In this updated edition of The Moral Work of Nursing, Hazel Magnussen has insightfully captured many complex issues in nursing practice. Her own narratives and historical insights are augmented with current research findings about issues that are of concern to nurses today.
Anita E. Molzahn, PhD, RN, FCAHS,
Professor and Dean, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta. (retiring in June 2017)
At a time when it is increasingly important for us to reflect on and defend the values that ought to inform Canadian health care and nursing practice, Magnussen’s book is a treasure.
From Foreword written by Patricia Rodney RN, MSN, PhD,
Associate Professor, University of British Columbia School of Nursing,
Faculty Associate, UBC W. Maurice Centre for Applied Ethics
Hazel Magnussen skillfully weaves her personal story with social history and nursing literature to situate nursing as moral work. This book will be particularly useful in introduction to nursing courses, nursing ethics courses and history courses focusing on social issues in nursing.
Stephanie Buckingham, RN, BSN, Retired Nurse Educator
A fantastic book that I read in two reads because I just could not put it down! Author Hazel Magnussen captures the reader’s attention and encourages reflection about difficult subjects in nursing. Her reflections on spirituality and spiritual care are especially valuable.
Carol Rocker PhD, RN,
Lecturer University of Victoria and staff nurse, Victoria, BC
Hazel Magnussen’s insightful and personalized journey is a model of professional self-reflection that invites the reader in, and generously delivers a career’s worth of wisdom. Her style of integrating scholarly literature with reflections on the formative events of her career make The Moral Work of Nursing a pleasure to read. She leaves the reader with a sense of having been taken along for some of the ride, and benefitting from the moral work she describes. Her thoughtful questions at the end of each chapter are good discussion-starters for learners, whether they are student nurses or seasoned practitioners.
Hazel’s personal narratives exemplify how all health professionals ought to look inward from time to time, and reflect on the cultures and forces that shape health care. Her new chapters on community nursing and end of life are nice additions, and I’d recommend this book to any nurse or health professional interested in seeing a fine example of self reflection in health care.
Gary Goldsand, Director, John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre,
Clinical Ethicist and Assistant Clinical Professor, Faculty and Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta