Frances Fothergill-Bourbonnais
Frances Fothergill-Bourbonnais
Emeritus Professor

1990 Ph.D. Nursing King's College, University of London, England
1979 M.Sc.N. Nursing Dalhousie University, Halifax
1976 B.Sc.N. Nursing University of Toronto
1968 R.N. Nursing Montreal General Hospital


Dr. Frances Fothergill Bourbonnais was a full professor in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences. She joined the university in 1976 and has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level.   Her teaching has been in the area of life threatening and complex health problems.  Her research has centered on pain assessment of patients as well as various aspects of intensive care nursing such as Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy. Frances’ research has also focused on palliative care including an exploration of the learning needs of nursing students and educators related to palliative care. She continues to be the co-director of the Nursing Palliative Care Research Education Unit of the Faculty of Health Sciences. Frances has supervised numerous thesis students using qualitative research methods, particularly phenomenology.

Research interests

  • Qualitative research
  • Pain and symptom assessment and management in palliative care
  • Family assessment mechanisms
  • Strategies to facilitate care of patients with HIV/AIDS
  • Aspects of critical care nursing