David Kenneth Wright
David Kenneth Wright
Professeur agrégé

2014 Stage postdoctoral Éthique biomédical Université McGill
2013 Ph.D. Sciences infirmières Université d’Ottawa
2007 M.Sc.A. Sciences infirmières Université McGill
2004 B.Sc. Anatomie et biologie cellulaire (avec mineure en éducation) Université McGill

RGN 1480C
Numéro de téléphone 
613-562-5800 poste 8533


David Kenneth Wright est le directeur académique des soins palliatifs et de l'éthique infirmière au Centre de recherche sur la santé et les soins infirmiers. Il détient une certification en soins infirmiers palliatifs de l'Association des infirmières et infirmiers du Canada, et prodigue des soins directs dans une maison de soins palliatifs à Montréal. Des projets en cours, avec des collègues et des étudiants diplômés, comprennent des analyses infirmiers de la sédation palliative, de l'aide médicale à mourir, et des approches palliatives dans divers contextes, tels que les soins intensifs, la psychiatrie légale et la prison.

Intérêts de recherche

  • Éthique infirmière
  • Soins palliatifs
  • Soins de fin de vie (y compris l'aide médicale à mourir)
  • Recherche qualitative


(Publications supplémentaires via Google Scholar)

  • Wright, DK., Peterson, W., & Gifford, W. (2020). Nurses’ ethical considerations during a pandemic. Canadian Nurses Association. Available at: https://cna-aiic.ca/-/media/cna/covid-19/nurses-ethical-considerations-during-a-pandemic_e.pdf
  • Wright, DK., & McPherson, C. (2020, Commentary). Without adequate nursing support for families, dying at home threatens the values of a good death. Evidence-based nursing. https://ebn.bmj.com/content/early/2020/03/25/ebnurs-2019-103214
  • Cadell, S. & Wright, D.K. (2019). Assisted dying. In Gu, D. & Dupre, M.E. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Springer.
  • Wright, DK., & Murray, K. (2016). Physician-assisted dying. In: Essentials in hospice and palliative care: a practical resource for every nurse by Kath Murray, Life and Death Matters Publishing Company.
  • Macdonald, ME., & Wright, DK. (2020). From “making a decision” to “decision making”: a critical reflection on a discursive shift. In E. Mykhalovskiy, J. Choiniere, P. Armstrong, & H. Armstrong (Eds). Health Matters: Evidence, Critical Social Science and Health Care in Canada (pages 54-79), Toronto: University of Toronto Press. https://utorontopress.com/ca/health-matters-2
  • Ma, K.*, Wright, DK., Vanderspank-Wright, B., Peterson, W., & Carnevale, F.A. (2020, in press). Nurses’ moral experiences of ethically meaningful end-of-life care: Distress, resilience, responsibility, and care. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice.
  • Skinner, E*., Jacob, JD., Vanderspank-Wright, B., & Wright, DK. (2020, in press). Ethics of finitude: Nursing and the palliative approach in geriatric and forensic psychiatry. Global Qualitative Nursing Research.
  • Wright, DK., Gastmans, C., Vandyk, A., & Dierckx de Casterlé, B. (2020). Moral identity and palliative sedation: A systematic review of normative nursing literature. Nursing Ethics, 27(3), 868-886.
  • Hudson, H*., Perron, A., & Wright, DK. (2019). Palliative care & the injustice of mass incarceration: critical reflections on a harm reduction response to end of life behind bars. Witness: The Canadian Journal of Critical Nursing Discourse, 1(2), 4-16. https://doi.org/10.25071/2291-5796.32
  • Hudson, H*., & Wright, DK. (2019). Towards a guiding framework for prison palliative care nursing ethics. Advances in Nursing Science, 42(4): 341-357.
  • Vanderspank-Wright, B., Wright, DK., & McMillan, K. Thinking about strengths in end-of-life nursing practice: the case of ICU nurses. (2019). International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 25(8), 378-385.
