Sessional Assistant Professor of Nursing
Office
Neufeld Science Centre, Langley/BC
Phone
+1 (604) 513-2121 ext. 3243

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Biography

 “I believe that nursing is an opportunity to go into the Deep—to encounter the self, the other, and the divine.  It is an occasion for healing, wholeness, and holiness.”

Dorolen Wolfs joined the TWU School of Nursing faculty in 2014.  She is dedicated to creating a learning environment that supports students to discover their strengths and unique purposes within nursing.  She is committed to challenging and equipping students to grow into compassionate, competent, courageous nurses. 

In addition to teaching courses related to professional practice, Dorolen Wolfs has ongoing work in curriculum development and evaluation (she developed curriculum for N224: Evidence-Informed Practice and N424: Professional Ethics). 

Dorolen’s scholarship interest centres on the intersection of nursing values and Christian theology.  Drawing on her interest in the theological foundations of nursing and her thesis research on the history of nursing’s professional and public identity, Dorolen seeks to discover how faith and nursing practice can challenge and give life to each other.

Research & Scholarship

Education

  • Bachelor Science in Nursing, University College of the Fraser Valley, Chilliwack, BC, Canada (2001)
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC, Canada (2011)

Awards & Honors

2011    Master of Science Outstanding Graduate Award; TWU

2011    B.C. History of Nursing Scholarship Award

2011    National Writing Prize; Margaret Allemang Society for the History of Nursing

2010    MSN Achievement Award; TWU

Recent Publications

THESIS

Wolfs, D. (2011). Self-Expressed Identity of British Columbian Nurses Who Commenced Their Careers in the WWII and Post-WWII Eras [1938-1953]: A Historical Inquiry. (Unpublished master’s thesis). Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Langley, BC. Canada.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Reimer-Kirkham, S., Sharma, S., Grypma, S., Pesut, B., Sawatzky, R., & Wolfs, D. (2017). The elephant on the table: Religious and ethnic diversity in home health services. Journal of Religion and Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10943-017-0489-7

Wolfs, D. (2015). [Review of the book Mothering Mennonite, by R. E. Buller & K. Fast (Eds.)]. Roots and Branches: Periodical of the Mennonite Historical Society of BC, 4, 23-24.

Wolfs, D., & Grypma, S. (2013). In Retrospect: Selflessness and nursing. Journal of Christian Nursing, 30(3).

Grypma, S., Wolfs, D., & Reimer-Kirkham, S. (2012). Returning home: Historical influences in home healthcare in Canada. Home Healthcare Nurse, 30(8). 453-460. DOI:10.1097/NHH.0b013e3182650142

Wolfs, D. (2012). (Extra)ordinary leaders: Nurses who have carved out an influence (Part II). Margaret M. Allemang Society for the History of Nursing (summer newsletter), 1-6.

Wolfs, D. (2012) (Extra)ordinary leaders: Nurses who have carved out an influence (Part I). Margaret M. Allemang Society for the History of Nursing (spring newsletter), 1-9.

CONFERENCES

Wolfs, D. The good, the bad, and the ugly: A reflection on selflessness in nursing. (October 31-November 2, 2016). Paper presented at the 2nd Critical Perspectives in Nursing and Health Care International Conference, University of Sydney, Australia.

Wolfs, D. Cultivating generosity: A reflection on selflessness in nursing. (November 6, 2015). Paper presented at the Faith & Nursing Symposium, Langley, Canada.

Wolfs, D., Chan, E., Wang, S., Harding, W., Shearer, K., & Sawatzky, R. (November 6, 2015) Collaborative knowledge synthesis: How multiple perspectives shaped a project along the way. Poster presented at the Faith & Nursing Symposium, Langley, Canada.

Wang, S., Sawatzky, R., Chan, E.C.K., Wolfs, D., Harding, W., on behalf of the PROMs and PREMs Knowledge Synthesis team, (September 27-29, 2015).  Patient Reported Outcome/Experience Measures for Elderly Patients in Acute Care.  Poster presented at the 3rd Annual TVN Conference, Toronto, ON.

Chan, E.K.H., Sawatzky, R., Gadermann, A. M., PREMs PROMs Knowledge Synthesis Team. (October, 2015). PROMs and PREMs for Elderly Patients in Acute Care and Their Families: An EMPRO Evaluation. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of the International Society for Quality of Life Research, Vancouver, Canada.

Chan, E. K. H., Sawatzky, R., Dixon, D., Wolfs, D. M., Gadermann, A. M., & PROM-PREM Knowledge Synthesis Team. (October, 2014, accepted).  Bibliometric analysis of PROMs and PREMs for elderly patients in acute care.  Paper to be presented at the 21st Annual Conference of the International Society for Quality of Life Research, Berlin, Germany.   

Wolfs, D., Chan, E., Wang, S., Harding, W., Shearer, K., & Sawatzky, R. (September 21-23, 2014). Collaborative knowledge synthesis: How multiple perspectives shaped a project along the way. Poster presented at the 2nd Annual Conference on Improving Care for the Frail Elderly, Toronto, Canada.

Sawatzky, R., Chan, E. K. H., Dixon, D., Wolfs, D. M., Gadermann, A. M., Cohen, S. R., & PROM-PREM Knowledge Synthesis Team. (submitted).  Patient- and family-reported outcome and experience measures for seriously ill elderly patients.  Abstract submitted to the 20th International Congress on Palliative Care, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  

Reimer-Kirkham, S., Cochrane, M., & Wolfs, D. (May, 2012). Across the threshold: Religious, spiritual, and cultural plurality in home health. Concurrent paper, Faith & Nursing Symposium, Trinity Western University, Langley, B.C.

Cochrane, M., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Edmond, A., Wolfs, D., Grypma, S., Pesut, B., & Sawatzky, R. (February, 2012). Across the threshold: Religious, spiritual, and cultural plurality in home health. Ethel Johns Research Forum, Vancouver, B.C.

Wolfs, D. (March 31, 2011). (Extra)ordinary Leaders: Nurses Who Have Carved Out an Influence. ‘Engendered Lives’ Graduate Student Symposium; Gender Studies Institute, Trinity Western University.

Cochrane, M., Wolfs, D., & Reimer-Kirkham, S. (October 2010). Ethical spaces: Considering methodological implications of conducting research in home health settings. International Qualitative Research Methodologies, Vancouver, B.C.

Courses Taught

NURS 124: Communication and Covenantal Caring

NURS 332: Nursing Research

NURS 351: Community Mental Health Clinical

NURS 318/466: Community Health Clinical

NURS 437: Nursing Theories and Issues

NURS 424: Professional Ethics

NURS 443: Preceptorship