Joint Conference Addresses Moral Distress Amongst Healthcare Providers

    EDMONTON, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - More than 350 healthcare providers will attend
Between a Rock and Hard Place: When Healthcare Providers Experience Moral
Distress on Sept. 19, 2008 at the Shaw Conference Centre, a conference
presented by the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
(CARNA) and the Provincial Health Ethics Network (PHEN). Moral distress is
defined as knowing the right thing to do, but being unable to do it due to
institutional, social or other barriers. The conference sold out earlier this
year in Calgary and is being repeated in Edmonton due to overwhelming demand.
    This joint conference is designed to offer those working in health care
the opportunity to identify situations that cause moral distress in the
healthcare workplace, reflect on their own experiences, discuss practical
strategies for dealing with moral distress at the individual and organization
level and explore how such situations can be turned into constructive
opportunities to improve professional and therapeutic relationships.

    Featured speakers include:
    -  Margaret Somerville, professor at McGill University in the faculty of
       law and the faculty of medicine and founding director of the McGill
       Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law.
    -  Wendy Austin, professor at the University of Alberta Faculty of
       Nursing and Canada research chair in relational ethics in health care.
    -  Barbara Farlow, member of the Communications and Information Advisory
       Committee, Canadian Patient Safety Institute and a member of Canadian
       Patients for Patient Safety.
    -  Daniel Garros, pediatric intensivist at the Stollery Children's
       Hospital and clinical professor in pediatrics at the University of
    -  Cynda Hylton Rushton, associate professor of nursing at John Hopkins
       University, clinical nurse specialist in ethics and program director
       of the Harriet Lane Compassionate Care Program at the John Hopkins
       Children's Centre.
    -  John Lantos, professor of pediatrics and medicine, co-director of the
       Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and associate director
       of the MacLean Centre for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of
    -  Dawn Oosterhoff, former intensive care nurse and the senior advisor to
       the president and CEO of the Ontario Medical Association.

    CARNA is the professional association and regulatory college for
Alberta's more than 30,000 registered nurses. CARNA sets the requirements to
enter the profession and establishes, monitors and enforces standards of
registered nursing practice.

    PHEN is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting discussion and
action on ethical issues that affect the health of Albertans. A non-partisan
body, PHEN does not take stances, but instead promotes careful, systematic
consideration of ethics issues in decision-making.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange interviews, contact Margaret
Ward-Jack, College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, T: (780)
453-0515, C: (780) 932-1376, E:

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