Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

21st International Nursing Ethics Conference and 6th International Care Ethics Conference

June 6-7, 2020

Toronto, Canada

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  • This conference is presented in collaboration with the International Care Ethics Observatory at the University of Surrey and the journal Nursing Ethics.

    Sustaining Ethical Care through Resistance and Conscientious Commitment

    This year’s conference theme examines the place of conscientious commitment and resistance in building and sustaining moral agency within current healthcare systems. These practices require that nurses and other healthcare practitioners provide needed care in the face of the perception of unjust laws and policies, social disapproval, and/or a lack of organizational support. How can these practices be fostered? What are their limits? How are they related to professional identity?

    Issues related to the conference theme will be addressed by international experts and scholars in the field of ethics and nursing. Ample opportunity will be afforded for interactive dialogue and discussion with keynote speakers and panelists.

    Practitioners, researchers, educators, managers and students in the field of health and social care from around the world are invited to attend and participate in this conference to engage in ongoing discussions about these questions in relation to how ethical care can best be sustained in the context of issues related to conscientious commitment and resistance.

    Abstracts are invited for oral presentations in the concurrent sessions to address the main theme – Sustaining Ethical Care through Resistance and Conscientious Commitment – before February 24, 2020. Issues of particular interest would include but are not restricted to:
    • Moral agency and identity in global contexts
    • Conscientious commitment and resistance in nursing and care practices
    • Conscientious commitment and resistance in leadership, education, and research
    • Political dimensions of ethics in care
    • Everyday ethical challenges in health and social care
    • The role of ethics education in sustaining ethical care
    • Ethics and professional regulation
    • The contribution of ethical codes
    • Ethical climate in health and social care organisations
    • Moral distress and moral resilience
    • Multi-disciplinary perspectives on ethics in care
    • Philosophical perspectives on ethics in care
    • The future of ethics in care

    Conference Schedule

    The schedule is available as a Printable PDFupdated February 18, 2020.

    Keynote Speakers


    Franco Carnevale RN, PhD(psych), PhD(phil)

    Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University, Canada

    Franco A. Carnevale is a nurse, psychologist and clinical ethicist. His primary research interests include a wide range of concerns in childhood ethics. He is the founder and principal investigator for VOICE (Views On Interdisciplinary Childhood Ethics); a McGill-based international initiative to advance knowledge and practices relating to ethical concerns in childhood. Dr. Carnevale’s interests include recognizing nurses as moral agents as a better way of understanding what is commonly referred to as ‘moral distress’, and developing strategies for addressing moral distress.

    Ann Gallagher PhD, PGCEA, MA, BA (Hons), RMN, SRN

    Professor of Ethics and Care, Director International Care Ethics Observatory, School of Health Sciences in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, UK

    Ann Gallagher is Professor of Ethics and Care, Director International Care Ethics Observatory, School of Health Sciences, University of Surrey, UK. Ann is also Editor-in-Chief of Nursing Ethics and has published widely in the field of ethics and care, for example, in relation to dignity, professionalism, ethics education and virtue ethics. She has recently completed a book ‘Slow Ethics and the Art of Care’ which will be published by Emerald in 2020. She is a Fulbright Scholar and a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing.

    Joan McCarthy PhD

    Senior Lecturer, Healthcare Ethics, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland

    Dr. McCarthy’s research interests include: ethics at the beginning and end of life; nursing and midwifery ethics, and; feminist perspectives on bioethics. She has led, and collaborated on, a number of national and international research projects funded by, e.g., the Irish Hospice Foundation, Wellcome Trust, and the Irish Research Council. Her publications include: End-of-Life Care: Ethics and Law, 2011, Cork: Cork University Press (with M. Donnelly, D. Dooley, L. Campbell and D. Smith) and Nursing Ethics, Irish Cases and Concerns, 2012, Dublin: Gill and MacMillan (with D. Dooley).

