Excerpt from Foreword:
The Moral Work of Nursing: Asking and living with the questions
Throughout her unique and insightful book, Ms. Magnussen weaves a compelling narrative of her own history studying, practicing and living ethical practice in nursing and health care. Alongside her personal historical narrative are her astute analytic commentaries on how nursing and health care have evolved to the present day. Her commentaries are effectively supported by her observations as well as related literature… This book will be of interest to student nurses, nurses who wish to reflect on their own practice, nurse leaders at every level, and anyone studying ethics in nursing practice. Historians of nursing and health care will also appreciate Ms. Magnussen’s unique experiences and vantage points.
Patricia (Paddy) Rodney, RN, MSN, PhD
Associate Professor, University of British Columbia School of Nursing
Faculty Associate, University of British Columbia Centre for Applied Ethics
Skillful use of the scholarly literature and the clear eloquent prose make this book both highly readable and a valuable resource for educating nurses about the ethical issues facing the nursing profession, health care and society.
Anita E. Molzahn, PhD, RN, FCAHS
Professor and Dean Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta
In this era of Patient Centered Care and health care reform, the topic of the book, The Moral Work of Nursing, is a priority. Hazel Magnussen offers a fascinating retelling of her own narrative and provides a roadmap to help nurses morally engage and reflect on key ethical issues central to their crucial work. A must read and a great contribution to both the academic and applied fields of nursing.
Sue MacRae, RN, M.Ed, Course Director, Practical Ethics,
University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
An excellent read [written] by a nurse who, after a lifetime of experience, still retains the idealism that drew her into nursing in the first place.
BCNU Update Magazine, July-August, 2014
While this book is geared towards a more academic audience, as well as professional nurses, the general public may also find it an interesting glimpse at some of the considerations that nurses struggle with in our health care system.
Jennifer Seper, Librarian, Vancouver Island Regional Library, “Local Talent Amazing.”
Oceanside Star, November 13, 2014
Thank you for inspiring me and opening my eyes to nursing in a way that no class I’ve taken thus far could.
Student nurse, January, 2016
Your book does an excellent job in identifying and discussing the factors that cause moral distress among nursing staff, and provides practical strategies. There are many dedicated nurses and health professionals working in our health care system who deserve to be commended for the high-quality care they provide to Albertans. Their compassion and professionalism are key elements of Alberta’s health care system and I appreciate that you took the time to recognize their efforts.
Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health, Province of Alberta, January, 2016
A must read for anyone who want the “inside on” Nursing. No other book has validated so well what I have experienced over my 40 year Nursing career.
Donna Salazar RN, Wellness Nurse, Ashbourne. September, 2016.