Keynote Speaker for Nursing Conference 2019 - Veronique Haberey Knuessi

Title: How to guarantee ethical care in a context of budget reduction

Veronique Haberey Knuessi

University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, Switzerland


Dr. Véronique Haberey-Knuessi trained first as nurse in Basel (Switzerland), graduated as RN in 1996, then she studied philosophy of education at the University of Rouen (France). She received her PhD degree in 2013 at the same University, she studied Management in Healthcare and received her Master in 2016. Since 2000, she is working at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland as Professor and Researcher. She also joined the research group of CNAM (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers) in Paris in 2011 and is still research participant there. She has published books and more than 30 articles and bookchapters.


The care context is increasingly affected by the contingencies of budget cuts. Many constraints are imposed on caregivers and tensions emerge between the interests of caregivers on one side, and managers in another. Caregivers should even more focus on efficiency, often to the detriment of the relationship with the patient. Faced with the risk of seeing care reduced to the technical part alone, it is urgent to reflect on strategies to enhance the ethical part of care.