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VNA Spring Conference 2017: Nursing Ethics and Moral Distress

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Keynote Speaker
Vicki Lachman, PhD, APRN, FAAN
President, V.L. Associates

Vicki D. Lachman is President of V.L. Associates. She currently serves on an ethics committee for Cape Regional Medical Center and is a trustee on the hospital and foundation boards. Her most recent book, Ethical Challenges in Healthcare: Developing Your Moral Compass forms the underpinning for the personal development of the virtue moral courage and the formation of an ethical organizational culture. Dr. Lachman also served as Chair of the ANA Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board and as the editor for the column, "Ethics, Law and Policy" in the Med-Surg Journal through 2016. In 2011, she was inducted as a fellow into The American Academy of Nursing, as recognition of her international work on moral courage.

Lachman continues to consult to healthcare organizations in the areas of teambuilding, leadership development, and coaching at the executive and manager level. She is known for her practical, dynamic, and thought provoking presentations.

Closing Speaker
Professor of Medicine and Nursing, Georgetown University

Carol Taylor, PhD, RN is a senior clinical scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University and a Professor of Medicine and Nursing. At Georgetown, Carol directs an innovative ethics curriculum grounded in a rich notion of moral agency for advanced practice nurses. She teaches in the undergraduate nursing curriculum, directs a practicum in clinical ethics for graduate students in the philosophy program, serves on the ethics committee, conducts ethics rounds and ethics case presentations, and develops professional seminars in clinical ethics for health care professionals and the public.

Carol has a PhD in Philosophy with a concentration in bioethics from Georgetown University and a Master's Degree in Medical-Surgical Nursing from Catholic University; She now works closely with health care professionals and leaders who are exploring the ethical dimensions of their practice. She lectures internationally and serves as an ethics consultant to systems and professional organizations. She is the author of Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins Fundamentals of Nursing: The Art and Science of Person-Centered Nursing Care, which is now in its 8th edition and co-editor of Health and Human Flourishing: Religion, Medicine and Moral Anthropology and the 4th edition of Case Studies in Nursing Ethics.

Michael Gillette, PhD
President, Bioethical Service of Virginia

Dr. Gillette attended Brandeis University as an undergraduate where he graduated magna-cum-laude with majors in philosophy and classical Greek and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He went to Brown University for his Masters and Ph.D. in Philosophy where he wrote a doctoral dissertation entitled "Paternalism in Psychiatric Medicine: A Philosophical Perspective". Dr. Gillette has taught philosophy at several colleges and universities, received tenure at Randolph-Macon Woman's College, published several articles in the field of clinical ethics and has received numerous teaching awards. He is presently President of Bioethical Services of Virginia, Inc., a medical ethics consulting business that works with a wide range of healthcare providers to support their ethics programs. Dr. Gillette also has experience in local government, serving on Lynchburg City Council from 2004-2016 and as Lynchburg's Mayor from 2012-2016, and has consulted with local governing bodies regarding public sector ethics. In addition to providing extensive policy and case consultation services to a variety of different organizations, Dr. Gillette is a dynamic speaker who presents to audiences around the country.

Nicholas Setliff, PhDc
Director of Mission, Bon Secours Richmond Health System

Nicholas Setliff is the Director of Mission for Bon Secours Richmond Health System. He began researching and teaching Ethics in 2008 at Saint Louis University while pursuing a PhD in Philosophy. His research and teaching activities include virtue ethics, medical ethics, and nursing ethics. In 2013, he moved to Richmond to provide ethics consultation, policy review and development, and education as the Ethics Fellow for Bon Secours Richmond Health System. In 2017, he became Director of Mission and continues to offer ethics consultation, policy review and development, and education as well as upholding and furthering the Mission of Bon Secours. In his spare time he camps, reads, and travels back roads.

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

Dr. Phyllis Whitehead is the clinical nurse specialist with the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital (CRMH) Palliative Care Service and Pain Management Team and Assistant Professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. She is a clinical ethics consultant with Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She is certified in pain management and as an advanced practice hospice and palliative care nurse. She initiated the current nurse driven pain management service at CRMH and was instrumental in creating the hospital's palliative care service. She facilitates the CRMH Pain Council and provides the Pain Resource Nurse (PRN) and End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) annual trainings.

Dr. Whitehead has done numerous presentations on pain and symptom management, moral distress, and patients' end of life preferences locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Her research interests include moral distress and improving communication with seriously ill patients. She has been a co-lead of the Access to Care Workgroup and recently appointed as co-lead of the Virginia Action Coalition. She is a member of the ANA Moral Resilience Advisory Committee. She is a founding member and officer of the Virginia Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and currently serves as treasurer. She is a graduate of Radford University where she earned her BSN and MSN and earned her doctorate degree at Virginia Tech.


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

Barbara A. Cross-Jones, PhD, APRN-BC began her nursing career as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1983 after graduating from the Portsmouth School of Practical Nursing. She received her Bachelor of Science at Hampton University through the Teagle Foundation LPN-to-BSN Project Grant in 1993 and Masters of Science degree from Hampton University with a Specialization as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 1997. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Virginia in 2003.

Dr. Cross-Jones has been in healthcare service for the past 32 years in the capacity of a LPN, RN , Nurse Practitioner, Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Instructor, Graduate Nursing Department Chair and Associate Professor and Women's Health Pharmaceutical Clinical Liaison for product instruction, training and research dissemination with Organon Pharmaceuticals. Today she is a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Hampton Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Hampton, VA. She currently serves as a Veterans Health Administration Certified Mentor Fellow and Nurse Practitioner with the Polytrauma Support Clinical Team / Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic.

Dr. Cross-Jones is currently the Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Chair of the Committee on Ethics and Human Rights for the Virginia Nurses Association, Ethics Consultation Team member at Hampton VAMC, Past-President of the Advanced Practice Nurses Council at Hampton VAMC, Leadership Succession Committee Member for Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, past-President of Delta Iota Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and serves on the National Nursing Strategy Board for HBCU's.


Erica Lewis, PhD
Assistant Professor of Nursing & Hacking for Defense Instructor, James Madison University

Dr. Erica Lewis is a registered nurse and expert in bioethics and empathy based design. She has presented and published on moral distress, ethical reasoning, empathy based design, and the ethics of innovation. Dr. Lewis is funded to study interprofessional education.

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