UMass Amherst Inaugural Nursing Ph.D. Symposium Focuses on the Future of Nursing

2020 declared ‘Year of the Nurse and Midwife’
Rachel Walker
Rachel Walker


DATE:         Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
TIME:         10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHAT:        Inaugural Nursing Ph.D. Symposium: Celebrating Nursing Science
WHERE:    Conference Center, Institute of Applied Life Sciences,
                   240 Thatcher Road, UMass Amherst
                   (Parking is available for a nominal fee at the nearby Campus Center,
                   1 Campus Center Way, off Commonwealth Avenue)

AMHERST, Mass. – The media is invited to attend this Ph.D. student-led symposium at which a diverse consortium of scientists, community advocates, educators and entrepreneurs will gather to explore the future of nursing and the role of nurse-scientists in promoting health, health equity and social justice.

With 2020 named the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife by the United States/World Health Organization (WHO), the symposium will highlight the work of emerging nurse scientists and catalyze collaboration. WHO is gathering data for a comprehensive, worldwide report on nursing and midwifery. The NursingNow campaign is also part of this effort to raise the status of nursing.

A plenary panel discussion will feature three nationally renowned scholars whose work reflects various lenses on the social and structural determinants of health: Barbara J. Guthrie, professor and director of the Ph.D. program at Northeastern University’s School of Nursing; Tam H. Nguyen, assistant professor at the Cornell University School of Nursing; and Em Rabelais, assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing.

UMass Amherst assistant professor of nursing Rachel Walker, the Ph.D. program director and the first nurse to be named an official Invention Ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is among those who have been interviewed for a consensus study on the “future of nursing,” from now through 2030, conducted by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnsons Foundation.

Poster sessions will highlight Ph.D. nursing candidates’ research, and networking themes will include Nurses in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Promoting Social Justice in Science and Bringing Healthcare Technologies to Nursing.