Transcultural Nursing Society 44th Annual Conference

San Antonio, TX

October 17-20, 2018

Conference theme: Transcultural Approaches to Health Care

Conference Objectives:

  1. Explore the connectedness of Transcultural Nursing Education, Practice, Research and Administration.
  2. Examine population health through meaningful use of transcultural theories and evidence based best practices.
  3. Identify new and innovative transcultural nursing strategies to promote delivery of evidence-based care.
  4. Synthesize ecological, global, and social determinants of health to develop culturally relevant programs and services for individuals, families, communities, and populations.


Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing

Duchesne University School of Nursing

University of Michigan-Flint School of Nursing

SAGE Publications/Journal of Transcultural Nursing


Embassy Suites On the Riverwalk - 125 East Houston Street - San Antonio, TX

Report of the 44th Annual Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society

November 20, 2018/ Dr. Gayle Russell, TCNS First Vice President and Chair of the Conference Planning Committee

The 44th Annual Transcultural Nursing Society Conference was held October 17-20, 2018 at the Embassy Suites on the Riverwalk Hotel located a short walk from the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. The international conference included over 260 participants from 48 cultures and more than 14 countries, as well as 24 US states and Puerto Rico. Speakers and attendees included a diverse and global array of transcultural nursing (TCN) and healthcare experts. Attendees had the opportunity to engage directly with theorists and providers from administrative, educational, practice, and research settings in a variety of panel discussions, breakout sessions, poster sessions, and breaks.

Keynote speaker Dr. DeAnne K. Hilfinger Messias, Carolina Trustee Professor and Emily Myrtle Smith Endowed Chair at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing, presented Approaching Every Nursing Encounter with a Transcultural Lens. She discussed how increased cultural diversity has created a need for every nurse to provide care for every patient through a transcultural lens. She included strategies and opportunities that nurses in practice, education, and research can employ to ensure that transcultural nursing perspectives are applied in every patient encounter.

Transcultural Nursing Scholars Presentations on Transcultural Approaches to Advance Health Care Representing Individual, Organizational, and Community Views were delivered by Drs. Josepha Campinha-Bacote and Dr. Elizabeth Fitzgerald, and Dr. Sandy Lovering. An Intersectionality Approach to Cultural Competemility was presented by Dr. Campinha-Bacote and Dr. Fitzgerald and Transformational Leadership: Bridging Cultures through Shared Values was presented by Dr. Lovering.

Picture of the Presenters for the Following Panel of Presentations

Improving culturally competent care: Strategies for addressing LGBT healthcare needs across nursing curricula:  Diane Young, MSN, RN

Culturally Competent Care of the Transgender Patient: An Educational Program for Nurse Practitioners:  Sharon Yardley, DNP, APRN-BC, FNP

Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Bridging the Gap of Transgender Nursing Care:  Kristen Patterson PhD (c), RN, CSN;  Stephanie M. Chung PhD, RN

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