Brandi Vanderspank-Wright
Brandi Vanderspank-Wright
Associate Professor

2014 Ph.D. Nursing, University of Ottawa
2009 M.Sc. Nursing, University of Ottawa
2003 B.Sc. Nursing, University of Ottawa

RGN 3247A
613-562-5800 ext. 1014


Professor Brandi Vanderspank-Wright is an associate professor at the School of Nursing.  She is also an affiliate investigator at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, vice-president of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses, and former chief editor of the Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing. Her clinical practice experience includes adult critical care and end-of-life care in both critical care and residential hospice settings. She maintains certification in adult critical care through the Canadian Nurses’ Association Certification Program.

The focus of Professor Vanderspank-Wright’s doctoral research was the development of critical care nursing in Canada over a period of 40+ years. Her current research focuses on the experiences of clinicians (particularly nurses) as they navigate complex health care situations inherent to the critical care environment. The latter includes an emphasis on supporting nurses, particularly newly graduated nurses, as they transition into critical care practice. She has a particular interest in ensuring the provision of good end-of-life care in the critical care environment and in providing a nuanced understanding of end-of-life care experiences of clinicians and family members within the contexts of withdrawal from, and withholding of, life-sustaining measures.

Professor Vanderspank-Wright is accepting new students for thesis supervision.

Research interests

  • Qualitative research design
  • Critical care nursing
  • Nurse transition into critical care
  • End-of-life care in critical care