5th National Nursing Ethics Conference

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Reimagining Nursing from the Inside Out

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Luskin Conference Center, UCLA
March 7 – 9, 2018


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Speaker Spotlight

Over the next few months, we will be interviewing a few of our key speakers for NNEC 2018 so that you can hear about their work, what they are thinking about ethics, and the importance of resiliency.  Watch for upcoming Speaker Spotlights.

Our first interview was with Ann Hamric, PhD, RN, FAANAnn is a retired Professor and former Associate Dean for Academic Programs at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing and well known for her work in ethics and advanced practice nursing.  Her research, which focuses on moral distress, has contributed substantially to increased awareness and responsiveness to moral distress in healthcare.  She is currently the Co-chair of the Bioethics Expert Panel of the American Academy of Nursing.
Interviewed 12/15/2017 by Katherine Brown-Saltzman, MA, RN

What would you tell a nurse about this year’s conference theme of reimagining nursing?
It is so important that we view our discipline as dynamic and evolving.  This is particularly true in relation to our ethical practice, as we are constantly confronted with new challenges.  We need at times to step away from our work and to think creatively.  The NNEC could be considered a brain “sherbet”, like the old fashion concept of cleansing your palate between courses!  It provides a pause for reflection and it relaxes and refreshes you.  People are cared for and that experience nourishes and prepares their minds for the next challenge

Ann, you are the first recipient of the Ethics of Caring Nursing Ethics Leadership Award. Why is it important to recognize leaders in nursing ethics?
Because so much leadership is “on the ground” and it is not really noticed… yet, it is absolutely critical.  True leadership requires the art of persistence; you don’t always know what the effect will be and there are times when others do not appreciate your vision.  This award was an affirmation that the work I had done had an impact.  That was so meaningful coming from my colleagues.  That recognition helps fuel your determination and validates that your work is someaningful.  Ultimately, it is powerful to have nursing recognize their leaders; it affirms that you are making a difference in individual lives.

Is there anything else you would like to talk about?
Sometimes when I approach nurses about this conference, there is a sense that they think they do not deserve it.  I want nurses to know you deserve to take time to reflect on these ethical issues, and to do that in a lovely setting that supports you.  As nurses, we address the challenges that seem horrendous, and they are not getting easier. As we are doing the research on updating the Moral Distress Scale, we are hearing about new and pressing issues, such as abusive families.  Nurses are being buffeted by so many things.  And they need to be cared for so that they can stay in the fray, have resilience and manage workplace distress.  I have been coming to Ethics of Caring and NNEC conferences for many years and I so enjoy the nourishing aspect; and I admire the work because it is so important for front line nurses.

Come join us for Ann’s Keynote “Creating Moral Space” at NNEC 2018.


Consider Becoming a Sponsor

Please consider becoming a Sponsor for the 2018 National Nursing Ethics Conference.  Sponsoring institutions receive significantly reduced registration, consider asking your institution to sponsor! 

Contact Katherine Brown-Saltzman

 (brownsaltzman@mednet.ucla.edu or 310-794-6219)


AACN Scholarships

A shout out to AACN for its support and recognition of professional development – we are grateful!
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is offering full scholarship to its members to attend NNEC!
Visit the AACN Continuing Professional Development Scholarships page to learn more and apply.  Deadline for applications January 8, 2018,
but the sooner you submit your application, the sooner you will be informed if you will receive the scholarship.


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.