“Human Caring” conference supported by health care systems.

Health care systems are focusing their attention on ways to provide highest quality, patient-centered care in a complex medical environment. To achieve magnet status or to become a Planetree health care system is not only good for patients and their families, it is good for business. Consumers are paying closer attention as to which hospitals have the commitment to providing a caring environment and will travel, if necessary, to make these choices.

Novant HealthCare/Forsyth Medical Center, a Source of Caring sponsor for the April 2008 International Human Caring Conference in Chapel Hill, has such a commitment, which is why they are participating. So does Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte, a Hands of Caring sponsor. They join UNC Healthcare, the major co-sponsor of the conference along with UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Other sponsors are Alpha Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, Florida Atlantic University, and Kindred Healthcare.

You can get the entire conference program at:

There will be more than 70 presentations and 20 posters that focus on topics such as religion, spirituality, and end-of-life; theory, ethics and aesthetics; and practice and systems. Research about human caring outcomes, as well a keynote addresses by major thought leaders from around the world will inspire, excite and give practical information that attendees can take back to their work environment.

Some specific presentations are about fostering compassionate patient care, integrative healing modalities, postpartum depression, therapeutic touch, critical care nursing, healing for obesity, heart failure and other chronic illnesses, international nursing, caring and burnout, job satisfaction and organizational support, developing a theory of healing through touch.

While the conference is centered around nursing practice, many of the presenters come from other related fields, such as social work and psychology.

Conference sponsorships at several levels are still available.

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