College of Nursing

Faculty & Staff

Lorraine Holtslander
Interim Graduate Chair, Associate Professor

Office:E4216 Health Sciences, Saskatoon
Phone:(306) 966-8402(306) 966-8402
Fax: (306) 966-6621
Skype: lorraine.holtslander
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  • Research Interests
    • Palliative care
    • Family caregivers
    • Bereavement
    • Nursing interventions
    • Teaching & learning
  • Methodology
    • Qualitative
    • Mixed methods

Lorraine has maintained an active clinical practice with Saskatoon Home Care since 1988, focusing mainly on providing palliative care in the community. Her interests in care of the family, the family caregiver, and end of life care have evolved from this involvement. She has been teaching nursing students since 1990 but assumed a tenure-track position in 2007. Her research and teaching interests include family nursing, community care, and qualitative methodology. She is currently using mixed methods to develop an intervention for older people who are bereaved after caregiving for a patient with advanced cancer.


Duggleby, W., Kuchera, S., MacLeod, R., Scott, T., Holtslander, L., Letendre, A., & Moeke-Maxwell, T. (2015, June 15). Indigenous People’s Experiences at the End of Life. Palliative and Supportive Care, 1-15.

Bally, J., Holtslander, L., Duggleby, W., Spurr, S., Thomas, R., Mpofu, C., & Wright, K. (2014, April 28). Understanding Parents' Experiences Through Their Narratives of Restitution, Chaos, and Quest: Improving care for families experiencing childhood cancer. Journal of Family Nursing.

Holtslander, L., & Bally, J. (2014). The concept of finding balance in bereavement: Applying theory and research to practice. Grief Matters, 17(1), 20.
Comment: (invited short paper) Paper presented at the Australian Grief and Bereavement Conference 2014 in Melbourne, AUS, March 26-28, 2014.

Olson, T., Holtslander, L., & Bowen, A. (2014). Mother’s milk and tears. Clinical Lactation, 5(1), 9-15.

Duggleby, W., Williams, A., Holtslander, L., Thomas, R., Cooper, D., Hallstrom, L., ... O-Rourke, H. (2014). Hope of rural women caregivers of persons with advanced cancer: guilt, self-efficacy and mental health. Rural and Remote Health. Rural and Remote Health, 14.

Williams, A., Duggleby, W., Eby, J., Cooper, D., Hallstrom, L., Holtslander, L., & Thomas, R. (2013, December 17). Hope against hope: Exploring the hopes and challenges of rural female caregivers of persons with advanced cancer. BMC Palliative Care, 12(1), 44.
Comment: PMID: 24341372 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC3878500 Free PMC Article

Burles, M., & Holtslander, L. (2013, December). "Cautiously optimistic that today will be another day with my disease under control": Understanding women's lived experiences of ovarian cancer. Cancer Nursing, 36(6), 436-44.
Comment: PMID: 23348660

Duggleby, W., Williams, A., Cooper, D., Holtslander, L., Ghosh, S., Hallstrom, L., & Thomas, R. (2013, October 8). Evaluation of the Living with Hope Program for Rural Women Caregivers of Persons with Advanced Cancer. BMC Palliative Care, 12(36).
Comment:, PMID: 24106841 [PubMed]

Bally, J. M., Duggleby, W., Holtslander, L., Mpofu, C., Spurr, S., Thomas, R., & Wright, K. (2013). Keeping Hope Possible: A Grounded Theory Study of Parental Caregivers Who Have Children in Treatment for Cancer. Cancer Nursing.
Comment: Print: 24145252 PUBMED ID,

Holtslander, L., Kornder, N., Letourneau, N., Turner, H., & Paterson, B. (2012, August). Identifying the Needs of Parents and Service Providers of Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes to Aid in the Creation of an Online Support Intervention. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 21, 2419-2428.

Duggleby, W., Hicks, D., Nekolaichuk, C., Holtslander, L., Williams, A., Chambers, T., & Eby, J. (2012, January). Hope, older adults, and chronic illness: a metasynthesis of qualitative research. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(6), 1211-1223.
Comment: Role: Co-Investigator, Contribution: 20%

Duggleby, W., Williams, A., Holtslander, L., Cunningham, S., & Wright, K. (2011, June). The chaos of caregiving and hope. Qualitative Social Work.

