Katherine Brown-Saltzman, RN, MA


Co-Director, The UCLA Health Ethics Center
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Nursing, Los Angeles, CA

Katherine Brown-Saltzman, R.N., M.A. is the Co-Director of the UCLA Health System Ethics Center and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Nursing. She received her B.S.N. from Marquette University and her M.A. from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA. Since 1975, her clinical practice has been in end of life care; her work is now focused on ethics and her area of research is centered on nurses' early indicators in ethical issues. She is the co-founder of the UCLA Ethics Center, is a member of three ethics committees and Co-chairs the UCLA Medical Center's Ethics Committee. She has been active in developing interdisciplinary programs on sustaining self-care, moral distress, and ethics education. As the Co-founder of the Ethics of Caring, Katherine has established a non-profit that has been providing annual ethics conferences for Southern California since 1993. That conference became the model for the first National Nursing Ethics Conference in 2011, co-sponsered by the Ethics of Caring and the American Nurses Association, Katherine was the co-chair of the planning committee.

In 2010, in response to moral distress, she created a writing retreat for health care professionals. She has developed pain management and spiritual care conferences for health care professionals. Over the last few years she has been part of an NIH grant developing end of life education for medical students. In 1992 she created a renewal retreat, Circle of Caring, for health care professionals, an experiential weekend of self-care which continues bi-annually to encourage professionals to assume an ethical practice of sustainability. She lectures nationally and internationally, and has published on such diverse topics as, ethics, professional self-care, bereavement, spirituality, psychosocial care and cultural issues. As a consultant, Katherine has worked in health care, building teams and developing renewal programs. In 1994 she received the Oncology Nursing Society’s national award, the MMF Memorial Lectureship, which recognizes a health care provider who has made a substantial contribution to the psychosocial aspects of cancer care. The Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative presented her with the 1999 Award of Excellence in Pain Management for her work with suffering. Her research is focused on nursing ethics.

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