(2020) Reid-de Jong, V. & Bruce A. Mastectomy tattoos:  An emerging alternative to reconstruction. Nursing Forum, 1-8, doi: 10.1111/nuf.12486

(2020) Molzahn, A. Sheilds, L. Bruce, A., Schick-Makaroff, K. Antoinoi, M. White, L., Clark, A. Living with dying: A narrative inquiry of people with heart failure and their family members. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, (0(0) 1–9, doi:   10.1177/1474515120918355

(2020) Beuthin, R., Bruce A., Hopwood, M.C., Robertson, D., Bertoni, K. Rediscovering the Art of Medicine, Rewards, and Risks: Physicians’ Experience of Providing Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) in Canada. Sage Open Medicine, (8), pp 1-9, doi.org/10.1177/2050312120913452.

(2020) Trouton, K., Lemire-Elmore, C., Beuthin, R., Daudt, H., Thompson, M., Bruce, A., Zhang, A. Bereavement Support: Attitudes and Expectations of MAiD Providers. BCMJ, 62 (1) January-February, pp 18-23.

(2019) Booker, R. & Bruce, A. Palliative Sedation and Medical Assistance in Dying: Distinctly Different or Simply Semantics? Nursing Inquiry, (early view) e12321. doi.org/10.1111/nin.12321

(2019) Smith, M., McDonald, C., Bruce, A., Green, J. Living stories through a sweet grass porcupine quill box methodology: An innovation in chronic kidney disease. International Journal of Indigenous Health, 14(2)276-292, doi: 10.32799/ijih.v14i232958

(2019) Bruce, A. & Beuthin, R. Transforming Nurses’ Suffering: Early Experiences with Medical Assistance in Dying, Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 01-10, doi: 10.1177/0844562119856234

(2019) Beuthin, R. & Bruce, A. Inviting compassionate conversations about end of life:: Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) in Canada. In M. McIntyre & C. McDonald (Eds.) Realities of Canadian nursing: Professional, practice and power issues, 4th Eds. (pp. 42-63). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

(2019) McMechan, C., Bruce, A, and Beuthin, R. (2019) "Canadian Nursing Students’ Experiences with Medical Assistance in Dying / Les expériences d’étudiantes en sciences infirmières au regard de l’aide médicale à mourir," Quality Advancement in Nursing Education - Avancées en formation infirmière: Vol 5: Iss. 1, Article 2: doi.org/10.17483/2368-6669.1179

(2019) Thoun, D, Bruce, A. & Tschanz, C. Walking Steps: Contemplative Wanderings with Humanbecoming. In O. Gunnlaugson, E. Sarath, H. Bai, C. Scott (Eds.).Catalyzing the field: Second-person approaches to contemplative learning and inquiry, Albany: NY, Suny Press

(2018) Beuthin, R. & Bruce, A., Medical assistance in dying (MAiD): Ten Things Leaders Need to Know. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership. 31 (4), 74-8, doi:10.12927/cjnl.2019.25753

(2018) Molzahn, A., Sheilds, L., Bruce, A., Makaroff, K., Antonio, M., White, L. Living with Dying: A Narrative Inquiry of People with Chronic Kidney Disease and their Family Members. Journal of Advanced Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jan.13830. [Epub ahead of print].

(2018) Bruce, A., Daudt, H., Breiddal, S. Writing and storytelling: A qualitative inquiry into dinners with caregivers, Journal Hospice and Palliative Nursing, (June 11, 2018 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - p doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000478

(2018) Beuthin, R., Bruce A., Scaia, M. Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD): Canadian Nurses’ Experiences. Nursing Forum, 53, 511-520  https://doi.org/10.1111/nuf.12280

(2018) MacKinnon, K., Butcher, D. Bruce, A. Working to Full Scope: The re-organization of nursing work in two Canadian community hospitals. Global Qualitative Nursing Research, 5(1), 1-14.

(2018) Butcher, D.L., MacKinnon, K.A., & Bruce, A. Producing Flexible Nurses: How Institutional Texts Organize Nurses’ Experiences of Learning to Work on Redesigned Nursing Teams. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education- Avancées en formation infirmière: Vol. 4: Iss. 1, Article 2. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17483/2368-6669.1132

(2017) Barton, G., Bruce, A. Schreiber, R. Nurses Teamwork: Integrative Review of Competency-Based Teamwork Training in Nursing Education, Nurse Education in Practice: PMID:29287747; [Epub ahead of print] Dec 20. pii: S1471-5953(17)30071-9. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2017.11.019.

(2016) Bruce, A., Beuthin, R., Sheilds, L., Molzahn, A., Schick-Makaroff, K., Narrative research evolving: Evolving through narrative research, International Journal of Qualitative Methods 15(1), 1-6 doi:10.1177/1609406916659292

(2016) Koning, C., Young, L. Bruce, A. Mind the Gap: Women and Acute Myocardial Infarctions an Integrated Review of Literature. Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 26(3), 8-14.

(2016) Bruce, A. & Poag, B. Contemplative Pedagogy and Nursing Education (2016). In I. Ivtzan & T. Lomas (Eds.), Mindfulness in Positive Psychology: The Science of Meditation and Wellbeing, (pp. 175-192). London: Routledge Taylor & Francis Publishers

(2015) Butcher, D. & Bruce, A. (2015). Nurses and lifelong learning: Creating ‘makers and shapers’ or ‘users and choosers’. Nursing Forum, e-version pre-publication DOI: 10.1111/nuf.12126