Sunday, November 13, 2005: 1:30 PM-2:45 PM
Structuring an International Conference to Build Connections Between US and Russian Nurses
Learning Objective #1: Describe elements of a collaborative process used to plan and implement an international conference for participants to gain an understanding of common nursing issues and the Russian experience with these issues
Learning Objective #2: Describe ways of structuring a submission review process and clinical site visits for an international conference
The 4th US-Russian Nursing Conference served as a vehicle to stimulate dialogue among participants to build connections for further collaboration and networking. Dialogue refers to meaningful conversation by nurses across geographic and cultural boundaries to achieve learning. Learning with and from each other results from this dialogue and takes on the characteristic of gaining understanding and insight about information and perspectives relating to nursing, health care delivery and lifestyles in the US and Russia. Multiple collaborative efforts are integral to planning and implementation of a conference focused on this kind of learning and consists of a network of nursing organization relationships within and across geographic borders. The purpose of this symposium is to highlight three collaborative efforts that helped conference participants gain a sense of common nursing issues and concerns that transcend geography and require global connections for resolution. A symposium introduction will provide a framework for structuring the collaboration required to plan, implement and evaluate this kind of conference. The first paper describes the collaborative process a review committee used to design the kinds of submissions that have provided the content for the desired dialogue. The second paper details the guidelines developed to structure clinical site visits to help participants “see” both the physical environment in which nursing is practiced, but move beyond that level to gain a sense of the interactions nurses have with patients/families and other disciplines to convey what nursing does and is. The third paper describes a set of common nursing issues identified during the conference with examples of these issues from the Russian nursing perspective. Through the conference dialogue resulting from these collaborative efforts, nurses gained an understanding of the work they must undertake to support each other in promoting a constructive future for nursing and the patients, families, and communities nurses serve.
Organizer:Marie J. Driever, RN, PhD
Presenters:Marina V. Boykova, RN, BSc
Katherine J. Bradley, PhD, RN
Rachel Difazio, MS, RN, PNP
Olga Komissarova, RN, MN
Kathie Lasater, EdD, MS, RN
Leslie N. Ray, PhD, RN
Anne G. Rosenfeld, PhD, RN
 Submission Process and Review: Lessons Learned with International Partners
Katherine J. Bradley, PhD, RN, Marie J. Driever, RN, PhD, Kathie Lasater, EdD, MS, RN, Leslie N. Ray, PhD, RN, Anne G. Rosenfeld, PhD, RN
 Developing Clinical Site Visit Objectives and Guidelines to Enhance the Understanding of Nursing in Russia
Rachel Difazio, MS, RN, PNP, Marina V. Boykova, RN, BSc
 Commonalities of Nursing Concerns: The Russian Experience
Olga Komissarova, Marie J. Driever, RN, PhD

Sigma Theta Tau International
38th Biennial Convention - Clinical Sessions
November 12-13, 2005
Indianapolis, IN