Schattschneider Nursing Ethics Lecture

Schattschneider Nursing Ethics Lecture presents: Riding the Elephant: Nurses, Patient Care and Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

Have you ever wondered how nurses make sense of their decision to be involved, or not, in Medical
Assistance in Dying – or how they experience the impact of those decisions? Assisted death requires
significant moral work by nurses, and it is impactful, whether nurses choose to participate or not.
Despite this impact, many nurses described an evolving moral understanding of their comfort as well as
discomfort with assisted death, although working with other healthcare providers who held strong
moral positions on the topic remained challenging. It is important to prepare and support nurses for the
skilled conversations that preface a patient’s decision for assisted death, for the stress associated with
getting the wrap around care “right”, and for the complex moral landscape nurses will encounter.

Keynote: Barbara Pesut, PhD, RN, Professor, School of Nursing, UBC (Okanagan Campus)
Barbara Pesut PhD, RN is a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia and holds a Canada Research Chair in Health, Ethics and Diversity. She is researching the policy, practice, and ethical implications of Medical Assistance in Dying for Nursing.

Her 35-year career has included roles in leadership, teaching, research, and as a clinician providing
palliative care. Her program of research focuses on improving palliative care for diverse populations. She is currently trialing a volunteer navigation intervention designed to improve the quality of life of seniors living at home with advancing chronic illness.

For more information about Barbara and her research please visit:
Schattschneider Nursing Ethics Lectureship details:
 Wednesday, May 27, 2020
1-498 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, University of Alberta
11405 87 Ave. 
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This is a complimentary event with light refreshments!

The Schattschneider Nursing Ethics Lectureship was established to highlight the importance of Nursing Ethics and provide an opportunity for Nurses and other health professionals, to discuss ethical issues that are impacting nurses and patient care. Hazel Magnussen, endowed the Schattschneider Nursing Ethics Lectureship at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta.

About Hazel Joan Schattschneider Magnussen:

Graduated from the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta in 1964. After two years as a staff nurse in an Alaska Native Hospital, she returned to Canada and became the first graduate of the Outpost Nursing Program at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1969. Hazel completed her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the University of Alberta in 1972. Hazel worked in management and coordinator positions in public health nursing, programs for the elderly and persons with neuromuscular disorders before undertaking studies in health care ethics. After completing a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from St. Stephen’s Theological College in 1988, Hazel continued to write about health care ethics while working in nursing education and mental health nursing. Her nursing work and studies took her to five provinces and two territories of Canada and one American state. Hazel Magnussen is an author and retired nurse who lives in Edmonton, Alberta. For more information please visit: