The Institute for Spirituality and Health
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Nursing Conference

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26th Annual Nursing Conference:

Spiritual Care of Vulnerable Populations


Equipping nurses to better care for patients, this conference is celebrating its 26th year. A collaboration with hospitals and nursing schools across the Texas Medical Center, the conference helps nurses care for patients' spiritual needs.

-Light breakfast & box lunch provided
-Free parking
-CEUs for

Event details

Date: Friday, October 12th, 2018
Time: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Location: St. Paul's United Methodist Church
                 5501 Main Street
                 Houston, Texas 77004

Price: $85 Conference Admission
           $35 for Students and Retirees

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Meet the Speakers

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Keynote Speaker :
Ann Koci, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, WHNP
With Open Arms: Holistic Care of Individuals Marginalized by Physical and Sexual Abuse

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Tiffany Richards, MS, ANP, AOCNP

Spiritual Assessment of and Care for Victims of Human Trafficking

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Mary Ann Marcus, EdD, RN, FAAN
Holistic Management of Individuals with a History of Substance Abuse

Panel Discussion: “Holistic Care of Incarcerated Patients: Ethical Issues and Spiritual Considerations”
Moderator: Kelly Brassil, PhD, RN, AOCNS, ACNS-BC
Jacqueline Stout Aguilar, PhD, RN (UTMB)
Hilary Sullivan, MSN, RN, CNL (MD Anderson)
Michele Carter, PhD (UTMB)

Every year, we celebrate excellence in nursing by presenting the Emma Josephine Loffelholz McMorris RN Spirituality Award to nurses who embody spirituality, compassion, communication, and a commitment to their field.


Nursing Conference History

For 23 years the Institute has hosted a conference specially tailored for those healthcare professionals who so often at the very heart of the patient experience - nurses. Principally supported through the generosity of the McGovern Foundation, this conference provides a venue for experienced caregivers and students alike to learn about the ways in which an awareness of spirituality is vital to successful nursing. Planned jointly by the nursing departments in all of the major Texas Medical Center hospitals, the proceedings feature nationally recognized speakers who cover topics that vary each year, but always orbit around a common theme of a recognition and awareness of the power of spirituality to enhance care. In the past, themes have ranged from “self care, “ to “spiritual intelligence,” to “maintaining spiritual presence in the digital age.” A highlight each year is the presentation of the Emma Josephine Loffelholz McMorris Spirituality in Nursing award, which recognizes outstanding service by a member of the nursing staff from each of the participating nursing departments. This conference continues to grow, and with it the impact and recognition of spirituality in nursing.