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Rotterdam University organized and hosted The International Nurse Practitioner Symposium.  Three faculty (Dr. Rita DelloStritto, Dr. Anne Koci,  and Ms. Morgan Bruno) and seven nurse practitioner (NP) students from Texas Woman's University (TWU) traveled to The Netherlands April 9-17, 2015 to attend this symposium in Rotterdam.  The participants at the symposium included faculty and students from TWU and Rotterdam University, and faculty from Germany, Sweden, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.  The TWU faculty and students presented at the symposium regarding Benchmarking the Role of the NP Globally, Emerging Health issues, and Health Technology.   Additionally, each TWU faculty and student experienced cultural immersion in the Dutch health care system by shadowing Dutch nurse practitioners in the clinical setting.  Germany, Sweden, Ireland, and the United Kingdom are still in their infancy stage regarding their use of NPs in the health care systems.  Each country presented their interpretation of the NP role and expressed a desire to learn more from the very active USA and Dutch NP programs.




Dr. Joan Edwards and Dr. Patrick Palmieri attended the July 2014 WHO Collaborative Centers for Nursing and Midwifery in Coimbra, Portugal.  Dr. Edwards presented on the topic of “Indonesian Nursing Curricula Project to Achieve Congruency with 2009 WHO Global Standards for Initial Education of Professional Nurses”.  Dr. Palmieri spoke on “Spreading Knowledge and Preventing Infection in Peru: A Pilot Program to Reduce Healthcare-Acquired Infections in Developing Economies".

Three participants from TWU attended the 2nd International Conference of the School of Health Sciences, University of Venda – 2014 “Towards Achieving 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s).  The Conference was held at the University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa.  Those attending and presenting from TWU were Ms. Heidi Gilroy, Dr. Angeles Nava and Dr. Judith McFarlane.  Several hundred participants engaged in learning and international networking.

Dr. Joan Edwards and Ms. June Hanke spoke on “Maternal Mortality, Global and Local” at the June 2014 AWHONN National Conference in Orlando, Florida.  Participants actively engaged in the last 30 minutes of the presentation with the goal of identifying how they would become personally involved to impact maternal morbidity and mortality rates either globally or locally.

Dr. Rita Dello Stritto and Dr. Peggy Landrum attended the 25th International Nursing Research Congress in Hong Kong in July 2014.  They presented their collaborative interprofessional educational project, conducted in conjunction with Baylor College of Medicine and University of Houston College of Pharmacy.  Their abstract, 'Breaking Bad News: Confronting Interdisciplinary Bias', was selected from 70+ abstracts as one of five finalists for the 2014 Excellence in Educational Research Award.

The CGNS has worked with countries including:
  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Korea
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Pakistan
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Vietnam
  • Peru 

Dr. McFarlane Receives $1.75 Million Grant

Judith McFarlane, Dr.P.H., a nursing professor at Texas Woman’s University’s Institute of Health Sciences in the Texas Medical Center, has received a $1.75 million grant from the Houston Endowment to continue her study on the effectiveness of Houston-area shelters and civil protection orders in helping abused women and children transition into safety.