Reflections on 2020 Dr. Jennie Gunn

The 46th Annual Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS) Conference held in October was a great success. Many members and non-members attended and presented. For the first time, the conference was completely done in a virtual format. Attendees reported they enjoyed the online conference and also appreciated the avoidance of travel during this time.

Thanks to the Conference Committee and Administration, the conference was positively reviewed by members and non-members. With utmost sincerity, I thank the Conference Planning Committee and Dr. Martha Baird, Chair of the committee.  Dr. Horn’s faithful leadership has consistently given the Board of Trustees direction and support; we are thankful for her.

If you missed the conference, you can still register and view the sessions recordings. Registration remains open with session recordings available until December 1, 2020. Those registering may view all presentations and posters. Continuing education credits will be awarded for attendance.

During the past year, the world has faced many obstacles. Covid-19 changed the way we live and work. Hurricanes ravaged the coastline. Civil unrest, terrorist activities, political elections, and other factors have affected many in the United States and across the world. Despite the challenges, the people have survived, learned to live within the shadows of the virus, and have remained positive in the face of adversity. We will not easily forget the year 2020.

TCNS has a solid membership base. Our goal is to reach out to non-members and to bring them into the organization. Now more than ever, transcultural care is important for all people. The consideration of the needs of people worldwide is imperative during this time of uncertainty. Patients enter the hospital and may not see a family member for extended periods of time because of the contagious nature of the virus. Care that is culturally comforting is important during this time of separation between patient and family.

It is my honor to serve as President of TCNS; I appreciate the confidence members gave to me in my election. In January 2021, Dr. Gayle Russell will become the new president of TCNS. She will be an excellent president. She has my full support, and I look forward to her leadership.

This year, Dr. Stephen Marrone, a past president of TCNS, died from Covid-19. Stephen was a bright light in our society. He was a brilliant scholar and writer. His personality was endearing, and we cherished him. Dr. Marrone held many positions within TCNS and was always eager and willing to take on duties to promote the society. I pray that we may all be safe from Covid-19 in the future.

Thank you for your support during these last two years. I appreciate your trust in me.

Dr. Jennie Gunn

President, Transcultural Nursing Society