  • Stokes, H*., Vanderspank-Wright, B., Fothergill-Bourbonnais, F., & Wright, DK. (2019). Meaningful experiences and end-of-life care in the intensive care unit: A qualitative study. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 53, 1-7.
  • Forozeiya, D*., Vanderspank-Wright, B., Fothergill-Bourbonnais, F., Moreau, D., & Wright, DK. (2019). Coping with moral distress – the experience of intensive care nurses: An interpretive descriptive study. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 53, 23-29. 
  • Hartley, H*., Wright, DK., Vanderspank-Wright, B., Grassau, P., & Murray, MA. (2019). Dead on the table: a theoretical expansion of the vicarious trauma that operating room clinicians experience when their patients die. Death Studies, 43(5), 301-310.
  • Belanger, E., Towers, A., Wright, DK., Chen, Y., Tradounsky, G., & Macdonald, ME. (2019). Of dilemmas and tensions: A qualitative study of palliative care physicians’ positions regarding voluntary active euthanasia in Quebec, Canada. Journal of Medical Ethics, 45, 48-53.
  • Sofronas, M*., Wright, D.K., & Carnevale, F.A. (2018). Personhood: A concept analysis for nursing ethics, theory, practice and research. Nursing Forum, 53, 406-415.
  • Wright, DK., Brajtman, S., & Macdonald, ME. (2018). Relational ethics of delirium care: Findings from a hospice ethnography. Nursing Inquiry, 25(3), e12234, doi: 10.1111/nin.12234
  • Elmore, J*., Wright, DK., & Paradis, M*. (2018). Nurses’ moral experiences of assisted death: a meta-synthesis of qualitative research. Nursing Ethics, 25(8), 955-972.
  • Wright, DK., Vanderspank-Wright, B., Holmes, D., & Skinner, E. (2017) Forensic nursing and the palliative approach to care: an empirical nursing ethics analysis. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 23(8): 378-385.
  • Pugnaire-Gros, C., Parr, C., Wright, DK, Montreuil, M., & Frechette, J. (2017). Hospital rules and regulations : the perspectives of youth receiving psychiatric care. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Nursing, 30: 18-24.
  • Wright, DK., Chirchikova, M*., Daniel, V*., Bitzas, V., Elmore, J*., & Fortin, ML. (2017). Engaging with patients who desire death: interpretation, presence, and constraint. Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal, 27(1): 56-64. 
  • Karsoho, H., Wright, DK., Macdonald, ME., & Fishman, JR. (2017). Constructing physician-assisted dying: the politics of evidence from permissive jurisdictions in Carter v. Canada. Mortality, 22(1): 45-59.
  • Karsoho, H., Fishman, JR., Wright, DK., & Macdonald, ME. (2016). Suffering and medicalization at the end of life: the case of physician-assisted dying. Social Science & Medicine. 170: 188-196.
  • Wright, DK., Brajtman, S., Cragg, B., & Macdonald, ME. (2015). Delirium as letting go: an ethnographic analysis of hospice care and family moral experience. Palliative Medicine. 29: 959-966.
  • Wright, DK., Fishman, JF., Karsoho, H., Sandham, S., & Macdonald, ME. (2015). Physicians and euthanasia: a Canadian print-media analysis of physician perspectives. CMAJ Open. 3(2): E134-139.
  • Wright, DK., Brajtman, S., Macdonald, ME. (2014). A relational ethical approach to end-of-life delirium. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 48:191-198.
  • Wright, DK., Pugnaire-Gros, C. (2012). Theory inspired practice for end-of-life cancer care: an exploration of the McGill Model of Nursing. Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal. 22:175-181, 2012.
  • Wright, D., Brajtman, S. (2011). Relational and embodied knowing: nursing ethics within the interprofessional team. Nursing Ethics. 18:20-30.
  • Wright, D., Brajtman, S., Bitzas, V. (2009). Human relationships at the end of life: an ethical ontology for practice. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. 11:219-227