Conscience Rights and Conscientious Objection in the Workplace

Event Date: 
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

A Seminar for Nurses and All Healthcare Professionals

SUMMARY: Nurses and other healthcare professionals may increasingly face ethical situations at work in which, in conscience, they cannot participate.

How does the healthcare professional proceed in such circumstances?

Can the healthcare professional simultaneously maintain the regulatory body’s standards of practice and uphold integrity of conscience?

Which are the best ways of informing your manager and colleagues about your conscientious objection before a situation arises?

What interventions should be avoided to prevent participation on the basis of conscience? What resources are available from CCBI and other organizations?

In this seminar, an interdisciplinary panel of speakers will address these concerns.There will be an extended question and answer period for all to benefit from the experiences raised for discussion.

Other considerations:

 The impact of euthanasia in the work environment on healthcare professionals
 The difference between pain relief that relieves suffering and pain relief that hastens death
 Interactions between the patient and healthcare provider that allow for understanding the meaning of
illness and suffering

Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute | 416 353 4224 |


Charbonnel Lounge
81 St. Mary Street, University of St. Michael’s College
Toronto, ON
43° 40' 0.8112" N, 79° 23' 25.4868" W
This community event is not affiliated with Faith Connections, but we believe it to be of specific interest to young adults aged 18-39 and with a faith-based or social justice theme. However, we can be mistaken — if you're not sure this event will meet your expectations, please check with the event organizers.