UC Davis nursing school researchers present on international stage

Faculty join hundreds in Scotland for annual congress


When more than 800 nurse researchers, students, clinicians and leaders meet in Edinburgh, Scotland this month, a cadre of Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis nurse scientists will be among them.

The 33rd International Nursing Research Congress of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society (Sigma), focuses on evidence-based research and offers the opportunity to globally network with other leaders in the nursing profession. This year’s theme, “Transforming Global Nursing Knowledge Through Research, Scholarship and Innovation”resonates with School of Nursing Dean Stephen Cavanagh.

“Nurses are the largest health care workforce in the world and hold the power to develop solutions that promote better health for all,” Cavanagh said. “Our research contingent has much to offer these global thought leaders. We also benefit from the professional growth, networking and lifelong learning Sigma offers.”

From July 21 to 24, Cavanagh, along with six faculty and one Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program alumnus, will present their work.  Topics will range from understanding microaggressions and nurse practitioner burnout to wilderness medicine for interprofessional education and multiple patient simulation.

Dean Stephen Cavanagh headshot
Nurses are the largest health care workforce in the world and hold the power to develop solutions that promote better health for all.Dean Stephen Cavanagh

In addition, Cavanagh presents at the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN) Annual Conference, which is just prior to Sigma’s annual conference. INDEN is dedicated to advancing quality doctoral nursing education globally. Cavanagh’s presentation focuses on the value scholars from disciplines outside of the nursing profession add to nursing Doctor of Philosophy programs.

“The problems that nursing science faces are not those of nurses alone. They belong to multiple disciplines,” Cavanagh explained. “Since its inception, our doctoral program has innovated in its approach to include multiple disciplines and our students and science benefit from multiple perspectives.”

Sigma is an international community of nurses, dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, teaching, learning and service through the cultivation of communities of practice, education and research.