The 21st International Nursing Ethics Conference and the 6th International Care Ethics Conference
Ethical Responses to Covid-19 Pandemic Care Challenges - Sept 2021
Ethical Responses to Covid-19 Pandemic Care Challenges: Local and Global Perspectives - #CovidEthicsExeter
The Forum, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK on 2nd & 3rd September 2021
This year’s conference theme engages with the many ethical issues encountered by nurses, doctors and other care-givers in health and social care during the Covid-19 pandemic. The conference focuses on ethical responses to care challenges such as: negotiating caring relationships with patients, care home residents and families under pandemic conditions; managing scarce resources (for example, staff, personal protective equipment, ventilators and hospital beds); and supporting care-giver well-being in response to moral distress and moral injury. We also invite abstracts on non-Covid-19 topics relating to ethics education, practice and research as below.
The 2021 conference is organised by the Academy of Nursing, University of Exeter in collaboration with the international Editorial Board of the journal Nursing Ethics.
The Human Rights and Nursing Awards will be presented at the conference on 3rd September 2021 by University of Exeter Vice Chancellor, Professor Lisa Roberts.
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 discussion regarding responses to ethical challenges locally and globally.
This conference will be held on 2nd and 3rd September 2021 at The Forum, University of Exeter, England.
Dr Rueben C. Warren – Tuskegee University, Alabama, USA
Dr. Rueben C. Warren is currently the Director of the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care and Professor of Bioethics at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. He also served as Director of the Institute for Faith-Health Leadership and Adjunct Professor of Public Health, Medicine and Ethics at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, GA. From 1988 to 1997, Dr. Warren served as Associate Director for Minority Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From 1997 to 2004, he was Associate Director for Urban Affairs at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). From 2005 to 2007, Dr. Warren served part-time as the Director of Infrastructure Development for the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. From 2004 to 2009, he was on leave from the National Center for Environmental Health-CDC/ATSDR) in Atlanta, where he served as Associate Director for Environmental Justice. As Associate Director at CDC/ATSDR, Dr. Warren had lead agency responsibility for Environmental Justice and Minority Health.
Prof. Anne Marie Rafferty CBE – Kings College London, UK and President of the Royal College of Nursing
Anne Marie Rafferty is Professor of Nursing Policy, and former Dean of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London. She is a historian, health workforce and policy researcher, graduated from Edinburgh University in Nursing Studies, MPhil (Surgery) Nottingham University; first nurse to gain a doctorate (DPhil Modern History) from Oxford University.
She was seconded to the Department of Health to work with Lord Ara Darzi on the Next Stage Review of the NHS and awarded a CBE for services to healthcare in 2008. She served on the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery 2009-10 and has been recipient of various awards; Nursing Times Leadership Award in 2014 and Health Services Journal Top 100 Clinical Leaders Award in 2015 and was inducted onto the Sigma Theta Tau International Hall of Fame in 2016.
She holds fellowships from the Royal College of Nursing, American Academy of Nursing. She co-lead a Student Commission on the Future of the NHS supported by NHS England and was a member of the Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales which reported in 2018.
She was elected President of the Royal College of Nursing from 2019-21.
Dr Ross Upshur – University of Toronto, Canada
Ross Upshur is a Canadian physician and researcher. He is a professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health of the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada, and heads its public health division.
Upshur received a BA in philosophy from the University of Winnipeg in 1982, and an MA, also in philosophy, from Queen's University in 1983; he completed an MD at McMaster University in 1986, and an MSc in epidemiology at the University of Toronto in 1997.
Carla Aparecida Arena Ventura – University of Sâo Paulo, Brazil
Carla Aparecida Arena Ventura, completed her Bachelors Degree in International Relations at the University of Brasília (UnB), Brazil, and a Bachelor Degree in Law at the University of the State of São Paulo (UNESP), Brazil. She has an MBA from the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, received her Master in International Law from the University of the State of São Paulo (UNESP), Brazil and her Doctoral Degree in Administration from the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil. During her PhD studies, she was a Fulbright Scholar at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, USA. She was the Academic Coordinator of the International Research Capacity Building Program for Health Related Professionals to study the Drug Phenomenon in Latin America and the Caribbean (IRCBP), organized by Centre for Addiction and Mental Health at the University of Toronto, Canada, in partnership with the Organization of American States, in 2014 and 2015. In 2014, she was a Fulbright Scholar at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, USA.
Currently, she is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatric Nursing and Human Sciences from the University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto College of Nursing, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on Human Rights and the Right to Health, Health and Development, Global Health, International Mental Health and Bioethics and Nursing Legislation. She coordinates an interdisciplinary Research Group on Global Health, Law and Development (GEPESADES), leading a team of undergraduate, Master, Doctoral and Post Doctoral students.
