American Nurses Association Highlights Nursing Ethics at Inaugural Event

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Ethics Symposium Part of ANA’s “Year of Ethics”

Acting ethically is critical to effective nursing practice and high- quality patient care. To highlight the importance of ethics in the nursing profession, the American Nurses Association (ANA) is convening its inaugural Ethics Symposium this summer to connect nurses with the nation’s most influential experts to create a culture of ethical practice, build ethical competencies and resilience, and strengthen the ethical foundation of nursing.

“ANA is committed to improving the quality of health care for all. Ethics is a critical foundational component of nursing practice and guides all nurses as they deliver high-quality health care to individuals, families and communities,” said ANA President, Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN.

The two-day symposium takes place June 4-5 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Md. Symposium attendees can expect to learn critical elements of an ethical practice environment and how to implement “ethical watchfulness” into daily work. The symposium also will address ethical situations nurses face today, aim to equip nurses with strategies and tools to help them manage ethical situations more effectively, and provide opportunities to learn from health care professionals who have acted on their ethical beliefs.

The symposium is just one of many events designed to highlight the need for ethical work environments in what ANA has designated the “Year of Ethics.”  “Year of Ethics” events kicked off in January with the release of the revised Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, the first update since 2001. The Code, an ethics resource for nurses, the public and policymakers, upholds the best interests of patients, families and communities. National Nurses Week, May 6-12, will also focus on ethics with the theme: “Ethical Practice. Quality Care.”

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“For the past 13 years, nurses have held the top spot as the public’s most honest and ethical profession in America in an annual Gallup poll. Nurses have the public’s trust and take seriously the critical responsibility to adhere to the highest ethical standards in their practice,” said Cipriano.

In addition to engaging nurses around creating ethical work environments, the symposium will feature renowned ethics experts, including:

Vicki D. Lachman, PhD, APRN, FAAN, chair, ANA Ethics Advisory Board

Topic: Practice Moral Courage: Building Resilience

  • Cynda Hylton Rushton PhD, RN, FAAN, professor of Clinical Ethics, Berman Institute of Bioethics, and professor of Nursing and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University

Topic: Integrity: Creating, Sustaining and Changing Ethical Environments

Sheri Fink, PhD, MD, reporter, The New York Times, and author, Five Days at Memorial.

Topic: Courage: Acting on Your Convictions

The 2015 ANA Ethics Symposium is targeted to nurses involved in or who may influence ethics decisions, such as chief nursing officers, nurse managers, staff nurses on staffing committees, staffing coordinators, risk managers and quality-assurance managers. To register, please visit this site. For additional information, please contact ANA by calling 800-274-4ANA (4262) or via email at meetings@ana.org.

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ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public. Please visit www.nursingworld.org  for more information.