Joan Henriksen, PhD, RN, HEC-C

Senior Clinical Ethicist, Allina Health

Joan Henriksen

Childrens Minnesota Ethics
2525 Chicago Ave S Ste 17-750
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States

Dr. Henriksen began her career as a nurse in pediatrics in 1993. Her PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Iowa provided the foundation for both clinical practice and research in ethics. She performs bedside consultation to support patients, their families, and clinical teams in the process of moral deliberation. Her research interests include conflicts of conscience of healthcare providers, proactive strategies to reduce ethical conflict, truth telling and requests for non-disclosure of medical information. She enjoys teaching about ethics to trainees as well as working clinicians.

Professional Associations

Member, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH)

Member, ASBH Nominating Committee, Core Competencies Revision Task Force

Member, National Nursing Ethics Conference


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Bioethics Research

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

PhD, Religious Studies, University of Iowa

BA, Nursing and Religion, Luther College

Registered Nurse; Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified

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Research Summary/Interests

Clinical Ethics Consultation, Conflicts of Conscience, Virtues of Health Care Practitioners, Proactive Ethics Interventions in Intensive Care Units, Decision-making for Unbefriended Patients