    Panelists


    Steve Abdool RN, MA, PhD (c)

    Bioethicist, Centre for Clinical Ethics, St. Michael’s Hopsital  

    Diane Godkin PhD

    Senior Ethicist, Regional Ethics Program, Trillium Health Partners
    Investigator, Institute for Better Health, Trillium Health Partners
    Adjunct Lecturer, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
    Member, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto
    President, Canadian Bioethics Society

    Dianne Godkin is Senior Ethicist at Trillium Health Partners (THP). As the lead of the ethics program at a large community academic hospital, she supports ethical decision-making processes from the point of care to the boardroom through her consultation, education, policy, and research work. For the past three years, this has included responsibility for the oversight of medical assistance in dying. Her prior education includes a post-graduate clinical ethics fellowship from the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics and a doctoral degree in nursing from the University of Alberta. She is currently President of the Canadian Bioethics Society. Her research interests include the use of qualitative methods to explore end-of-life decision-making and advance care planning.

    Rebecca Greenberg RN, PhD

    Senior Bioethicist, Sinai Health System, Toronto
    Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto

    Dr. Rebecca Greenberg is the Senior Bioethicist at Sinai Health System in Toronto, Ontario. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, and a member of the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto.  Rebecca has a Bachelor of Arts (psychology) from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and PhD (bioethics) from the University of Toronto.  Prior to working as a Bioethicist, Rebecca worked as a nurse in the area of general medicine. Her main research interests include pediatric bioethics, ethics education and moral distress.

    Christina Lamb RN, PhD

    Bioethicist, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, the University of Alberta.

    Dr. Lamb is a Registered Nurse and Bioethicist whose program of research, titled the Aletheia Conscience Project (ACP), focuses on conscience and conscientious objection for nurses and healthcare professionals. The aim of the ACP is to raise awareness around conscience as a central component of healthcare education and practice. Dr. Lamb also researches end of life ethics for pediatric populations and has experience in bioethics in the context of maternal, child and newborn health in Rwanda.

    Joan Liaschenko RN, PhD, HEC-C, FAAN

    Professor, Adult and Gerontological Cooperative, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, USA
    Director of Ethics Consult Service, University of Minnesota Medical Center

    Joan Liaschenko is a Professor in the Center of Bioethics and the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota where she is a co-chair of the ethics committee and directs the ethics consult service for the University hospital. Her major research interest is the morality of everyday practices in health care. Her scholarship has included, among others, work on feminist ethics, the moralities embedded in nursing practice and in places of health care delivery, moral agency, moral distress, moral concepts of health and health promotion,  morality and risk, pregnancy and risk, research integrity in clinical trials, communication between families and clinicians at the end-of-life, decision-making in adolescents and young adults undergoing bone marrow transplant,  growth attenuation in severely developmentally delayed children, social justice and health disparities in pandemic planning, and public engagement in pandemic planning.  She has published widely and been a visiting scholar in Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, and New Zealand. She is a consulting editor to Nursing Ethics and on the editorial board of Nursing Philosophy and Nursing Inquiry.

    Patricia (Paddy) Rodney RN, PhD

    Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia
    Faculty Associate, UBC Centre for Applied Ethics
    Research Associate, Providence Health Care Ethics Services


    Anne Simmonds RN, PhD

    Associate Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Canada

    Dr. Simmonds’ scholarship focuses on professional identity formation in nursing education and practice, student-faculty collaborative inquiry and curriculum design, and ethical dimensions in perinatal nursing.

    David Kenneth Wright PhD, RN, CHPCN(C)

    Associate Professor, University of Ottawa

    David is a faculty member in the School of Nursing at the University of Ottawa in Ontario Canada. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in ethics at McGill University, and currently maintains an active clinical practice at a freestanding palliative care residence in Montreal. His research seeks to understand, typically from the standpoint of nurses, how values at stake are realized or thwarted in contemporary contexts of end-of-life care. As of 2019, David is the academic lead for the newly launched Palliative Care and Nursing Ethics hub of the Centre for Research on Health and Nursing (a collaboration between the University of Ottawa and the Canadian Nurses Association).
  • Call for Abstracts

    This year’s conference theme examines the place of conscientious commitment and resistance in building and sustaining moral agency within current healthcare systems. These practices require that nurses and other healthcare practitioners provide needed care in the face of the perception of unjust laws and policies, social disapproval, and/or a lack of organizational support. How can these practices be fostered? What are their limits? How are they related to professional identity?

