Dr. Anne Bruce

Dr. Anne Bruce
Professor, Associate Director Graduate Education
School of Nursing


Office: HSD A424

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