Donna Wilson is a Registered Nurse, who has just retired from being a Full Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta.
She started nursing after getting a 3-year nursing diploma from the Royal Alexandra Hospital School of Nursing in Edmonton (1976). She went on to get a Baccalaureate in Nursing degree from the University of Alberta (1981), a Master of Science in Nursing degree majoring in gerontology and healthcare management from the University of Texas at Austin (1985), and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Administration majoring in management, teaching, and research from the University of Alberta (1993). Donna has worked as a staff nurse, nursing supervisor, senior hospital administrator, media commentator, educator, researcher, and professor in Alberta, British Columbia, New Zealand, and Texas, as well as unpaid positions in Ireland, Belgium, and England. Donna’s program of research focuses on health services and health policy, primarily in relation to aging, ageism, and end-of-life care, including bereavement. Much of her research is oriented to myth busting.