Speakers & Organising Committee

Confirmed Keynote Presentations

‘Counter the Counter Story: Narrative Approaches to Nurses’ Identity’
Prof. Hilde Lindemann, Emerita Professor of Philosophy, Michigan State University, US

Prof. Hilde Lindemann

Hilde Lindemann is Emerita Professor of Philosophy and Associate in the Center for Ethics Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University. A Fellow of the Hastings Center and a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, her ongoing research interests are in feminist bioethics, feminist ethics, the ethics of families, and the social construction of persons and their identities. Her most recent book is Holding and Letting Go: The Social Practice of Personal Identities. Earlier books include An Invitation to Feminist Ethics and Damaged Identities, Narrative Repair. With James Lindemann Nelson, she also wrote The Patient in the Family: An Ethics of Medicine and Families. She is the former editor of The Hastings Center Report as well as of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. She was the coeditor of Rowman & Littlefield’s Feminist Constructions series and the general coeditor (with James Lindemann Nelson) of the Reflective Bioethics series at Routledge.

‘Governance, Justice and the Complexities of Care’
Dr Louise Campbell, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Dr. Louise Campbell

Louise Campbell is a clinical ethicist and a lecturer in medical ethics in the School of Medicine, NUI Galway. She is the director of Clinical Ethics Ireland, which provides education in clinical and research ethics for registered health professionals and members of ethics committees. She has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Essex and a post-doctoral qualification in clinical and organisational ethics from the Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto. She is a member of the Irish unit of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and is the research ethics lead for the Higher Specialist Training programme at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Her research interests include ethical governance, mental health ethics and end-of-life care.

‘Don’t be Afraid of Gender! Why Political Care Ethics Can Bring Conflicts of Nursing Practices to a Head’
Prof. Helen Kohlen, University of Vallendar, Germany

Prof. Helen Kohlen

Helen Kohlen is Professor of Care Policy and Ethics at the Faculty of Nursing of the Philosophical-Theological University of Vallendar and Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Her research focuses on end-life-care and the transformation of caring practices. She did transnational research on hospital ethics committees and designs caring committees together with clinical practitioners in several hospitals all over Germany. As a social scientist questions of inequality with regard to gender, social status and cultural backgrounds play a major role in her studies.

‘(In)Forming Nursing’s Ethics: Literature, Gossip, and Lore’
Prof. Marsha Fowler, Visiting Professor, University of Surrey, UK

Prof. Marsha Fowler

Marsha Fowler is Professor of Ethics, Visiting Professor, University of Surrey, UK. She was a Joseph P. Kennedy, JR. Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard University, 1978-79. Her research focuses social ethics, religious ethics, and nursing ethics.  Her current research is on the history and development of nursing ethics from the 1860s to the present. She has served as member and chair of the American Nurses Association Committee on Ethics; on the task forces for the revision of the 1984 and 2001 codes of ethics; and was named the “Co-lead Writer and Code Historian for the 2015 ANA Code of Ethics. She is a recipient of the American Nurses Association Human Rights Award.

‘ “If we had Florence Nightingale here, we’d hang her”: Ethical complexities of trade unionism in nursing – insights from history.
Dr Mark Loughrey, UCC, Ireland

Dr. Mark Loughrey

Mark Loughrey is a registered nurse and works as a research nurse at University College Cork. Following qualification he specialised in intensive care nursing and holds a Higher Diploma in Critical Care Nursing from University College Dublin. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing from University College Cork. In 2011 he was awarded a PhD scholarship by Ireland’s largest nurse and midwife representative association, the Irish Nurses’ and Midwives’ Organisation (INMO). This was the first award of its kind by the INMO and Mark completed his doctoral studies at University College Dublin in 2015.  His PhD examined the history of the INMO and he is currently completing a book on the topic due for publication by Irish Academic Press on the occasion of the INMO’s centenary in 2019.

‘Compassion, Care, Commitment and Justice for Whom?’
Prof. Anne Scott, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Prof. Anne Scott

P. Anne Scott is Professor and Vice President for Equality and Diversity, National University of Ireland, Galway. Anne is an RGN and holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Glasgow. Over her career Anne has held a variety of leadership roles in universities including Head of School, Executive Dean and Deputy President and Registrar in both Irish and English university sectors. She has also worked as a practitioner and academic in Kenya, Scotland, England and Ireland.

Anne’s research interests include the ethical domain of nursing practice, the philosophy and ethics of health care, judgement and decision-making in clinical practice and health services research – focusing on the health work force.
Anne has been a board member of a number of research funding and health service agencies in Ireland – Board member of the Health Research Board, founding member of the Irish Council for Bioethics, Board member of the Health Service Executive (Ireland). Anne was until June 2016 a member of the Board of Governors of the Royal Liverpool and Broad Green Hospitals NHS Trust and Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

‘Identifying the Values for Nurses and Midwives in Ireland’

Dr Anne-Marie Ryan, Director of Operations| Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland)

Dr Anne-Marie Ryan

Dr. Anne-Marie Ryan, PhD, RGN, RNT, BNS, MSc, FFNMRCSI. Anne-Marie recently returned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) from her role as Deputy Chief Nursing Officer in the Department of Health. In her role in the Department she developed a position paper “Values for Nurses and Midwives in Ireland” and a policy for Graduate, Specialist and Advanced Nursing Practice. In her role as Chief Education Officer with the NMBI she oversaw the review of the Professional Code of Conduct for Nurses and Midwives (NMBI 2014) to ensure a professionalising agenda. Anne-Marie has led many regulatory policy projects to support the developing role of the nurse and midwife including prescribing of medicinal products and x-ray. In relation to European education policy Anne-Marie actively engaged in the modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive of the European Union (2005/36/EC). She was an expert reviewer for the profession of nursing with a TAIEX mission for enlargement of the EU. Anne-Marie completed her doctoral studies in education studies from Dublin City University. Her previous experience as a nurse educator was in Trinity College Dublin, and University College Dublin and she was also the Principal Nurse Tutor in Beaumont Hospital School of Nursing. As a clinical nurse with experience in surgical and medical nursing she specialised in oncological nursing.


‘The Ethics of Ethics Education’

Professor Ann Gallagher, University of Surrey, UK

Ann Gallagher is Professor of Ethics and Care, International Care Ethics Observatory, School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey, UK. Ann trained as a nurse at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast during ‘the Troubles’. Ann has researched a wide range of topics relating to ethics and care, for example, on dignity in care, compassion in the NHS, professional regulation, professionalism in paramedic practice, love in professional life, slow ethics and ethics education. She is Editor of the international journal Nursing Ethics (http://journals.sagepub.com/home/nej) and a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. Ann is co-chair of a hospice ethics committee. She was Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, at the National Bioethics Center, Tuskegee University, USA in 2017 and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing.


Local Conference Organising Committee

  Siobhán Murphy, College Lecturer  
 Dr Margaret Murphy, College Lecturer  
Caroline Dalton O’Connor, College Lecturer  
 Aoife Lane, PhD Candidate  
Dr. Helen Mulcahy, College Lecturer


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