Assistant Professor of Nursing
Neufeld Science Centre, Langley/BC

Department(s) or Program(s)


Lynn Musto is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Trinity Western University School of Nursing. She has a PhD from the University of British Columbia School of Nursing. Lynn has been a nurse since 1988, and has spent most of her career working in mental health with adults and adolescents. She also worked as contract faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in the Bachelors of Psychiatric Nursing program and as a practice consultant with the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia. Along with her passion for mental health, she is deeply interested in the ethical aspects of nurses’ work. Her research focus is on the experience of moral distress and currently she is in the early stages of conducting research that explores the reciprocity between health care organizations and health care professionals as they seek to enact their moral agency.

Research & Scholarship


Bachelor of Science in Nursing, (University of Victoria)

Advanced Practice Leadership Masters, (University of Victoria)

PhD student, School of Nursing, (University of British Columbia)

Awards & Honors

  • CIHR Doctoral Research Award, 3-Year Term
  • Four Year Fellowship, Univeristy of British Columbia
  • Fredrick and Agnes Eatock Memorial Award Fellowship
  • Faculty of Applied Science Graduate Award

Recent Publications

Musto, L. Rodney, P. (2015). Moving from Conceptual Ambiguity to Knowledgeable Action: Using a Critical Realist Approach to Studying Moral Distress. Nursing Philosophy

Musto, L., Rodney, P. and Vanderheide, R. (Submitted). Toward Interventions To Address Moral Distress: Navigating the Reciprocity of Structure and Agency. Nursing Ethics

Rodney, P., Kadyschuk, S., Liaschenko, J., Brown, H., Musto, L. and Snyder, N. (In Press). Moral Agency. In Storch, J., Starzomski, R., & Rodney, P. (Eds.) (2013). Toward a moral horizon: Nursing ethics for leadership and practice (2nd ed.). Toronto: Pearson Education Canada.

Musto, L. & Schreiber, R. (2012). Doing the best I can do: Moral Distress in Adolescent Mental Health Nursing. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 33, 137-144.

Musto, L. (2012). Consultation Report: RPN Scope of Practice. Canadian Journal of Psychiatric Nursing Research, 1, 67-74.


Mental Health