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20th Annual Scientific Sessions

20th Annual Scientific Sessions was a success!

Reflecting Our Past and Imagining Our Future: The Globalization of Nursing Research

March 27-29, 2008
Philadelphia, PA

More than 415 nurse researchers and students attended the 20th Annual Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia, PA this past March.  Our 20th Anniversary garnered much fanfare as we revisited the foundations of ENRS and charted our course for the future.  Nurse scientists and clinical leaders have focused much of their activity on a regional or national level. Now, however, nurses are recognizing the critical need to address healthcare research and delivery from a worldwide viewpoint.  These sessions focused on describing the challenges, opportunities, efforts, and rewards when advancing the science of nursing in a global perspective.

After diving right in to sessions on Thursday, March 27th, Lillie M. Shortridge-Baggett, EdD, RN, FAAN, FNAP, Professor, Department of Graduate Studies, Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University and the first president of ENRS officially kicked-off the sessions with a warm & personal reflection on ENRS' progress over the years and the vitality of the Society moving forward.  We segued immediately into our Past President's reception which provided further history.

William Holzemer, RN, PhD, FAAN, Associate Dean of International Programs, Professor and Lillian and Dudley Aldous Endowed Chair in Nursing Science, Department of Community Health Systems, Director, International Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Clinical Training in Nursing, University of California at San Francisco delivered a powerful keynote address focusing on his international community building to target HIV/AIDS.  Our general sessions provided expert commentary on the past, present and future of nursing research.

Throughout our time in Philadelphia we were privileged to view and participate in 6 poster sessions which allowed presenters and attendees specialized access to topics and research.  Two new sessions this year focused on Magnet Institutions and Early Doctoral Students and we look forward to expanding these offerings in the future.  Also expanded in 2008 were our networking opportunities for Research Interest Groups.  These collaborations provide excellent opportunities for discussion on specific topics and field work.

Our 20th Anniversary was filled with enthusiasm, knowledge-sharing and wonderful ideas on how we can develop ENRS over the next two decades.  Thank you to all who attended and shared their expertise.  We will be forging ahead with our 21st Annual Scientific Sessions from March 19-21 in Boston, MA.  We look forward to seeing everyone in the Bay State!

Judith A. Erlen
President, ENRS

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