NWINRC nursing conference educates capacity crowd
Nov. 12, 2013 CROWN POINT, Ind. - The 21st annual Northwest Indiana Nursing Resource Consortium conference, “Healthy Work Environments in Nursing,” educated a sold-out crowd Friday at Avalon Manor in Merrillville.
The session, entitled “Healthy Work Environments in Nursing,” featured keynote speaker Cynthia Clark, RN, PhD, ANEF, FAAN, a professor in the School of Nursing at Boise State University in Iowa, and her presentation, “Creating and Sustaining Civility in Nursing: Strategies to Address Incivility and Bullying in the Workplace.”
“The conference was a huge success this year,” said Margaret DeYoung, MS, APRN-DC, nursing program director for the University of Saint Francis Crown Point, a consortium member.
“With our attendance nearly tripled, a variety of research was presented by practicing nurses, nursing students and faculty. The areas explored were pertinent to practice in today’s healthcare environment, and the level of inquiry bodes well for a promising future for quality, evidence-based nursing practice in northwest Indiana. Dr. Cynthia Clark is a dynamic speaker, and the topic of civility in the workplace is timely and of concern to nurses everywhere.”
Contributing to the success of the event was a high level of participation from the researchers, sponsors and the planning committee members, DeYoung said. The conference also provided continuing education credits for nurses attending.
Sponsors were Community Healthcare Systems, Franciscan Alliance, LaPorte Regional Health Services, The Methodist Hospitals Inc., Porter Regional Hospital, Purdue University Calumet, Purdue University North Central, Sigma Theta Tau International Zeta Epsilon, Sigma Theta Tau Inc Mu Omega, University of Saint Francis Crown Point and Valparaiso University. Consortium members are Purdue University Calumet, Valparaiso University, Indiana University Northwest, Purdue University North Central and University of Saint Francis Crown Point.
The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.
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