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NSHEN Newsletter on COVID-19 and Other Resources


Featured Article Summary

Tho’ Much is Taken, Much Abides”: A Good Life Within Dementia

Fireside Chat

Ethics in Health Care Practice – from a Nurse Perspective

Mary Thibeault, Manager of Learning and Development, IWK Health Centre, Halifax, NS

Ethics After Hours


After being home schooled all his life, a boy with facial differences attends a traditional school, where he must find friends among his billies.

Featured Article Summary

Poverty – Not a Justification for Banning Physician-Assisted Death

Ethics After Hours


White Coat Black Art

Seniors tell Dr. Brian Goldman what it’s really like to live in long-term care (Encore)

Fireside Chat

Ethical Issues in Long Term Care

Judy Aymar, Social Worker (retired) with experience in Long Term Care and Acute Care discusses the ethical issues of moving into a long term care facility and living at risk.


NSHEN Winter Newsletter – Addressing Problems in Accessing Primary Health Care in Nova Scotia

Fireside Chat

Ethics in Health Care Leadership

Bioethics Book Club

Book Review

Can refocusing conversations between doctors and their patients lead to better health? 

When patients go to the doctor, Ofri writes, they’re inclined to tell the “story” of their illness, from beginning to end, while doctors are trained to look for the “chief complaint.” Little wonder, then, that research shows “doctors typically interrupt patients within 12 seconds.”

Plain Language Definitions – Ethics Health Care Terms

Straightforward Definitions of Terms in Health Ethics

Talking about values and principles in health care ethics can be confusing, especially if some of the words are unfamiliar.  NSHEN created a plain language definitions document which have short definitions to help make it clearer what some of the words that we use in ethics work mean.

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Case Database Website

We recently updated our Case Database with new cases on a variety of topics.

Check out the case website here

NSHEN Health Ethics Case Database

Ethics NSHA Ethics Support website now available!

Requesting Ethics Support across Nova Scotia Health Authority Zones is now available….

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NSHEN has a library of new release fiction and non-fiction books and audiobooks available for reserving.

We have a variety of subjects and authors to choose from.

You can view our complete listing here

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