Disclosure Policy

The policy of Continuing Nursing Education at the University of Washington School of Nursing (UWCNE) is to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its educational offerings. Speakers, authors, reviewers and planning committee members are required to disclose any financial or other relationships occurring within the past 12 months with a commercial interest organization or proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients and relevant to the content of an offering. Exceptions are non-profit or government organizations, non-health-care related companies, healthcare facilities and providers of clinical service directly to patients. Conflict of interest develops when an individual has an opportunity to affect educational content about the products or services of a commercial interest with which the individual has a financial relationship.

Speakers and planning committee members who disclose a relationship are required to sign this Attestation Statement:

  • The relationship/affiliation will not bias or otherwise influence my involvement in the program;
  • Practice recommendations given relevant to any company with which I have a relationship/ affiliation will be supported by the best available evidence or, absent evidence, will be consistent with generally accepted practice;
  • All reasonable clinical alternatives will be discussed when making practice recommendations;
  • All scientific research referred to, reported or used in support of justification of a patient care recommendation will conform to generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.

The intent of this policy is to openly identify any such relationships so that a) UWCNE can identify and resolve any conflicts of interest which may have been created and b) learners may form their own opinions as to whether content reflects possible bias in exposition or conclusion. A summary of relationships disclosed by speakers and planning committee members and resolved by the nurse planner for this offering is provided below.


Relationship Information

Lianne Hirano, MDNone
Rebecca Logsdon, PhDRoyalty - MAPI Research Institute; Advisory Committees or Review Panels - Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Kristoffer Rhoads, PhDNone
Ali Samii, MDNone
Mark B. Snowden, MD, MPHNone
Richard Stuart, DSW, ABPPNone
Stephen Thielke, MD, MSPHNone
Emily Trittschuh, PhDNone
Elizabeth Vig, MD, MPHNone


Planning Committee MembersDisclosures
Barbara Cochrane, PhD, RN, FAANNone
Patricia Merry, BANone
Joan Riesland, MEd, RNNone
Michael V. Vitiello, PhDNone