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                 for Human Caring

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Save the Date:

Two organizations dedicated to

Advancing the Unitary Science of Caring for Nursing Praxis

The International Association for Human Caring and

The Society of Rogerian Scholars

are having a joint conference in

Boston, MA

June 8th - 10th, 2016.

Details to follow.




Two organizations = one wonderful conference!

September 2014

Remembering the Past and Creating the Future

Reflection by Marian C. Turkel PhD RN, NEA-BC FAAN
Past-President International Association for Human Caring

It has been personally and professionally rewarding to be a member of the International Association for Human Caring for nearly 25 years and an honor and privilege to serve the membership in a leadership role for the past 13 years. I would like to share a few of my favorite memories.

Remembering the Past M.Turkel.pdf

A Call to Consciousness and Campaign

Presidents Message - Nancey E.M. France, PhD, RN

I was introduced to the International Association for Human Caring by Dr. Delores Gaut who was one of my faculty and mentors at the University of Colorado. The first conference I attended was in 1988 at Florida Atlantic University. Now 26 years later I am at FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and serving as IAHC’s 12th president.

A Call to Consciousness and Campaign N. France.pdf

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About us

In 1978, the National Caring Research Conference was conceived and initiated by Dr. Madeleine Leininger. The annual conference was designed to gather scholars together to share ideas, research, and theories of care and caring.

The core philosophy of the association is based on the belief that caring is the essence of nursing and caring is the unique and unifying focus of the profession.

The national organization began in 1987 through the generosity of 42 charter members. In 1989, with the encouragement of nurses from around the world, the conference association was changed to the International Association for Human Caring (IAHC) Inc.

The central purpose of the IAHC, Inc. is to serve as an international, scholarly forum for all nurses interested in the advancement of the knowledge of human care and caring within the discipline of nursing. In 1993, Drs. Leininger, Delores Gaut, and Malcom Mac Donald produced a video outlining the history and growth of the Association. In 1994, Dr. Leininger established the Leininger Research Scholarship Fund to assist in the financial support of nurse researchers studying the phenomenon of human care and caring.

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Become a member

Some of the Member benefits include:

  • Complimentary subscription to four issues of the International Journal for Human Caring.
  • Participation in quarterly Circle of Caring Teleconferences related to caring scholarship and updates on the organization
  • Reduced Annual Conference Registration Rate
  • Reduced Watson Caring Science Institute Conference registration rates.
  • One Hour conference call, or on site visit with an IAHC caring scholar.  Contact us for details.


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Caring... The Essence of Nursing




The International Association for Human Caring (IAHC) provides the forum for discovery and dissemination of caring science.



Members of the IAHC believe:

  • Caring is the human mode of being
  • Caring is the essence of nursing and the moral imperative which guides nursing praxis (education, practice and research)
  • Caring is both spiritual and human consciousness that connects and transforms everything in the universe  Caring in nursing is action and competencies which aim toward the good and welfare of the others
    Caring in nursing is a special way of being, knowing and doing with the goal of protection, enhancement and preservation of human dignity
  • Care is culturally diverse and universal and provides the broadest and most important means to study and explain nursing knowledge and nursing care practices.


The goals of the IAHC are to:

  1. Identify major philosophical, epistemological and professional dimensions of care and caring to advance the body of knowledge that constitutes nursing.
  2. Assist nursing and other disciplines to use care and caring knowledge in human relationships and to facilitate the application of this knowledge to transform organizational systems in which nurses function to become care-focused.
  3. Explicate the nature, scope, and functions of care and caring and its relationship to nursing.
  4. Identify the major components, processes and patterns of care and caring in relationship to nursing from a transcultural nursing perspective.
  5. Stimulate nurse scholars and other professionals world-wide to systematically investigate care and caring and to share findings with colleagues at an annual research conference.
  6. Disseminate knowledge through refereed publications and public forums.
  7. Maintain an organization with elected officers and paid members for the purpose of maintaining a network of scholars.


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