APU Hosts National Nursing Theory Conference

by University Relations

Facilitating groundbreaking dialogue guided by seven of the field’s most influential leaders, Azusa Pacific hosted the national Nursing Theory Conference in Monrovia, California, April 15-16, 2016. Themed Advancing Disciplinary Knowledge to Inform, Transform, and Reform Healthcare through Practice, Education, and Research, the event gathered more than 250 attendees, including researchers, educators, and practitioners from APU and throughout the country.

Dorothy Jones, Ed.D., RNC, ANP, FAAN, professor of adult health at the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College, senior nurse scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and chair of Nursing Theory Guided-Practice Expert Panel of the American Academy of Nursing, delivered the opening keynote address, “Advancing Disciplinary Knowledge: Now, More Than Ever.” Plenary and breakout sessions followed, presented by: Eileen Gigliotti, Ph.D., RN, City University of New York; Callista Roy, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, professor and nurse theorist, Boston College Connell School of Nursing; Afaf Meleis, Ph.D., Dr.PS (hon), FAAN, University of Pennsylvania; Christina Sieloff, Ph.D., RN, Montana State University; Jean Watson, Ph.D., RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, University of Colorado; and Susan Taylor, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri.

This conference gathered the pioneers of nursing theory for the first time on the West Coast in more than 20 years, due in large part to the efforts of APU’s Vivien Dee, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, who also organized the conference at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1990. This year, APU—ranked as 1 of the 10 Best Colleges for Nursing by USA Today in January 2016—provided the ideal venue for discourse and collaboration with these nursing legends.

The event enabled educators, practitioners, and researchers to network with one another, promoted synergy among these various areas, and invited discussion about how theoretical thinking strengthens the impact of nursing’s disciplinary knowledge on health policy. Roy’s closing keynote addressed “Voice of the Discipline to Lead Healthcare of the Future,” inspiring attendees to make positive changes to the systems and institutions within their spheres of influence to transform nursing practice.

Originally published in the Summer '16 issue of APU Life. Download the PDF or view all issues.