Holtslander, L., Bally, J., & Steeves, M. (2011). Walking a fine line: An exploration of the experience of finding balance for older persons bereaved after caregiving for a spouse with advanced cancer. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 15(3), 254-259.
Comment: EJON Special Edition: Surviving Cancer

Holtslander, L., & McMillan, S. (2011, January). Depressive symptoms, grief, and complicated grief among family caregivers of patients with advanced cancer three months into bereavement. Oncology Nursing Forum, 38(1), 60-65.

Duggleby, W., Holtslander, L., Kylma, J., Duncan, V., Hammond, C., & Williams, A. (2010, February). Metasynthesis of the hope experience of family caregivers of persons with chronic illness. Qualitative Health Research, 20(2), 148-158.

Holtslander, L., & Duggleby, W. (2010). The psychosocial context of bereavement for older women who were caregivers for a spouse with advanced cancer. Journal of Women and Aging, 22(2), 109-124.

Clarke, V., & Holtslander, L. (2010). Finding a balanced approach: Incorporating the medicine wheel teachings in the care of Aboriginal people at the end of life. Journal of Palliative Care, 26(1), 34-36.

Duggleby, W., Holtslander, L., Steeves, M., Duggleby-Wendel, S., & Cunningham, S. (2010). Discursive meaning of hope for older persons with advanced cancer and their caregivers. Canadian Journal on Aging, 29(3), 361-67.


Thomas R (Principal Investigator), Hammond C (Co-investigator), Egan M (Co-investigator), Gifford W (Co-investigator), Hall P (Co-investigator), Hamilton R (Co-investigator), Towers A (Co-investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), King J (Co-investigator), Morrison T (Co-investigator). Planning an international research agenda to advance arts-based interventions for men and women who have experienced cancer, CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grant. Total: $9,063.00 for 2015-06 to 2016-06

Kaasalainen S (Principal Investigator), Costello A (Co-principal Investigator), Hunter P (Co-principal Investigator), Neves P (Co-principal Investigator), Thompson G (Co-principal Investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Hadjistavropoulos T (Co-investigator), McClement S (Co-investigator), Chochinov H (Co-investigator), Goodridge D (Co-investigator). Partnering Together to Improve Palliative Care in Long Term Care, CIHR; Alberta Innovates; Manitoba Health Research Council; Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. Total: $740,000.00 for 2015-06 to 2018-06

Bally J (Principal Investigator), Spurr S (Co-investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Duggleby W (Co-investigator), Mpofu C (Co-investigator), Duggleby W (Co-investigator). Keeping Hope Possible: Improving oncology care for First Nations Parents using grounded theory, C17.

Bally J (Principal Investigator), Spurr S (Co-investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Duggleby W (Co-investigator), Mpofu C (Collaborator), Hodgson-Viden H (Collaborator), Exner-Pirot H (Collaborator). Keeping Hope Possible: Improving Pediatric Oncology Nursing Care for First Nation Parents by Extending a Grounded Theory of Hope, Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).

Duggleby W (Principal Investigator), Parmer J (Co-investigator), Nekoliachuk C (Co-investigator), Mirhosseinie N (Co-investigator), Symes A (Co-investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Hudson P (Co-investigator), Peterson-Fraser M (Co-investigator), Tycholiz J (Co-investigator), Chambers T (Co-investigator), Mann A (Co-investigator). Metasynthesis study of transitions experienced by family caregivers of persons at the end of life., Institute for Continuing Care Education and Research. Total: $10,000.00 for 2014-06-01 to 2015-05-30

Peacock S (Principal Investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Thompson G (Co-investigator), O'Connell M (Co-investigator). A psychosocial intervention for bereaved spousal caregivers of persons with dementia: Adapting the “Finding Balance” tool, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. Total: $87,096.00 for 2014-06 to 2017-05

Holtslander L (Principal Investigator), Baxter S (Co-principal Investigator), Duggleby W (Co-investigator), Peacock S (Co-investigator), Hudson P (Co-investigator), Duncan I (Co-investigator), Cooper D (Co-investigator). Honoring the voices of bereaved caregivers: A metasynthesis of qualitative research with bereaved caregivers, CIHR. Total: $100,000.00 for 2014-03 to 2015-02

