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Joan Liaschenko, PhD, RN, FAAN

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Professor, Center for Bioethics; Professor, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota

Phone:  612-624-2443
E-Mail:  jliasch@umn.edu


Joan Liaschenko is a Professor and Director of the Ethics Consult Service for the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview; and Professor, School of Nursing. She graduated from Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia. She obtained a BS from Hahnemann University, an MA from Bryn Mawr College, an MS, PhD, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. She joined the University of Minnesota Faculty in January of 2001.

In the Center for Bioethics, she has taught courses on ‘Foundations of Bioethics,’ ‘Dying in Contemporary Medical Culture,’ ‘Morality and Risk,’ ‘Animal Ethics,’ ‘The Social Construction of Health and Illness,’ and ‘Stories of Illness.’ Both her research and teaching are largely informed by feminist scholarship. Her major research interests are clinical ethics, end-of-life care, the morality of professional health care work, and feminist ethics. She also worked on the Minnesota Pandemic Ethics Project. In the School of Nursing, she teaches ethics to masters and doctoral students.

She has been a visiting scholar in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Germany.

Selected Articles

DeBruin, D.A., Liaschenko, J., Marshall, M.F. (2012). Social justice in pandemic preparedness. American Journal of Public Health, 102(4), 586-591 doi:- 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300483

DeBruin, D.A., Liaschenko, J., Fisher, A. (2011). How clinical trials really work: Rethinking research ethics. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, 21(2), 121-139

Liaschenko, J., Peden-McAlpine, C., and Andrews, G. (2011). Institutional Geographies in Dying: Nurses’ Actions and Observations on Dying Spaces Inside and Outside Intensive Care Units Health and Place, 17, 814-821

Liaschenko, J., O’Connor-Von, S., Peden-McAlpine, C. (2009). The Big Picture: Communicating with Families about End of Life Care in ICU. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 28(5), 224-231.

Liaschenko, J., Oguz, Y., & Brunnell, D. (2006). Critique of the ‘Tragic Case’ Method in Ethics Education. Journal of Medical Ethics, 32(11), 672-677.

Peter, E, Liaschenko, J. (2004). Perils of Proximity: A spatio-temporal analysis of moral distress and moral ambiguity. Nursing Inquiry, 11(4), 218-225.

Liaschenko, J. & Peter, E. (2004). Nursing ethics and conceptualizations of nursing: Profession, practice, work. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 46(5), 488-495.

Liaschenko, J. (2002). Thoughts on nursing work. JONA, 32(2), 69-70.
Book Chapters

Rodney, P., Kadyschuk, S., Liaschenko, J., Brown, H., Musto, L., Snyder, N. (2013) Moral agency: Relational connections and support. In J. Storch, P. Rodney, R.
Starzomski (Eds.), Toward a Moral Horizon: Nursing Ethics for Leadership and Practice, 2nd Ed. (pp. 160-187). Pearson Canada: Don Mills, Ontario.

Marshal, M.F., Liaschenko, J., (2012). Implementing policy to the wider community. In D.M. Hester & T. Schonfeld (Eds.), Guidance for Healthcare Ethics Committees. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, U.K.

Liaschenko, J. (2008) “…to take one’s place…and the right to have one’s part matter.” In W. Pinch, A. Haddad (Eds.). Nursing Ethics: Legacy and Vision (pp. 195-202). Washington, DC: ANA Press.

Liaschenko, J. and Peter, E. (2006) Feminist ethics: A way of doing ethics. In A. J. Davis, L. deRaeve, V. Tschudin (Eds.). Essentials of Teaching and Learning in Nursing Ethics: Perspectives and Methods (pp. 181 – 190). London: Elsevier.

Liaschenko, J. (2006). Teaching feminist ethics. In In A. J. Davis, L. deRaeve, V. Tschudin (Eds.). Essentials of Teaching and Learning in Nursing Ethics: Perspectives and Methods (pp. 203-215). London: Elsevier.

Liaschenko, J. & Peter, E. (2003). Feminist ethics. In V. Tschudin (Ed.), Approaches to Ethics: Nursing Beyond Boundaries (pp. 33-43). Oxford, UK: Butterworth Heinemann.

Liaschenko, J. (2002). Health promotion, moral harm, and the moral aims of nursing. In L. Young & V. Hayes (Eds.), Transforming Health Promotion Practice: Concepts, Issues, and Applications (pp. 136-147). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

Liaschenko, J. (2001). Nursing work, housekeeping issues, and the moral geography of home care. In D.N. Weisstub, D.C. Thomasma, S. Gauthier, & G.F. Tomossy (Eds.), Aging: Caring for our Elders (pp. 123-37). Kluwer Academic Press. Dordrecht: The Netherlands.


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