COVID-19 Resources


It’s Complicated: A Podcast About Healthcare Ethics in Practice

NSHEN is excited to announce our new resource, a podcast called “It’s Complicated: A Podcast About Healthcare Ethics in Practice” with shows from the NSHEN Team and special guest speakers.

New Episode!

Our 4th episode, Conversation on Moral Wellness in Healthcare Ethics with Dr. Allen Alvarez, is now available:

Ethics After Hours


Diagnosis – A Question of Trust


Lashay, 17, has had multiple bad interactions with Doctors in the past in regards with her inability to keep food and liquids down. Can they trust the crowd?

This is Where I Leave You


After their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.

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.

Fireside Chat


Ethical Challenges in Substitute Decision Making

Gail MacDougall
Family Member and Retired Social Worker
Chair of the Central Zone Organizational Ethics and Policy Review Committee
Ethics Nova Scotia Health

Ethical Challenges Around Substitute Decision Making in Clinical Practice

Dr. Janneke Gradstein, MD, Medical Site Lead Cumberland Regional Health Care Center, Associate Professor at Department of Family Medicine Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia.

Ethical Issues in Adolescent Mental Health

Alexa Bagnell, MD, FRCPC, Chief of Psychiatry at the IWK Health Centre and
Head of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Dalhousie University

Featured Article Summary


Disability Rights as a Necessary Framework for Crisis Standards of Care and the Future of Health Care.

Our Next Pandemic Ethics Challenge? – Allocating “Normal” Health Care Services


NSHEN Fall Newsletter – Moral Distress in Nova Scotia’s Healthcare System During Covid-19

NSHEN Summer Newsletter – Fulfilling the ethical commitment to respond to patient feedback: Experiences from Patient Relations, Nova Scotia Health

Bioethics Book Club

Book Review

In Shock: My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope

A riveting first-hand account of a physician who’s suddenly a dying patient and her revelation of the horribly misguided standard of care in the medical world.

Plain Language Definitions – Ethics Health Care Terms

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….

Read More

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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