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Report on Annual Conference Ethical Aspects of Collegial Relationships.

The Membership Assembly began with inspiring words and action for nurses as they assume their professional identities. Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN focused her presentation on looking at aspects of nursing in relation to scientific discoveries through the centuries. She presented the concept of moral distress that is familiar to many nurses, reminding us to weigh the options in each situation. She spoke at length on the importance of energy, encouraging us to use the positive energy from others rather than be drawn into negative energy, reminding us that "Each of us is responsible for the energy we bring to the bedside."

Dr. Curtin described how energy is the driving force in the universe and in each of us. Just as when one examines the quark in science, as each person views it, it changes. What happens at the micro level also happens at the macro level. We are part of all this natural scientific energy. Dr. Curtin said, "To have saved one life is to save the world."

She explained how we can even change things with our thoughts just by focused concentration together for 15 minutes. Intentionality, she said, makes a huge difference in our relationships and caring. We can affect others through our thoughts; it is entirely our choice. This will be the difference between making us competent nurses or superb nurses.

In her presentation she offered the ethical principles that underlie the formulation of intraprofessional relationships as coming from three sources; human rights, shared obligation to promote the public's welfare, and the professional bond. To be a nurse is to share in creative, constructive intra-professional relationships that encourage partnership in the development of a profession whose primary goal is to serve the health needs of others.

She proposed a new paradigm for nursing; that we do our care synergistically. In spelling this out, Dr. Curtin offered several clear statements for direction.

1) Look at what you contribute--do an honest assessment.

2) Don't doubt your own capacity or that of others.

3) Ask yourself, "What is the conversation?"

4) Be a conduit of possibilities.

5) Transmit great attitudes.

6) Take a (calculated) risk.

The Colorado Nurses Association and Colorado Student Nurses Association responded with enthusiasm and gratitude for her inspiring presentation.

Kathryn Carpenter, MSN, RN Region II Director

Caption: Leah Curtin

Caption: Nurse Specialty panel

Caption: SIG 30

Caption: Members with stethoscopes

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Title Annotation:2015 MEMBERSHIP ASSEMBLY
Author:Carpenter, Kathryn
Publication:Colorado Nurse
Article Type:Conference news
Date:Nov 1, 2015
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