Black Lives Matter: Building an Antiracist Nursing Future

Register for June 12th Webinar

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

We, the Nursology Theory Collective, in light of the current events surrounding the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade, cannot be silent.

Image created by NTC member Jessica Dillard-Wright

In partial answer to this, we have included our anti-racism position statement below, and invite you, as nurses and nursologists, to join us this Friday, June 12th from 4:00 – 5:00 PM EST to discuss the future of nursing theory and its interrelationship with diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. We understand that many of us don’t know where to start, but it is in times like these that as the most trusted profession in the United States we must use our privilege to create a more equitable and just world and do something. It’s time we actively listen, learn, unlearn, discuss, and take a stand for those who have been oppressed for hundreds of years, raise their voices, and be better together.

To join this event, please register here in advance to save your seat. 

  • We support the protests in the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDeade, recognizing that their murders are some of the innumerable instances of anti-Black violence that corrode our collective consciousness 
  • We condemn police brutality, a state-sanctioned violence, and recognize its deleterious and disproportionate impact on the lives of Black people
  • We recognize the collusion of white supremacy, capitalism, and patriarchy as the root cause of the ongoing violence that is experienced by Black people
  • Structural racism and white supremacy are public health crises, socially-constructed, legally-entrenched systems of power that benefit and privilege white people
  • We will act to dismantle the structural racism that has characterized the status quo in the United States for over 400 years as a critical, urgent, and essential nursing intervention
  • We recognize our disciplinary complicity with white supremacy, capitalism, and patriarchy, which has shaped modern nursing from its beginnings
  • We collectively commit to do the work: to continue reading and promoting anti-racist work, donate to funds and support initiatives that advance antiracist work, divest from groups that promote hate, promote Black leadership and cite Black scholars, speak out against racism in all its forms, hold space to support and center this essential work while acknowledging this as a forever initiative
  • We commit to uphold anti-racism and anti-oppression, and acknowledge that this commitment must be an ongoing and eternal process

The statement above is a collaborative project, commenced on June 1, 2020. We invite you to join us in this initiative, continue the dialogue, create a better world, amplify Black voices, and show that #BlackLivesMatter.

To join us and sign your name to acknowledge support for the NTC formal position statement, please follow this link: https://forms.gle/NpYWRHtsKe7WZmrD9

In solidarity,
The Nursology Theory Collective

The Nursology Theory Collective is a group of scholars and students that formed after the landmark conference, “Nursing Theory: A 50 Year Perspective Past and Future”, on March 21-22, 2019 at Case Western Reserve University. The mission of the Nursology Theory Collective is to advance the discipline of nursing/nursology through equitable and rigorous knowledge development using innovative nursing theory in all settings of practice, education, research, and policy.

To join the Nursology Theory Collective, and be added to our email list, please send us an email at nursingtheorycollective@gmail.com.

2nd Annual Nursing Theory Conference March 20-21, 2020!

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!

Registration now open!
  • Early Bird registration ends February 15, 2020
  • Regular registration ends March 15, 2020
  • There is no on-site registration!
Abstract Submissions now being accepted!
  • Abstract due date: December 15, 2019
  • Notification date: January 15, 2020

Public session of the Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030

The Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 will be holding a public session onWednesday, March 20, 2019, from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM ET, online and at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, DC.

This committee has been tasked by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to extend the vision for the nursing profession into 2030 and to chart a path for the nursing profession to help our nation create a culture of health, reduce health disparities, and improve the health and well-being of the U.S. population in the 21st century.

Through the course of the study, the committee will meet several times. This public session is one of the many processes that the committee will use to gather information and assemble evidence that members will examine and discuss in the course of making the committee’s findings, conclusions, and recommendations. The focus of this public session is for the committee to clarify the scope of the charge with the study sponsor and initiate the process of gathering relevant information related to the study. Future public sessions will focus on specific topic areas and be conducted in other locations.

This public session will be accessible via webinar and in-person attendance (seating is limited).

Please register online by 12pm ET on March 20, 2019, to receive an email with the instructions on how to join this public session.

More information about the study can be found here.

What: Public session of the Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030
When: March 20, 2019, from 1:30pm to 4:00 pm ET
Where: Online and in person at National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418
How: Click here to register online by 12 pm ET on March 20, 2019

A dozen (and one) 2019 nursology events!

When we first started building Nursology.net, one of the “sections” that we set out in the plan was a “future events” section.  We all knew of a handful of conferences related to the development of nursing knowledge, but lo and behold – we have now discovered a grand total of twelve!  And there could be more!  If you have not yet browsed the impressive list of conferences, hover over “Future Events” on the main menu, and you can scroll down for an overview that includes locations and dates!

The first event of the year is the 50 Year Perspective conference at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, March 21-22, 2019.  This conference will commemorate the very first nursing theory conferences held in 1968 and 1969 that resulted in a number of landmark articles published in Nursing Research – articles that remain a mainstay that launched a widespread effort to develop nursing’s disciplinary knowledge. The focus of the conference will be the disciplinary perspective of nursing, and the structure of nursing knowledge.  Articles in the current issue of Advances in Nursing Science, Volume 42:1 provide a focus that will be a foundation for discussion at the conference – so whether you can attend or not, check out those articles to learn more!

From March on, we have roughly one event every month until the end of the year – occasionally more than one!   Most of these are focused on one particular theoretic or philosophic focus, but are still of general interest for many nursologists!  Many are accepting abstracts, so watch our sidebar “Due Dates” feature to keep up with these opportunities.

The November KING conference is a collaborative conference for everyone, featuring participation from a number of groups focused on the development of nursing knowledge – including:

  • International Association of Human Caring
  • International Caritas Consortium
  • International Consortium of Parse Scholars
  • Neuman Systems Model Trustees Group, Inc.
  • Orem International Society
  • Roy Adaptation Association
  • Society for the Advancement of Modeling and Role Modeling
  • Society of Rogerian Scholars
  • Transcultural Nursing Society
  • Watson Caring Science Institute

Abstracts for this Collaborative conference are not due until May 1st — so consider this great opportunity now!

The (and one) conference is the annual Nursing Journal Editors (INANE) conference in July 30 – August 2 in Reno, Nevada – an event that welcomes all of those interested in and participating in the process of editing and producing nursing literature.  The conference this year features a day-long workshop for new editors and those who want to pursue a journal editing career!

The opportunities abound!  If you cannot participate in person, watch Nursology.net for reports and resources from each of these events!  If you know of an event that we have not yet listed, please let us know!  After each event concludes, we will move the conference “page” to our “history” section and add reports, papers, photos and videos that the conference planners provide for archiving. By keeping an eye on these important resources, you can benefit from being informed of the important outcomes and advances that will be sure to enrich our discipline!