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Diversity and inclusiveness at heart of nursing symposium at Loyola

Loyola press release - April 13, 2015

The Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama chapters of the Transcultural Nursing Society, an international organization which strives to provide cross-cultural health care through education of nurses and other health care professionals, will hold a free tri-state nursing symposium at Loyola University New Orleans. It will be held from 8 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. on Friday, April 17, in Nunemaker Auditorium on the main campus. Free parking will be provided in Loyola's West Road Garage and in the Freret Street Parking Garage.

Keynote speeches will be delivered by Jamie G. Gonzales, DrPH, MSSW, MSHA, and Warren Hebert, R.N., MSN, CAE. Topics to be discussed in the day-long conference will emphasize the importance of how culture, diversity, and inclusiveness impact health care delivery. The following cultures will be discussed: Hispanic/Latino, Tibetan, Republic of Korea, Honduran, Vietnamese, Nepalese, Lebanese, and Nigerian, along with deaf/hearing impaired, aging/elderly, and faith/prayer.

The conference is being organized by Jennifer Creech, BSN, RN, a graduate student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Loyola, and Louisiana chapter president of the Transcultural Nursing Society. The conference will be attended by about 80 registered nurses from the three states with 15 speakers scheduled to present, including four current Loyola DNP students. The event is being supported by a Strength in Diversity Grant from Loyola's Affirmative Action and Diversity Committee.

Revered as a great nursing leader and scholar, Dr. Madeleine Leininger, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, founded the TCNS in 1974 and developed the transcultural nursing theory in 1988. The TCNS is an international organization, and its mission is to enhance the quality of culturally congruent, competent, and equitable care that results in improved health and well-being for people worldwide. The vision of the TCNS seeks to provide nurses and other health care professionals with the knowledge base necessary to ensure cultural competence in practice, education, research, and administration.

For more information, contact Creech at jacreech@loyno.edu.