2020 IPONS Election

Until August 6, 2020, IPONS members have the opportunity to vote for a Treasurer and two members of the Executive Committee. If you are a member, you have already received a ballot by email. (If you have not, please contact Mark Risjord, IPONS Secretary at mrisjor@emory.edu)

Each candidate has been asked to provide a short biography and statement of their ideas or vision for IPONS. Their biographies are below, linked to their names for your convenience!

Candidate for Treasurer:

Candidates for the Executive Committee:

Roger Newham

I joined IPONS several years ago and have been on the executive committee for the last two. I joined because I have a keen interest in how philosophical ideas are crucial for clinical practice as well as nursing theory. One way I would like to see IPONS move forward is to have annual lectures given by invited speakers on topics to do with nursing and philosophy as well as applied ethical concerns. Also, we need to advertise and recruit new members and so we need to convince people of the value of IPONS.

Dina Elias


Darlaine Jantzen

Darlaine Jantzen, PhD, RN, has focused her academic career on how nurses learn to nurse well across the continuum of education, from undergraduate nursing education to continuing professional education, and across settings. Specific areas of interest include philosophy of nursing education, adult learning theory, experiential learning, and healthcare organizational culture, as it relates to workplace learning and excellence in nursing practice. Darlaine Jantzen is thoroughly enjoying her first year as Associate Professor (Trinity Western University) after completing fifteen years of teaching in, and then leading (2014-2019), a large undergraduate nursing program at Camosun College, Victoria, BC. Darlaine’s interest in philosophy began long before her academic career. She has attended and presented at a number of IPONS conferences, including Banff, Vancouver, Atlanta, Nottingham (where she only got on one wrong train heading back to Edinburgh), Quebec City, and was heading to Sweden! She is currently engaged in a new interest in moral philosophy! At each of these conferences she was thrilled to meet so many whose works she had studied, and honoured to be able to engage in rich and generous philosophical conversations.

With her colleague, Frank Jankunis, and collaborators at the University of Alberta, Derek Sellman and Sherry Dalhke, they planned and facilitated the 2019 IPONS Victoria conference – a dynamic, well-attended and very positively received conference (despite noisy renovations at the venue!). Darlaine, Frank, and Sherry are currently collaborating on a Special Issue for Nursing Philosophy, Thinking about ideas in nursing. And, is really what Darlaine has been doing for a very long time: Thinking about ideas in nursing, and beyond! On the Executive of IPONS, Darlaine hopes to bring together her passion for mentoring, learning, teaching, philosophy, and nursing. The future of IPONS is with those who we engage, now.

Olga Petrovskaya

I started attending IPONS conferences in 2009 as a PhD student and was inspired by the calibre of scholars I met there. In my publications in the Nursing Philosophy journal and in my other academic work, I engaged with ideas of nurse scholars well known in IPONS circles such as M.E. Purkis, K. Bjornsdottir, M. Risjord, J. Drummond, G. Rolfe, and J. Paley. I enjoyed reading continental philosophy and contemporary social theory as well as philosophy of science WITH them, THROUGH their interpretations. My student essay on the topic of nursing phenomenology won First Prize in the Nursing Philosophy/IPONS writing contest in 2014, which was exciting news! My doctoral dissertation, titled Postmodern and Post-Structural Theory in Nursing—A Comparison of American and Selected Non-American Nursing Literature from the Late 1980s to 2015, acknowledges the nursing philosophy groups—IPONS, ISIH, uPNR at the University of Alberta—for embodying the idea of scholarship in the inspiring, critical, Gadamerian sense of the word—a sense many of us strive hard to uphold in the academy these days!     

In my current provincially- and nationally-funded program of research at the University of Alberta in Canada, I strive to combine my interest in eHealth and Health Information and Communication Technology with philosophies and theories attuned to the socio-materiality of nursing practice. My teaching in the Master’s program draws on diverse examples of nursing philosophical scholarship, often authored by IPONS members and friends. It is cool that I can tell students I know many authors personally!  

I would like to continue serving on the IPONS Executive Committee (EC) for a second term. My vision for strengthening the role of the Society involves both nurturing its traditions (eg, annual conferences, the student essay contest, enhancing the website) and stepping into the brave new world (eg, exploring digital platforms for events, more active outreach across the nursing departments internationally, robust collaborations with interested nursing groups, targeted efforts to attract graduate students). As the first tangible step, I believe that the regular EC meetings will provide consistent leadership and can focus on strategies for external (across disciplines and organizations) and internal (in the discipline of nursing) collaborations. The EC can consider building capacity through mentoring junior members interested in the IPONS leadership positions while benefiting from insight of diverse members. The EC might consider commissioning a survey of a wide IPONS membership to explore what is valued, what works well, and areas for future growth. I will be happy to co-lead such an initiative.

Agness Tembo

My background is intensive care nursing with interests in implementation research particularly in short and long-term outcomes of critically ill patients with a view of improving patient and family outcomes of ICU. These interests, I believe resonate with IPONS’s broad purpose and all its aims i.e. promoting and establishing philosophy of nursing, and health care in general, as a credible and important field of philosophical and critical inquiry; conducting and supporting philosophical inquiry in a way that informs and engages with health care practice, theory, research, education and policy from national and international perspectives, expanding international networks and  supporting philosophical inquiry into nursing and healthcare across cultures and countries including those that may find it difficult to be heard by using those that I am passionate about phenomenology, particularly hermeneutic. In line with the last aim, I have established The Hunter Intensive Care Support Group which meets once a month (in recess at the moment due to covid 19) whose core  aim is validating the experience of ICU survivors and their families.

My passion for phenomenology drove me to join IPONS. I attended and presented some findings from my PhD “Being in Limbo: The experience of critical illness in intensive care and beyond” at the conference that was held at the Karolinska institute in 2015. My presentation was “The experience of sleep deprivation in intensive care and beyond: Findings from a larger phenomenological study” Attendance of that conference heightened my interest in IPONS. I have since encouraged colleagues to join. I have tried to publish in the Nursing Philosophy without success. However, my desire is to do so one day.

My plans for IPONS are to expand its international networks through publications and promote its importance among Australian and New Zealand including Asia Pacific academics by hosting a conference here in Sydney in collaboration with the university of Sydney.

Beverly Whelton

After working clinically for fifteen years with an A.D. in Nursing from Pacific Union College (1964) and then a B.A. in Biology from Northeastern University (1972), Dr. Whelton obtained an MSN from The Catholic University of America (1978) and taught Nursing at Columbia Union College for five years. She then returned to the classroom as a student to inquire into the philosophical foundations of practice and research with human subjects. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America 1996). Her dissertation, “A Philosophy of Nursing Practice: An Application of the Thomistic-Aristotelian Concept of Nature to the Science of Nursing” was directed by the international philosopher of science, William A. Wallace, O.P.  She is currently teaching courses in Philosophy of the Human Person and Ethics as an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Wheeling  University, and on-line for Gonzaga University and Eastern Gateway Community College.

Spring 2019, Cambridge Scholars Publishing printed the text, Humanity at the Heart of Practice: a study of ethics for health-care students and practitioners. This philosophical ethics text was years in the writing and finally made accessible to undergraduate students with the assistance of the educator co-author and my friend, Jane Neuenschwander, Ed. D.

When I resigned as Vice Chair to make place for a younger member , I did not want to remove myself from the Exec Committee.  I would like to be a part of IPONS future growth.  I can also contribute knowledge of our past, our foundations are strong. With fewer teaching commitments, I would like to participate in an active blog presence.  A google seminar I attended years ago recommended blogging as the best way to keep one’s web site active and available to interested searchers.