Speculative Ethics For Care Futures Otherwise

In the spirit of transdisciplinary collaboration and imagination, we invite you to participate in a colloquium on Speculative Ethics for Care Futures Otherwise.

The colloquium will be held virtually on October 13th, 2023 at 9am pacific, noon eastern, 5pm UK, and 6pm Berlin time.

The focus of the colloquium is on how multiple ways of knowing, perceiving and being in the world can exist simultaneously, rather than imposing a particular and fixed perspective of the world which has implications for how care is enacted. Multiple care systems can exist simultaneously, but we choose which ones we privilege – the biomedical, neoliberal, cisgender, heterosexual, white supremacist model of extractive healthcare while forsaking relational, holistic, Indigenous, ecological, integrated, and planetary care. Therefore, this colloquium engages immediately with the speculative ethics of care. The Colloquium panelists include distinguished scholars from multiple disciplines.

Learn more at the University of California Irvine Center for Nursing Philosophy event webpage and register here.

John Phillips Book Launch!

Join the enriching literary celebration at the much-anticipated book launch of John Phillips’ remarkable anthology! September 12, 2023 1:00-2:00pm EST Register Here For the Free Book Launch Event: https://rb.gy/u95jp

The Society of Rogerian Scholars is thrilled to unveil a groundbreaking literary achievement with the release of Evolving Rogerian Nursing Science: John R. Phillips’ Unique Contributions. This anthology compiles Phillips’ seminal publications spanning 1990 to 2023, tracing the remarkable evolution of the science of unitary human beings, under the guidance of the foremost Rogerian scholar of our time. A close confidant of Dr. Martha Rogers, Phillips has ventured into the farthest realms of this scientific exploration. As an enriching bonus, readers will also discover Dr. Rogers’ influential 1992 article, “Nursing Science and the Space Age,” featured in the Appendix, complemented by an insightful epilogue specially crafted by Phillips for this anthology.

The new book is available through Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats.
Paperback: 378 pages
Price: $24.99; Kindle $9.99
Publisher: Society of Rogerian Scholars
ISBN-13: 979-8988246909
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.95 x 9 inches

Nursing Philosophy Journal news

IPONS-affiliated journal Nursing Philosophy is now accepting applications for Editorial Board members – learn more and apply here via the Call for Applications.

Editors-in-chief Miriam Bender and Stefanos Mantzoukas are also launching an Early Stage Reviewer program “to provide individuals early in their academic and/or scholastic career the opportunity to receive a mentored experience in philosophical manuscript review processes and learn how to conduct constructive and effective critiques of the arguments/ideas put forth in manuscripts.” Learn more and apply here.

Don’t forget to submit your abstracts and register for the 2023 Hybrid 26th Annual International Philosophy of Nursing Conference today. Abstracts accepted until May 31, 2023. Link here.

New IPONS member books-2fer!

Announcing a new book from Olga Petrovskaya and an anthology edited by Jess Dillard-Wright, Jane Hopkins Walsh, and Brandon Brown.

Nursing Theory, Postmodernism, Post-structuralism, and Foucault

by Olga Petrovskaya

Nursing Theory, Postmodernism, Post-structuralism, and Foucault critiques selected American nursing theory and its use of post-structural theory, comparing and contrasting how postmodern and post-structural ideas have been used fruitfully in nursing research and theorizing elsewhere. Making the case that post-structural ideas are vital for nurses’ ability to critically reflect on their discipline and profession, this is a necessary read for all those interested in nursing theory, philosophy, and praxis. 

Use discount code ESA22 for 20% off!

Nursing a Radical Imagination
Moving from Theory and History to Action and Alternate Futures

Edited By

Jess Dillard-Wright, Jane Hopkins-Walsh, Brandon Brown

Examining the historical context of healthcare whilst focusing on building a more just, equitable world, Nursing a Radical Imagination proposes what that radical imagination for nursing might look like, presenting possibilities for speculative futures embracing queer, feminist, posthuman, and abolitionist frames.


The Anvil of Argument: Debate and Disagreement in Nursing

Purchase the text here.

Julie Gunby Wins The Doctoral Student Essay Award

The Doctoral Student Award recognizes a significant contribution by a doctoral student to the Theme issue on Personhood in Nursing Philosophy

The Nursing Philosophy theme issue on Personhood: Philosophies, Applications and Critique in Health Care with contributions presented at the 24th International Philosophy of Nursing Conference in Nursing is now available online and this included one of the articles to be reserved for a paper authored, or first author, by a doctoral student. The winner of this award is Julie Gunby who is the first author of “Clinical reasoning as midwifery: A Socratic model for shared decision making in person‐centred care”; co-authored with Jennifer Ryan Lockhart.

