Michelle Funk Borgland
RN, BScN, MSN, MHR Michelle Funk Borgland
Position: Senior Lecturer
Affiliation: School of Nursing
InterestsMichelle has been focused for the past 15 years in the areas of palliative and end of life care. Her passion emerged primarily from her experiences in the bone marrow transplant & solid organ transplant units at VGH and UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.
She has had clinical experience in Eastern Africa in a fistula hospital and administration of polio vaccine/drops throughout Ethiopia. Additionally, she has been able to travel throughout the globe as a travel/agency nurse.
Challenges with Communication at the end-of-life
Research InterestsMichelle's Master of Science in Nursing obtained at the University of British Columbia focused on researching the integration of arts and humanities into nursing education.
Most recently, she has graduated from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom with a second Masters degree in Health Research with a Palliative Care focus. The research in relation to the Masters focused on the examination of the phenomena of disenfranchised grief (unrecognized grief) for nurse's who work on acute care units and an unexpected death on the floor.
She also has a passion to understand the notion of communication and Motor Neuron Disease (ALS, MS, Parkinson's)and caregivers.
EducationMasters Health Research, Palliative Care, Lancaster University,UK, 2016
Integrating Palliative Care into Clinical Practice, Harvard Medical School, 2008
Master of Science in Nursing, University of British Columbia, 2007
Hospice & Palliative Care Study,Kings College, London, UK, 2005
BSN, Nursing, University College of the Cariboo, 2003
RN, Nursing, University College of the Cariboo, 2003
Employment History2004-Current Senior Lecturer, Thompson Rivers University
2004-2016 Registered Nurse, MWS Memorial Hospice Home
Courses TaughtHealing 3330 Death & Dying, Life & Living
Nursing 1170 Relational Practice, Self and Others I
Nursing 2170 Relational Practice, Self and Others II
Nursing 1740 Nursing Practice Setting I
Nursing 1840 Nursing Seminar
Nursing 1840 Nursing Practice Setting Semester II
Nursing 1740 Nursing Practice Setting Semester II
Nursing 2740 Nursing Practice Setting Semester III
Nursing 2840 Nursing Practice Setting Semester IV
Nursing 4210 Nursing Practice Setting Semester VIII
Nursing 3600 Nursing Research
Nursing 3370 Consolidated Nursing Practice CPE III
Professional AffiliationsSigma Theata Tau International-Honor Society of Nursing, Xi Ete Chapter of British Columbia
IAHPC ESSENTIAL PRACTICES PROJECT
This projects main objective is to identify the essential practices in palliative care which should be provided by nurses and physicians working in primary care level and are applicable in all areas of the world.
Member College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia
Member Association of Registered Nurses of BC