11th Annual Nurses Week Commemoration

Collaboration of sponsors for Nurse's Week

The TWU College of Nursing, the Center for Global Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society’s Beta Beta Houston chapter, present the 11th Annual Nurses Week Commemoration with a focus on historical and current perspectives on Indigenous population health, nursing and education.

This year's renowned speakers include:

The conference will also include poster presentations addressing health care disparities of Indigenous populations. The event is online with complimentary registration provided.

Friday, April 22, 2022
Noon-4 p.m.
(No registration fee, open to the public)

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REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, April 18, 2022

Program Objectives

  1. Describe American Indian and Alaskan Native populations in the United States and related health care considerations

  2. Discuss the historical significance of Native nurses employed as public health nurses in Native communities

  3. Discuss the historical framework of indigenous health and reconciliation in Canada and its impact on current nursing education

  4. Describe current Native American health care disparities and potential nursing interventions

Laurel Sanders, PhD

Laurel Sanders, PhD

Laurel Sanders, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of North Dakota

Presentation: Indigenous Field Nurses in the Early Twentieth Century

Laurel Sanders recently completed her dissertation, Knowledge of Every Home: Health Sovereignty, Native Nurses’ Labor, and the Field Nurse Program in the Early Twentieth Century, and graduated with a PhD in history from the University of Iowa in December 2021. She studies the history of public health and nursing in Indigenous communities and has worked with Indigenous communities in Minnesota, Iowa, and North Carolina. She is joining the University of North Dakota Department of History and American Indian Studies as an assistant professor in the fall. 

Sandra Cesario, PhD, RNC-OB, FAAN

Sandra Cesario, PhD

Sandra Cesario, PhD, RNC-OB, FAAN
PhD Director, Cornaro Professor, Texas Woman's University

Presentation: American Indian and Alaska Native Populations: The Hidden Health Equity Crisis in the U.S.

Sandra Cesario, PhD, is the PhD Program Director and a tenured Cornaro Professor in the College of Nursing at Texas Woman’s University in Houston. She is a woman’s health specialist with 45 years of clinical, research, education, and policy development experience and has provided care to women and newborns throughout the US and internationally. Inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2008, Cesario is a past president of Sigma's Beta Beta Houston Chapter and the current 2022 President of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN).

She was employed by USPHS Indian Health Service from 1983 to 1994, serving as their nationwide OB Nurse Residency Program Director from 1989 through 1992. Cesario’s program of research focuses on gynecologic cancers, reproductive health of people living with HIV, management of labor and birth, diversity and multiculturalism, and health promotion. Cesario is a well-published author, speaker, and mentor. She also was the caregiver and advocate for her daughter who battled stage IV ovarian cancer for over five years.

Marg Olfert, RN, BScN, MN, EdD

Marg Olfert, RN, MN, EdD

Marg Olfert, RN, BScN, MN, EdD
Associate Professor, Mount Royal University

Presentation: Indigenization – A Path toward Reconciliation in Canadian Nursing Education

Marg Olfert, RN, MN, EdD, completed her undergraduate nursing diploma from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, now Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing are from the University of Saskatchewan, and her Doctorate of Education is from the University of Calgary. Olfert has a professional background in adult surgical nursing, critical care, and cardiology and experience in nursing education, nursing education administration, and nursing regulation. Her areas of interest in research are nursing history, interprofessional education, seniors’ health and belonging, and collaborative nursing programs. Other professional interests include indigenization of curriculum, nursing informatics competencies, and licensure examination preparation. Olfert joined the Mount Royal University School of Nursing and Midwifery in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 2014 where she is now a tenured Associate Professor. She has taught courses in all years of the bachelor’s nursing program, in areas of health promotion, professional practice, alterations in health, and leadership trends and issues. Since July 2022, she also serves as the Assistant Chair, Workload and Practice Experience.

CE application for keynote speakers in process

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