PLENARY SPEAKERS

Professor Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, (LL -AAN)

Professor Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, (LL -AAN)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Dr. Jean Watson is Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita, University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing Anschutz Medical Center campus, where she held the nation’s first endowed Chair in Caring Science for 16 years. She is founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing; past President of the National League for Nursing; founding member of International Association in Human Caring and International Caritas Consortium. She is Founder and Director of the non-profit foundation, Watson Caring Science Institute (www.watsoncaringscience.org). Dr. Watson has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing and psychiatric-mental health nursing and holds her PhD in educational psychology and counseling.  She is a widely published author and recipient of many national/international awards and honors, including: The Fetzer Institute Norman Cousins Award, in recognition of her commitment to developing; maintaining and exemplifying relationship-centered care practices; an international Kellogg Fellowship in Australia; a Fulbright Research Award in Sweden; The Hildebrand Center for Compassion in Medicine Award Notre Dame University; Academy Integrative Medicine and Healing Award for pioneering work in Caring Science; Japanese International Society of Caring and Peace Chair. She holds fifteen (15) Honorary Doctoral Degrees, including 12 International Honorary Doctorates (Sweden, United Kingdom, (2) Spain, British Colombia and Quebec, Canada, Japan, Turkey, Peru (2) and Colombia, S.America). Clinical nurses and academic programs throughout the world use her published works on the philosophy and theory of human caring and the art and science of caring in nursing.  Dr. Watson’s caring philosophy is used to guide transformative models of caring and healing practices for hospitals, nurses and patients alike, in diverse settings worldwide At the University of Colorado, Dr. Watson held the title of Distinguished Professor of Nursing; the highest honor accorded its faculty for scholarly work.  In 1999 she assumed the Murchinson-Scoville Chair in Caring Science, the nation’s first endowed chair in Caring Science, based at the University of Colorado Denver & Anschutz Medical Center. As author /co-author of over 30 books on caring, her latest books range from empirical measurements and international research on caring, to new postmodern philosophies of caring and healing, philosophy and science of caring and caring science as sacred science, global advance in Caring Literacy. Her books have been AJN books of the year awards and seek to bridge paradigms as well as point toward transformative models for this 21st century. In October 2013 Dr. Watson was inducted as a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing, its highest honor. 


Professor Patricia Gonce Morton, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN

Professor Patricia Gonce Morton, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Patricia G. Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN joined the University of Utah in August 2013 as the Dean of the College of Nursing. She is a tenured professor and holds the Louis H. Peery Presidential Endowed Chair. Prior to her position at the University of Utah, Dr. Morton was a member of the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She taught in the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs and held numerous administrative positions including Assistant Dean for the Master’s Program and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  Dr. Morton practiced as an acute care nurse practitioner at the University of Maryland Medical Center until she left her position in July of 2013. Dr. Morton is an educator and scholar and is known for her work in critical care nursing and nursing education. She has authored three textbooks, numerous book chapters, and over 50 journal articles. She has served on the editorial board of six nursing journals and for seven years was the editor of the journal AACN Clinical Issues: Advanced Practice in Acute and Critical Care sponsored by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.


Professor Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Professor Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Marilyn Oermann is the Thelma M. Ingles Professor of Nursing and Director of Evaluation and Educational Research at Duke University School of Nursing. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Nurse Educator and the Journal of Nursing Care Quality. Dr. Oermann is the author/co-author of 21 books, more than 165 articles in peer reviewed journals, and many editorials and other types of publications. Her current books are (1) Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education; (2) Writing for Publication in Nursing; (3) Clinical Teaching Strategies in Nursing; (4) Teaching in Nursing and Role of the Educator: The Complete Guide to Best Practice in Teaching, Evaluation, and Curriculum Development; and (5) A Systematic Approach to Assessment and Evaluation of Nursing Programs. She edited 6 volumes of the Annual Review of Nursing Education. Dr. Oermann is a member of the American Academy of Nursing and National League for Nursing (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education. She received the NLN Award for Excellence in Nursing Education Research, the Sigma Theta Tau International Elizabeth Russell Belford Award for Excellence in Education, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award, and the Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing from the International Academy of Nursing Editors.


Assistant Professor Nada Prlić, PhD, Mag. Paed., MSN, RN

Assistant Professor Nada Prlić, PhD, Mag. Paed., MSN, RN

CROATIA

Dr. Nada Prlić, Senior scientific associate, Faculty od Dental medicine and Health Osijek. For over forty years Nada Prlic participated in the education of nurses. Through her educational work she contributed to the development of nursing and nursing education in the Republic of Croatia. She has been a mentor with over 100 final and graduate papers and one doctoral degree. She is a mentor of six PhD candidates at the Postgraduate Doctoral Studies of Biomedicine and Health. She is the author of six textbooks and two manuals in the field of nursing care. She has published more than 60 scientific or professional publications and congressional press releases. She is editor of three journals of students work from the field of nursing care theories. She was a reviewer of textbooks and study programs. She participated as a researcher in the research project "Measuring outcomes and quality of life after a stroke" and she was the  project manager of the IPA project “SENIORS CARE: Start Education Now to Increase Overall Responsibility for Seniors Care, Modernization of School Curricula in VET Schools in line with the changing needs of the labor market / economy IPA BGUE 04 06 - Human Resources Development”. Since 1978 she has been a member of several working groups for the development of Nursing School curricula, the Health Care Program, the Curriculum Council … She also has been external associate of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, Agency for Vocational Education and Adult Education. He participated in the organization of scientific and professional conferences. She was a member of the editorial board of the journal. She  received lifetime achievements awards for her work. She is a member of HUMS (Croatian Council of Nurses). The basic scientific and professional area of ​​interest is the quality of life of patients, clinical mentoring and nursing education.


