The purpose of this session is to present a study that explores the experiences of moral distress during the pandemic for long-term care home staff of nurses and personal support workers in northern Ontario, the subsequent impacts on their mental health as well as their resilience and adaptation. This session will outline the importance of the study, the research design, preliminary findings and potential implications. This study is funded by the Seed Grant Program of the EPID@work Research Centre.
Caroline is a Registered Nurse and graduate student at Lakehead University in the Master of Nursing- Advanced Nursing Specialization program. She is the Simulation Lab Coordinator in Lakehead University’s BScN program. Caroline is passionate about preparing nurses to cope with and attend to the psychologically stressful events they experience in practice. Caroline’s research interests include psychological trauma in nurses, moral distress in practice, trauma-informed simulation debriefing, and end-of-life care.
Nisha Sutherland, RN, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at Lakehead University and research affiliate with the Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health. Her focus of research is in the areas of palliative care and people living with dementia. She is presently conducting a CIHR funded study titled, End of Life Decision Making for Long-Term Care Residents with Dementia and their Care Partners. She is also involved in numerous community-based projects involving social participation and inclusion of people living with dementia.
Lakehead University respectfully acknowledges its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Indigenous people. Lakehead Thunder Bay is located on the traditional lands of the Fort William First Nation, Signatory to the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850. Lakehead University acknowledges the history that many nations hold in the areas around our campuses, and is committed to a relationship with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit based on the principles of mutual trust, respect, reciprocity, and collaboration in the spirit of reconciliation. As a Centre we are committed to working towards reconciliation and decolonizing our work and have committed as a staff to educating ourselves in these areas both personally and professionally.