Founder’s Day Forum goes online for 2020

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July 27, 2020 - HOUSTON - The Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing, in collaboration with Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society’s Beta Beta Houston, Eta Delta, Psi-Iota, and Phi Chi chapters, will host the annual Founder’s Day Forum online from 8 a.m.–12:45 p.m. October 2, 2020.

This year’s theme is “Embracing the Art and Science of Nursing” and the conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Richard Ricciardi, CRNP, PhD, FAANP, FAAN, current Sigma Theta Tau International President.

The call to submit abstracts is open until midnight, August 15, 2020. Abstracts must address the conference’s key learning outcome: to examine, discuss and apply the art of nursing, research, and evidence-based practices related to nursing practice and education.

Previously presented research and organizational projects are welcome if relevant to the conference key learning outcome: to examine, discuss and apply the art of nursing, research and evidence-based practices related to nursing practice and education.

Dr. Ricciardi, Professor and Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at the George Washington University School of Nursing, will be presenting “Infusing and Instilling Joy – A Necessary Ingredient in Driving Creativity and Innovation”.

He is a 30-year Army veteran who held positions as a pediatric and family nurse practitioner, clinical scientist, and senior leader. Most recently, he served as the Chief of Nursing Research at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Director of Research at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. Prior to joining GW, Ricciardi served as the Director of the Division of Practice Improvement and the Senior Advisor for Nursing at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Attend the 2020 Founder’s Day Forum for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn and network. The event is free and open to the public, however, registration for the event is required and must be completed by midnight, September 27, 2020.

For questions or additional information, email

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TWU Institute of Health Sciences – Houston Center is located in the heart of the largest medical center in the world, the Texas Medical Center, and offers programs in nursing, health care administration, nutrition and food sciences, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and business. TWU Houston is one of three campuses of Texas Woman’s University, the largest public university in the nation primarily for women with an enrollment of more than 15,800 students on campuses in Denton, Dallas, Houston and online. Since 1901, TWU has produced more than 99,000 graduates in fields vital to the growth and quality of life in Texas and the nation.

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