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We are please to announce that the Fourth Issue of the 2017 IAHC Human Caring Journal is now available on the Pinnacle website.

Please follow this link to the site for access.

International Journal for Human Caring

Annual Conference Theme

Caring from a public perspective:

The social impact of caring science

on health and healing.

May 30 to June 1, 2018

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Host:  University of Minnesota School of Nursing,

Keynote Speaker: David Freudberg,

National Public Radio Host of “Humankind”

Address Title: Human Caring Meets Human Media

Presentation formats include podium, workshop, symposium and poster

CE credits application pending


2018 Conference Program Agenda

This year’s conference sessions are being held at the Graduate Hotel (formally the Commons Hotel) and the Bentson Center, University of Minnesota.  

Wednesday May 30th

      Caring for Self Activity – Scholars Walk  

6:30 am - 8:15 am Breakfast (Provided by the Hotel with IAHC room block)  


7:30 am - 8:30 am Registration; Coffee and Tea provided - Graduate Hotel 

8:30 am - 9:00 am Opening remarks - Patrick Dean, IAHC President,

      University of Minnesota Representatives:

Dr. Connie Delaney, Dean School of Nursing  

Dr. Christine Mueller, Associate Dean of Academic Programming School of Nursing 

9:00 am - 10:00 am Keynote Address – Graduate Hotel

David Freudberg

National Public Radio Host of “Humankind”

Address Title: Human Caring Meets Human Media

10:00 am - 10:45am Break – Refreshments   Bentson Center

10:45 am - 12:15 pm Papers, workshops/symposium presentations

     (breakout rooms) Bentson Center

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch on your own

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Paper presentations Bentson Center (breakout rooms) 

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Break: Snack and Refreshment

4:15pm - 5:15 pm Paper presentations Bentson Center  (breakout rooms)

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Welcome reception and social time UM Campus Club

Networking Dinner on your own

Thursday May 31st  

     Caring for Self Activity – Scholars Walk 

6:30 am - 8:15 am Breakfast (Provided by the Hotel with IAHC room block) 


7:30 am -   8:30 am Registration & Coffee   Bentson Center

8:30 am - 9:00 am Opening remarks - Patrick Dean, IAHC President

9:00 am - 10:00 am Paper presentations Bentson Center (breakout sessions)

10:00 am - 10:45 am Break – Refreshments

10:45 am - 12:15 pm Paper presentations Bentson Center (breakout sessions)

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch on your own

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Paper presentations (breakout sessions)

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Break - Snack and Refreshment

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm Paper presentations (breakout sessions)

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Poster Session, Reception – Graduate Hotel

Cash bar and light food

Networking Dinner on your own

Friday June 1st  

                             Caring for Self Activity – Scholars Walk 

6:30 am - 8:00 am Breakfast (Provided by the Hotel with IAHC room block)  

8:00 am - 9:30 am IAHC Annual business meeting (IAHC Members)

                             Bentson Center

9:30 am - 10:15 am Break – Refreshments  

10:45 am - 12:00 pm Past Presidents Panel

Moderator - Dr. Shirley Gordon (IAHC President)

Dr. Marion Turkel

Dr. Nancey France

Dr. Zane Wolf

Dr. Patrick Dean (Immediate Past President)

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Networking Lunch on your own

1:15 pm - 3:15 pm Paper presentations (breakout sessions)

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Closing comments and program evaluations

The University of Minnesota is not endorsing or sponsoring the activities conducted by IAHC on the University of Minnesota campus. The relationship between the University of Minnesota and IAHC is solely that of licensor and licensee.”

Saturday June 2nd Optional Excursion

Visit to Mayo Clinic and Traditional English Tea

Caring for Self Activity – Scholars Walk 

8:00 am - 2:0 pm - Approx

Bus trip (90 minutes) to tour the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN followed by a traditional English Tea at the home of IHAC President, Patrick Dean.  We will leave at 8:00 am from the Graduate Hotel and return to the hotel at approximately 2:00 pm.

Seating is limited so register early.

Upcoming events

05/30/2018 6:30 AM (CDT) • Minneapolis, MN
06/02/2018 8:00 AM (CDT) • Minneapolis, MN

About us

In 1978, the National Caring Research Conference was conceived and initiated by Dr. Madeleine Leininger. The annual conference was designed to gather scholars together to share ideas, research, and theories of care and caring.

The core philosophy of the association is based on the belief that caring is the essence of nursing and caring is the unique and unifying focus of the profession.

The national organization began in 1987 through the generosity of 42 charter members. In 1989, with the encouragement of nurses from around the world, the conference association was changed to the International Association for Human Caring (IAHC) Inc.

The central purpose of the IAHC, Inc. is to serve as an international, scholarly forum for all nurses interested in the advancement of the knowledge of human care and caring within the discipline of nursing. In 1993, Drs. Leininger, Delores Gaut, and Malcom Mac Donald produced a video outlining the history and growth of the Association. In 1994, Dr. Leininger established the Leininger Research Scholarship Fund to assist in the financial support of nurse researchers studying the phenomenon of human care and caring.

Become a member

Some of the Member benefits include:

  • Complimentary subscription to four issues of the International Journal for Human Caring.
  • Participation in quarterly Circle of Caring Teleconferences related to caring scholarship and updates on the organization
  • Reduced Annual Conference Registration Rate
  • Reduced Watson Caring Science Institute Conference registration rates.
  • One Hour conference call, or on site visit with an IAHC caring scholar.  Contact us for details.


Join us

View Photos from IAHC 2017 Conference

Annual Conference

Special Thank you to Bill Wagner for providing the photo record!

Caring... The Essence of Nursing




The International Association for Human Caring (IAHC) provides the forum for discovery and dissemination of caring science.



Members of the IAHC believe:

  • Caring is the human mode of being
  • Caring is the essence of nursing and the moral imperative which guides nursing praxis (education, practice and research)
  • Caring is both spiritual and human consciousness that connects and transforms everything in the universe  Caring in nursing is action and competencies which aim toward the good and welfare of the others
    Caring in nursing is a special way of being, knowing and doing with the goal of protection, enhancement and preservation of human dignity
  • Care is culturally diverse and universal and provides the broadest and most important means to study and explain nursing knowledge and nursing care practices.


The goals of the IAHC are to:

  1. Identify major philosophical, epistemological and professional dimensions of care and caring to advance the body of knowledge that constitutes nursing.
  2. Assist nursing and other disciplines to use care and caring knowledge in human relationships and to facilitate the application of this knowledge to transform organizational systems in which nurses function to become care-focused.
  3. Explicate the nature, scope, and functions of care and caring and its relationship to nursing.
  4. Identify the major components, processes and patterns of care and caring in relationship to nursing from a transcultural nursing perspective.
  5. Stimulate nurse scholars and other professionals world-wide to systematically investigate care and caring and to share findings with colleagues at an annual research conference.
  6. Disseminate knowledge through refereed publications and public forums.
  7. Maintain an organization with elected officers and paid members for the purpose of maintaining a network of scholars.


Address: P.O. Box 6703 * Grand Rapids, MI  49516

Email: assoc.manager@humancaring.org

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