Brandi Vanderspank-Wright

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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

Room: RGN 3245B
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 1014
Fax: 613-562-5443
Work E-mail: bvanders@uottawa.ca

Brandi Vanderspank-Wright

Biography

Dr. Brandi Vanderspank-Wright is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing.  She is also an Affiliate Investigator with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, a Director (Central Region: Ontario and Manitoba) with the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses and 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 contexts. She maintains certification in Adult Critical Care through the Canadian Nurses’ Association Certification Program. The focus of Dr. Vanderspank-Wright’s doctoral research was 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 providing a nuanced understanding of end-of-life care experiences of clinicians and family members within the contexts of withdrawal and withholding of life-sustaining measures.

Currently accepting graduate students.


Courses Taught

NSG 4330 Complex Nursing Care

NSG 4101 History of Canadian Nursing, 1850-1975

NSG 6401 Clinical Project in Advance Practice Nursing

Research Interests

  • Critical care nursing;
  • End-of-life care in critical care;
  • Withdrawal and withholding of life sustaining measures in critical care;
  • New nurse/clinician socialization into critical care;
  • Qualitative research & Mixed designs

Publications

 

  • Downar, J., Sinuff, T., Kalocsai, C., Pryzbylak-Brouillard, A., Smith, O., Cook, D., Koo, E., Vanderspank-Wright, B., & Roze des Ordons, A. (2020). How should we screen and support grieving family members of patients who die in the ICU? A qualitative study of bereaved family members with complicated grief reactions. Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia (Accepted).
  • Jager, F., Vandyk, A., Jacob, J.D., Meilleur, D., Vanderspank-Wright B., LeBlanc, B., Chartrand, J., Hust, C., Lalone, M., Rintoul, A., Alain, A., Poirier, S., & Phillips, J.C. (2020). The Ottawa model for nursing curriculum renewal: A systematic review. Nursing Education Today (Accepted). 
  • Lalonde, M., Chartrand, J., Vanderspank-Wright, B., McGillis-Hall, L., Gosselin-Belanger, A., & Fullum, J.A. (2020). Les effets potentiels de la version française du NCLEX-RN sur le choix de la langue de formation des étudiantes infirmières francophones en situation minoritaire. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education. (Accepted)
  • Vanderspank-Wright, B., Lalonde, M., Smith, C.A., Wong, S., & Bentz, J. (2019). New graduate nurse transition into the intensive care unit: Qualitative Insights from a longitudinal study – Part 1. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 33(4). 
  • Williams, J.+, Gifford, W., Vanderspank-Wright, B., & Phillips, J. C. (2019). Violence and health promotion among First Nations, Métis and Inuit woman: A systematic review of qualitative research. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. doi.org/10.1177/1524838019875696
  • Kyeremanteng, K. Beckerleg, W., Wan, C., Vanderspank-Wright, B., D’Egidio, G., Sutherland, S., Hartwick M., Gratton, V., & Sarti, A. (2019). Survey on barriers to critical care and palliative care integration. American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. doi.org/10.1177/1049909119867658 
  • Vanderspank-Wright, B., Wright, D.K., & McMillan, K. (2019). Thinking about strengths in end-of-life care nursing practice: The case of ICU nurses. International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 25(8). doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2019.25.8.378 
  • Stokes, H.*, Vanderspank-Wright, B., Fothergill Bourbonnais, F., & Wright, D.K. (August 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, D.K. (August 2019). Coping with moral distress - The experiences of intensive care nurses: An interpretive descriptive study. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 53, 23-29.
  • Efstathiou, N., Walker, W., Metcalfe, A., & Vanderspank-Wright, B. (2019). The global state of bereavement support in adult intensive care: A systematic review and narrative synthesis. Journal of Critical Care, 50, 177-187.
  • Reardon, P., Fernando, S., van Katwyk, S., Kednapa, T., Kobewka, D., Tanuseputro, P., Rosenburg, E., Devlin, R.A.,Vanderspank-Wright, B., Kubelik, D., Wan, C., & Kyeremanteng, K. (2018). Characteristics, Outcomes, and Cost Patterns of High Cost Patients in the Intensive Care Unit. Critical Care Research and Practice. doi: 10.1155/2018/5452683
  • Jackson, J., Vandall-Walker, V., Vanderspank-Wright, B., & Wishart, P., Moore, S. (2018). Burnout and resilience in critical care nurses: A grounded theory of Man Exposure. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 48, 28-35.
  • Vanderspank-Wright, B. (2018). Constructing Nursing Knowledge in the Context of Canadian Intensive Care Units, 1960-2002. Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing, 29(1), 25-33.
  • Vanderspank-Wright, B., Efstathiou, N., & Vandyk, A.D. (2018). Critical care nurses’ experiences of withdrawal of treatment: A systematic review of qualitative evidence. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 77, 15-26.
  • Hartley, H.*, Wright, D.K., Vanderspank-Wright, B., Grassau, P. & Murray, M.A. (2018). Dead on the table: a theoretical expansion of the vicarious trauma that operating room clinicians experience when their patients die. Death Studies, 25, 1-10. DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2018.1461711.
  • Wright, D.K., 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.
  • Barton, G., Vanderspank-Wright, B., & Shea, J. (2016). Optimizing oxygenation in the mechanically ventilated patient: Nursing practice implications. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, 28, 425-435.
  • Vanderspank-Wright, B., & McMillan, K. (2016). Critical care nursing north of the 60th parallel: A qualitative pilot study. Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing, 27(3), 12-17.
  • Foth, T., Efstathiou, N., Vanderspank-Wright, B., Ufholz, L.A., Zimanski, M., Dutthorn, N., & Humphrey-Muto, S. (2016). The use of Delphi and Nominal Group Technique in nursing education. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 60, 112-120.
  • Oliveira, I.+, Fothergill-Bourbonnais, F., McPherson, C., & Vanderspank-Wright, B. (2015). Battling a tangled web: The lived experiences of nurses providing end-of-life care on an acute medical unit. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 30(4), 353-378.
  • Vanderspank-Wright, B., Fothergill-Bourbonnais, F., Toman, C., & McPherson, C. (2015). A Social Construction of the Development of ICU Nursing in Canada, 1960-2002. The Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing, 26(1), 19-24.
  • Vanderspank-Wright, B., Fothergill-Bourbonnais, F., Brajtman, S., Gagnon, P. (2011). Caring for patients and families at end-of-life: The experiences of intensive care nurses withdrawing life-sustaining treatment. Dynamics Official Journal of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses, 22(4), 31-35.
  • Vanderspank-Wright, B., Fothergill-Bourbonnais, F., Slivar, S., Malone-Tucker, S. (2011). End-of-life care in ICU: Learning with experience. Dynamics Official Journal of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses, 22(4), 22-25.

Chapters in Refereed Sources

  • Vanderspank-Wright, B., Roze des Ordons, A., & Hartwick, M. (2017). Introduction to Goals of Care. In P. Cardinal, T. Witter, & S. Yamashita (Eds.)., Navigating Medical Emergencies: An interactive guide to patient management. Ottawa, ON: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
  • Roze des Ordons, A., Vanderspank-Wright, B., & Hartwick, M. (2017). Introduction to Establishing Therapeutic Relationships. In P. Cardinal, T. Witter, & S. Yamashita (Eds.)., Navigating Medical Emergencies: An interactive guide to patient management. Ottawa, ON: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
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