Prof. Sarah Banks – University of Durham, UK
Sarah Banks has a background in community development and worked in the voluntary sector and local authority social services before joining Durham University. Her degrees are in philosophy, social history and social work. Her research interests include professional ethics, community development and community-based participatory research.
Sarah is co-director of the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action at Durham University, which promotes and supports participatory action research for social justice. She co-convenes the Social Work Ethics Research Group of the European Social Work Research Association. She initiated and convened for many years the European Social Ethics Project - a group of academics from various countries who undertook research and curriculum development work on the theme of teaching practical ethics. She has been involved in developing and revising codes of ethics for several national and international bodies over the years, including The National Youth Agency, International Federation of Social Workers and the British Association of Social Workers. She coordinated production of ethical guidelines in the UK for community-based participatory research and internationally for participatory health research. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research, a long-standing Board Member of Durham Community Action and a Trustee of the Society for the Furtherance of Critical Philosophy.
Dr Georgina Morley – Cleveland Clinic, USA
Georgina Morley, PhD is Director of the Nursing Ethics Program (NursE Program), an innovative collaborative program between the Center for Bioethics and the Nursing Institute. The NursE Program is dedicated to nurturing and sustaining a network of nurses to develop expertise in examining the ethical dimensions of patient care through the lens of nursing practice. The program is focused on five core areas: nurse education, scholarly work, clinical excellence, program development and the development of interventions to address moral distress.
Dr. Morley was appointed as Assistant Staff, Nurse Ethicist in June 2020 within the Center for Bioethics and works closely with the Nursing Institute and the Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Institute (HVTI). Georgina received a BA in Philosophy from King’s College London and went on to train as a nurse, receiving a Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Nursing in 2012 and a Masters of Science in Nursing from King’s College London in 2014. Dr. Morley is a registered nurse in the United Kingdom, having worked on the Major Trauma Ward at St. Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and in Cardiac Critical Care at Barts Heart Centre, Barts Health NHS Trust.
Dr. Morley went on to complete her doctoral studies at the University of Bristol, Centre for Ethics in Medicine exploring moral distress as experienced by critical care nurses in the United Kingdom. Georgina’s PhD was a feminist empirical bioethics project entitled, “What is ‘moral distress’ in nursing and how should we respond to it?” and was funded by a prestigious Wellcome Trust Society and Ethics Fellowship for Healthcare Professionals. Georgina is recognized as an international expert on moral distress, has been invited to speak on the topic in both the UK and US, and has published peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on the topic.
Prof. David Richards – University of Exeter, UK
David Richards is Professor of Mental Health Services Research at the University of Exeter. He runs the University's Complex Interventions Research Group, and is former Head of the new University of Exeter Academy of Nursing which took its first students in 2019.
David has been a mental health nurse for over 30 years. After nursing auxiliary, student and staff nurse experiences he took an 18 month post-registration qualification in nurse behaviour therapy at the Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley Hospital London, specialising in delivering treatments for people with anxiety problems. This was his first exposure to the possibility of working in research. After a number of jobs, including as a research assistant and a nurse tutor, he studied first for a bachelors degree (this being well before nursing was a graduate profession) and then a PhD. For the last 21 years he has been working as a researcher in academic settings.
Prof. GJ Melendez-Torres – University of Exeter, UK
I arrived at the University of Exeter in March 2019 to take up a personal chair in clinical and social epidemiology. As part of this, I lead the Peninsula Technology Assessment Group (PenTAG), one of nine research units in the UK providing expert advice on the clinical and cost effectiveness of new drugs to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. I am also Deputy Director of the Exeter NIHR Policy Research Programme Evidence Reviews Facility. My interest in health technology assessment stems from an enjoyment of the kinds of knotty methodological problems, both statistical and conceptual, that this area can present, as well as an appreciation for the impact that timely and rigorous scientific advice can have on the policy process. Indeed, the development of methods to support HTA and systematic reviews of complex interventions is my major research focus.
My doctorate focused on substance use and sexual risk behaviours in men who have sex with men, through which research I developed a research agenda in social epidemiology and an interest in systematic review methods. After a first lecturing post in social policy and social intervention at the University of Oxford, I began working in HTA at the University of Warwick. As a member of their technology assessment group, I led the multiple technology assessment project that re-evaluated first-line therapies for multiple sclerosis. I was most recently at the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer) at Cardiff University, where I worked on public health aspects of child and adolescent social development (including, specifically, schools and health) and on intimate partner violence.