Except for the first 2 years of Gwen’s nursing career at the R.W. Large Memorial Hospital, Waglisla, BC, Gwen’s clinical and research career has been in pediatric cardiology, with a focus on parenting.

A common theme was the parents’ description of their antenatel decisions as their first parenting decisions

Rempel, G., Cender, L. M., Lynam, M. J., Sandor, G. G., & Farquharson, D. (2004). Parents’ perspectives on decision making after antenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 33(1), 64-70.


Gwen’s dissertation research was with parents of young children with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). Parenting for these parents was about safeguarding the precious survival of their child, themselves and their couple relationship.

Rempel, G., & Harrison, M. J. (2007). Safeguarding precarious survival: Parenting children who have life-threatening heart disease. Qualitative Health Research, 17(6), 824-837.


  • Ph.D. (Nursing) University of Alberta
  • MSN (Clinical Specialization) University of British Columbia
  • BSN University of British Columbia

Teaching & Learning Interests

  • Relationship-based parenting – Circle of Security ParentingTM
  • Philosophical foundations of nursing
  • Qualitative and mixed methods research methods

Scholarship and Research Interests

  • Parenting children with complex health issues
  • Resilience and attachment
  • Transition from pediatric to adult care

Professional Associations

  • College and Association of Registered Nurses
  • Society for Pediatric Cardiovascular Nurses
  • Women and Children’s Health Research Institute
  • International Institute of Qualitative Methodology (IIQM)

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