The American Association for the History of Nursing (AAHN) is a professional organization open to everyone interested in the history of nursing. Originally founded in 1978 as a historical methodology group, the association was briefly named the International History of Nursing Society. The purpose of the Association shall be to foster the importance of history as relevant to understanding the past, defining the present, and influencing the future of nursing by...Continue

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Promote the appreciation and scholarship of the history of nursing to inform and shape nursing's future.

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Talking History: Healthcare History, HIPAA and Ethics: Uncovering the Past Compliantly

Thursday, June 18, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST

Dial-in Number: 1-866-210-1669

Participant Code: 606-3527#


Brigid Lusk will lead May's Talking History discussion focused on some nagging issues that researchers in the history of the health sciences are faced with: HIPAA and copyright. As a historian, Lusk will open with a review of the 1790s constitutional protection of copyright and, in the 1890s, the initial legal discussion of privacy rights. Following that, with the caveat that she is by no means a legal authority, Lusk will address HIPAA's impact on historical research, including the 2013 changes to the law, and the basics of copyright law including the1998 changes and those problematic entities known as copyright orphans. Her appraisal will conclude with the appreciation that nothing in this area is unambiguous and thus a strong ethical framework must guide health care research.

Brigid Lusk, PhD, RN, FAAN  is a Clinical Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Director of the Midwest Nursing History Research Center. Lusk has served the American Association for the History of Nursing (AAHN) in multiple roles, including president. She has presented her historical research nationally and internationally, including keynote and invited lectures as well as peer-reviewed papers. In 2005 she and Susan Sacharski published a review of HIPAA's impact on historical research in the Nursing History Review.

Registration for this event is required to join. We will be using the AAHN conference calling system, AT Conference, to host this discussion, so please use the call-in information provided above to join. It is advised to add this event to your calendar with the call details. If you have questions, please contact Andrew Van Wasshnova.

32nd Annual AAHN Nursing Conference
Dublin, Ireland
September 17-20, 2015
Co-Sponsored by the University College Dublin
Alexander Hotel

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