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Upcoming events

    • 31 May 2017
    • 6:30 AM (MDT)
    • 02 Jun 2017
    • 4:00 PM (MDT)
    • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    38th Annual IAHC Conference

    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    May 31 - June 2, 2017

    Attending? Here are some conference materials

    Program Book

    MacEwan Campus Map

    MacEwan Building # 6 Map

    Walking Map to MacEwan from hotel

    Registration opens at 7:30 am on Wednesday, June 1 

    in the Multipurpose room of MacEwan University, Building #6

    Hosted by 

    MacEwan University

    IAHC Presidents Letter

    Dear supporter of caring science in nursing,

    “Rediscovering love and compassion in caring practice and in caring science” is the theme of the 2017 Annual Conference of the International Association for Human Caring (IAHC). In 1979, anthropologist and nursing theorist, Madeleine Leininger, identified human caring as the essence of the nursing profession, and with a group of like-minded nurses, founded IAHC. IAHC needs your support to sustain its growth into a future where threats to human caring, including dehumanizing technology and unequal distribution of healthcare in many parts of the world, have the potential to greatly reduce the healing effects of caring practice and caring science.

    Patrick J Dean RN, EDD, OSTJ

    Clinical Associate Professor University of Minnesota School of Nursing

    International Association for Human Caring President

    Keynote Speakers

    Chantal Cara, PhD., RN.
    Professor, Faculty of Nursing Sciences, Université de Montréal
    Distinguished Caring Science Scholar, Watson Caring Science Institute

    Dr. Chantal Cara is currently a full professor at the Faculty of Nursing, Université de Montréal in Québec, Canada.  She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado School of Nursing, under the directorship of Dr. Jean Watson. For almost 30 years, Dr. Cara has been actively involved in the understanding of the philosophy of caring in Nursing, more specifically in clinical rehabilitation, education, management, and research. She is a researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation (CRIR) of Greater Montreal as well as the Quebec Network on Nursing Intervention Research for humanistic nursing practices, Quebec, Canada. Recently, she was awarded the honorific title Distinguished Caring Science Scholar by the Watson Caring Science Institute, Colorado, USA.

    Sigríður Halldórsdóttir

    Professor and Head of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, School of Health Sciences

    Háskólinn á Akureyri / University of Akureyri

    Skrifstofa / Office: Sólborg, A301

    Agenda - Revisions Forthcoming

    Wednesday May 31 at MacEwan University

      6:30 -   8:15   Breakfast (Provided by the Hotel with Room)

       short walk to McEwan University

      7:30 -   4:00   Registration at McEwan University

      8:30 -   9:00   Opening Ceremonies - Elder Elsie Bull

                           Opening remarks - Patrick Dean, IAHC President

                           Dr. Cynthia Zutter, Vice Provost McEwan
                            University, Dr. Vince Salyers, Dean Faculty of
                            Nursing, McEwan University

      9:00 - 10:00   Opening keynote - Sigridur Halldorsdottir, 

                          PhD (Med. Dr.) Professor and Head of the Faculty                      of Graduate Studies School of Health Sciences,                          University of Akureyri

    10:00 - 10:45   Break - Refreshments

    10:45 - 12:15   Paper presentations (5 breakout rooms)

    12:15 -  1:30   Lunch on own

      1:30 -  3:30   Paper presentations (5 breakout rooms) 

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

      4:15 -  5:15   Paper presentations (5 breakout rooms)

      6:00 – 7:30   Opening reception and social time

                         (Yellowhead Brewery, cash bar, light food)

                          Sponsored by Florida Atlantic University,
                          Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

                         Dinner on own

    Thursday June 1 at MacEwan University

      6:30 -   8:15   Breakfast (Provided by the Hotel with Room)

      7:30 -  1:30    Registration and Coffee at McEwan University
     8:30 -   9:00    Opening remarks - Patrick Dean, IAHC President

      9:00 - 10:00   Keynote – Chantal Cara, PhD., Inf.

                          Professeure titulaire, Faculté des sciences                                   infirmières, Université de Montréal
                          Distinguished Caring Science Scholar, Watson                             Caring Science Institute

    10:00 - 10:45   Break – Refreshments

    10:45 - 12:15   Paper presentations (5 breakout rooms)

    12:15 -   1:30   Lunch on own

      1:30 -  3:30    Paper presentations (5 breakout rooms)

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

      4:15 -  5:15    Paper presentations (5 breakout rooms)

      5:30 -  7:30    Poster Session, Tribute Sr. Simone and 

                          reception sponsored by chi Nu and the Faculty of
                           Nursing MacEwan

                           Music Interlude by Bill Richards'Trio (McEwan

                Dinner on own

    Friday  June 2 at MacEwan University

      6:30 -   7:45   Breakfast (Provided by the Hotel with Room)

      7:30 -  9:00   Registration at McEwan University 
      8:00 -   9:30    IAHC Annual business meeting (IAHC Members )

      9:30 - 10:15    Break – Refreshments

    10:45 - 12:00    Theorists’ Roundtable  All attendees 

    10:30 - 12:00    Paper presentations (5 breakout rooms)

    12:00 -   1:00    Lunch on own

      1:00 -   3:00   Paper presentations (5 breakout rooms)

      3:00 -   4:00   Closing comments and program evaluations

    Please check back often as changes and revisions are likely

    Hotel Information

    Edmonton, the capital of Canada's western Alberta province, sits on the North Saskatchewan River. Its significant historical eras are recreated at Fort Edmonton Park, featuring an 1846 fort and streets from 1885, 1905 and 1920. The city's contemporary landmarks include the Royal Alberta Museum, with aboriginal-culture and natural-history galleries, and the futuristic-looking Art Gallery of Alberta, known for its First Nations art.

