Nurses in the Rio Grande Valley, especially those who wish to pursue advanced degrees in the field of nursing, as well as social workers and other professionals in health-related fields are encouraged to attend.
Keynote speaker for the program, which will focus on cultural diversity, will be Dr. Janet Allan, dean of the School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Allan will give a presentation from 1 to 2 p.m. titled "Nursing Research Among Culturally Diverse Groups."
A panel discussion from 2 to 3:15 p.m. will focus on "Multicultural Influences on Research." Scheduled panelists include Dr. Sandra Sanchez, associate professor, and Nancy Nadeau, lecturer, both of the Department of Nursing at UTPA; Prof. Hortencia Castaneda de Sierra, faculty member, and Prof. Tranquilina Gutierrez Gomez, coordinator of nursing research, both from Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas in Tampico; and Pornson Peausuparn, a native of the Philippines who is a student in the UTPA master of science in nursing program.
The program will also include poster exhibits from 10:30 to noon, induction of new members to the Honor Society for Nursing from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and the luncheon in the Xochitl Room of the University Center from noon to 1 p.m.
The objectives of "Research Day" are to increase awareness of research findings among culturally diverse groups, to recognize how research findings impact culturally competent nursing care and to describe the culture of professional nursing within the countries represented.
Registration is $20 — $11 for students — and includes the luncheon. For more information, call the UTPA Department of Nursing’s Betty Johnson at 956/381-3491 or Sandy Gonzalez or Sylvia Ybarra at 956/381-3495.