Professor William Lauder, PhD

Professor William Lauder, PhD

UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

Professor Lauder trained as a psychiatric nurse specialising in care of the older adult. He has held professorships in Central Queensland University, University of Dundee, University of Stirling and University of the West of Scotland. He holds an honorary chair at the University of South Florida and was previously Head of School at the Stirling. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the top rated nurse education journal Nurse Education Today. Professor Lauder was a member of the UK RAE 2008 and REF 2014 reseach sub-panels and has published widely on nurse education, social connections and self-neglect.


Professor Donna Fitzsimons, PhD

Professor Donna Fitzsimons, PhD

UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

Professor Donna Fitzsimons is Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast. She is an experienced clinical academic who has previously enjoyed a long-standing joint appointment between Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and Ulster University. Professor Fitzsimons is the first nurse to hold an elected position on the Board of the European Society of Cardiology and is a founding member of the Global Leadership Forum for Cardiovascular Nursing. She has an Editorial Board position on the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. At a regional level she is Co-Clinical Lead for the Cardiovascular Clinical Research Network and Scientific Advisory Group Member of Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke Association. Donna has a history of successful research grant acquisition, is widely published and regularly invited to present at international congresses. She has contributed to the development of several ESC Clinical Guidelines and is a strong advocate of evidence based practice and patient involvement. Her research interests include, cardiac nursing, preventive cardiology, and palliative care in heart failure and chronic illness. When asked why she chose Queens, Donna said “Through-out my career I have always worked closely with colleagues from QUB in terms of interdisciplinary research and practice innovation and had developed genuine respect for the institution. So it has been really exciting to take up this new opportunity, where Nursing & Midwifery education is in such close proximity to centres of excellence in healthcare delivery. Queen’s is a fantastic place to work and I find the ethos here both ambitious and motivating. There is a “can do” culture, that inspires and facilitates each member of staff to be the best they can be. We are actively recruiting high calibre staff to help deliver on Vision 2020 targets and I am confident that the School of Nursing & Midwifery will perform strongly. If you are ambitious – this is a great place to be.


Professor Majda Pajnkihar, PhD

Professor Majda Pajnkihar, PhD

REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA

Majda PAJNKIHAR is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Maribor, Slovenia. Between 1993 to 1995 she was Assistant to Head Nurse of the University Clinical Center Maribor in the field of nursing development. In 1995 she started to work at Faculty of Health Sciences as a lecturer. She worked as a Associate Dean for Research, Head of Nursing Institute and Head of Chair for Nursing. Her research interest is nursing development, education and research. She is a member of Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. She works as a visiting professor at the University of Osijek, Josipa Jurja Strossmayera, Faculty of Dental Medicine and Health, Osijek, Croatia and honorary professor at the I .M. Sečenov First Moscow State Medical University, Russia. Prof Majda Pajnkihar, PhD has authored, co-authored over three hundred book chapters, articles, and conference presentations.

 


Professor Beata Dobrowolska PhD, MPhil, MNSc, RN

Professor Beata Dobrowolska PhD, MPhil, MNSc, RN

REPUBLIC OF POLAND

Beata Dobrowolska is an associate professor in health sciences at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Medical University of Lublin.  Her main scientific interests regard nursing philosophy and ethics, nursing education and health promotion. She defended her PhD thesis on care ethics in 2006 and recently completed habilitation (postdoctoral) procedure on axiological foundations and empirical exemplification of the development of selected social competences in nurses (2018). She is experienced researcher and teacher, has been working with different groups of medical and non-medical professionals. She published more than 250 papers in national, international journals and as book chapters. She is a member of editorial team in several nursing journals in Poland and abroad, e.g. Nursing in the 21st Century, Nursing Topics or BMC Nursing. For last 8 years she was a member of the Main Board of the Polish Nurses Association being involved in many activities for nursing society in Poland. She is also a member of the Polish Bioethics Society and the Polish Society for Spiritual Care in Medicine. Beata is actively engaged in work of many international scientific and professional networks, realizes different international projects – currently regarding cultural competences of ICU nurses and spiritual competences of nurses. 


