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2017 National Nursing Ethics Conference March 2017

February 21, 2017


2017 National Nursing Ethics Conference 

Shaping an Ethical Environment


Shaping an Ethical Environment is the theme for the 4th Ethics of Caring National Nursing Ethics Conference (NNEC).  Nurses are actively engaged in influencing the processes and actions that create ethical environments and directly impact the nurse, the delivery of care, interprofessional collaboration and ultimately, patient outcomes.  Recognizing that nurses’ voices are required to participate in shaping those environments, the conference will emphasize the development of skills needed to manage ethical dilemmas and to enhance practice and leadership

Over the course of this two-day immersive and interactive journey, a variety of influences on and in the healthcare environment will be explored that can affect the nurse’s actions and efforts to do the right thing for the right reasons.

The first day will examine The Difference We Each Can Be and Make and how to maintain balance and resiliency in the process.   The issues that will be covered include ways of improving the ethical culture through a concept of precision nursing, speaking up and the power of narratives. The second day we will focus on Navigating Ethical Challenges. The emphasis will be on identifying ways to support the highest professional standards of nursing practice and ethically grounded care in situations that challenge one’s values and core beliefs. Some of the topics to be addressed include - care of the seriously ill and dying, assisted suicide, dementia, decision making, and challenges related to innovative treatment and technology.  Poster sessions will highlight research and innovation in the field.  Case presentations and breakouts will engage discussion.  Colleagues are encouraged to bring their experiences, expertise, challenges and voices to enrich the dialogue.  Patients, families, and healthcare professionals thrive when there is a strong ethical environment.  With skill and collaboration nurses can help make that happen.

By the end of the conference, participants will be able to:

  1. Explore methods to maintain balance and resiliency as practicing nurses in healthcare.
  2. Describe concrete ways to speak up individually and collectively as a profession to create an ethical environment.
  3. Value the power of narratives in articulating the challenges associated with shaping the ethical environment in healthcare.
  4. Analyze situations that illustrate an ethical response in cases where capacity is a factor and the practical application of a toolkit for addressing concepts associated with physician assisted death.
  5. Identify actions that support the professional standards of nursing and ethically-grounded care.
  6. Reflect on known and emerging ethical challenges such as end-of-life care, assisted suicide, and the introduction of innovative therapies and technology.

DAY ONE: Thursday, March 23, 2017




Wellness - Campus Guided Walk Optional


Buffet Breakfast and Registration


Welcome – Katherine Brown-Saltzman RN, MA


Keynote: Sarah Shannon PhD, RN  

Ethical Practice through Precision Nursing:  Reconceptualizing “Difficult” Patients as Vulnerable Individuals


Break and Poster Session


Plenary: Carol Pavlish BS, MS, PhD, RN, FAAN, Joan Henriksen RN, PhD, Ellen Robinson RN, PhD, & Katherine Brown-Saltzman RN, MA

Creating Shared Moral Communities Through Early Ethics Assessment and Intervention


Small Group Case Discussion – All Faculty

A Patient Without Capacity: Assessing and Prompting an Ethical Response


Buffet Lunch


Breakout Sessions


Cynda Rushton PhD, RN, FAAN

Cultivating Moral Resilience

Christine Mitchell RN, MS, MTS, FAAN

Ethical Complexities of Pediatric Nursing Care

Christina Purpora PhD, RN

Part 1. Incivility and Bullying in Nursing:
Defining and Mitigating the Elephant in the Room   

Heather Fitzgerald BA, BSN, MS, RN

Three Vital Questions: Practical Tools for Advocacy and Resiliency

Sarah Shannon PhD, RN & Cindy Sayre PhD, ARNP

Case Studies in Precision Nursing:  Ethics Consults for “Difficult” Patients 

Carol Taylor PhD, MSN, RN

Health Equity & Disparity

Jennifer Bartlett PhD, RN-BC, CNE, CHSE & Angie Knackstedt BSN, RN-BC

Ethics: Building Basic Skills




Closing: Arthur Frank PhD 

Empowering Narrations: Care as Enabling Stories That Heal


Ann Hamric PhD, RN, FAAN & Kathrine Brown-Saltzman RN, MA

Recognizing a Nursing Ethics Leader: A Conversation with Ann Hamric


Reception and Poster Session









DAY TWO: Friday, March 24, 2017




Wellness - Yoga Optional


Continental Breakfast, Registration,

Poster Session


Welcome – Heather Fitzgerald  BA, BSN, MS, RN


Keynote:  Christine Mitchell RN, MS, MTS, FAAN

Nurses' Stance Amidst Ethical Dilemmas


Break and Poster Session


Plenary:  Doug Olsen PhD, RN, James Hynds LLB, MTH, PhD, Timothy Godfrey SJ, DNP, MSW, RN & Carma Erickson-Hurt DNP,  ACHPN

