Moral Work of Nursing
September 26th, 2015
Hazel Joan (Schattschneider) Magnussen, a graduate of the University of Alberta, is a retired registered nurse with 35 years experience in health care. Her primary clinical focus has been mental health nursing and her articles about nursing ethics and nurse-physician relationships have been published in various professional journals. In addition, she has written articles and presented papers on ‘bullying’ and ‘disruptive behavour in the workplace’, and detailed the experience and needs of victims of crime in the criminal justice process. Her new book is The Moral Work of Nursing: Asking and Living with the Questions (Victoria: Promontory Press 2014 978-1-927559-50-5 $17.99 also available as an e-book.
Hazel Magnussen’s first self-published book A Doctor’s Calling: A Matter of Conscience (Parksville: Wembley Publishing, 2006) recounts the life and murder of her brother, Dr. Douglas George Snider, and his efforts to ensure quality medical care for his community in the Alberta Peace country. In May of 1999, Snider was killed in Fairview, Alberta–where Magnussen launched her book in May of 2006–by a fellow physician, Dr. Abe Cooper, “a charismatic, driven, highly accomplished man, but one so arrogant and selfish that he felt justified in harassing, then killing a good man.”
Magnussen suggests the Canadian justice system is weighted too heavily in favour of criminals and that medical regulators must become more forceful in dealing with abusive and disruptive practitioners such as Dr. Cooper, who was charged with first degree murder but convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter.