Sigma Theta Tau Research Symposium Highlights the Best and Brightest in Nursing Research

Wednesday, Jan 24, 2024

Speaker showing slides in front of onlookers at symposium

After a five-year hiatus, the Sigma Theta Tau Research Symposium took center stage Friday at the University of Texas at Arlington. The one-day event highlighted researchers and presentations focused on “Innovation through Education, Research and Evidence Based Practice.” Featuring speakers from far and wide, the event fostered an inspiring, collaborative learning environment among researchers, faculty members, practitioners, and students.

Participants posing at symposiumPresenters covered a broad spectrum of research topics, including simulation, critical care, scholarship, and well-being. Additionally, nursing professionals in academia and representatives from community organizations presented research and evidence-based practice posters. PhD and DNP students were also on hand to discuss their projects.

“Nursing practice is ever-changing and it is important to have current and relevant information to influence and improve the quality and safety in patient care,” said CONHI Clinical Assistant Professor Sharon Blackerby, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, NI-BC, CPHQ, who serves as both a member and Leadership Succession Chair for the College’s Sigma Delta Theta chapter.

Blackerby also serves as CONHI’s Professional Development Director for contact hours. The event was offered both in-person and virtually, with participants eligible for contact hours.

Additionally, the symposium supports larger research-focused strategic initiatives prioritized at both the College and University levels.

Dr. Mari Tietze pointing to poster and talking with student at symposium“Research can change our practice and way of thinking. As a Tier 1 university, we want to create an environment where research is valued and disseminating knowledge is part of our culture,” said Sigma Theta Tau president-elect and CONHI Clinical Associate Professor Ceil Flores, PhD, RN, CNE. “The symposium allows researchers from diverse backgrounds and varying levels of education to share their passion to improve nursing, both locally and globally.” 

Sigma Theta Tau is an international nursing honor society designed to encourage students to excel both academically and in the development of professional skills specific to nursing. CONHI’s chapter was founded in 1980, and now has more than 800 members.   


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