Julie Gunby is in her second year of coursework as a PhD student in Theology & Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University. Her research interests are philosophical ethics, theological ethics, and perinatal care. She has practiced for ten years as a Certified Nurse Midwife and serves on the ethics committee at Northside Hospital Gwinnett in Atlanta, Georgia, where she delivers babies for underinsured women and teaches obstetrics to medical residents. Prior to becoming a nurse-midwife, Julie received a Master of Theological Studies from Duke Divinity School and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Georgia. 

Warm congratulations to Julie to this Doctoral Student Award and good luck with your important work.

The guest editorial team of the theme issue: Joakim Öhlén, Ida Björkman, Elin Siira & Marit Kirkevold

Clinical Ethics Handbook for Nurses

Edited by Pamela Grace and Aimee Milliken

This handbook provides tools for nurse educators, ethics educators, practicing nurses and allied health professionals for developing confidence and skill in ethical decision making in interdisciplinary settings such as acute and chronic care hospitals and clinics. It is useful for all healthcare personnel who face ethical issues in the course of their work and who work with nurses to resolve these issues. While the content is based on a US context, the concerns of nurses internationally are discussed and emphasized. Nurses working in acute and chronic care settings face many obstacles to providing good care and are often the first line of defense related to patient safety and meeting the needs of patients and their families. Some of the obstacles to optimal patient care are institutional, some sociocultural, and others the result of inadequate communication.  Evidence points to the idea that while nurses do have the knowledge and skills to address practice problems of various sorts, they may not be confident in their skills of ethical decision making and advocacy actions. This is a resource to develop moral agency on behalf of individuals and to address broader barriers to good care raised at the local, community, or social levels. 

Available soon from Springer and can be pre-ordered from your favorite book vendor.

Call for Papers: 25th Nursing Annual Philosophy Conference

Conference Theme:
What has philosophy ever done for nursing anyway?

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 25th Nursing Philosophy Conference, August 17-19, 2022, in Irvine, California, USA

Abstract submission deadline: March 30, 2022

All abstracts should be between 300-500 words. While they do not need to be structured, they need to articulate the ideas/argument in a logical and concise manner. Abstracts must meet criteria for one of the conference abstract themes listed below:

  • Emerging philosophical issues in nursing
  • Philosophy and decolonization/anti-racism in nursing
  • Nursing philosophy; perspectives from across the globe
  • How/is philosophy relevant to nursing
  • The relation of philosophy and ethics/politics in/for nursing
  • Rethinking nursing philosophy/theory “classics” in/for nursing philosophy
  • Thinking the new in nursing philosophy  
  • General nursing philosophy (other than above)  

Authors may submit for a podium or poster session.  

Authors may also submit for a panel session. Panels are 90 minutes in length and should have three panelists and one chair who moderates the session. Panels begin with the delivery of a brief overview of the panel session theme by the chair. This is followed by the 3 presentations, and then a moderated Q&A discussion. For the panel, each abstract should be between 300-500 words. They do not need to include structured headings. The “overview abstract” should delineate the theme of the panel session, its relevance to the conference theme, and briefly describe the contents of the 3 ‘content’ abstracts. The 3 content abstracts need to each articulate an idea/argument in a logical and concise manner. The conference abstract review committee will give preference to panel submissions that focus on the conference themes, are cohesive across all abstracts, and show logical rigor across all abstracts. If the panel session submission is accepted, all presenters listed in the panel description will be required to register for the conference and to participate in the session.

Sponsored by the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing Center for Nursing Philosophy in association with the International Philosophy of Nursing Society (IPONS) 

Live-streaming virtual panel: Philosophical concerns in nursing around the globe: Critical issues from Brazil, Colombia, and Australia

2-3:30pm California USA, 4-5:30pm Chía Colombia, 6-7:30pm Belo Horizonte
Brazil, 10-11:30pm Netherlands, 8-9:30am (3/26) Sydney Australia

Speaker panel featuring:

