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Dr. Rumay Alexander ~ Keynote Speaker - Thursday, October 22, 2020 ~ 8:30 a.m. EDT
Dr. Alexander is currently a Professor in the School of Nursing, Special Assistant to the Dean of the Adams School of Dentistry and formerly the Associate Vice -Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion/ Chief Diversity Officer of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At the end of 2019, she completed her presidency of the National League for Nursing, the voice for nursing education which has over 40,000 nurse educators and 1200 schools of nursing as members and her membership of the Tri-Council of Nursing which sets the leadership agenda for the nation. For over 21 years, she was the Senior Vice President for Clinical and Professional Services at the Tennessee Hospital Association and designed one of the nation’s first minority health administrators’ program, Agenda 21, which exists to this day. Dr. Alexander has guided individuals in academic, corporate, health care and religious organizations in the exploration of marginalizing processes, as well how to be open to multiple perspectives, viewpoints and the impact both positive and negative due to the many lived experiences of difference. She has authored numerous articles, book chapters and opinion briefs. Her passion for equity of opportunity and penchant for holding courageous dialogues to steward and promote human flourishing has led to appointments on landmark healthcare initiatives including the Commission of Workforce for Hospitals and Health Systems of the American Hospital Association and the National Quality Forum’s steering committee for the first national voluntary consensus standards for nursing-sensitive care. She is a two-term member on the Board of Governors of the National League for Nursing and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. In 2010 she was the American Organization of Nurse Executive’s Prism Award recipient for workforce diversity leadership and in 2013 the National Student Nurses’ Association bestowed her with their most prestigious award of Honorary Membership. In addition, she received the Southern Regional Education Board’s M. Elizabeth Carnegie Award in 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Family Nurse Practitioner from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and a Doctoral Degree (E.D.) in Education, Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University.
Transcultural Nursing Scholars Presentation - Friday, October 22, 2020 ~ 8:30 a.m. EDT
Migrants at Risk: Medical Repatriation and Transcultural Nursing
Joyceen S. Boyle, RN, MPH, PhD, FAAN
My presentation focuses on a relatively unknown practice called “medical repatriation”, a procedure carried out by private hospitals throughout the U.S. It consists of the transfer of undocumented patients in need of subacute care to their country of origin. Considering the ethical dimensions of informed consent, distributive justice, transparency and trust, I believe this practice violates the core values that have shaped the practice of nursing. Prior to this presentation, let me tell you something about myself that has shaped my views about nursing, specifically transcultural nursing and human rights.
As a 17-year-old girl, my parents put me on a train and sent me off to college. I earned my baccalaureate degree in nursing from Brigham Young University in 1961. After two years of working at the modern, state-of-the-art L.D.S. hospital in Salt Lake City, I moved to North Carolina. It was quite a shock to find myself working at an old county hospital that was not only old, a bit drab, but also was segregated. The civil rights movement was just beginning. I left North Carolina in 1967 and returned to the west with the goal of getting a good paying job so I could go to graduate school. I worked for the Nevada State Health Division and the Indian Health Service. Experiences on the various small native reservations in Utah, Nevada and Idaho were formative. In 1969, along with my then 3-year-old son, I moved to Berkeley, CA. Let’s just say that the University of California at Berkeley in 1969 was quite a different kind of an educational experience. I earned my Master’s in Public Health Nursing in 1971 and returned to Utah to teach Public Health Nursing at the University of Utah.
Madeline Leininger came as the new Dean to the College of Nursing and immediately encouraged me to enter a doctoral program in nursing. A very special mentor was Jody Glittenberg who was working part-time in Guatemala on an NSF grant at the time. She encouraged me to move to Guatemala for my dissertation research. So, with my then 12-year old son and his bike, a few clothes, pots and pans, we drove to Guatemala. At the time, I spoke about 10 words of Spanish but picked up two or three more words on the drive through Mexico! It was a 7-day drive from Salt Lake City.
I earned my Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Utah in 1982. I focused on maternal and child health in a “squatter” or marginal settlement in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. My research included nearly 3 years of field work during 1978-1982, a time of civil war and considerable violence. Over 200,000 Guatemalans were killed or forcibly disappeared during the “armed conflict” from 1960-1996. I was riveted on the effects of the violence on the health of women and children and the experiences they and their families had with death squads, security forces, government officials and the various rebel groups or guerillas. I returned to the United States committed to human rights and wanted to make a difference in individual lives in Central American countries.
In 1983, I joined Amnesty International USA’s Coordination Group of Country Specialists for Central America. Currently, I am the AIUSA’s Country Specialist for Guatemala and assist with El Salvador and Honduras. I monitor and report on the human rights situation in each country, as well as writing support letters for asylum cases and providing testimony in immigration courts.
Now that I live in Tucson, AZ, located about 60 miles from the US/Mexico border, I have monitored the influx of migrants fleeing violence in Central America. I am in frequent contact with various humanitarian groups who monitor migrant activities along the border as well as those groups who provide services to migrants in detention facilities in Arizona. I have volunteered at Casa Alitas, the medical clinic and transit facility for migrants sponsored by Catholic Community Services. Along the way, I have published in public health and nursing literature from both my dissertation research and later studies. My colleague, Margaret Andrews and I have celebrated the publication of the 8th edition of Transcultural Concepts in Nursing Care that emphasizes advocacy for disenfranchised groups. I believe advocacy is at the heart of transcultural nursing. I have served as a nursing professor at the University of Utah, departmental chair and vice dean at the Medical College of Georgia and as professor and associate dean at the University of Arizona.