We look forward to seeing you at the
3rd National Nursing Ethics Conference
Conversations in Ethics
March 19-20, 2015
Hilton Universal City Walk
Los Angeles, CA
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place”
-George Bernard Shaw
The theme, “Conversations in Ethics,” highlights how communication is vitally important to supporting ethics in clinical practice. The healing and caring of patients is directly affected by the way the healthcare team, the patient, and the family or surrogates relate to one another. Those relationships and communications can be challenged by a person’s vulnerability, compromised capacity, inability to speak, being unrepresented, lack of knowledge, language differences, or feeling threatened due to power structures.
The conference provides an opportunity to learn from experts and one another, and to think about what we as nurses can do to improve communication and caring relationships. How do we listen? What do we voice? How should we respond? A review of the new ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses gives us an opportunity to further understand and assume our professional obligations, while a discussion of relationship-based care grounds us in the ethics of care.
The conference features expert speakers, small group breakouts, case analysis, and participant discussions all aimed at enhancing nurses’ clinical practices through their ability to identify and address ethical issues. The intention is to motivate and empower each participant with knowledge, skills, and courage to speak confidently and to be creative and steadfast while tackling ethical challenges. Exploring ethics through the lens of relationship and dialog advances professional practice beyond a sense of ethical duties to a realization of purpose.