Transcultural Nursing Society

47th Annual Conference

October 27-30, 2021
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

Theme: Transcultural Nursing: Setting a Course in Turbulent Times

Now, more than ever, are transcultural nurses called upon to provide direction in the midst of the global pandemic. Record numbers are displaced due to war, climate change, food insecurity, and political unrest. Civil protest and unrest are occurring everywhere. The limitations of the global healthcare system have become apparent and never before has the influence of social determinants been viewed as a priority. Transcultural nurses cannot address and resolve these challenges alone. It is imperative that we partner and collaborate in transnationally and transdisciplinary to assure safe and effective culturally competent care in these challenging times. In 2021, transcultural nurses will join forces with other nursing organizations and healthcare networks to achieve the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (STGs).


  1. Explore partnerships and strategies that promote equitable, sustainable, and culturally sensitive health care actions to address current and future local and global health challenges.
  2. Identify novel educational and technological strategies to prepare qualified and culturally competent healthcare workers.
  3. Explore the influence of social determinants (environment, education, population density, ethnicity, culture, etc.) on the global health pandemic.
  4. Discuss how environmental, social, political and economic policies affect health outcomes.
  5. Apply transcultural theories and strategies to address current global health crises (displacement and migration).

We are looking forward to the 47th Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 27-30.  This will be the first time we have been together in person as a Society since Fall 2019. Many of you have expressed concerns about the safety protocols and status of the conference. While we can’t make any promises or assured predictions, we are planning to hold a live, in-person conference.

The Conference Committee and the Board of Trustees of the Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS) have taken into consideration the requirements of the state of New Mexico and those required by the Hotel Albuquerque to assure the safety of all participants.

  • Participants who attend the in-person conference are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID unless advised by their medical provider otherwise.  Please email medical/religious exemption requests to   You will be required to attest to your vaccine status or approved exemption when electronically signing into the conference. 
  • Masks are required in all public spaces in the hotel. However, presenters may remove their masks while presenting six feet from the audience while speaking. 
  • Contact between participants will be discouraged by having online daily registration and chairs spaced at least 6 ft apart.
  • We will be reducing our paper and materials footprint by using online systems.   Participants will receive an email and instructions for logging into the conference online system.   There will be a limited number of printed materials available.
  • We will have a limited number of bags available at the conference and request that participants bring a bag from a past conference if they wish to use one.  
  • We are working with the hotel to have as many outdoor gatherings as possible for meals and other activities.

These required and recommended protocols for the conference are in keeping with the values and public statements endorsed by the TCNS. The following statement is posted on the TCNS website. We believe we have a duty to protect our patients and a duty to protect our colleagues. We feel strongly that we must “live our values.”

 "We’re proud to join 50+ major health care professional organizations & societies in calling for mandatory #COVID19 vaccination for all health care workers. Employer mandates are ethical, effective, and will help bring the pandemic to an end. Health care workers have a duty to protect their patients, and that means getting the #COVID19 vaccine. The vaccine is safe, effective, and our best tool for ending the pandemic.” 

Sustainable Development Global Goals

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