Schiller, Dr. Catharine

Catharine J. Schiller
PhD (University of Northern British Columbia, JD Western University), MSc (University of Toronto), BScN (Ryerson University) Assistant Professor Coordinator, Undergraduate Nursing Programs
Email: Phone:
  • Prince George


Dr. Schiller is licensed as a practicing Registered Nurse and non-practicing Lawyer in British Columbia, and as a non-practicing Registered Nurse in Ontario.

Dr. Schiller is currently the Coordinator, Undergraduate Nursing Programs for the University of Northern British Columbia School of Nursing. She is also an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, teaching both undergraduate and graduate degree nursing students about healthcare law, bioethics, and nursing leadership. Dr. Schiller completed her PhD (Health Sciences) at the University of Northern British Columbia with a dissertation focus on medication errors committed by undergraduate nursing students. Dr. Schiller's past experience includes her practice as a Registered Nurse at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and as a Lawyer in the health law department of a large Toronto law firm where she regularly advised hospitals and their nursing staff on various professional responsibility, privacy, contractual and risk management issues. She has also acted as an Investigator for The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and as In-House Legal Counsel for Trillium HealthCentre and 3M Canada.

Research and Expertise

Research Fields:
  • Ethics
  • Health
  • Rural Health Services
Areas of Expertise:

Medical assistance in dying, fibromyalgia, nursing regulation, concept analysis, nursing jurisprudence, medication errors, healthcare law and ethics, nursing standards of practice.

Languages Spoken:
  • English
Currently accepting graduate students
Supervises in:
  • MScN: FNP
  • MScN: Thesis
  • MScN: Project

MScN Thesis, FNP and Project

Available to be contacted by the media as a subject matter expert

Selected Publications

Koopmans, E., & Schiller, C. J. (2022). Understanding causation in healthcare: An introduction to critical realism. Qualitative Health Research. Advance online publication.

Leslie, K., Schiller, C., & Raby, M. (2022). Legal and ethical dimensions of clinical instruction. In S. Melrose & B. Perry (Eds.), Clinical teaching in Canadian nursing (pp. 134-149). Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.

Pesut, B., Thorne, S., Wright, D. K., Schiller, C., Huggins, M., Puurveen, G., & Chambaere, K. (2021, November 4). Navigating medical assistance in dying from Bill C-14 to Bill C-7: A qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research, 21. Article 1195.

Pesut, B., Thorne, S., Schiller, C., Greig, M., Roussel, J., & Tishelman, C. (2020). Constructing good nursing practice for medical assistance in dying in Canada: An interpretive descriptive study. Global Qualitative Nursing Research, 7. Advance online publication.

Schiller, C., Pammett, R., & Patterson, K. (2020). Medication administration and provision of nutritional support. In J. Webster, C. Sanders, S. Ricci, T. Kyle, & S. Carman (Eds.), Canadian maternity and pediatric nursing (2nd ed., p. 1254-1288). Wolters Kluwer.

Pesut, B., Thorne, S., Schiller, C. J., Greig, M., Roussel, J. (2020). The rocks and hard places of MAiD: A qualitative study of nursing practice in the context of legislated assisted death. BMC Nursing, 19. Advance online publication. Retrieved from

Banner, D., Schiller, C. J., & Freeman, S. (2019, October). Medical assistance in dying: A political issue for nurses and nursing in Canada. Nursing Philosophy, 20(4). Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/nup.12281

Schiller, C. J., Pesut, B., Roussel, J., & Greig. M. (2019). But it’s legal, isn’t it? Law and ethics in nursing practice related to medical assistance in dying. Nursing Philosophy. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/nup.12277

Pesut, B., Thorne, S., Stager, M. L., Schiller, C. J., Penney, C., Hoffman, C., Greig, M., & Roussel, J. (2019, May 6). Medical assistance in dying: A review of Canadian nursing regulatory documents. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/1527154419845407

Banner, D., Freeman, S., Kandola, D., Meikle, M., Russell, B., Sommerfeld, A., Flood, D., & Schiller, C. J. (2019). Community perspectives on end-of-life preparedness. Death Studies, 43(4), 211-223. doi:10.1080/07481187.2018.1446060

Hanson, S. E., MacLeod, M., & Schiller, C. J. (2018, April). “It’s complicated”: Staff nurse perceptions of their influence on nursing students’ learning. Nurse Education Today, 63, 76-80.

Schiller, C. J. (2018, April/June). Teaching concept analysis to graduate nursing students. Nursing Forum, 53(2), 248-254. doi:10.1111/nuf.12233

Schiller, C. J. (2017, October). Medical assistance in dying in Canada: Focus on rural communities. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 13(9), 628-634.

Schiller, C. J. (2016, April). Critical realism in nursing: An emerging approach. Nursing Philosophy, 17(2), 88-102. doi:10.1111/nup.12107

Schiller, C. J. (2015, January). Self-regulation of the nursing profession: Focus on four Canadian provinces. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 5(1), 95-106. doi:10.5430/jnep.v5n1p95

Curriculum Vitae

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