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In celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Mu Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Chapter at the University of South Carolina Upstate will host a conference, entitled “Transforming Nursing through Reflective Practice” by Gwen Sherwood, Ph.D., RN, FAAN.  The conference, open to clinical nurses, nurse educators, and nursing students, will held on Friday, November 16 at USC Upstate in the Sansbury Campus Life Center from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“The goal of the conference is to provide the clinical nurse and nurse educator with knowledge of the reflective process which can be utilized to transform nursing practice and create innovative approaches to improve quality and safety in healthcare,” said Dr. Lynette M. Gibson, associate professor of nursing at USC Upstate.

Sherwood is professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She has a distinguished record in advancing nursing education locally and globally and was elected as vice president for two terms on the international board of directors for Sigma Theta Tau International. She helped develop the Methodist Caring Tool to examine patient satisfaction with caring. Sherwood is co-investigator on Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. QSEN is designed to transform nursing curriculum to prepare nurses in quality and safety for redesigned health care systems. Reflective practice: Transforming education and improving outcomes (2012) by Dr. Sherwood and S. Horton-Deutsch, is a current book that provides educators and learners a road map to transform nursing education and practice.

“Reflection is a systematic way of thinking about our actions and responses to change future actions and responses,” said Sherwood. “Therefore reflective practice is a method to integrate knowledge, generate life-long learning, and effectively use one’s experiences to enhance well-being of the nurse and the patient.”

The cost of the conference is $15 and includes continental breakfast, materials, and continuing education credit for nurses.  To register, call (864) 552-4248. The registration deadline is Monday, November 12.

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