In conjunction with the Alpha Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Adelphi University School of Nursing in Garden City, N.Y., held its sixth annual Nursing Leadership and Research Conference on April 6.
Titled Challenging Healthcare Issues in the 21st Century and Their Impact on Nursing, the all-day conference offered attendees the opportunity to hear from nationally known nursing leaders such as Cynthia Vlasich, RN, BS, director of education for Sigma Theta Tau and former vice president of professional services for Gannett Healthcare Group, publishers of Nursing Spectrum, and Ruth Lubic, RN, CNM, EdD, founder of the Family Health and Birth Center in Washington, D.C.Conference co-chair and Adelphi clinical assistant nursing professor Deborah Ambrosio-Mawhirter, RN, right, with conference guest speaker Ruth Lubic, RN.
Vlasichs keynote address, The Legacy of Leadership, addressed different leadership styles and the importance of being the type of leader who encourages and mentors new nurses. We dont want to lose them, she said.
Lubics presentation gave an overview of her nurse-driven wellness center, demonstrating that after 5-1/2 years in operation, the FHBC outcome data showed substantial lowering of preterm birth, low birth weight and cesarean section rates in the black population.Guest speakers at the nursing leadership and research conference included, from left, Debra McElroy, RN, Port Washington Union Free School District; Susan Lehrer, RN, director, House Calls Telehealth Program, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation; and Cynthia Vlasich, RN.
The agenda also included simultaneous breakout sessions on topics such as how to engage nurse managers, transforming new graduates into competent professionals and telehealth. The conference also offered a session on what nurse leaders need to know regarding global disaster management.
During lunch, longtime Adelphi University nursing faculty member Mary Dewar, RN, was honored with the Alpha Omega Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau Lifetime Achievement Award. Dewar taught at the university from the 1970s until her retirement in 1992.