Friday, July 13, 2007: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
A Gathering of International Nursing Scholars to Clarify the Concept of Well Being from a Global Perspective
Learning Objective #1: The learner will be able to have a clearer understanding of global well-being.
Learning Objective #2: The learner will be able to engage in dialogue with colleagues from around the world to solve global health problems.
This symposium features presentations by nurse scholars from the USA, Korea, Denmark, and Taiwan, and seeks to clarify the conceptual meanings of well-being across countries to facilitate its application to issues of international concern, for the betterment of the global community. The symposium builds on and will extend previous work conducted at the Eastern Nursing Research Society (USA), the STTI Research Congress (Canada), and an international research conference held at the Keingmung University (Korea). Rogersí view of humans as energy fields in continual mutual process with their immediate and extended environmental energy field will provide the guiding theoretical perspective for discussion and debate. The Well-Being Picture Scale (WPS), a non-language based tool for assessing sense of well-being, will be examined for its utility within the global community. The WPS was developed to measure well-being in the broadest possible range of adult populations, with particular attention to individuals who are unable to respond to lengthy or more complex measures, with intent to give voice to persons who otherwise might not be heard. The psychometric properties of the scale were established in a sample of 1027 independently dwelling adults from the USA, Taiwan, and Japan and it has since been translated and used in Korean, Spanish and Arabic-speaking populations. Its use in international populations has shown that there may be obscures nuances in the meaning of well-being among different cultures and countries that should be addressed conceptually. The ideas and theoretical tenets that emerge during the discussion will be recorded and edited into a comprehensive written draft and submitted to an international work group for further scrutiny and refinement. Their suggestions will be incorporated, and the final manuscript will be offered to internationally oriented organizations, including STTI and the World Health Organization, for their review.
Organizer:Sarah Gueldner, DSN, RN, FAAN
 Well-Being: A Concept Central to Global Health Care
May Wykle, PhD, FAAN, FGSA
 Well-Being: A Concept of Interest Across Disciplines
Diana L. Morris, PhD, RN, FAAN
 Theory of Well-Being Derived from Martha E. Rogers' Theory of Unitary Human Being
Sarah Gueldner, DSN, RN, FAAN
 Establishing the Correlation between Well-Being and Presenting Symptomatology in Persons Who Have Cancer
Frances R. Anderson, PhD, RN
 Studies of Well-Being: Relation to Meditation and Power
Tae Sook Kim
 Well-Being in Persons With Sudden Disablement From An Orthopedic Event
Chin-Fang Liu, PhD, RN
 Use of the Well-Being Picture Scale and the Child Depression Index in School Age Children
Susan Terwilliger, MS, PNP
 Global Applications of Well-Being to Health
Yeonghee Shin, PhD, RN, Tae Im Kim, PhD, RN, Sarah Gueldner, DSN, RN, FAAN
 Global Applications of Well-Being for Self-Care
Kay Dean, PhD