Academic Staff

Diana McMillan, RN, PhD
Associate Professor

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PhD, University of Washington
MN, University of Manitoba
BNSc, Queen's University
BA (Hons), Queen's University
 Specialty/Clinical/Teaching Areas

Research Interests: Sleep, sleep disturbance (especially in patients with advanced cancer, fibromyalgia, insomnia, and back pain), sleep health promotion interventions, acute and chronic pain, quality of life, coping, stress, heart rate variability.

Clinical Interests: Sleep, pain, adult medicine and surgery.

Teaching Areas: Physiological and acute care nursing, sleep, pain, coping, nursing theory, quantitative research methods.

 Recent Grants

Chau, A. & McMillan, D.E. Light therapy impact on sleep disturbance in intensive care patients. (Kathleen and Winnifred Ruane Graduate Student Research Grant for Nurses, $3,000, June, 2012).

McMillan, D.E. & Edwards, M.E. (Co-PI). Assessment, Contributing Factors, and Perceived Consequences of Sleep Health in Undergraduate Nursing Students. Endowment Fund, Faculty of Nursing, U of M. ($5,912, April 2011).

Benson, E. & McMillan, D.E. Warming gowns versus warm blankets on perioperative temperature and pain in total knee arthroscopy. (Fort Garry Branch Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Trust Fund Award, $3,000, June 2009).

Temple, B.A. (PI), Secco, L., Yu, C.T., McMillan, D.E. (Co-Applicant), Hill Kepron, E. Pain in people with developmental disabilities: A scoping review. Knowledge Synthesis Grant, Canadian Institute for Health Research ($39,685, March 2009)

Hamel, C. (PI), McMillan,D.E. , & Cerqueti, L. Psychometric Evaluation of the Pain Assessment in the Cognitively/Communicatively Impaired (PACCI) Tool. Riverview Health Centre Research Grant ($7,500, March 2008).

 Recent Publications

Temple, B., Dube, C, McMillan, D., Secco, L., Yu, D., Kepron, E. Dittberner, K., Ediger, J., & Vipond, G. (2012).  Pain in People with Developmental Disabilities: A Scoping Review. Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 18(1), 73-86.

Bokhari, F.N., McMillan, D.E., McClement, S., Daeninck, P.J. (2012). Pilot study of a survey to identify the prevalence and risk factors for chronic neuropathic pain in     women following breast cancer surgery. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39(2), E141-9.

Benson, E. McMillan, D.E., & Ong, W. (2012). Effects of patient controlled warming on patient temperature and pain after total knee arthroscopy. American Journal of Nursing, 107(44), 12-13.

McMillan, D.E., & Fallis, W.M. (2011). Benefits of night napping. Nursing Times, 107(44), 12-13.

Fallis, W.M., McMillan, D.E., & Edwards, M.P. (2011). Napping During Night Shift: Practices, Preferences, and Perceptions of Critical Care and Emergency Department Nurses, Critical Care Nurse. 31:e1-e11 doi:10.4037/ccn2011710.

Hearson, B., McClement, S., McMillan, D.E., & Harlos, M. (2011). Sleeping With One Eye Open: The sleep experience of family members providing palliative care at home. Journal of Palliative Care Nursing,27(2), 5-14.    

Mandzuk, L.L., McMillan, D.E., & Bohm, E.R. (2010). The Bone and Joint Decade in Canada: A Look Back and A Look Forward. International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing, 14, 12-17.

Wells, T., Sawatsky, J.V., & McMillan, D.E. (2009). Sleep Disturbance in Parkinson’s Disease: A Human Response to Illness. Canadian Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 31(4), 24-32.

McMillan, D.E. (2009). Review: a very low calorie diet plus lifestyle counselling improved mild obstructive sleep apnoea in overweight patients. [Commentary] Lifestyle intervention with weight reduction: first-line treatment in mild obstructive sleep apnea. Evidence-Based Nursing, 12(4), 111.

McMillan, D.E., Fallis, W.M. & Edwards, M.P. (2008). Napping during night shift: experiences of critical care nurses. Sleep, 31(Suppl), A123.     

Mandzuk, L.L., Bohm, E.R., Fallis, W.M., & McMillan, D.E. (2008). Waiting to get well: quality of life and functional status of total hip and total knee replacement     patients. Pain Research & Management, 13(2), 143.