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7:00 - 8:00 am Registration Open
8:00 - 9:00 am Opening and Welcome
Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN
Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
President, American Nurses Association

Nurses bring their own ethical lens to situations they encounter on a daily basis — whether within their personal lives or within the practice setting. This lens at times can create a bias that affects the decisions that nurse makes in the course of patient care. ANA’s Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (the Code) serves as a pillar of ethical stability and an expression of nursing’s own understanding of its commitment to society. It serves as the bridge between the nurse as a person and as a clinical provider to guide the nurse when making and acting upon ethical decisions to ensure that the patient receives the best care. In her opening plenary, Dr. Cipriano will focus on the role of the Code as this bridge that supports registered nurses as they “lean in” and incorporate its guidance into day-to-day practice. She will also share key revisions to the new edition, related to bullying in the workplace, social media and social justice.

9:00 - 10:00 am Session 101: Plenary—Integrity: Creating, Sustaining, and Changing Ethical Environments
Cynda Hylton Rushton PhD, RN, FAAN
Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics, Berman Institute of Bioethics/School of Nursing, Professor of Nursing and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University

The Code calls on each of us to strive for an ethically driven work environment that ensures safe, quality patient care and allows for professional satisfaction. However, in order to ensure that such an environment exists, nurses must be provided with the necessary platform to raise concerns without fear of retaliation. This session focuses on the necessity for creating and sustaining environments that foster ethical practice and reflects nursing’s commitment to the welfare of the sick, injured and vulnerable in society. Attendees will gain an understanding of the high-level components of an ethical work environment and the ability to evaluate whether their current work environment is structured to support ethical practice.

10:00 - 10:30 am Break and Exhibits Open
10:30 - 11:30 am Concurrent Sessions

Session 102: Practice Track—Moral Courage: Building Resilience
Vicki D. Lachman, PhD, APRN, FAAN
Chair, ANA’s Ethics Advisory Board

Most — if not all — nurses can remember a time or experience when ethical action was needed, but because of the circumstances he or she was unable to act on that knowledge. Every day nurses are faced with morally distressing situations that often lead them to ask the question “What should I do?” or “Why can’t I do what I know is right?” This session will identify individual and organizational strategies for building resilience within the nurse and strengthening and supporting a more proactive approach to those situations that trigger feelings of moral distress.

Session 103: Education Track—Teaching Ethics: Strategies for Faculty
Sarah Shannon, PhD, RN
Associate Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, School of Nursing; Adjunct, Bioethics and Humanities, School of Medicine, University of Washington

All nurses, regardless of clinical setting, will encounter ethical challenges that they must be prepared to address. Therefore, strong ethics education must be included in all levels of preparation. The focus of this session is on identifying strategies to incorporate ethical content into curriculum and enhance the overall ethical preparation of students and nurses.

Session 104: Policy/Leadership Track—Relieving Suffering: Boundaries of Ethical Practice
Carol Taylor, PhD, MSN, RN
Senior Research Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics

Nurses seek to alleviate suffering through caring for individuals, families and communities. This session focuses on conflicts that may arise from a nurse’s own personal and professional values plus strategies for identifying a nurse’s own biases, where those biases are as they relate to the profession and overall self-awareness. Effective conflict resolution involves the promotion of the patient’s safety and best interests while preserving the nurse’s professional integrity.

11:30 am - 1:15 pm Sesion 105: Lunch Session: Leadership: Nurses as Ethical Leaders
Amy Marie Haddad, PhD, RN
Director for the Center for Health Policy and Ethics, Creighton University; president-elect of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities; Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Endowed Chair in the Health Sciences

More often than not, nurses find organizations diligently attempting to do more with less at the expense of the patient. When unable to take what most might consider the “correct action,” health care professionals may experience moral distress and need support in leading an ethical practice. Dr. Haddad’s lunchtime plenary session shares how nurses can “lead where they stand” and be ethical front-runners in order to optimize the health and well-being of individual patients.

1:15 - 1:30 pm Break
1:30 - 2:30 pm Concurrent Sessions

Session 106: Practice Track—Stewardship: Allocation of Scarce Resources
Frances Rieth Ward, PhD, RN, MBE
Professor, Rutgers School of Nursing

Addressing issues of scarce resources occurs during catastrophic events as well as everyday situations. Scarce resources are not limited to tangible medical material but also the nurse’s time and energy. This session generates an understanding of the ethical features that support nurses and other health care professionals as well as strategies for how to maximize resources during times of scarcity.

Session 107: Education Track—Code of Ethics: Nursing's Foundation into Practice
Dot Fowler, MSN, APRN, RN-BC
Nursing Professional Advancement Coordinator, Christiana Care Health System

Donna Casey, BSN, MA, RN, NE-BC, FABC
Vice President, Patient Care Services, and Ethics Committee Cardiovascular and Critical Care Co-chair, Christiana Care Health System

ANA’s Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements is foundational to nursing, yet its application is often invisible in many practice settings. Defining the ethical environment and building the structure to support that environment are fundamental to empowering nurses to practice ethically. During this session, two of Christiana Care Health System’s top nursing leaders will take attendees behind the scenes to share how they incorporated the Code into their professional development and peer-review system. Participants will take away proven methods for implementing the Code in a health care organization and building an ethical work environment.

Session 108: Policy/Leadership Track—Ethical Challenges: Leading in Complex Organizations
Dana Bjarnason, PhD, RN, NE-BC
Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Oregon Health & Science University

The recent Ebola outbreak highlighted the leadership challenges associated with highly complex organizations both large and small within the broader context of national health care. This session shines light on the reality of risk versus responsibility and how the challenges of complex situations are managed in organizations. Additionally, this session will also include a discussion of how nurses are involved in these determinations and how balancing the need to protect both patients and nurses is properly achieved.

2:30 - 3:00 pm Break and Exhibits Open
3:00 - 4:00 pm Session 109: Plenary—Moral Imperative: Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Populations
Gloria Ramsey, JD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor, Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing, PhD Nursing Science Program; Secondary Appointment, School of Medicine — Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics; Global Health Division Director of Community Research Engagement, Center for Health Disparities, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Nurses are called upon to be particularly mindful of the needs of those who are most vulnerable in society regardless of ethnicity, age or socioeconomic status. It is imperative that vulnerable populations receive an equitable quality of treatment to ensure that all health needs are met. This session will focus on the critical need to address systemic social, economic and environmental obstacles that impact the ability to achieve health equity, in addition to advocating the removal of population barriers. Participants will gain a renewed understanding and renewed commitment to nursing’s moral imperative to care for all.

4:00 - 5:00 pm Session 110: Engagement Session—Ethics in Action

Bring the code to life! Apply what you’ve learned to case studies in this interactive session. Together with your fellow attendees and expert coaches, you’ll explore real-world scenarios in a small-group setting.

5:00 - 6:00 pm Reception

*Schedule is subject to change