Professor Dragana Milutinović, RN, PhD

Professor Dragana Milutinović, RN, PhD

REPUBLIC OF SERBIA

Associate Professor, Head of Department of Nursing at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Novi Sad. Prof. Dragana Milutinivić was born in Novi Sad and after completing College of Applied Sciences for Medicine in Belgrade in 1990 she continued studies and graduated from the Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation, Department of Speech Language Pathology. At the Faculty of Medicine, University of Novi Sad she completed her master studies by defending thesis:  Work-related Stress in Nursing  in 2006, and the same year she continued doctoral studies. She defended PhD thesis entitled Assessment of Nursing Care Quality in Surgically Treated Patients in March 2009. Her work life began more than twenty-seven years ago in the Operating Room Units, Surgical Clinic, Clinical Centre, and then as a nurse lecturer in the Secondary Medical School “7 April” in Novi Sad. Since 2003 she has been employed at the Faculty of Medicine and holds the academic appointment of Associate Professor of Nursing. She is responsible for several courses at the professional and academic bachelor, as well as master and doctoral studies and also lecturer at Continuing Education courses. In her scientific and professional work, she published over one hundred papers in international and national journals and proceedings at scientific conferences. She is an author and co-author of the practicum and a textbook for students of nursing. Assosc. Prof. Milutinović is a member of the editorial board of national journal: Nursing Word. She has been a reviewer of several monographs, reference books and scientific papers. She gave contribution to the development of young scientists by mentoring two defended PhD dissertation, twelve master's thesis, fifteen diploma theses and seven students’ papers successfully presented at the national student’s congress. She was a participant of scientific and educational projects and currently she is active in the realization of ERASMUS + KA2 projects “Reinforcement of the Framework for Experiential Education in Healthcare in Serbia“ (ReFEEHS). She is a member of the Association of Nurses and Midwives Association of the Republic of Serbia.


Professor Danica Železnik, PhD

Professor Danica Železnik, PhD

REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA

Assoc. prof. dr. sc. (Republic of Slovenia), Danica Železnik is Dean and also a Head of the Institute for Research at the High School for Health Sciences in Slovenj Gradec, Republic of Slovenia. She is the holder of the course Nursing Care 1, Ethics with Philosophy and Care Policy and Supervision in Nursing Care. She is also a Head of the Department of Nursing Care at the European Center Maribor. She has a PhD in Medical Sciences at the University of Oulu, Finland. She was the first person in Slovenia who gained specialization in the area of ​​Gerontology and Rehabilitation at the University of Oslo, Norway in 2003. She is a guest lecturer at several universities: at the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Mostar, a lecturer at the postgraduate master's degree at the University of Oslo and at the University of Primorska. In January 2011 she received the title of visiting professor at the Faculty of Medicine in Osijek. He is a co-author of the first and only university textbook "Nursing Care Standards" in Slovenian area and the textbook "Fundamentals of NursingCare of Surgical Patients". These are the basic textbooks for nursing care studies and great help for nurses in clinical practice as well as nursing care teachers. She is a mentor and commentator for many nursing care students in graduate, specialist and master's theses. Her personal bibliography covers more than 780 bibliographic units. She is actively involved in the work of all national nursing and midwifery associations in the Republic of Slovenia.


Professor Boštjan Žvanut, PhD

Professor Boštjan Žvanut, PhD

REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA

Boštjan Žvanut, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Primorska, Faculty of Health Sciences, and a guest professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek. His areas of research are nursing and healthcare informatics, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and the use of ICT in healthcare education. His work has been published in more than 80 bibliographic units, of these 20 were original research papers and 7 chapters in various monographies. Boštjan Žvanut, PhD, gives lectures on the subjects of Nursing, Nutritional Counselling – Dietetics and Applied Kinesiology. Currently he is working as an ICT expert on the projects: “CoNSENSo: Innovating to provide better health & social care for senior citizens in the Alpine Space” and “INOTEZ – Innovative knowledge acquisition with the use of ICT”. Boštjan Žvanut, PhD, is a member of the Section for Nursing Informatics at the Slovenian Association for Medical Informatics. He is a reviewer in several journals, inter alia the Nurse Education Today, Information and Software Technology and BMC Medical Education.


Assistant Professor Andrej Starc, PhD, BSc(RN), BSc(Ed.)

Assistant Professor Andrej Starc, PhD, BSc(RN), BSc(Ed.)

REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA

Dr. Andrej Starc is an Assistant Professor of Public Health and a member of the Chair of Public Health. A holder of subjects at the under degree study Medical Propaedeutic (basic subject), Organization & Management in Nursing (basic subject), Management in Health Care (elective subject). And at the post-degree study program Quality in Health Care (basic subject), Research Management (elective subject), Management of the systems and process (elective subject), and participate in the doctoral study of Biomedicine. Dr. Andrej Starc is a deputy editor of Journal of Applied Health Sciences, member of the editorial board of International Journal of Preventive Medicine Research and a peer reviewer of American Journal of Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery and Science Journal of Public Health. Dr. Starc is the author/co-author of 84 original scientific and professional articles, university textbooks and other contributions. Basic field of his research is a public health in general and female function and dysfunctions. At the clinical level, he carried out a clinical hypnosis.

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