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Brandi Vanderspank-Wright


Dr. Brandi Vanderspank-Wright is an assistant professor and co-director of the Nursing Palliative Care Research and Education at the University of Ottawa. She is also an incoming Director for the Central Region of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses and active member of the Ottawa Regional Chapter of the Association.


As a registered nurse, Brandi’s practice has been primarily focused on adult critical care. She maintains certification in Adult Critical Care through the Canadian Nurses’ Association Certification Program. Brandi has also practiced in Hospice Palliative Care. Her doctoral research explored the development of critical care nursing in Canada over a period of 40+ years.


Her current program of 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 supporting new nurses and other health care providers 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 as it is situated within the contexts of withdrawal and withholding of life-sustaining measures. She is currently accepting graduate students.