    Issues related to the conference theme will be addressed by international experts and scholars in the field of ethics and nursing. Ample opportunity will be afforded for interactive dialogue and discussion with keynote speakers and panelists.

    Practitioners, researchers, educators, managers and students in the field of health and social care from around the world are invited to attend and participate in this conference to engage in ongoing discussions about these questions in relation to how ethical care can best be sustained in the context of issues related to conscientious commitment and resistance.

    Abstracts are invited for oral presentations in the concurrent sessions to address the main theme – Sustaining Ethical Care through Resistance and Conscientious Commitment. Submission deadline has been extended to March 9, 2020. Issues of particular interest would include but are not restricted to:

    • Moral agency and identity in global contexts
    • Conscientious commitment and resistance in nursing and care practices
    • Conscientious commitment and resistance in leadership, education, and research
    • Political dimensions of ethics in care
    • Everyday ethical challenges in health and social care
    • The role of ethics education in sustaining ethical care
    • Ethics and professional regulation
    • The contribution of ethical codes
    • Ethical climate in health and social care organisations
    • Moral distress and moral resilience
    • Multi-disciplinary perspectives on ethics in care
    • Philosophical perspectives on ethics in care
    • The future of ethics in care

    Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts

    • All abstracts must be submitted online utilizing the online Abstract Submission Form.
    • All abstract submissions and presentations must be in English.
    • The abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and reflect the content of the presentation. Do not include pictures or diagrams.
    • The deadline for abstract submission is March 9, 2020.
    • The abstract review committee members will review and select submitted abstracts. Selection will be based on originality, relevance to conference theme, and evidence of rigour.
    • The main author (must also be the contact author) will receive an e-mail confirming the acceptance or non-acceptance of the abstract by March 6, 2020.
    • All accepted abstracts will be published in the conference materials.
    • Presentations will be 15 minutes in length and 5 minutes for questions.
    • In order for an abstract to be presented, the presenting author must register and pay the registration fee by April 10, 2020
    • If you have any further queries, please send an e-mail to ethicsconference2020@utoronto.ca

    Call for Abstracts

    Deadline extended to March 9, 2020

    Submit Your Abstract
  • Call for Nominations:
    Human Rights and Nursing Awards

    Every day, all over the world, nurses make a positive difference to the lives of individuals, families and communities. The care delivered by nurses is directed to everyone, especially to some of the most vulnerable people in our global community. The exceptional work of some nurses in promoting and enacting respect for human rights for everyone represent a source of inspiration for other nurses. We believe that these nurses deserve to be acknowledged and celebrated.

    The International Care Ethics Observatory at the University of Surrey, UK, presents the Human Rights and Nursing Awards yearly to two nurses in recognition of their outstanding commitment to human rights. These awards exemplify the essence of nursing as a moral practice.

    The Awards were first given in 2001 and have since gained in momentum. They have been given to nurses working in different settings, from the Gaza Strip to Australia, from the Republic of Ireland to Cambodia, Brazil and India on projects involving the poorest people, as well as pioneering innovative care, active social advocating and teaching health care personnel in all types of settings. The Human Rights and Nursing Awards are presented to any nurse in recognition of an outstanding commitment to human rights and exemplifying the essence of nursing’s philosophy of humanity to further their work. The aim of the Awards is to give nurses visibility and to celebrate those whose work fosters international respect for human rights and dignity of people everywhere.

    The Awards are presented each year during an official ceremony that takes place during the Nursing Ethics and International Ethics in Care Conference. The 2020 conference will be held at the University of Toronto on June 6-7, 2020.

    Criteria for the Human Rights and Nursing Awards

    The International Care Ethics Observatory Advisory Group and members of the Nursing Ethics Editorial Board review all nominations for the Human Rights and Nursing Awards annually.

    1. The contributions and accomplishments of the nominee must be of international significance to human rights.
    2. The contributions of the nominee have influenced health care and/or nursing practice.

    Nominations can be submitted throughout the year. Possible candidates need to be nominated and sponsored by others. The Award includes a significant financial reward, which is to be used for the furtherance of the award recipient’s work.

    Do you know a nurse who makes a significant contribution to the promotion of human rights in their care of people in need?

