Wendy Austin

Wendy Austin, RN, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus with the Faculty of Nursing and the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre at the University of Alberta. She held a Canada Research Chair in Relational Ethics in Health Care. Her research is interdisciplinary in nature and encompasses exploring relational ethics issues in health care, developing a relational ethics perspective on research ethics, and identifying ways to better prepare healthcare practitioners and researchers for ethical action. Current projects include a CIHR-funded project on the moral distress of PICU Teams and a SSHRC-funded study of compassion fatigue. Wendy has served as a member of the Canadian Nurses Association’s Ethics Committee, the Board of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, and currently serves as an International Board Member of the Canadian Unit of the International Network of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics. A founding Co-Director of the University of Alberta’s PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre in Nursing and Mental Health, Wendy has been an advisor in mental health to the International Council of Nurses and is a former president of the Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses.

Selected Publications

Austin, W., Brintnell, S., Goble, E., Kagan, L., Kreitzer, L., Larsen, D., & Leier, B. (2013). Lying down in the ever-falling snow: Canadian healthcare professionals’ experience of compassion fatigue. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Austin, W. (2012). Against compassion: Understanding institutional perfidy as evil. Inter-Disciplinary.NetOnline ahead of print. Available at http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/waustinpaper.pdf

Austin, W. (2012). Moral distress and the contemporary plight of health professionals. HEC Forum 24, 27-38. doi: 10.1007/s10730-012-9179-8.

Kunyk, D. & Austin, W. (2011). Nursing Under the Influence: A Relational Ethics Perspective. Nursing Ethics.

Austin, W. & Boyd. M.A. (Eds.) (2010). Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing for Canadian Practice (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins, Inc.

Austin, W., Goble, E., & Kelecevic, J. (2009). The ethics of forensic psychiatry: Moving from principles to a relational ethics approach. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 20(6), 835–850.

Austin, W., Strang, V., Goble, E., Mitchell, A., Thompson, E., Lantz, H., et al. (2009). Supporting relationships between family and staff in continuing care settings. Journal of Family Nursing, 15(3), 360–383.

Austin, W., Goble, E., Leier, B., & Byrne, P. (2009). Compassion fatigue: The experience of nurses. Ethics and Social Welfare, 3(2), 195–214.

Wendy Austin