Philanthropic support is necessary for the growth and development of ICNE's work to continue and to gain further momentum.
Specifically, funding is now sought for:
1. The ‘ Human Rights and Nursing’ Awards. Two Awards are given each year at the annual conference of the ICNE.
The Award ceremony will receive significant media coverage and also be promoted throughout the ICNE network to hospitals, health care facilities, local and national media, and universities across the world.
This is the only Award of its kind within nursing worldwide and is gaining in prestige and importance. The Laureates are honoured for their work at the extremes of nursing. Several Laureates have subsequently (and as a consequence of the Surrey Awards) been honoured with other civil awards or have been given funding to further their work.
Each Award consists of a prize of £5,000 for each Laureate, plus the cost of their travel from their counties of origin and accommodation for two nights in the conference city. For details of previous Award holders and their citations see the HR page of our website.
Past Awards were presented at ICNE conferences held in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Taipei and Guildford. The 2007 conference was held in Örebro, Sweden, under the title 'Global environmental health concerns and ethical issues in a changing world'. Örebro was selected because the Director of Örebro University's Research School of Health Care and Values is a member of the International Council of ICNE.
The 2006 conference at Guildford, entitled 'The globalisation of nursing: ethical, legal and political issues', was attended by over 80 delegates from around 20 countries and all five continents. Focused group discussions, rather than formal paper presentation of papers, was a significant 'pulling point' and comments from delegates such as 'one of the best conferences I have ever attended' and 'mindboggling' have continued to be received.
A book on the conference theme incorporating material presented during the plenary sessions and focused discussions, has been commissioned and is in preparation.
2. We also seek funding to underpin research projects, on key topics such as ' The Values of Nursing' and a planned project on 'Nurses for Health and Human Rights'.
The 'Values of Nursing' project is a 10-countries study, now expanding and teaming up with similar studies based in the USA and the Far East.
An early finding is that with the requirements by patients for individualised care, nurses' work patterns and priorities are changing dramatically in hospitals as well as in the community. The 'Nurses for Health and Human Rights' project will span the international arena and be concerned with issues such as poor access to health care, human trafficking, prisoners, victims of torture and other aspects of nurses' involvement at the extremes of care. This project will combine research in these areas and work with agencies whose advocacy brief is compatible (e.g. Amnesty International).
If you are interested in entering into discussion about sponsoring either the Awards or the Research Projects or to make a donation please contact Verena Tschudin.
Some recent ICNE activities are:
- working in partnership with the Centre for Research in Nursing and Midwifery Education (CRNME) on several study and research projects and teaching
- Establishing and maintaining the Ethicists Network: which is a basis for contact and collaboration internationally and is used extensively for discussions and partnership contacts
- The yearly 3-day Surrey Summer School 'Teaching ethics to healthcare students'. Comments from participants have included 'I have only now learned what ethics is about' and 'now I have confidence to teach'. Several people have attended the Summer School repeatedly
- Editorship of Nursing Ethics, the unique academic and peer-reviewed journal
- Ethical considerations in international research: A report from the International Centre for Nursing Ethics. Authors : the 'Working Group for the Study of Ethical Issues in International Nursing Research' at the International Centre for Nursing Ethics, FHMS. Nursing Ethics, 2003, 10:2, 122-137.
- Essentials of Teaching and Learning in Nursing Ethics: perspectives and methods, - 2006, Edinburgh: Butterworth-Heinemann/Elsevier Anne J Davis, Verena Tschudin, Louise de Raeve (editors)
- A continuing and developing contact with the University of Maribor, Slovenia, in teaching and learning in ethics within nursing.
- Working with PhD students from Tehran Medical University in developing and understanding barriers and facilitators of patients’ rights in Iran.
Dr Ann Gallagher, RN, PhD
International Centre for Nursing Ethics
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Surrey
Guildford GU2 7TE
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 68 9462 (direct)