Academic Staff

Jennifer Dunsford
Instructor II

Contact Information:
#317 Helen Glass Centre for nursing
College of Nursing

University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Ph#: 204-474-8218



Jennifer Dunsford is an Instructor II in the College of Nursing, and PhD student pursuing in interdisciplinary program with Peace and conflict Studies, Nursing and Bioethics/Philosophy. Her clinical nursing experience is in medical-surgical nursing and ambulatory oncology. She has had roles in quality improvement, patient safety and project management. Prior to coming to the University of Manitoba, she was the Regional Director for Ethics Services with the Winnipeg Health Region, providing ethics education and decision support to clinicians and leaders across the health system. In that role, she worked with individuals and teams to manage difficult patient care situations and advise on the ethical implications of organizational policies.

Jennifer has been involved with the profession of nursing, serving as the President of the Board of the Association for Regulated Nurses of Manitoba, and a board member of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), as well as a volunteer with the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba and a number of CNA committees.

Her research interests are varied. Her MN research focused on patient safety, human factors, and nursing practice errors. Her MPA research examined the development of Manitoba’s program for the provision of medical assistance in dying (MAID). She continues to provide ethics support to the MAID team. Her doctoral research concerns the intrapersonal ethical dilemmas nurses encounter when they are in situations where their personal and professional values are incompatible, for example, in caring for people under violent or unsafe circumstances.

  • Master of Public Administration (2018) – University of Manitoba
  • Master of Nursing (2010) – Athabasca University
  • Bachelor of Nursing (2003) – University of Manitoba
  • Bachelor of Arts (1992) – University of Winnipeg
 Research Interests:
  • Ethics and moral distress
  • Conflict and conflict resolution
  • Decision making
  • Assisted dying
  • Qualitative methods
 Teaching & Education Interests
  • Ethics
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Interpersonal conflict resolution
  • Effective communication
 Select Publications

Dunsford, J. & Reimer, L. (2017) Relationship-Centered Health Care as a Lean Intervention. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 29(8).

Thiele, T. & Dunsford, J (2017) Nurse Leader’s Role in Medical Assistance in Dying: A Relational Ethics Approach. Nursing Ethics.

Dunsford, J. (2008). Oncology nursing 101: Nursing management of epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitor-induced toxicities. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 12 (3), 405-407.

Dunsford, J. (2009). Structured communication: Improving patient safety with SBAR. Nursing for Women’s Health, 13 (5), 385-390.