Panel Discussion:  Ethical Reflections on Physician-Assisted Death


Break and Poster Session


Case Discussion – All Faculty

Physician Assisted Death – Discussion & Toolkit




Breakout Sessions


Outstanding Posters
Promising Practices: Innovative Interventions

Ann Hamric PhD, RN, FAAN

Navigating Moral Distress: How Can We Best Intervene?

Maribeth Gallagher DNP, PMHNP-BC, FAAN

Honoring Personhood in Advanced Dementia: Ethical Considerations for Humane and Dignified Care

Marie-Josée Potvin RN, PhD & Anna Dermenchyan BSN, RN, CCRN-K

A Moral Psychology Perspective to Support Nurses Ethical Decision-making in Practice

Carma Erickson-Hurt DNP, ACHPN & Linda Gorman RN, MN, PMHCNS-BC, FPCN, CHPN, OCN

Physician Assisted Suicide – Nurses’ Experiences and Ethical Implications

Sarah Shannon PhD, RN & Cindy Sayre PhD, ARNP

Case Studies in Precision Nursing:  Ethics Consults for “Difficult” Patients 

Mary Walton MSN, MBE

Part II.   Responding to Incivility and Bullying in Professional Practice:
Living Our Code of Ethics




Cynda Rushton PhD, RN, FAAN
 A Report on the National Nursing Ethics Symposium: Moral Resilience Initiative


Closing: Ira Byock MD, FAAHPM

Nursing Principles and Practice - The Roots and Future of Human Caring Through
the End of Life


Evaluations and Closing Comments

Continuing Education Credits
UCLA Health is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  Nurses will be awarded 8.25 ANCC contact hours for participation in 1-day of the conference or 16.5 ANCC contact hours for participation in 2-days of the conference.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12511 for 9.5 contact hours for participation in 1-day of the conference or 19.5 contact hours for participation in 2-days of the conference.


Colorado Nurses Association Seeks ANCC Continuing Education Nurse Peer Review Leader Consultant

February 6, 2017

Colorado Nurses Association is re-establishing our independent ANCC Accreditation as an Approver of continuing education programs. Knowledge of current ANCC accreditation standards required.  Experience and/or Certification a a Nurse Educator preferred.  This is currently designed to be an independent consultant and terms can be negotiated.  Please contact with your interest.  Thank you.


CHA Sepsis Webinar Series – February 14 Webinar

February 6, 2017

On Tuesday, February 14, 2017, The Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) will be hosting the first webinar in the 2017 Sepsis Webinar SeriesNursing at the Forefront of the Battle Against Sepsis.  Nurses play a central role on pediatric sepsis response teams and collaboration between all providers is critical to recognizing sepsis early.  Please join this special event hosted by Children's Hospital Association (CHA) and Sepsis Alliance featuring sepsis activist Carl Flatley, DDS, MSD, founder of Sepsis Alliance and the 2016 winners of the Erin Kay Flatley Pediatric Sepsis Nursing Award Julie Albright Gottfried, DNP, RN, CPNP and Carolyn Nightingale Riker, BSN, RN.  Additional topics in the webinar series are in development to support pediatric quality improvement work.


Managing Smart Pump Alarms: A Patient Safety Program at Palomar Health:  February 13 webinar

February 6, 2017

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) and the AAMI Foundation are working together to offer a series of complimentary Patient Safety seminars to highlight how hospitals are addressing patient safety issues related to complex healthcare technology and in particular, infusion therapy.  Their initial webinar on managing smart pump alarms will be held Monday, Feb 13, 2017, 12-1 pm Eastern; to register:  Archived slide presentations will be available through AAMI’s Infusion Therapy Safety site:



9Health Fair Seeking Volunteers

February 1, 2017

9Health Fair is looking for individuals to contribute their medical skills to the community fairs that have been offered to Coloradans for 37 years.  If you are an RN, PA, MD or have other medical licensure AND you enjoy helping people with preventative care and health education than this could be the right volunteer opportunity for you

 Please contact Alexandra Andrews at or 303-996-0989 to learn more about what you can do to help our health driven mission.

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