Faculty Lecturer

ART 165
phone: 2508078010


Mr. Ryan Wilson is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies program at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus. The focus of his PhD research is the symptom experiences of patients with new onset atrial fibrillation. Ryan’s interest in cardiovascular research stems from his emergency room nursing background, where he he spent 10 years practicing.


PhD, IGS (fast-track), University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus – in progress
MSN, University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus – in progress
BScN, University of British Columbia Okanagan campus – 2007
Emergency Room Theory, British Columbia Institute of Technology- 2005
Diploma in Nursing, Selkirk College – 2002


Ryan Wilson is conducting research as part of his doctoral work at UBC Okanagan entitled, “The Symptom Experience in Patients with New Onset Atrial Fibrillation.” His supervisor is Dr. Kathy Rush. This study has been designed to understand the patient’s symptom experience in the pre-diagnostic phase. He is interested in learning more about how patients perceive, evaluate and respond to symptoms. Findings will inform the development of a tool to measure dimensions of the symptom experience that can be used by clinicians to promote earlier AF detection and treatment.

He is also involved in research related to atrial fibrillation management and psychological distress associated with awaiting cardioversion. Dr. Kathy Rush is the primary investigator on this project and he is one of the co-investigators. Ryan’s role in this project included proposal development, data collection, data analysis, presentations, abstract development and manuscript development. Along with Dr. Rush and the other c0-investigators, a manuscript was published from this work in August, 2015.

A final recent research project was focused on understanding the experiences of nursing students participating in a consolidated practice experience (CPE) on cardiac medical and surgical units. Dr. Kathy Rush was the primary investigator and Ryan was a co-investigator on this project. Ryan was involved in the proposal writing, analysis and the creation of a manuscript. A secondary interest in this project was exploring the use of intentional learning in clinical practice. Data collection and analysis are complete. A manuscript is awaiting final preparation for publication.


Rush, K. L., Hatt, L., Shay, M., Gorman, N., Laberge, C. G., Reid, R. C., & Wilson, R. (2015). The Stressors and Coping Strategies of Older Adults With Persistent Atrial Fibrillation Prior to and Following Direct Current Cardioversion. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 0733464815608495.

Manuscripts in Preparation
Wilson, R., & Rush, K.L. Patient delay among cardiac populations:  A conceptual analysis. For submission to Nursing Forum. (Target Date: November, 2015)

Rush, K.L., Costigan, J., Wilson, R., Donnelly, S., & Bannerman, M. BSN Students’ Experiences of Connecting Intentional Learning and Cardiac Specialty Practice:  A Qualitative Descriptive Study. For submission to Nurse Education in Practice. (Target Date: July 2015)

Conference presentations
Shay, M., Rush, K.L., Hatt, L., Gorman, N., Wilson, R., & Laberge, C. (June 5-7 2014). Psychological Distress in Older Adults with Atrial Fibrillation.  Poster presented at Canadian Psychological Association 75th Annual Convention, Vancouver, British Columbia.