Rose G Steele


Locations / Contact Info:

342 HNES
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 40556

Email address(es):

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Nursing


Registered General Nurse - 1977
Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Registered Nurse - 1981
College of Nurses of Ontario
Toronto, ON

BScN - 1991
Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON

MSc - 1994
Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON

PhD - 1999
School of Nursing, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Selected Publications


Robinson, C. A., Steele, R., Widger, K. A., & Robinson, M. (February, 2018). Families in palliative and end-of-life care. In J. R. Kaakinen, D. P. Coehlo, R. Steele, & M. Robinson (Eds.), Family health care nursing: Theory, practice, and research (6th ed.; pp. 279-322). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.

Steele, R., & Davies, B. (February, 2016). Supporting families in palliative care. In B. R. Ferrell & N. Coyle (Eds.), Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association Palliative Nursing Manuals: Social aspects of care (pp. 51-72). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Steele, R., & Widger, K. (September, 2015). Theoretical perspectives on pediatric palliative care. In B. P. Black, P. M. Wright, & R. Limbo (Eds.), Perinatal and pediatric bereavement (pp. 205-222). New York: Springer.

Steele, R., & Davies, B. (Jan., 2015). Supporting families in palliative care. In B. R. Ferrell & N. Coyle (Eds.), Oxford textbook of palliative nursing (4th ed.; pp. 500-514. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Steele, R., Robinson, C. A., & Widger, K. A. (June, 2014). Families and palliative/end-of-life care. In J. Kaakinen, D. P. Coehlo, R. Steele, A. Tabacco, & S. M. H. Hanson (Eds.), Family health care nursing: Theory, practice & research (5th ed.; pp. 277-320). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

Widger, K., Cadell, S., Davies, B., Steele, R., Siden, H., & Wilson, K. (2012). Pediatric care in Canada. In C. Knapp, S. Fowler-Kerry, & V. Madden (Eds.), Pediatric palliative care: Global persepctives (pp. 301-321). New York: Springer.


Eaton Russell, C., Widger, K., Beaune, L., Neville, A., Cadell, S., Steele, R., Rapoport, A., Rugg, M., & Barrera, M. (March, 2018). Sibling’s perspectives: A prospective investigation of experiences with a dying child. Death Studies, 42(3), 184-194. doi:10.1080/07481187.2017.1334009

Steele, R., Davies, B., & Krueger, G. (March, 2018). What would be really helpful but nobody ever tells you: Five key recommendations derived from lessons learned during a qualitative study in clinical settings. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 50(1), 37-44. doi:10.1177/0844562117747185

Tatla, S. K., Holsti, L., Andrews, G. S., Feichtinger, L., Steele, R., & Siden, H. (December, 2017). Charting the Territory: Describing the functional abilities of children with progressive neurological conditions. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 71(2017), 191-199. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2017.10.00

Friedrichsdorf, S. J., Postier, A. C., Andrews, G. S., Hamre, K. E. S., Steele, R., & Siden, H. (July, 2017). Pain reporting and analgesia management in 270 children with a progressive neurologic, metabolic or chromosomally based condition with impairment of the central nervous system: Cross-sectional, baseline results from an observational, longitudinal study. Journal of Pain Research, 10, 1841-1852. doi:10.2147/JPR.S138153

Davies, B., Steele, R., Krueger, G., Albersheim, S., Baird, J., Bifirie, M., Cadell, S., Doane, S., Garga, D., Siden, H., Strahlendorf, C., & Zhou, Y. (February, 2017). Best practices in provider/parent interaction. Qualitative Health Research, 27(3), 406-420. doi:10.1177/1049732316664712

Stephenson, E., DeLongis, A., Steele, R., Cadell, S., Andrews, G., & Siden, H. (January, 2017). Siblings of children with a complex chronic health condition: Maternal posttraumatic growth as a predictor of changes in child behavior problems. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 42(1), 104-113. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsw053

Siden, H., & Steele, R. (April, 2015). Charting the Territory: Children and families living with progressive life-threatening conditions. Paediatrics & Child Health, 20(3), 139-144.

