Moral Distress in Healthcare 2019 NSHEN Conference – Resources now available.


  • clarify the specific moral/ethical aspects of moral distress
  • help participants identify root causes of moral distress in terms of values
  • validate experience of moral distress
  • provide ways to frame and describe experiences of moral distress
  • provide tools to help address and manage experiences

Videos and Resources

Moral Distress: An Introduction

Dr. Shannon Spenceley, Associate Professor, Nursing, Health Sciences University of Lethbridge, Calgary, Alberta

Healthcare Simulations

The following scenarios were scripted exclusively for the NSHEN conference and any opinions expressed in these simulations do not necessarily reflect those of the participants in the videos.

Simulation 1 – ICU

Simulation 2 – MAiD

Panel Discussion

Dr. Abraham Rudnick, Professor, Dept of Psychiatry, School of Occupational Therapy, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS

Dr Merlinda Weinberg, Professor, School of Social Work, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS

Angela Arra, Clinical Nurse Specialist, IWK Health Cente, Halifax NS

Moral Distress: Where Do We Go from Here?

Dr. Franco Carnevale, Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University, Montreal QC

Deep Gratitude

Finally, it is important to acknowledge and thank all of those individuals who have contributed their time and expertise to this conference, including:

  • Dr. Shannon Spencely
  • Dr. Misan Lee
  • Kerry-Joy Kiefte
  • Darcy Lindzon
  • Angela Arra
  • Dr. Merlinda Weinberg
  • Dr. Abraham (Rami) Rudnick
  • Dr. Franco Carnevale
  • Lisbeth Witthoefft Nielsen
  • Krista Mleczko-Skerry
  • Amanda Porter
  • Jordan Urquhart and Matthew Stones at Dalhousie MedIT 
  • Leslie Ohene-Adjei at Airau – Lethbridge Videography 
  • Frank Rop and Stewart Mccombie at Communications Services – Communications and External Relations, McGill University
  • NSHEN Advisory Council
  • You, the viewers

Bonus footage with Dr. Shannon Spenceley – Prose from participants in Moral Distress Research Study (5mins)

Conference Evaluation – Survey Link