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6th National Nursing Ethics Conference - Requires Paid Registration

Title: 6th National Nursing Ethics Conference
Date & Time: Mar 21, 2019 7:45 AM - Mar 22, 2019 8:45 AM
Location: UCLA Luskin Conference Center


6th National Nursing Ethics Conference

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Vulnerability and Presence

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Luskin Conference Center, UCLA

March 21 – 22, 2019

Poster Session on the evening of March 20, 2019

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Registration Now Open! Early Bird Rates though March 7th:

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We are pleased to announce that we will be offering continuing education credits to social workers for the 2019 NNEC, please see the soon to be published brochure for further details.

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General Description

By its very nature, an ethic of care calls us to address the vulnerability of those we care for as well as our own. This dual ethical obligation of self-care while caring for others recognizes that vulnerability is a thread that weaves us all together as human beings.  The vulnerable person is not to be regarded as ‘other’, as it is part of the human condition to experience vulnerability; thus, it is not we, “the clinician” and they, the “ill.”

Denying our own vulnerability can drive us apart, submerging our compassion.  How should one respond in an ethical way when caring for a person with a recalcitrant addiction, an unrepresented elder, the angry patient, an uninsured immigrant, or parents challenged to address best-interest decisions for their children?  We have an opportunity to move beyond our defense mechanisms, reactivity, stigmatization, or biases into empathic responses where we acknowledge that human vulnerability is not only in our patients, but also in ourselves as well as in our colleagues. We need to move beyond wanting simple answers, and shifting from our fix-it interventions, to journeying through the messiness and making use of our powerful and attentive presence.  We can use the human journey of vulnerability to both notice and participate in the unfolding process and the potential for unimagined outcomes.  This conference will encourage awareness and reflection that will develop creative and skillful responses to the stark vulnerability that we witness in healthcare daily.  In doing so, this conference will enhance your practice and promote care and compassion for the self as professional caregiver.


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

  • Define vulnerability and recognize its integral link to the obligations of nursing as addressed in the ANA Code of Ethics.
  • Appreciate the value, necessity, and impact of therapeutic presence as it incorporates an ethic of care into one’s practice.
  • Recognize the consequences of repeated witnessing of vulnerability on the clinician.
  • Identify vulnerability in one’s own practice and the impact of this vulnerability on one’s professional comportment and on the self. 
  • Explore the concept of stigma and biases and the consequences on everything including prioritization, relational responses, and developing policies.
  • Describe effective strategies that enhance the humanity of the vulnerable patient.

Keynote Speakers

Joan Liaschenko

Amy Haddad

Denise Dudzinski

Jay Baruch

Hui-Wen Sato

Daniel Goldberg

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Upcoming Scholarship Announcements


Speaker Spotlights

Over the next few months, we will be interviewing a few of our key speakers for NNEC 2019 so that you can hear about their work, what they are thinking about ethics, and their reflections on vulnerability and resiliency.

Consider Becoming a Sponsor

Please consider becoming a Sponsor for the 2019 National Nursing Ethics Conference.  Sponsoring institutions receive significantly reduced registration, consider asking your institution to sponsor! 

Contact Katherine Brown-Saltzman

( or 310-794-6219)


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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