Holtslander L (Principal Investigator), Peternelj-Taylor C (Co-principal Investigator), Burles M (Co-investigator), Duncan I (Co-investigator). Palliative Care in Corrections: A Scoping Review, Centre for Forensic Behavioral Science and Justice Studies. Total: $8,392.00 for 2014-01 to 2014-12

Bally J (Co-principal Investigator), Holtslander L (Co-principal Investigator), Hodgson-Viden H (Co-investigator), Mpofu C (Co-investigator), Zimmer M (Co-investigator). Developing a Psychosocial Support Intervention for Parents of Children with a Life Limiting or Life Threatening Illness Living in Saskatchewan: A Community Based Approach, RBC Nurses Kids Community Development Program. Total: $40,000.00 for 2013-08 to 2015-08

Duggleby W (Principal Investigator), Williams A (Co-investigator), Nekolaichuk C (Co-investigator), Fainsinger R (Co-investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Cooper D (Co-investigator), Quinlan E (Co-investigator), MacLean R (Co-investigator), Hallstrom L (Co-investigator), Ghosh S (Co-investigator). Living with Hope: Evaluation of a patient centered hope intervention for persons receiving palliative home care, Operating bridge funding, for non-funded CIHR grants University of Alberta. Total: $40,000.00 for 2012-07 to 2012-08

Davison B (Principal Investigator), Gutwin C (Co-investigator), Szafron M (Co-investigator), Visvanathan K (Co-investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Racine L (Co-investigator). Profiling patient’s preferences to facilitate treatment decision making, Canada’s Motorcycle Ride for DAD. Total: $42,896.00 for 2011-11 to 2013-02

Holtslander L (Principal Investigator). Proposal Development Assistance, $750, , September 2011, University of Saskatchewan, V-P Research. Total: $750.00 for 2011-06 to 2011-09

Bally J (Principal Investigator), Holtslander L (Co-principal Investigator), Duggleby W (Co-investigator), Spurr S (Co-investigator), Mpofu C (Co-investigator), Thomas-Maclean R (Co-investigator), Wright K (Co-investigator). The Hope Experience of Parental Caregivers of Children Undergoing Cancer Treatment, CANO/ACIO (Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Association Canadienne des Infirmiries en Oncologie). Total: $5,000.00 for 2011 to 2013

Thomas-MacLean R (Co-principal Investigator), Quinlan E (Co-principal Investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Kalyn B (Co-investigator), Kowalski K (Co-investigator), McMullen L (Co-investigator), Nicol J (Co-investigator), Teucher U (Co-investigator). Creative practices for people with cancer (CP4PC), SHRF Phase I Group Grant. Total: $60,000.00 for 2011 to 2013

Holtslander L (Principal Investigator). University Publications Fund Award, Article Preparation University of Saskatchewan. Total: $1,000.00 for 2010

Holtslander L (Principal Investigator), Stamler L (Co-investigator). Group Interviews of Parents and Service Providers, Phase 2, Application of user-centered participatory design research in the development of an online intervention to provide social support to parents of adolescents with diabetes Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Total: $8,468.00 for 2009 to 2010

Holtslander L (Principal Investigator), Duggleby W (Co-investigator), Teucher U (Co-investigator). Developing a psychosocial “finding balance” intervention for older adults who are bereaved caregivers of a palliative cancer patient, New Investigator Establishment Grant Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. Total: $70,842.00 for 2009-09 to 2012-06

Duggleby W (Co-principal Investigator), Goodridge D (Co-principal Investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Leis A (Co-investigator), Gjevre J (Co-investigator), Popkin D (Co-investigator), Thomas-McLean R (Co-investigator), Quinlan L (Co-investigator), Teucher U (Co-investigator), Racine L (Co-investigator), Baydala A (Co-investigator), Saul G (Co-investigator), Bourassa C (Co-investigator), Hampton M (Co-investigator), Cooper D (Co-investigator), Wright K (Co-investigator). Quality End of Life Research Group, Foundation Group Development Grant Saskatchewan Health Research. Total: $100,000.00 for 2009 to 2011

Duggleby W (Principal Investigator), Williams A (Co-principal Investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Popkin D (Co-investigator), Cooper D (Co-investigator), Thomas R (Co-investigator), Hampton M (Co-investigator). Living with Hope: Developing a Psychosocial Supportive Program for Rural Older Women Caregivers of Spouses with Advanced Cancer, Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Total: $244,719.00 for 2008-09 to 2011-08