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Panel Discussion 'Advancing spiritual care needs in healthcare'

Panel Members

Professor Arndt Bussing

Arndt Büssing (* 1962) is a medical doctor and professor for quality of life, spirituality and coping at the University of Witten / Herdecke, Germany, and has been associated as a research professor at IUNCTUS - Competence Center for Christian Spirituality at the Philosophical-Theological University of Münster since 2016.

Research interests focus on spirituality as a resource to cope, support of spiritual needs in people in stressful life situations, and spiritual dryness as a form of spiritual crisis, and finally questionnaire design. He is co-editor of the German Journal for Oncology, member of the editorial boards of the journals Spiritual Care, the Journal of Religion and Health, the Journal for the Study of Spirituality, and editor-in-chief of the journal Religions



Dr Stephen J. Costello

Dr Stephen J. Costello is a prominent philosopher and psychoanalyst. He was educated at St. Gerard's School, Castleknock College and University College Dublin, where he gained a BA, MA and PhD degree in philosophy. Dr Costello is founder-director of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland. He is a Diplomate in Logotherapy (US) and holds a Diploma in Logotherapy and Existential Analysis from Vienna. He is a member of the International Association of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, as well as the Federation for Existential Therapy in Europe which is a member of the European Association of Psychotherapy. He is the author of 11 books including one national bestseller. He has addressed two parliaments - Stormont on human rights and the European Parliament in Brussels on meaning and mental health. He holds a black belt in Aikido.


Professor Bernadette Flanagan

Bernadette Flanagan has led the development of MA and professional doctoral studies in spirituality for the past 20 years. She is the Chairperson of the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education (SpIRE), Dublin, Ireland. She oversees spirituality research on the MA in Applied Spirituality for the South East Technological University, Waterford. Her most recent publication (with Laszlo Zsolnai) is the edited volume, The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions (2019). This collection of essays by professional specialists offers accessible, diverse, and engaging international research on a wide range of fields of spirituality inquiry, including ageing and addiction, psychology, religious studies, sociology, business studies, and philosophy. Bernadette’s research students have explored spiritual dimensions of motherhood; cyber-space; tourism; leadership; and chronic illness.


Professor Jean Watson

Dr. Jean Watson is Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita, University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing Anschutz Medical Center campus, where she held the nation’s first endowed Chair in Caring Science for 16 years. She is founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing; past President of the National League for Nursing; founding member of International Association in Human Caring and International Caritas Consortium. She is Founder and Director of the non-profit foundation, Watson Caring Science Institute ( In 2013 Dr. Watson was inducted as a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing, its highest honor. She is a widely published author and recipient of many national/international awards and honors, including: The Fetzer Institute Norman Cousins Award, in recognition of her commitment to developing; maintaining and exemplifying relationship-centered care practices; an international Kellogg Fellowship in Australia; a Fulbright Research Award in Sweden; The Hildebrand Center for Compassion in Medicine Award Notre Dame University; Academy Integrative Medicine and Healing Award for pioneering work in Caring Science; Japanese International Society of Caring and Peace Chair. She holds fifteen (15) Honorary Doctoral Degrees, including 12 International Honorary Doctorates (E. G. Sweden, United Kingdom, Spain, British Colombia and Quebec, Canada, Japan, Turkey, Peru and Colombia, S. America). Dr. Watson’s caring philosophy and Transpersonal Theory of Human Caring, and Caritas Processes of Caring Science are used to guide transformative models of caring education; and professional caringhealing practices for hospitals, nurses and patients alike, in diverse settings worldwide At the University of Colorado, Dr. Watson held the title of Distinguished Professor of Nursing; the highest honor accorded its faculty for scholarly work. As author /co-author of over 30 books on caring, her latest books range from empirical measurements and international research on caring, mindful caring science practices, to new postmodern philosophies of caring and healing, philosophy and science of caring and caring science as sacred science and global advance in caring literacy. Her books have been AJN books of the year awards and seek to bridge paradigms as well as point toward transformative models for this 21st century.


