INVESTIGATORS

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David Kenneth Wright, Academic Lead

David is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, University of Ottawa. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in biomedical ethics at McGill University, and currently maintains an active clinical practice at a freestanding palliative care residence in Montreal. His research seeks to understand, typically from the standpoint of nurses, how values at stake are realized or thwarted in contemporary contexts of end-of-life care.

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Christine McPherson, Academic Mentor

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Brandi Vanderspank-Wright, Academic Mentor

Brandi is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, University of Ottawa. Her program of research focuses on good end of life care for patients and families in intensive care units, informed by evidence, nursing competencies and historical perspectives. Her research incorporates qualitative research methodology to understand nursing practice at the point of care as well as social history. She holds specialty certification in adult critical care from the Canadian Nurses Association. She has worked clinically in adult ICU as well as residential hospice. Click here to learn more about Dr. Brandi Vanderspank-Wright.

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Kim McMillan, Academic Mentor

Kim McMillan is a Nursing Professor at Algonquin College. Her program of research focuses on the intersect of organizational life and moral nursing practice. Her research explores key concepts that include: morally authentic nursing practice, nursing ethics, moral distress, moral habitat, institutional integrity, and corporatization. Her work is grounded theoretically in critical theory, critical management studies (a branch of critical theory), and feminism. Her research incorporates qualitative research methodology to understand nurses’ moral experiences working within contemporary health care organizations. She holds specialty certification in hospice and palliative care from the Canadian Nurses Association. She has worked clinically in pediatric oncology, bone marrow transplant, and nephrology, often within the context of palliation.  Click here to learn more about Dr. Kim McMillan.

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Susan Brajtman, Academic Mentor

Susan is a retired Associate Professor and current Adjunct Professor in the School of Nursing, University of Ottawa. She is a graduate of the Royal Victoria Hospital School of Nursing, McGill University, and De Montfort University in England. From 1984 till 2002 she lived in Israel, where her clinical experience involved community health nursing on a kibbutz, and clinical and administrative experience in palliative care as the Head Nurse of the Palliative Care Unit of Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem. Her research interests include end-of-life delirium, education for health care professionals in end-of- life care, and interprofessional education and practice. She was the co-founder and former Co-Director of this research hub (formerly known as the Nursing Palliative Care Research and Education Unit of the University of Ottawa).