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William F. Connell School of Nursing

CSON showcase at Sigma Theta Tau convention

Photo of students Siobhan Tellez, Djerica Lamousnery, Paulina Miklosz, and Sabiana Delva
Siobhan Tellez ’13, Djerica Lamousnery ’11, Paulina Miklosz ’12, and Sabianca Delva ’12 at the Sigma Theta Tau convention. Photograph: Ph.D. candidate Rachel DiFazio, M.S. ’96

Ten students, alumni, and faculty traveled to Grapevine, Texas, in late October to attend the 41st Biennial Convention of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, where they presented “Fostering the Development of Future Leaders in Global Health through the Keys to Inclusive Leadership in Nursing Program (KILN),” a three-panel program that showcased student experiences in South Africa, Switzerland, Ecuador, and Panama.

Siobhan Tellez ’13 described how a trip to Panama on a Boston College Advanced Study Grant helped increase her fluency in conversational Spanish and familiarity with Spanish medical terminology while she practiced basic clinical skills. Paulina Miklosz ’12 recalled her semester abroad in Quito, Ecuador, where she took all her classes in Spanish, completed a nursing internship, and explored disparities in health care delivery and the role of nursing in Latin America. Sabianca Delva ’12 talked about meeting and working with nurses from the U.S., Singapore, India, Canada, and Switzerland at the Switzerland Board of Higher Education’s Summer University. Djerica Lamousnery ’11 recounted her experiences volunteering at mobile clinics in underdeveloped communities surrounding Cape Town, South Africa.

Faculty members Donna Cullinan, Allyssa Harris, Catherine Read, and Judith Vessey, and KILN project director Debra Pino also attended the symposium, along with Dean Susan Gennaro, the editor of the honor society’s Journal of Nursing Scholarship, who offered a workshop on writing for journals.