2019 IAHC Conference Program

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Conference Program

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We are pleased to announce that the First Issue of the 2019 IAHC Human Caring Journal is now available to Members in Good Standing.

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International Journal for Human Caring

2019 Conference Registration is Open

2019 Conference Theme

 Caring and Interprofessional Practice:

 Re-imagining the patient care experience.

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We invite you and your colleagues to the upcoming 40th Annual International Association for Human Caring (IAHC) conference.  

The conference to be held May 30 to June 2, 2019, is the world’s leading forum for interdisciplinary, caring science. 

Keynote Speakers:

 Eduardo Salas, PhD

 Expert on team work in healthcare systems and TeamSTEPPS.

 Anne Boykin, PhD

 Director Anne Boykin Institute for the Advancement of Caring in Nursing.

 Regina Holiday

 Artist and nationally renowned speaker on patient care advocacy.

Upcoming events

05/30/2019 6:30 AM • Clemson University, Nursing Building, Greenville Memorial Hospital, Campus 605 Grove Road, Greenville, SC 29605
06/01/2019 7:00 PM • PEACE CENTER, 300 S Main St, Greenville, SC


Presentation formats include podium, workshop, symposium and poster.

Presentation Format & Instructions

Abstract Scoring & Review Outline

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All authors will be required to complete a Conflict of Interest Form for your Abstract to be considered. 

THE LEAD AUTHOR is responsible for the submission of all CoAuthor's Conflict of Interest forms. Coauthors will not be contacted during correspondence with the primary authors unless there is a need to resolve any potential conflict of interest issues. CoAuthors will be included with the primary author in the conference brochure. 

Call for Caring Participation


The International Association for Human Caring (IAHC) is inviting nominations for the upcoming 2019 elections. Elections will be held this spring for the positions of:

  • Treasurer/corresponding secretary
  • Board Member
  • Board Member  

Position Eligibility

A. The four (4) Officers and the seven (7) Board Directors shall have been IAHC voting members for at least a year prior to running for office.

B. Three-quarters (3/4) of the combined Officers and Board Directors must be registered nurses.

C. There must be multinational representation on the Board.

D. Interdisciplinary representation on the Board is supported.

E. The President-elect shall have served at least one term on the IAHC Board or as an IAHC committee chair or co-chair for at least three years prior to election to this office.

Terms of office

The Corresponding Secretary/Treasurer shall serve a three-year term.

Board Directors shall serve a three -year term.

Much of the board work is done via phone and e-mail. As a member of the board, we request your participation on monthly or every other month board conference calls (usually one hour in length) and attendance at the yearly board meeting held at the annual IAHC conference. As this is a volunteer organization, expenses incurred to attend meetings are the responsibility of individual board members. In addition to the board work, the Corresponding Secretary/Treasurer maintains financial records for the organization and works closely with the president on budgetary issues.

Election Oversight

The Leadership Succession Committee is overseeing the call for nominations, voting process, and election results. We encourage new members to consider serving on the Board of Directors.

Nominations are due by Wednesday, February 27, 2019. If you are interested in nominating an IAHC member for one of these offices, please complete and email the attached intent form to Kathleen Sitzman at sitzmank@ecu.edu.

Self-nominations are also encouraged. If you are interested in self-nomination, please complete  and email the attached  intent form along with a current CV and a brief Bio (limited to 250 words) to Kathleen Sitzman at sitzmank@ecu.edu.  

The Bio will be shared with IAHC members to inform them of candidate qualifications during the election process. The Bio should address the following four points: 1) Why IAHC is important to you? 2) Your involvement in IAHC to date, 3) Scholarship including: academic, clinical/leadership and practice positions, posters, publications or research related to caring science and 4) Previous board experience in professional or civic organizations.

On behalf of the IAHC Leadership Succession Committee, we thank you for your consideration of these very important leadership roles in the International Association for Human Caring.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Greenville, South Carolina May 30-June 2, 2019!   The annual board meeting is scheduled 2-6 p.m. on May 29, 2019.

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sending love and light to all, 


Kathleen Sitzman, President Elect IAHC/Chair Leadership Succession/Nominating Committee

Patrick Dean, Past President and Succession Committee Member

Jan Anderson, Board Member and succession Committee Member

2019 Board Nomination Form.docx

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

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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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