Internationally acclaimed US professor and nurse theorist, Dr Jean Watson, will be keynote speaker at this year’s Gerontology Nursing Conference on 7 December 2016, hosted by The Selwyn Foundation’s Institute for Ageing and Spirituality.
Holder of the American Academy of Nursing’s highest honour, the ‘Living Legend’ award, Dr Watson is an inspiring speaker who provides a values-guided, practical and professional human caring framework for transforming nursing and healthcare practices.
Dr Watson will speak on ‘Spirituality and the foundations of human caring: A professional guide to authentic caring-healing practices’ at the event, which will take place at Auckland’s Alexandra Park Stadium.
The full-day programme also includes sessions on the practical aspects of gerontology nursing as well as the philosophical and spiritual facets of ageing and spirituality – with delegates able to choose according to their preference. Featuring an exciting line-up of international specialists in gerontology and ageing and spirituality, the conference is specifically designed for nurses and clinicians involved in the care of older people and those who provide pastoral and spiritual care of the elderly.
Conference speakers will be:
- Dr Michal Boyd (RN, NP, ND, Nurse Practitioner, Waitemata DHB), who will speak on ‘Building confidence in your own clinical reasoning’
- Dr Richard Egan (BA, PhD DPH, MPhil, DipTchg, Otago University, Dunedin), who will focus on nursing, spiritual care and spiritual needs and will present initial results of a national survey on this topic
- Dr Maree Bernoth (PhD, Med (Adult Ed & Training. Hons, Class1), BHlthSc (Nurs) RGerN, RPN, Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia), who will speak on ‘Participatory care: the possibilities and challenges’
- Dr Chris Perkins (MB ChB FRANZCP, Diploma of Professional Ethics, The National Dementia Cooperative), who will examine spirituality in dementia
- Professor Thomas Petschner (founder of the Clown Doctors NZ Charitable Trust), who will hold a workshop focussing on the use of humour in care provision