On April 6, the Adelphi University School of Nursing and the Alpha Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International held its seventh annual Nursing Leadership Conference with 160 people in attendance, according to conference co-chair Karen S. Pappas, RN, director, Lifelong Learning and Professional Development.
Meaningful Leadership: The Barometer for an Ever-Changing Climate in Healthcare featured sessions to help nursing leaders effectively manage in todays evolving healthcare environment. Topics included critical thinking for nurse managers, leadership support and job satisfaction, bridging education and service partnerships, the influence of CNO visibility on nurse engagement and satisfaction, discovering your organizations leaders and dealing with workplace bullies.Betty Forest, RN, center, receives congratulations from Adelphi administration and staff. From left, Coonan; Gayle D. Insler, provost and senior VP of academic affairs; president Robert A. Scott; Deborah Ambrosio, RN, conference co-chair; Jessy Augustine, RN, president, Alpha Omega, STPI; and Marilyn Klainberg, RN, associate professor.
Joanne McGlown, RN, PhD, MHHA, FACHE, global business development director for Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, provided the keynote presentation, Research, Service and Leadership: Now and Tomorrow. Her presentation provided an overview of how the worlds healthcare needs are changing because of global disasters, both man-made, such as 9/11, and environmental, such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the 2004 tsunami that swept through Indonesia. You cant name a disaster that didnt have a significant impact on healthcare, McGlown said. Even so, there is almost no valid research on disaster nursing. We have to catch up.
As a result of these events, said McGlown, its imperative that todays nurses get as involved as possible with service agencies such as the Medical Reserve Corps, of which nurses comprise the largest number of volunteers. She also stressed that nursing must have a continued presence at the United Nations. Of the 2,100 non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, just five are nursing-related.Joanne McGlown, RN, left, credits the strides nursing has made in establishing itself at the United Nations to Adelphi associate professor Holly Shaw, RN, who has a continual presence at U.N. events.
Sigma is the most active and most recognized thanks to [Adelphi University School of Nursing associate professor] Dr. Holly Shaw, McGlown said. Shaw is a constant presence at the U.N., regularly taking her nursing students there to give them a glimpse of how the organization works and how nursing can aid in helping the U.N. meet its eight millennium development goals. According to McGlown, Sigma is actively working with Johnson & Johnson on goals four and five, to reduce child mortality rates and improve maternal health. Of all of the millennium development goals, these numbers are going down, not up, she said.
A highlight of the event was the presentation of the Alpha Omega Chapter of the Sigma Theta Taus Lifetime Achievement Award to Betty Forest, RN, EdD, a 1947 graduate of the university who came to Adelphi during World War II. In 1965, she founded the Quinsigamond Community College School of Nursing with just 35 students and retired as its director in 1990. Forest holds a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from her alma mater.