Ethics of Caring Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary


March 2018 will find Ethics of Caring® celebrating 25 years of commitment to nursing ethics education, which began with a local conference in 2011 and then evolved into a collaboration with nursing ethics leaders across the country to establish the National Nursing Ethics Conference (NNEC).  The NNEC has now become an annual conference that is committed to providing outstanding education that addresses the ethical concerns that nurses encounter across the healthcare continuum.

Join us in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of EOC at NNEC March 7-9, 2018!


Ethics of Caring® collaboration began in 1993 and has held an annual conference since 1994.  The mission of Ethics of Caring® is the promotion of ethical discussion and ethics education for nurses and other health care providers.  With the collaboration and commitment of about seventeen healthcare institutions in Los Angeles and Orange County, the symposium has been able to provide attendees with exposure to national leaders, clinicians, researchers, and educators in ethics.  Bringing together professionals from multiple healthcare facilities encourages exploration of ethical issues beyond the culture of individual institutions, stimulating the cross fertilization of ideas.  It fosters discussion, supporting those at the front-lines of care as they struggle with complex dilemmas.

Members of the Ethics of Caring® collaboration are leaders in nursing and ethics at Los Angeles area healthcare facilities.  These members plan the conferences, engage in ethical discourse, peer review, and represent nursing on ethics committees and meetings throughout the community.  The founding of  this consortium began in 1993. Beverly Fairbairn, RN, CCRN, a nurse on the Ethics Committee at Saint John’s Hospital, proposed the development of a nursing ethics educational program to Katherine Brown-Saltzman, RN, MA, who at the time was the chair of the UCLA Nursing Ethics Committee.   Thus began a mutual effort of gathering the network of nursing leaders interested in ethics and broadened immediately into the organization of a community-wide educational effort about nursing ethics.  Other founding members were Elissa Brown, RN, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, Linda Gorman, RN, MN, PMHCNS-BC, CHPN, and Marilyn Shirk, MN, RN, CNS-BC.

In 2005, with the continued growth of the Ethics of Caring®, the consortium incorporated and became a non-profit organization.  We are deeply grateful and appreciative for all of the current and past members, the sponsoring institutions, nursing leaders, and conference participants that have supported the Ethics of Caring® over these many years and continue to inspire a passion for ethics.

Current EOC Members:

Katherine Brown-Saltzman, MA, RN

Elissa Brown, RN,MSN,PMHCNS-BC

Linda Gorman RN, MN, PMHCNS-BC, CHPN

Theresa S. Drought, PhD, RN

Brenda Barnum, RN, BSN

and Anna Dermenchyan, BSN, RN, CCRN-CSC

Past EOC Members:

Tami Borneman, RN, MSN, CNS

Becky Crane, RN, PhD

Marge Dodero, RN, BS

Margaret Ecker, RN, MS

Michele Evans, RN, BSN, CHPN

Beverly Fairbairn, RN, CCRN

Sherry Hirschberg, RN, MSN

Kirsten Inducil, BSN, RN

Kathy Kelly, RN, CCRN

Lisa Shellin, RN, BSN, MSN

Marilyn Shirk, MN, RN, CNS-BC

Cynthia Smith Idell, RN, BA, MSN, AOCN

Margi Spies, RN, MEd, CNOR, NEA-BC

Jochen Strack, BSN, MBA, MDiv, RN