  • Meiriele Tavares Araujo RN MSN PhD | Professor | Department of Applied Nursing | Schoolof Nursing | Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Rochelle Einboden RN PhD | Lecturer | Faculty of Medicine and Health | Susan Wakil Schoolof Nursing and Midwifery | University of Sydney, Australia
  • María Elisa Moreno Fergusson BSN DNS | Profesora Titular & Directora programa de Doctorado en Enfermería |Facultad de Enfermería y Rehabilitación | Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia

RSVP/registration is required. For more information, please contact
Miriam Bender miriamb@uci.edu or Olga Petrovskaya

Sponsored by IPONS in conjunction with the UCI Center for Nursing Philosophy

Call for Applications: Philosophical Writing Through Critical Reading Workshop


Nursing philosophy has been an important part of nursing scholarship since the inception of the discipline. Philosophical writing, however, is a distinct genre.  This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to learn the genre: to learn how to critically read works in philosophy and to turn their critiques into publishable nursing philosophy essays. 

The workshop will be a one semester/two quarter duration (from January 2022 to May 2022), during which we will meet via Zoom weekly at the start and move towards independent writing and group review toward the end of the workshop.

The workshop will begin with targeted readings and discussion of philosophical texts that will be selected based on participants’ stated interests. During the course of the workshop, participants will experiment with philosophical writing and be mentored by experienced faculty. By the end of the workshop the participant is expected to have produced a solid basis for an essay suitable for publication or conference presentation.

Note: The workshop is open to students/faculty from any university, but there are no course credits being offered.


The workshop will be completely virtual and conducted via Zoom. We intend to create meeting times that will allow participants from multiple locations/countries to be able to attend. All participants will therefore need a computer with internet access and ability to use the Zoom portal.


This workshop is primarily intended for nursing PhD graduate students who have already obtained candidacy status. Nursing faculty are also encouraged to apply, especially those new to philosophical writing and scholarship.

A maximum of 10 participants will be admitted into the workshop. 


Dr. Mark Risjord is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Emory University and a Center for Nursing Philosophy steering committee member. He received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. With respect to issues in health care, Risjord’s primary focus has been issues in nursing research. His book Nursing Knowledge: Science, Practice, and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) studies the history of nursing scholarship and contributes to contemporary discussions in nursing about the character of nursing research.

Dr. Miriam Bender is Associate Professor at the University of California Irvine’s Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing and the Director of the Center for Nursing Philosophy. Empirically, Dr. Bender’s research focuses on the relationality between the organization of healthcare delivery, multi-professional practice dynamics, and patient care quality and safety outcomes. The challenges of inquiring into the dynamic complexities of healthcare has spurred a philosophical turn in her scholarship, including efforts to unpack and critique epistemological and methodological paradigms that paradoxically advance determinate theories in a discipline that is defined by a commitment to the non-reducibility of the health/care experience.

Josh Dolin is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine. His research interests lie primarily in virtue ethics and virtue epistemology. His essays have appeared in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice and American Philosophical Quarterly. Josh will serve as a graduate student researcher in the Center for Nursing Philosophy (supported through a Mellon-funded grant) and facilitate instruction in this workshop.

Application Period

The application period opens Sept. 1, 2021 and closes Oct. 15, 2021. Notification of acceptance into the workshop will happen by Nov. 15. A syllabus of readings and meeting times will follow, based on the interests and time zone locations of accepted participants.

The workshop will start the week of Jan. 10, 2022 and end the week of May 2, 2022.

Accepted participants must commit to full participation in all aspects of the workshop, which include weekly readings, weekly meetings, and regular writing.

Application Materials

Please submit the following application documents:

  1. Topic Proposal: Describe the philosophical questions or ideas you would like to explore in the workshop. Highlight the philosophical questions or ideas and explain how they are related to nursing scholarship or practice. (250 words maximum) Sample proposals are provided on the Center for Nursing Philosophy website.
  2. Personal Statement: Describe how nursing philosophy fits into your expected nursing career or practice, what attracts you to doing philosophy, and any previous education in or experience with philosophy (250 words maximum)
  3. A letter of support from your PhD advisor (for graduate students) or Chair/Dean (for faculty). This letter should acknowledge that the workshop will take time away from the participant’s other academic duties and make clear how the participant’s time will be protected by the participant’s department/school to ensure they can attend and complete all workshop activities (for example by being able to enroll in a directed studies course at their university to account for and provides credit for the workshop activities)
  4. Up-to-date curriculum vitae


For questions, please contact either Dr. Mark Risjord (mrisjor@emory.edu) or Dr. Miriam Bender (miriamb@uci.edu)