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7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.  Registration & Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
A Welcome from the VNA President

Richardean Benjamin, PhD, MPH, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Old Dominion University
8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Keynote Address
Moral Courage: Antidote to Moral Distress for the Practicing Nurse
The literature is redundant with the extensive moral distress and compassion fatigue experienced by practicing nurses. But what do clinical nurses need to do to be fulfilled nurses, who experience well-being and professional satisfaction? You need specific skills and an organization that supports moral courage. This Q & A will provide you with an overview of what you need to know and do.

Vicki Lachman, PhD, APRN, FAAN
President, V.L. Associates
10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Break/Visit with Exhibitors
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Panel Presentation
Moral Distress in the Workplace
This presentation will address ethical issues that arise in multiple nursing care environments, including acute, critical, and palliative care, as well as academia, informatics, and leadership. The presenters will share their expertise in healthcare, ethics, and nursing fields from across Virginia.

Facilitated by
Carol Taylor, PhD, RN
Professor of Medicine and Nursing, Georgetown University

Nicholas Setliff
Director of Mission, Bon Secours Richmond Health System

Phyllis Whitehead, PhD, APRN/CNS, ACHPN, RN-BC
Palliative Care/Pain Management Clinical Nurse Specialist, Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital

Barbara Cross-Jones, PhD, APRN-BC, CLNC
Nurse Practitioner, Hampton Veteran's Affairs Medical Center

Erica Lewis, PhD
Assistant Professor of Nursing and Hacking for Defense Instructor, James Madison University
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch & Visit with Exhibitors
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Healthcare Ethics in Action
This 1.5 hour highly interactive session will utilize a series of case studies to demonstrate practical methods of identifying, analyzing and resolving difficult ethical issues that emerge in a variety of healthcare settings. After discussing the basic process of doing clinical ethics, we will apply that process to some of the most common moral problems that providers throughout the continuum of care.

Michael A. Gillette, PhD
Bioethical Services of Virginia
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Break/Visit with Exhibitors
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Facilitated Table Discussion
The Issues You Face
Topics identified by attendees

Facilitated by:

Michael A. Gillette, PhD
Bioethical Services of Virginia
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Combating Moral Distress: Rethinking Our Duty to Care for Self
Ethical dilemmas in healthcare are inevitable, and the moral distress that comes along wtih these dilemmas is also somtimes unavoidable. One solution is to prepare nurses and give them the right skills to address these difficult issues. This presentation will provide you with effective tools and strategies to prevent moral distress in the face of these potentially distressing ethical dilemmas.

Carol Taylor, PhD, RN
Professor of Medicine and Nursing, Georgetown University

Session descriptions are subject to change.