2019 Theory Conference attendees (L toR) Jane Hopkins Walsh, Brandon Brown, Peggy Chinn, Jess Dillard-Wright, Christina Nyirati

The purpose of the Annual Nursing Theory Conference is to provide a global forum where all nurses can gather to nurture and critique nursing theory thereby expanding nursing’s unique disciplinary knowledge for practice, research, education, and policy. Recognizing that the ultimate purpose of nursing is the improvement of the health and wellbeing of all people, situated in the wholeness of their system context, we commit to supporting a place for active and equitable theoretical discourse. We value, support, and encourage the diversity of theoretical perspectives in nursing to enhance our unique knowledge base. Grounding us firmly in these tenets, we acknowledge the powerful link between philosophy, theory, research, and social change.

History / About the 2019 Nursing theory conference

“Over 120 attendees engaged in two days of inspiring and thought-provoking discussion focused on possibilities for the future of nursing grounded in the lasting values of the past.  Approximately half of the attendees were doctoral students – many of whom presented their scholarship in the many breakout sessions.  In the closing general session there was a strong consensus to build a structure for continuing this kind of event, and to reach out to key nursing organizational leaders to more fully bring nursing insights and values into the healthcare system.” (from https://nursology.net/history/past-nursology-events/a-50-year-perspective-cleveland-oh-march-21-22-2019/)

About our Logo

Our logo was designed by Christian Tedjasukmana, a nurse, artist, and designer who is married to our management team member, Brandon Brown. Christian researched a number of symbolic meanings associated with the process of development of nursing knowledge and shared that his final design was inspired by a combination of meanings embedded within ancient spiritual imagery, Roman mythology, and color symbolism.

The logo reflects the Roman god Janus, who had two faces – one looking to the past and the other looking to the future.  The two heads not only represent the honoring of past knowledge and progress toward future enlightenment, but it also represents the unity of like-minds working together to advance our discipline. The red flame arising from the two heads represents the ever-evolving insights that arise from the unity of minds – the life, knowledge, energy, and emotion that illuminates and informs both the insights and understandings that are expressed in nursing knowledge.

The two heads are set upon a golden spiral background with the deep yellow signifying both knowledge and inspiration — with the two spirals going both in and out — symbolizing the continual giving and receiving of knowledge. Spirals are among the most ancient and universal symbols representing evolution, progress, learning, and growing. Spirals also represent the cycle of life, cycles of both time and nature, cosmic forces, and the dynamic aspect of life

Thank you to Christian – your thoughtful approach to the development of our logo is an inspiring model for all of us in developing our ideas for the future!

Management Team and 2020 Planning Group
Leslie H. Nicoll, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN

Dr. Nicoll is our conference manager for the Nursing Theory Conference project.  She is president and owner of Maine Desk LLC, prolific author of  resources for writing and publishing in nursing, Editor-in-Chief of CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing and Nurse Author & Editor and “Chief Executive Volunteer” for the International Academy of Nursing Editors. She is the founding editor of the widely-used text Perspectives on Nursing Theory, now edited by Pamela Reed

Peggy L Chinn, RN, PhD, DSc(Hon), FAANPLCsm

Principal web manager of the Nursing Theory Conference website, the Nursology.net website, and NurseManifest.com.  She is the founding Editor of Advances in Nursing Science and author, with Maeona Kramer, of Knowledge Development in Nursing, now in its 10th edition. Although retired from the University of Connecticut, Peggy continues to teach and mentor doctoral students wherever they are located, and connects with amazing colleagues through nursing organizations and independent projects devoted to nurturing the future of nursology.

Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN

Joyce was the initiator and host of the 2019 Case Western Reserve University Nursing theory conference celebrating 50 years since the earliest known nursing theory conferences .  She returns in 2020 to host the conference and to support the establishment of this event as an annual conference. She is the Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, former Dean of the FPB School of Nursing, and continues her notable work in teaching, mentorship, research and organizational leadership.

Chloe Olivia Rose Littzen, MSN, RN, AE-C

Chloe Littzen, a PhD candidate at the University of Arizona, is one of the founding members of the Nursing Theory Collective. Passionate about nursing theory and philosophy, in her research she examines the role of philosophical worldviews in the well-being at work of currently practicing young adult nurses. Outside of her professional role, Chloe teaches yoga and enjoy’s spending time in nature with her partner and two dogs.

Deborah Lindell DNP, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Debbie Lindell is Associate Professor and Assistant Director, DNP Program, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. At CWRU, Dr. Lindell teaches graduate nursing theory and supervises DNP projects. She is also Visiting Faculty, Wuhan University, China where she teaches masters’ nursing theory and advanced CHN and supervises student research. Dr. Lindell is a member of the Nursology.net management team and AAN Expert Panel on Theory-Guided Practice, and former Chair, NLN Nurse Educator Certification Commission.
Jacqueline Fawcett, RN: PhD; ScD (hon); FAAN; ANEF fawcett color

Dr. Fawcett is the Facilitator for the Nursology.net management team and Professor, Department of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Boston. She is author of many books and journal articles about nursing theory, reports of theory-guided research, and presenting her own conceptual models. Dr. Fawcett teaches undergraduate nursing research courses emphasizing conceptual-theoretical-empirical structures, and a PhD program nursing course addressing contemporary disciplinary knowledge. She provides consultation about use of nursing conceptual models

Jess Dillard-Wright, MA, MSN, CNM, RN

Jess is a nurse-midwife and a PhD candidate at Augusta University. Her dissertation is an intellectual history of nursing and feminism, a history of the present untangling the faults and fissures that characterize the interrelationship between feminism and the profession, focusing specifically on Cassandra Radical Feminist Nurses Network. When she is not thinking about nursing, you’ll find Jess hanging out with her three kids and partner. Together, they like to go to the beach, play silly game(may we humbly suggest Throw Throw Burrito?), read books, and *try* to bake amazing things.

Brandon Brown MSN, RN-BC, CNL,

Brandon is a faculty member and Doctor of Education student at the University of Vermont and is one of the founding members of the Nursing Theory Collective. His research interests center upon the philosophical analysis of nursing theory, practice, and pedagogy through a critical posthuman and post-anthropocentric lens. When Brandon is not doing scholarly work, you can find him spending time with his family hiking, canoeing, and camping.

Jane Hopkins Walsh 

Jane is a theory loving, Spanish speaking pediatric nurse practitioner at Boston Children’s Hospital. A Nursing PhD Candidate at Boston College, Jane is an immigrant rights activist who is co-enrolled in a certificate program at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at the Lynch School of Education. Her main areas of interest are global health, im/migrant populations, and community based service delivery models to deliver nursing care for underserved children, emerging adults and families. She was awarded two global grants through Boston Children’s Hospital to coordinate services for children with complex care needs in remote areas of Honduras, and to explore the elevated incidence of chronic kidney disease in Central America with a transnational team. Links to her favorite NGO and volunteer immigrant rights groups can be found at the end of her blog posts on www.radicalnurses.com 

Da’Lynn Clayton, Ph.D., RN

For over 30 years, Dr. Clayton’s professional, educational, and research practice focused on holistic theory-based nursing care of families and children in diverse health care settings. Currently, she works as a holistic nursing consultant, editor for the National League of Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation and president-elect for the Society for the Advancement of Modeling and Role-Modeling.