The year of 2019 brought a surge of interest in the development of nursing knowledge – theories, models and philosophies that define our discipline and provide direction for the vital service nurses provide worldwide! Two major 2019 conferences – Case Western Reserve in March, and the KING collaborative conference last week in DC – inspired the establishment of a structure for an annual nursing theory conference! The 2020 conference will again be at Case Western Reserve University, March 20-21! And plans are already underway for spring conferences in 2021 and for 2022 – the locations and dates for these conferences will be announced very soon.
As noted on the conference website,
The purpose of the Annual Nursing Theory Conference is to provide a global forum where all nurses can gather to nurture and critique nursing theory thereby expanding nursing’s unique disciplinary knowledge for practice, research, education, and policy. Recognizing that the ultimate purpose of nursing is the improvement of the health and wellbeing of all people, situated in the wholeness of their system context, we commit to supporting a place for active and equitable theoretical discourse. We value, support, and encourage the diversity of theoretical perspectives in nursing to enhance our unique knowledge base. Grounding us firmly in these tenets, we acknowledge the powerful link between philosophy, theory, research, and social change.
The theme for the 2020 conference is “Evolution from the Scientist Nurse to Nursologist: Values and Vicissitudes.” This theme was inspired by the ideas published in Nursing Research in 1970 by Rosemary Ellis titled “Values and Vicissitudes of the Scientist Nurse.” The program will open by reflecting on how Ellis’s early ideas contributed to where we are today, and the choices we now face as we shape a vision for the future development of nursing knowledge. The major portion of the program will feature breakout sessions based on participant abstracts, where nursology scholars can present their current work in a context of rich discussion that challenges and inspires our movement forward! Toward the conclusion of the conference, there will be time for theory-specific groups to gather and discuss matters related to their particular work, giving conference participants an opportunity to connect with others who are working from a specific theoretical framework.
The 2020 conference will firmly establish an ongoing context for nurturing the ideas and frameworks that shape our discipline – building on the values of the past and shaping the vicissitudes of the future! Explore the conference website today, and plan to be there!
- Early Bird registration ends February 15, 2020
- Regular registration ends March 15, 2020
- There is no on-site registration!
- Abstract due date: December 15, 2019
- Notification date: January 15, 2020