Sally Nunn

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Description of Bioethics Expertise

Director of Clinical Outreach
Director, Ethics Network of Delaware Valley Region (ENDeVaR)

Research Interests:
Ethical dilemmas at the end-of-life in a clinical setting, correctional and bio-behavioral issues.

Sally Nunn is a faculty associate and, until recently, director of outreach for the Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania Health System, who combines 23 years of clinical practice with a 16 year involvement in bioethics. A widely respected educator, facilitator and mediator she lectures extensively to civic and professional groups focused primarily on complex ethical issues that surround end of life in a clinical setting. She co-founded and was long time chair of the ethics committee at Shore Memorial Hospital, Somers Point, NJ, and was Director of Bioethics. In addition to her wide experience with ethics consultations in a variety of settings, she coordinates ethics conferences of national caliber that are devoted to making changes and improving care at the institutional level. She has a national reputation as a frontline ethics leader who is knowledgeable and experienced in applied ethics, understanding well the inner workings of health care facilities. Sally has been a Gubernatorial appointee to the New Jersey Bioethics Commission, served as a consultant to Cooper Health System in coordinating a long-term care bioethics network and has served as a mentor for ethics committees in the Mid-Atlantic region. Among many advisory positions she holds are member of the executive committee of the Bioethics Section of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; the New Jersey Ombudsman's Ethics Advisory Commission; and Board of Directors, New Jersey Health Decisions. She co-founded and was long time director of the Southern Jersey Ethics Alliance, a consortium of 43 multilevel health care institutions. She is currently a clinical ethics consultant with Abington Medical Center and Friends Hospital.

1997 - present
Faculty Associate, Center for Bioethics

1994 - present
Member, Executive Committee, Bioethics Section, College of Physicians of Philadelphia

1996 - present
Appointee, NJ Ombudsman Ethics Advisory Committee

1996 - present
Board of Directors, New Jersey Health Decisions

1988 - present
Coordinator, regional Bioethics conferences

1997 - 1999
Director of Outreach, Center for Bioethics, UPHS

1997 - 1998
Coordinator, Stein Nursing Home Bioethics Network, Cooper Health System

1993 - 1997
Dir. of Bioethics, Shore Memorial Hospital, Somers Point, NJ

1993 - 1997
Chair, Nursing Ethics Committee, SMH

1993 - 1998
Clinical Consultant, Educational Development Center Newton, Mass.

1992 - 1998
Co-founder & Co-director,Southern Jersey Ethics Alliance

1990 - 1994
Board of Trustees, Delaware Valley Ethics Committee Network

1991 - 1994
Commissioner, (by Gubernatorial Appointment), New Jersey Commission on Legal and Ethical Problems in the Delivery of Health Care ( informally known as the NJ Bioethics Commission)

1989 - 1994
Facilitator, Citizens Committee on Biomedical Ethics

1989 - 1992
Founder and Chair, Cape/Atlantic Ethics Network

1987 - 1993
Co-Founder and Chair, Bioethics Committee, SMH


1992- 1997
Bioethics Nursing Specialist, SMH

1992- 1994
Initial Assessment Specialist, SMH

1988- 1992
Post Anesthesia Care Unit, SMH

1981- 1988
Acute Care Dialysis Unit (Charge and staff positions), SMH

1977- 1981
Med-Surg Units (Charge/Staff positions), Shore Memorial Hospital

1961- 1962
Pediatrics, Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City, NJ

1959- 1961
Pediatrics, Chestnut Hill Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa

Ms. Nunn graduated from Chestnut Hill Hospital School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1959.

Major conferences organized by Sally Nunn:

October 23, 1998 Focus on Futility Atlantic City Sheraton, 169 attendees. Keynoters: Alan Meisel, Mildred Solomon, Arthur Caplan

May 21 & 22, 1998 Families on the Frontier of Dying Held at the Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia with 246 multidiscipline participants from 9 states. Major conference addressing issues of families involved in national precedent setting cases. Keynoters: Julia Quinlan, Chris Cruzan Greg & Traci Messinger, Bruce Jennings, Paul Armstrong, George Annas

September 13, 1997 What Difference Does Difference Make; Religious and Cultural Perspectives of Illness and Dying The Grand Hotel, Cape May, New Jersey with Shore Memorial Hospital featured speakers from various faith and cultural traditions. 188 participants. Keynoters: Art Caplan, Joseph Devlin, Linda O'Brien

April 12 & 13, 1996 Quinlan: A Twenty Year Retrospective Held at Princeton University and the Princeton Hyatt with 360 multidisciplinary participants from 11 states. Speakers included pioneers in bioethics for the past 2 decades since the Quinlan decision. Keynoters: Sherwin Nuland, Julia Quinlan, Chris and Joyce Cruzan, David Rothman, Daniel Callahan, Art Caplan, George Annas, Ronald Cranford, Fred Plum

April 5, 1995 "Don't Treat me Like a Child...". Ethical Issues of Infants, Children and Adolescents Cherry Hill Sheraton with 145 registrants from 8 states

September 15, 1995 Language, Informed Consent & Truth Telling Sheraton Atlantic City West, 196 participants, keynoters: Joy Ufema, Ronald Cranford, George Annas, Hon. Anthony Gibson, Bonnie Kelly

September 23, 1994 Decisions Near and at the End of Life The Flanders Hotel, Ocean City, NJ, 189 attendees Keynoters: Patricia Murphy, John Lombard, Paul Armstrong, John Hansen-Flashen

September 17, 1993 Rationing Health Care.American Style The Flanders Hotel, Ocean City, NJ Keynoters: Renee Fox, Judith Swazey, George Annas, Ed Viner

September 18, 1992 Quinlan to Cruzan...The American Family and Healthcare Decision Making The Flanders Hotel, Ocean City, NJ , 210 attendees,
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