Barbara Pesut, PhD


School of Nursing
Other Titles: Principal Research Chair in Palliative and End-of-Life Care
Office: ASC 287
Office Hours: Upon Request
Phone: 250-807-9955

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Research Summary

Palliative and end-of-life care; Medical Assistance in Dying; volunteer and peer navigation models; nursing philosophy

Courses & Teaching

Nursing 580: Philosophy of Nursing Science


I began my nursing career in 1982 and worked in pediatric oncology, rural nursing, and critical care. In 1992 I transitioned to hospital-based nursing education, and worked as a critical care educator for 5 years. After completing my MSN in 1997 I worked at Trinity Western University for 11 years and served as the Chair of the School of Nursing for six of those years. In 2007 I came to the University of British Columbia where I held a Canada Research Chair from 2010 to 2020. I now hold a Tier 1 Principal Research Chair in Palliative and End-of-Life Care.


Nav-CARE – Making Connections, Making a Difference

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PhD University of British Columbia, 2005
MSN University of British Columbia, 1997
BSN University of Victoria, 1992
Diploma in Nursing BCIT, 1982

Research Interests & Projects

Strategies to Relieve Suffering at End-of-LIfe; A longitudinal qualitative study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research 2019-2024.

Nav-CARE: Scale out and Adaptation of a Volunteer Navigation Model funded by Health Canada 2021-2026.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Pesut, B., Thorne, S., Chambaere, K., Hall, M., Schiller, C.J. (2024). The evolving complexities of MAID care in Canada from a nursing perspective. Global Qualitative Nursing Research.

Pesut, B., Thorne, S., Puurveen, G., & Leimbigler, B. (2023) Supporting nursing role in Medical Assistance in Dying: Development and Evaluation of an Evidence-Based Reflective Guide. Palliative and End of life Care Innovation. Online November 24, 2023.

Pesut, B., & Thorne, S. (2023) Reflections on the relational ontology of MAID. Nursing Philosophy.

Pesut, B., Thorne, S., Huisken, A., Wright, DK, Chambaere, K., Tishelman, C., & Ghosh, S. (2022). Is progress being made on Canada’s Palliative Care Framework and Action Plan? A survey of stakeholder perspectives. BMC Palliative Care. 21(1), 182.

Pesut, B. (2022). Philosophy and politics in contemporary nursing discourse: A dialogue. Nursing Philosophy, 23(4).

Pesut, B., Duggleby, W., Warner, G., Ghosh, S., Bruce, P., Dunlop, R., & Puurveen, G. (2022). Scaling out a palliative compassionate community innovation: Nav-CARE. Palliative Care and Social Practice, 16.

Pesut, B., Thorne, S., Wright, D. K., Schiller, C., Huggins, M., Puurveen, G., & Chambaere, K. (2021). Navigating medical assistance in dying from Bill C-14 to Bill C-7: A qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research, 21(1), 1195.

Pesut, B., Wright, D. K., Thorne, S., Hall, M. I., Puurveen, G., Storch, J., & Huggins, M. (2021). What’s suffering got to do with it? A qualitative study of suffering in the context of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). BMC Palliative Care, 20(1), 174.

Pesut, B., Duggleby, W., Warner, G., Bruce, P., Ghosh, S., Holroyd-Leduc, J., Nekolaichuk, C., & Parmar, J. (2020). Outcomes of volunteer navigation for older persons with advanced chronic illness (Nav-CARE): A mixed method evaluation. BMC Palliative Care. 19, Article 159.

Pesut, B., Thorne, S., Schiller, C., Greig,, Roussel, J., Tishelman, C. (2020). Constructing Good Nursing Practice for Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada: An Interpretive Descriptive Study. Global Qualitative Nursing Research, 7, 1-11

Pesut, B., Thorne, S., Storch, J., Chambaere, K., Greig,, Burgess, M. (2020) Riding an elephant. A qualitative study of nurses’ moral journeys in the context of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). Journal of Clinical Nursing, 29(19-20) 3870-3881.

Pesut, B., Duggleby, W., Warner, G., Bruce, P., Ghosh, S., Holroyd-Leduc, J., Nekolaichuk, C., & Parmar, J. (2020). A mixed-method evaluation of a volunteer navigation intervention for older persons living with chronic illness (Nav-CARE): findings from a knowledge translation study. BMC Palliative Care, 19(1), 159.

Pesut, B., Thorne, S., Schiller, C., Greig, M., Roussel, J. (2020). The rocks and hard places of MAiD: A qualitative study of nursing practice in the context of legislated assisted death. BMC Nursing. Published online February 17, 2020.

Schiller, C., Pesut, B., Roussel, J., & Greig, M. But it’s legal isn’t it? Law and ethics in nursing practice related to medical assistance in dying. (2019). Nursing Philosophy. Published online August 20, 2019

Pesut, B., Thorne, S., & Greig, M. Shades of grey: Conscientious objection in medical assistance in dying. (2020) Nursing Inquiry (27) e12308. Published online July 4, 2019. https.//

Pesut, B., Thorne, S., Greig, M., Fulton, A., Janke, R., & Vis-Dunbar, M. (2019) Ethical, policy, and practice implications of nurses’ experiences with assisted death: A synthesis. Advances in Nursing Science, 42(3) 216-230. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000276.

Pesut, B., Thorne, S., Stager, M.L., Schiller, C., Penney, C., Hoffman, C., Greig, M., & Roussel, J. (2019) Medical assistance in dying: A narrative review of Canadian nursing regulatory documents. Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice, Published online May 6, 2019.

Pesut, B., Greig, M., Thorne, S., Storch, J. Burgess, M., Tishelman, C., Chambaere, K., Janke, R. (2020) Nursing and euthanasia: A narrative review of the nursing ethics literature. Nursing Ethics. 27(1), 152-167

Selected Grants & Awards

Nursing Innovation Award Innovation in Research Nurse and nurse practitioner association of BC December 2019
Health Researcher of the Year Award


Distinction in Research UBC Okanagan March 2018
Innovations in Palliative and End-of-Life Care. Awarded to Pesut and Duggleby for N-CARE program. Innovation Award Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement June 21, 2017
CRNBC Award of Excellence in Nursing Research Research College of Registered Nurses of BC 2011


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