International Association

                 for Human Caring

IAHC Supporting

Watson Institute

38th Annual IAHC Conference

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


  • Early Registration for all IAHC Members in Good Standing
  • Early Bird Non-Member Registration, please consider joining IAHC to receive Membership benefits including the IAHC Journal and Conference Discounted Registration Rate.
  • All IAHC Current Members in Good Standing
  • Non-Member Registration, please consider joining IAHC to receive Membership benefits including the IAHC Journal and Conference Discounted Registration Rate.

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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

Walking Map to Yellowhead Brewery

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 MacEwan University

  7:30 -   4:00   Registration at MacEwan University

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

                       Opening remarks - Patrick Dean, IAHC President

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

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