Widger, K., Tourangeau, A., Steele, R., & Streiner, D. (January, 2015). Initial development and psychometric testing of an instrument to measure the quality of children’s end-of-life care. BMC Palliative Care, 14:1, 8pp. doi:10.1186/1472-684X-14-1

Jonas-Simpson, C., Steele, R., Granek, L., Davies, B., & O’Leary, J. (April, 2015). Always with me: Understanding experiences of bereaved children whose baby sibling died. Death Studies. doi:

Other Research Outputs

2016-present: Editor, Canadian Journal of Nursing Research.

Editor. In J. Rowe Kaakinen, D. Coehlo, R. Steele, & M. Robinson (Eds.), Family health care nursing: Theory, practice and research (6th ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis. Published February, 2018.

Editor, In J. Rowe Kaakinen, A. Tabacco, D. Coehlo, R. Steele, & S. Hanson (Eds.), Family health care nursing: Theory, practice and research (5th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. Published July, 2014.

Currently, Manuscript Reviewer: Death Studies, Journal of Pediatric Nursing; Nursing Inquiry; Palliative Medicine.

June-Sept. 2017: International Reviewer, Grant Proposal; Consolidator Grant 2017 Call; European Research Council.

May 2015:  Reviewer, Grant Proposals; Collaborative Research Grant Competition 2015; Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, BC, Canada.

May 2015:  Reviewer, Grant Proposal; Establishment Grant Program; Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, SK, Canada.

March -  Fall 2015:  Researcher Member; Knowledge Synthesis Grant Peer Review Committee, spring 2015; Canadian Institutes of Health Research.



Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP)
Co-mentor in the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP) for Dr. Kim Widger, RN, PhD, CHPCN(C), Assistant Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto; other co-mentor: Dr. Jennifer Stinson, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. Dr. Widger was awarded $70,000 per annum for a maximum period of 4 years, from April 1, 2014 until March 21, 2018. The CCHCSP provides support for highly qualified child health clinician candidates to develop their requisite knowledge and skills for a career as an independent scientist in child health research. Trainees engage in research training and a core curriculum in one of the participating Child Health Research Training Centres of the CCHCSP. Research training is supervised by a research mentor and advisory committee and is structured to facilitate excellence in research with an interdisciplinary focus. As her co-mentor, I am required to attend the CCHCSP National Symposia yearly for the term of the award.

International Workgroup (IWG) on Death, Dying and Bereavement
The IWG, a non-profit organization, supports leaders in the field of death, dying and bereavement in their efforts to stimulate and enhance innovative ideas, research, and practice. As a member, I am expected to show leadership in pediatric palliative care research.

Canadian Journal of Nursing Research
Editor: I handle manuscripts in my area of expertise from submission through decision-making about publication.

Graduate Department of Nursing Science, University of Toronto
Associate (Restricted) Graduate Faculty Membership as of January 2018. I am a member of the PhD committee for Joanne Tay.


Canadian Virtual Hospice
Professional, researcher; videotaped about pediatric palliative care. Reports from various partners indicated that the videos had: changed practice, been embedded in professional development modules and other training initiatives, provided support to families and been shared on Youtube and Facebook. Since 2009, traffic to Virtual Hospice has increased by 300% - the viewership for the videos is broad and varied (patients, families and other support networks, health providers, researchers, educator, volunteers, students and more) – and growing.


Nursing Students Association of York Faculty Award, IEN - 2017

Joint Sabbatical Leave Fellowship - 2013

YUFA Merit Award - 2011

YUFA Merit Award - 2010

YUFA Merit Award - 2009

YUFA Merit Award - 2008


Currently available to supervise graduate students: No

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: No

Current Research


Member of a CIHR-funded New Emerging Team in pediatric palliative care since 2004. The team's mandate includes fostering interdisciplinary research in this emerging area of health care. We continue to work together on multiple projects. Qualitative and/or quantitative approaches are used within research studies depending on the research question.

Currently conducting a scoping review about symptoms in children with rare, progressive disorders.


Research Projects

A scoping review to examine the extent and quality of literature on symptoms in children with rare, progressive disorders
Role: CoInvestigator
Amount funded: $50000
Year Funded: 2014
Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Development of a conceptual framework for quality of life in children with medical complexity nearing end of life
Role: CoInvestigator
Amount funded: $14,128
Year Funded: 2017
Duration: 1
Funded by: York University

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Rose G Steele