    If you have a nomination please get in touch with the Human Rights Awards Co-ordinators: Tiziana Sala Defilippis (nursing-ethics@surrey.ac.uk) or Jane Leng (j.e.leng@surrey.ac.uk). Insert an email subject heading of ‘Human Rights and Nursing Award Nomination’.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Registration Information

    Fees

    Early Bird (until April 10, 2020) $525 + 13% HST
    Regular price (starts April 11, 2020) $585 + 13% HST
    U of T Nursing Alumni – save 15% $500 + 13% HST
    U of T Nursing Faculty – save 15% $500 + 13% HST
    Student – save 33% $390 + 13% HST

    Wine and Cheese Reception

    At the end of the first day of the conference, participants may attend the wine and cheese reception for an additional cost.

    Wine and Cheese Reception
    Saturday, June 6, 1700-1800
    $30 + 13% HST

    Please Note

    • Refund Policy – To withdraw from the conference and receive a refund, your written request must be emailed to ethicsconference2020@utoronto.ca by April 10, 2020. No refunds will be given after this date. All refunds are subject to an administration fee of $100 + tax. As an alternative, a colleague may attend in your place. Please send your substitution request by May 29, 2020.
    • Registration is limited.
    • Advanced registration is required. Registration deadline: May 29, 2020.
    • U of T Nursing Alumni discount is available to BScN, MN, PMNP Diploma, MScN or PhD graduates of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
    • U of T Nursing Faculty discount is available to individuals with a faculty position, adjunct or status appointment, or are a Clinical Instructor (current academic year only) at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
    • Applicable taxes (13% HST) will be added to the registration fees.
    • Cancellation Policy – The University reserves the right to cancel the conference due to unavailability of speakers, facilities or insufficient enrolment. A decision on cancellation will be made by April 24, 2020, so early registration is recommended. If the conference is cancelled you will receive a full refund. We are not responsible for travel fees or any expenses incurred by you.
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  • Accommodations

    We have not reserved a block of rooms at any hotel. The options below — chosen due to their proximity — are provided for your information only and do not constitute a recommendation. The venue and these accommodations are marked on Google Maps.

    Conference Venue

    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    Health Sciences Building
    University of Toronto
    155 College Street
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    M5T 1P8

    On-Campus Student Residences

    Some University of Toronto student residences offer inexpensive short-term accommodations during the summer. Information about 2020 offerings will be announced in January at www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/hs/summer. New College is one residence that offers short-term stays.

    Hotels Close to the Conference Venue

    1. Kimpton Saint George Hotel
      Reservations: 1 (888) 563-2004
      Front Desk: (416) 968-0010
      280 Bloor Street West
      www.kimptonsaintgeorge.com
    2. Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville
      (416) 960-5200
      220 Bloor Street West
      toronto.intercontinental.com
    3. Marriott CourtYard Toronto Downtown
      Reservations: 1 (800) 847-5075
      Front Desk: 1 (416) 924-0611
      475 Yonge Street
      www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yyzcy-courtyard-toronto-downtown
    4. Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre
      Reservations: 1 877 660-8550
      Front Desk: (416) 977-6655
      30 Carleton St.
      www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/toronto/yyzct/hoteldetail
    5. Chelsea Hotel Toronto
      Reservations: 1 800 CHELSEA
      Main: (416) 595-1975
      33 Gerard St. W.
      www.chelseatoronto.com
    6. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown
      (416) 977-5000
      108 Chestnut Street
      doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ontario/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-toronto-downtown-YTOCSDT/index.html
    7. Toronto Marriott Downtown
      Reservations: 1 (800) 905-0667
      Front Desk: (416) 597-9200
      525 Bay Street
      www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yyzec-toronto-marriott-downtown-eaton-centre-hotel/
    8. Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
      (416) 361-1000
      123 Queen Street W.
      www.sheratontoronto.com

  • Contact Us

    Email: ethicsconference2020@utoronto.ca
    Website: bloomberg.nursing.utoronto.ca/pd/ethics-conference
    Phone: (416) 978-1784
    Address: Centre for Professional Development
    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    University of Toronto
    155 College Street
    Suite 130
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    M5T 1P8

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