242581 Public Health Nursing and the Military: The ethical implications of alliance

Monday, October 31, 2011: 2:30 PM

Geraldine Gorman, RN, PhD , College of Nursing at University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Public Health, Mental Health and Administration, Chicago, IL
The well respected scholarly journal Advances in Nursing Science (ANS) recently published an article co-authored by Canadian and Australian nursing scholars calling for a critical reexamination of the post-9/11 focus of American public health nursing (PHN). According to the authors, there is an encroaching 'militarization' evident in the language, funding and research of PHN. The authors' citation of a graduate program devoted to 'disaster nursing' provoked an angry rebuttal from the program director, also published in ANS. In response, editor Peggy Chinn invited commentary to help elucidate this crucial debate. The presenter, one of the invited commentators, will delineate the opposing arguments and encourage further discernment on this topic with essential ramifications for the focus and integrity of public health research and practice.

Learning Areas:
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate the ethical implications of military funding, priorities and terminology for the mission and mandate of public health nursing

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am faculty in the department of public health at UIC College of Nursing and a responder to the article in question.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.