The Institute for Spirituality and Health
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Nursing Conference

27th Annual Nursing Conference

Honoring Choices: Intersections of Faith, Culture, and Community

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A collaboration with hospitals and nursing schools across the Texas Medical Center, this conference helps nurses better understand and tend to the spiritual dimensions of patient care.

This year’s theme focuses on medical decision making. Choices in the healthcare spectrum and particularly at the end of life are informed by diverse cultural considerations, including spiritual beliefs. This conference will focus on how as healthcare providers we can identify and integrate the cultural and spiritual preferences of patients and their families, particularly when they may be different from our own beliefs. Particular attention will be given to individuals who decide to forego care or pursue therapy that may not be beneficial and how we as healthcare providers can evaluate and respect these choices in partnership with the patient.


  • identify cultural and spiritual beliefs that influence healthcare decision making

  • discuss resources to support nurses in providing patient-centered, culturally, and spiritually sensitive support to patients when making healthcare decisions

  • explore approaches to identify and mitigate bias among healthcare professionals that would influence their approach to patient decision support

This Event Includes:

  • Light breakfast & box lunch

  • Free parking

  • 5.0 Nursing CEs

View 2019 Conference Brochure

Nursing Conference History

For 26 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.