2018 - 22nd International Philosophy of Nursing Conference (IPONS), August 23-25
Keynote Speakers

Jonathan Drennan, PhD currently holds the Chair of Nursing and Health Services Research at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork; prior to that he was Professor of Healthcare Research at the University of Southampton. He has undertaken research in Ireland and the UK in a number of areas including non-medical prescribing, emergency care, the abuse and neglect of older people in community and residential settings, cancer information services, the development of priorities for nursing and midwifery research and safe nurse staffing. He is the co-author of a Cochrane review on hospital nurse staffing models and staff and patient outcomes as well as systematic reviews on safe nurse staffing in medical and surgical wards and emergency departments. He presented to and advised the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Safe Staffing Advisory Committees on safe nurse staffing in medical and surgical wards and accident and emergency departments in the UK. This was part of the development process of the NICE guidelines on safe staffing. Professor Drennan was also a member of the Irish Department of Health advisory team involved in the development of guidelines for safe nurse staffing and skill mix in the healthcare sector. He is currently leading a Health Research Board funded study on safe nurse staffing in the health sector in Ireland.

Heike Felzmann, PhD is a lecturer in Philosophy/Ethics in the discipline of Philosophy at the School of Humanities, NUI Galway. She is affiliated to the Centre of Bioethical Research and Analysis (COBRA) at NUIG. Her area of specialisation is Bioethics, with focus on research ethics, health care ethics and information ethics, especially robot ethics. She also works in moral theory, with focus on theory in/of Bioethics and feminist bioethics.

She is currently involved in a number of European and  national research projects: She is the chair of a COST Action (CHIPME, IS1303) on ELSI issues in genetic testing, "Citizen's Health through public-private Initiatives: Public health, Market and Ethical perspectives" (until November 2017); leader of ethics deliverables and chair of the Ethics Board of a H2020 project (MARIO) on assistive robotics for elderly with dementia (until 2018); WG3 member of the COST Action  RANCARE (CA14208) on Rationing in Nursing Care (from 2016); and WG3 member and STSM coordinator for the COST Action on Wearable Robotics (CA16116). She is PI on an Irish SFI Discover Scheme public engagement project on "Genetic Testing: Engaging the West of Ireland".
She is part of the National Forcum for Teaching and Learning Expert Group on Ethics, Law and Policy in Learning Analytics (2017). She was subject expert in research ethics on a capacity building project (UNIVERSITARIA) for Romanian Universities in 2015 and part of  a HEA funded project on digitally mediated interprofessional learning (IPL) in health care in 2015, which has been continuing as an internal NUIG initiative.

Dr. Siobhan O’Halloran, PhD, MSc, FFNMRCSI, BNS, RGN, RMHN, RNT was appointed as the first Chief Nursing Officer at the grade of Assistant Secretary in 2013. She currently leads and manages the Chief Nursing Office, the Mental Health Division, Drugs and Social Inclusion in the Department of Health.  She has held many key positions in the Irish health service and the education sector over a career that spans nearly 40 years. Siobhan has been at the forefront of a number of national initiatives. Siobhan has been acknowledged internationally for her vision, direction and contribution to nursing and midwifery on the world stage

Evridiki Papastavrou, PhD is an Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Nursing of the Cyprus University of Technology, Chair and Main proposer of the EU COST Action project CA15208: RANCARE, ex Chair of the Cyprus Regulatory body for Nursing and Midwifery and she has a long experience as an Educator, Researcher and Consultant. She has contributed to the foundation of the Cyprus University of Technology Ethics Committee of which she served as its’ first Chair and in addition she was appointed as a member of the Cyprus National Bioethics committee for two terms. She also has been actively involved in the care and welfare of patients with dementia by being a member of the National Multidisciplinary Committee for Alzheimer’s disease and also by organizing a series of seminars for the families of patients with dementia. Dr Papastavrou is a recipient of 11 research grants funded by National and International Organisations such as the EU and the WHO. She has authored over 113 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Patricia Werhane, PhD is Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at the University of Illinois, the Wicklander Chair of Business Ethics, Emerita at DePaul University and Ruffin Professor Emerita at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia In 2008 she was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in business ethics by Ethisphere Magazine.
Professor Werhane is the author or over 100 articles and book chapters, and the author or editor of twenty-eight books including, Adam Smith and his Legacy for Modern Capitalism, Moral Imagination and Management Decision-Making, Alleviating Poverty Through Profitable Partnerships (with Kelley, Hartman and Moberg) and Obstacles to Ethical Decision-Making (with Hartman, Archer, Englehardt and Pritchard.) Today she is the co-producer of an Emmy-award winning television documentary series, BIG QUESTIONS, aired on Chicago Public Television PRIME.