Thompson Rivers University

Michelle Funk Borgland

Name: RN, BScN, MSN, MHR Michelle Funk Borgland
Position: Senior Lecturer
Affiliation: School of Nursing
Phone: 250-371-5994


Michelle 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.
Relational Practice
Challenges with Communication at the end-of-life
Disenfranchised Grief
International Nursing
Qualitative/Quantitative Research
Nursing Ethics

Research Interests

Michelle'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.


Masters 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 History

2004-Current Senior Lecturer, Thompson Rivers University
2004-2016 Registered Nurse, MWS Memorial Hospice Home

Courses Taught

Healing 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 Affiliations

Sigma Theata Tau International-Honor Society of Nursing, Xi Ete Chapter of British Columbia

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


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