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 the concept of precision nursing, speaking up and the power of narratives. The second day’s theme is “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.
The NNEC aims to empower nurses to engage in complex, ethical challenges of care to effect needed change and to affirm the mutually enriching qualities of patient-family-caregiver encounters.
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Recently, several members of the Ethics of Caring National Nursing Ethics Conference Planning Committee reflected on the upcoming event. Here they comment on ethics as a core feature of nursing practice and benefits of the conference for participants.