NSHEN remains committed to providing health ethics resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit our Ethics Resource menu for ethics-related items or use our search function at the top of the page.

2020 Annual Conference

Ethics in the Time of Covid-19: Navigating Uncharted Waters

Available for viewing on our website December 2020

Ethics After Hours


Brené Brown: The Call to Courage


With humor and empathy, Brené Brown discusses what it takes to choose courage over comfort in a culture defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty.


My Beautiful Broken Brain


After suffering a stroke at age 34, a woman documents her struggles, setbacks and eventual breakthrough as she relearns to speak, read and write.



Radiolab Podcast – NPR

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Through today’s sea of sorry-not-sorries, empty apologies, and just straight up non-apologies, we wonder what it looks like to make amends.


Fireside Chat


Ethical Issues in Vaccinations


Dr. Robert Strang
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Public Health
Department of Health and Wellness, Nova Scotia

Ethical Issues in Intimate Relationships in Long-Term Care


John O’Keefe, Manager, Social Work, Northwood Inc.
Sarah Krieger-Frost, RN, MN. Community Mental Health Nurse

Ethics in Occupational Therapy


Jonathan Belbin, Occupational Therapist

Featured Article Summary

Nurses Experience of Ethical Dilemmas: A Review

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

Poverty – Not a Justification for Banning Physician-Assisted Death


Bioethics Book Club

Book Review

With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and authority that have made her one of the most admired voices of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to be overweight in a time when the bigger you are, the less you are seen.

New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health.

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 Nova Scotia Health 

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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