Dr Patrick A. Palmieri

Dr. Patrick A. Palmieri is an international nurse leader, global health expert, and research methodologist with more than 25 years of experience in academia and industry. He is the first nurse researcher certified at the highest category by the Peruvian National Committee for Science, Technology, and Innovation (CONCYTEC). After serving as the Dean of the School of Nursing and the Vice Chancellor for Research at the Universidad Norbert Wiener, Dr. Palmieri transitioned to lead the newly funded South America Center for Qualitative Research. In addition, he serves as the director for the Evidence-Based Health Care South America: A JBI Affiliated Group. Through these centers, Dr. Palmieri is actively engaged in research focused on people living with HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and chronic disease management.
Previously, Dr. Palmieri served as the vice president for risk management at the largest insurance company in Peru. In addition, he co-led a $300+ million project resulting in the largest vertically integrated health care delivery system in Peru; and he led the first successful international hospital accreditation in Peruvian history. Following this project, Dr. Palmieri was the first Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer in Peru, and the first nurse to hold an executive level position in a health system or hospital. Furthermore, he established the first funded clinical practice and leadership fellowships for nurses in South America at Clinica Santa Isabel (Lima, Peru). Through this project, nurses advanced into executive leadership roles for the first time in Peru.
Dr. Palmieri has served on the committees of more than 40 doctoral research committees. He has authored books, book chapters, and peer-reviewed articles, and presented at conferences in more than 40 countries. Also, he is an associate editor for four leading journals in public health, global health, nursing, and implementation science and editorial board member for six other journals. Dr. Palmieri currently represents the United States as a member of the Risk and Audit Committee at the International Council of Nurses. He is also the immediate past chairman of the Sigma Foundation for Nursing. Following induction into the prestigious American Academy of Nursing for significant scholarly contributions to advancing positive social change in South America through health policy engagement and quality improvement outcomes, Dr. Palmieri was the first Peruvian nurse to be awarded an honorary doctoral degree by a Peruvian university (Universidad Maria Auxiliadora). Most recently, he was conferred the prestigious honor of Fellow Ad Eundem, Royal College of Surgeons, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery.
Dr. Palmieri completed a two-year postdoctoral program in Caring Science, mentored by Dr. Jean Watson at the Watson Caring Science Institute. In addition, he earned a doctoral degree in global health from A. T. Still University, a postgraduate diploma in evidence-based health care from the University of Oxford, and a doctoral certificate in nursing science from the Graduate School at Duke University. His other educational credentials include: Ed.S. in educational technology (University of Missouri); Postgraduate certificate in teaching (University of Pennsylvania); M.S.N. in acute care nurse practitioner, specialization in nephrology (Vanderbilt University); M.B.A. in leadership and B.A. in management (Saint Leo University); A.A. in liberal arts (Pasco-Hernando State College). In addition, he completed three fully funded fellowships: Information technology fellow (Duke Health System); Executive fellow in patient safety (Virginia Commonwealth University), and Health administration fellow (Avera Health).
Dr. Palmieri lives in Bolivia, Peru, and the United States with his wife, an accomplished economist, and young daughter.


Professor Fiona Timmins

I am Professor of Nursing, Dean, and Head of School at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Nursing Management. I am a competent researcher who has led several interdisciplinary, international research teams over a 20-year period. My CV reflects a breadth and range of interests and experiences. As a capable teacher and mentor, I am committed to researching in education and improving teaching quality. I have published numerous papers, with 193 peer-reviewed papers listed in Scopus. 67% of these publications represent collaborations with colleagues, from Canada, Portugal, Greece and the UK among others. This has meant a meaningful contribution to international debates and policy within cardiovascular nursing, nurse education (e.g. management of absenteeism/student stress and nurse portfolio/reflective practice) and person-centred care (e.g. information and support requirements of cardiac patients and spiritual care provision). I have written or co-authored 11 textbooks. I have 193 published papers listed in Scopus with 2,043 recorded citations from. In 2021, my publications were cited 344 times in 306 papers, representing citations from 58 international countries. My field weighted citation impact is 2.71. Within the last five years 27% of my publications were in the top 10% most cited worldwide. 36% were in the top 10% of Journals worldwide and Almost 70% of my peer-reviewed publications are with international colleagues In 2020 I was the leading author in the topic of nursing in Trinity College and 10th top author within this University. I am currently the top author in the subject of Nursing, within Ireland. My research lies within two distinct but overlapping themes: teaching and learning and professional nursing issues. I have presented widely on these topics: more than 250 international conferences papers, with research replicated widely across the globe. My H-index (Scopus) is 24.