    Explore Edmonton

    Things to do:  Fort Edmonton Park, The Muttart Conservatory, Telus World of Science, West Edmonton Mall, Segway through the river valley, Edmonton Valley Zoo.


    The new Royal Alberta Museum is still under construction, the old one is closed.


    Take the airport shuttle to downtown.  $18 pp one way departing from the arrivals level of the airport.  $60 for taxi.  Rental cars are cheaper away from the airport.  Closest one to the Hotel is Budget, Hertz and Avis are a few more blocks, hotel shuttle driver can take you there to pick up your car..

    Restaurant Guide

    Refund Policy:

    Refunds for registrations submitted for review 20 days prior to the event will be issued less a 20% fee.

    No refunds will be issued after May 12th, 2017

Dear Poster Presenters,

IAHC will hold the poster session on June 1st (Thursday) in the evening from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  The Abstract Committee offers the following information to assist you in planning your poster presentation:

  • Posters will be displayed on bulletin boards.  There will be 2 posters per bulletin board (one poster on each side).  One side of the bulletin board is cork and the other side is a whiteboard.  Please bring pushpins and tape to attach your poster.
  •  You will receive details of the  specific poster layout, as we get closer to the conference.
  • Posters should be 36 inches high and 48 inches wide (36”X 48”).
  • You may select a paper or fabric format.
  • You will be able to set-up your poster on Thursday afternoon.
  • We encourage you to bring business cards and/or copies of your abstract with your contact information  for distribution and networking.
  • Please plan to have at least one person present during the poster session from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
  • You will take down your poster immediately following the poster session/reception.

The poster session is an integral part of the conference and we are expecting a strong participant turnout!  A reception, hosted by MacEwan University, is planned during the poster session and we will be offering continuing education credit for attending the session.  

We are looking forward to seeing you at the conference!

Please let us know how we can assist you!

38th Annual IAHC Conference

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The International Association for Human Caring 

May 31st - June 3rd, 2017

Rediscovering Love and Compassion in Caring Practice and in Caring Science


We have secured the Hotel 

Register Now!


Reserve your room before Apr 30

Call 1-800-663-1144

Or book online

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Sponsorships for the 38th Annual IAHC Conference at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada, May 31 to June 2, 2017, are now being accepted. For example, donors of $5000 will receive recognition and acknowledgement by keynote speakers. Donors of $1000 will receive recognition and acknowledgment by concurrent session speakers, and donors of $500 will receive recognition and acknowledgement by poster session presenters. In addition, all donors will be acknowledged and thanked at all meal gatherings, and in the conference brochure.

This opportunity to showcase your nursing organization, or your healthcare related organization, will also support current research into the empirical effects of caring science in the process of human healing. While much of caring science has been devoted to building the body of knowledge and theory regarding caring science, the discipline of nursing increasingly recognizes the essential effects of caring practice and caring science at the cellular level, as well as in the psychological and spiritual dimensions of human experience.

The much sought after Magnet status for nursing organizations requires an ability to identify application of caring science in the care of patients. In this endeavor, the International Journal for Human Caring (IJHC), the official journal of IAHC, has proven to be a valuable source of information about caring science, and successful Magnet status recognition. Donors to the 38th Annual IAHC conference will also receive complimentary access to the online version of the IAHC journal (IJHC).

Ultimately, your sponsorship will affect patient healing through the application of caring science by nursing and other healthcare personnel now and into the future.

In caring,

Patrick J Dean RN, EDD, OSTJ

Clinical Associate Professor University of Minnesota School of Nursing

International Association for Human Caring President

Thank you to those who attended the

37th Annual Conference

International Association for Human Caring

Two organizations dedicated to

Advancing the Unitary Science of Caring for Nursing Praxis

The International Association for Human Caring and

The Society of Rogerian Scholars

 joint conference in

Boston, MA

June 8th - 10th, 2016.

Download Agenda and Meeting Details

36th International Conference

“The Enduring Spirit of Caring”

May 20 – 23, 2015


With an opening ceremony honoring the nurses of Hurricane Katrina and a performance by the Mardi Gras Indians, the 36th International Conference begin with thankfulness and enthusiasm!


IAHC was even featured on the local New Orleans news as a reporter interviewed Dr. Jane Sumner about the organization and the goals of the annual caring conference.

Thank you to those who attended our 1st Theorists' Panel Luncheon!



                                   Opening:                                    Middle:                               Closing:
Dr. Rozzano Locsin                    Dr. Peggy Chinn               Dr. W. Richard Cowling


Annual Conference History


35th International Association for Human Caring Conference - Kyoto, Japan

Dr. Naohiro Hohashi - Welcome to Kyoto


34th Annual Conference - Orlando, FL

Mystery and Miracles - Embracing the Difference Caring Makes in Nursing Practice, Education, and Research.

Dr. Jean Watson's 2013 Conference Keynote

2013 Video Highlights


33rd Annual Conference - Philadelphia, PA

Caring Connections: Research Practice, Education

32nd Annual Conference - San Antonio, TX
The Intersection of Caring and Quality: Nursing Practice, Education, and Research

31st Annual Conference - Rochester, MN
Nursing Care Models

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


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