College of Nursing

Faculty & Staff

Lorraine Holtslander
Associate Professor

Office: E4216 Health Sciences, Saskatoon
Phone: (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.


Holtslander, L., Bally, J., & Steeves, M. (accepted June, 2010). 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, 26 pages.

Duggleby, W., Holtslander, L., & Steeves, M. (accepted January 27, 2010). Discursive meaning of hope for older persons with advanced cancer and their caregivers. Canadian Journal of Aging. 18 pages.

Holtslander, L., & McMillan, S. (accepted Nov 29, 2009). Depressive symptoms, grief, and complicated grief among family caregivers of advanced cancer patients at 3 months after bereavement. Oncology Nursing Forum, 24 pages.

Duggleby, W., Holtslander, L., Kylma, J., Duncan, V., & Hammond, C. (2010). 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 Aging22 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, 34 - 36.

Holtslander, L. & Duggleby, W. (2009). The hope experience of older bereaved women who cared for a spouse with terminal cancer. Qualitative Health Research, 19, 388-400.

Holtslander, L., & Duggleby, W. (2008). An inner struggle for hope: Insights from the diaries of bereaved caregivers. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 14(10), 478-484.

Holtslander, L. (2008). Ways of knowing hope: Carper's fundamental patterns as a guide for hope research with bereaved palliative caregivers. Nursing Outlook, 56(1), 25-30.

Holtslander, L. (2008). Caring for bereaved family caregivers: Analyzing the context of care. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 12(3), 501-506.

Duggleby, W., Degner, L., Williams, A., Wright, K., Cooper, D., Popkin, D., & Holtslander, L. (2007). Living with Hope: Initial evaluation of a Psychosocial Hope Intervention for Older Palliative Home Care Patients. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 33(3), 247-257.

Duggleby, W., Wright, K., Williams, A., Degner, L., Cammer, A., & Holtslander, L. (2007). Developing and pilot testing a "Living with Hope" program for family caregivers of terminally ill cancer patients. Journal of Palliative Care. 23(1), 24-31.

Holtslander, L., Duggleby, W., Williams, A. W., & Wright, K. (2005). The experience of hope for informal caregivers of palliative patients. Journal of Palliative Care, 21(4), 285-292.


Holtslander, L. Saskatchewan PI (2010-2011). $50,000. in Duggleby, W. (PI), Williams, A. (co-PI), Cooper, D., Hampton, M., Holtslander, L., Popkin, D., Thomas-MacLean, R., & Willson, D. Living with hope: Developing a psychosocial supportive program for rural older women caregivers of spouses with advanced cancer, 2008-2011, $244,719 CIHR Operating Grant.

Holtslander, L. (2010). University Publications Fund Award – Article Preparation, $1000, University of Saskatchewan.

Holtslander, L., Duggleby, W., & Teucher, U. Developing a psychosocial “finding balance” intervention for older adults who are bereaved caregivers of a palliative cancer patient. Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation New Investigator Establishment Grant, $70,842, (09/2009 to 08/2011).

Quinlan, L., Thomas-MacLean, R., Duggleby, W., & Holtslander, L. (2009). Improving the end of life experience through yoga, $3000, Quality End of Life Research Group Pilot funding award.

Goodridge, D., & Holtslander, L. (2009). The nature and correlates of home care services provided to persons with advanced chronic illness, $3000, QEOL Research Group Pilot Funding Awards.

Holtslander, L., Duggleby, W., & Teucher, U. Developing a psychosocial “finding balance” intervention for older adults who are bereaved caregivers of a palliative cancer patient. Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation New Investigator Establishment Grant. $70,842 (09/2009 to 08/2011))

Holtslander, L. (PI). Stamler, L. (2009-2010). Group Interviews of Parents and Service Providers, Phase 2, $8468.80 in Paterson, B., Amirault, D., Gutwin, C., Holtslander, L., Letourneau, N., Mandryk, R., Nicholas, D., Stamler, L. (2009-2011). Application of user-centered participatory design research in the development of an online intervention to provide social support to parents of adolescents with diabetes, $91,288, Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Duggleby, W. (co-PI), Goodridge, D. (co-PI), Leis, A., Gjevre, J., Popkin, D., Thomas-McLean, R., Quinlan, L., Teucher, U., Holtslander, L., Racine, L., Baydala, A., Saul, G., Bourassa, C., Hampton, M., Cooper, D., & Wright, K. (2009-2011). Quality End of Life Research Group, $100,000, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Group Development Grant.

Holtslander, L. (2009). Research Fellowship: A finding balance intervention for bereaved caregivers, $23,000, Oncology Nursing Society Foundation.

Duncan, V., & Holtslander, L. (2009). Exploring the information seeking behaviour of fourth year nursing students at the University of Saskatchewan, $4000, Dean’s Research Fund, University of Saskatchewan Library.