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Date: February 05, 2004

Maintaining Nursing Morals in a Struggling System

Mass resignations of emergency room physicians, bed shortages so acute that hospital storage areas are used for patient care, continuing demands to reduce staffing. Nurses are faced each day with conditions that challenge their ethical standards for patient care. A research forum on Feb. 7, at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, will address those challenges and provide nurses with guidance on how to conduct their hospital and home care practices in the face of mounting pressures.

“Responding to the Moral Climate of Nursing Practices: ACTION Through Expert Practice and Leadership” is jointly sponsored by the schools of nursing at UVic and UBC and the Xi Eta Honour Society of Nursing.

The organizers of this ninth annual Ethel Johns Nursing Research Forum had no problem deciding on this year’s theme. “The impact that health care restructuring is having on nurses, other health care providers, patients, and families in this province is such a concern that discussing the moral dilemmas facing nurses was an obvious choice for this year’s forum,” says the forum’s co-organizer and UVic school of nursing professor Dr. Paddy Rodney, of UVic’s lower mainland campus. Rodney, and fellow UVic nursing faculty members Drs. Jan Storch, and Rosalie Starzomki, authored and edited a recently released book Toward a Moral Horizon: Nursing Ethics for Leadership and Practice.

Dr. Elizabeth Peter, from the University of Toronto’s faculty of nursing, will deliver the forum’s keynote address at 9 a.m. on Feb 7. A panel session discussing research including nursing leadership, the current moral climate in the health care system, nursing expertise and advanced nursing practices and political action will be led by Storch and Dr. Joan Anderson of UBC at 2:45 p.m.

Pre-forum workshops examining international and Canadian initiatives to improve nursing workplaces, and research practices suited to the study of applied clinical disciplines will be held on Feb. 6.

Both the pre-forum workshops and the forum will be held at St. Paul’s Hospital, Level 1, Providence Wing in Vancouver. For registration information visit www.xieta.nursing.ubc.ca.

Media contacts:
Media Advisory: Members of the media are welcome to attend the pre-forum workshops and the forum events. For further information prior to the conference contact Dr. Paddy Rodney (Nursing) at (604) 323-5923 or prodney@direct.ca and during the forum via her pager at (604) 601-7176.

Patty Pitts (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-7656 or ppitts@uvic.ca

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