Ryan Wilson

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Nursing
Email: ryan.wilson@ubc.ca


Research Summary

Dr. Wilson's research is focused on two areas of Self-Care in Atrial Fibrillation: 1) Before diagnosis-To build capacity among adults to perceive, evaluate and respond to their symptoms leading to early treatment-seeking and care; 2) Post Diagnosis-To enhancing patients' self-care and management of their AF and its related symptoms following an AF diagnosis. Cardiovascular diseases; Health Promotion; Patient‐Oriented Research; AF Self-Care and Education; Primary Care, Diagnosis Medical; Aging

Courses & Teaching

Nursing 326: Health and Healing III- Evidence-informed assessment and management of complex health challenges in both episodic and chronic illness utilizing a case study approach.
Nursing 421: Complex Health Challenges / Capstone Course- This course is designed to prepare fourth year nursing students for the NCLEX examination and transition into the new graduate nursing role.

Biography

Dr. Wilson began his Nursing career in 2002; a graduate of Selkirk College in Castlegar BC. He relocated to Kelowna to complete his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at UBC Okanagan. Clinically, Dr. Wilson worked in the Emergency Room in Kelowna General Hospital, where he developed a keen interest in Cardiovascular care; in particular the management of Atrial Fibrillation. Dr. Wilson started his Master of Science in Nursing in 2010, transferring into the PhD program at UBC Okanagan in 2013. His PhD work further developed his interest in AF care, exploring the Symptom Experience of Patients with new-onset AF, aimed at understanding how individuals perceive, evaluate, and respond to their AF symptoms. From this work, he created the Symptom Experience of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation (SEAF) model. Dr. Wilson started a Post-Doctoral Fellow in 2019 and continues to build upon his dissertation work, investigating new ways in which to improve self-care for those with AF from a patient-orientated perspective. This work aims to change outcomes for patients with AF, in terms of reducing strokes (early treatment-seeking), decreasing hospital utilization (educate clients to have an AF plan), improve QOL, and decrease psychological distress associated with AF symptoms.

Dr. Wilson is Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) students. Please send an email to ryan.wilson@ubc.ca if you would like to discuss potential student research projects or research collaboration in the areas of AF Self-Care and Education; Cardiovascular diseases; Health Promotion; Patient‐Oriented Research; Primary Care, Diagnosis Medical; and Aging

Degrees

PhD University of British Columbia, 2019
BsN University of British Columbia, 2008
RN Diploma Selkirk College, 2002

Research Interests & Projects

  1. Symptom Self-Screening in AF
  2. Self-care in AF in the pre and post-diagnosis period
  3. The Virtual Atrial Fibrillation Clinic: Improving Specialty Care Delivery in Rural Communities
  4. CARdiac and MENtal Health through Technology (CARMEN-T)

Selected Publications & Presentations

Publications

  1. Wilson, R., Rush, K. L., Hatt, L., Reid, R. C, & Laberge, C. G. (2020). The Symptom Experience of Patients With Atrial Fibrillation Before Their Initial Diagnosis. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 35: 347-357.
  2. RE Wilson, KL Rush, RC Reid, CG Laberge. (2020). Gender and the Symptom Experience before an Atrial Fibrillation Diagnosis. Western Journal of Nursing Research. In Press.
  3. Wilson, R., Rush, K., Reid, R. C, & Laberge, C. G. (2020). The Symptom Experience of Early and Late Treatment Seekers before an Atrial Fibrillation Diagnosis. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 1474515120952220
  4. Rush KL, Burton L, Ollivier R, Wilson R, Loewen P, Janke R, Schaab K, Lukey A, Galloway C. (2019). Transitions in atrial fibrillation care: A Systematic review. Heart, Lung and Circulation.
  5. Rush, K. L., Hatt, L., Shay, M., Gorman, N., Laberge, C. G., Reid, R. C., & Wilson, R. (2017). The Stressors and Coping Strategies of Older Adults with Persistent Atrial Fibrillation Prior to and Following Direct Current Cardioversion.Journal of Applied Gerontology. 36(9): 1145-1165.
  6. Rush, K.L., Wilson, R., Costigan, J., Donnelly, S., & Bannerman, M. (2016). Connecting Intentional Learning and Cardiac Specialty Practice: The Experiences of Bachelor of Science in Nursing Students. Nurse Education in Practice. 20: 23-30.

Presentations

  1. Strumpel, C., Wilson, R. E,. (2020). Enhancing Critical Thinking in Nursing Students through the use of Intentional Learning Activities. 8th International Nurse Education Conference, Spain (Conference Cancelled due to Covid)
  2. Wilson, R. E,. Rush, K. L., Hatt, L, Reid, R. C, & Laberge, C. G. (2019). The Symptom Experience of Patients in the Pre-Diagnostic period of Atrial Fibrillation.Canadian Cardiovascular Congress
  3. Wilson, R. E,. Rush, K. L., Hatt, L, Reid, R. C, & Laberge, C. G. (2018). Early Versus Late Treatment Seeking in Atrial Fibrillation. Canadian Cardiovascular Congress

Dr. RE Wilson Google Scholar page for up to date references

Selected Grants & Awards

Granting Subject Year Principal Co-Investigator(s)
Agency     Investigator  
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Project) The Virtual Atrial Fibrillation Clinic: Improving Specialty Care Delivery in Rural Communities July 2016-March- 2021 Rush, K.L. Andrade, J, Eves, N., Jackson, H., Loewen, P., O’Connor, B., Wilson, R.
Institute of Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention Psychological Distress and Self-management in Older Adults with Persistent Atrial Fibrillation Feb 2013- Jan 2014 Rush, K.L, Laberge, C. (Co-PI) E. Taylor, C. Reid, L. Hatt, N. Gorman, R. Wilson

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

  • British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals
  • Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of British Columbia
  • Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS)
  • Canadian Heart Rhythm Society (CHRS)
  • Canadian Heart Failure Society (CHFS)

 

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