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Arista3: Prestigious Conference on the Future of Nursing Attracts Profession's Leaders

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International concludes a global study of the role, future, and challenges facing the profession of nursing. Arista3, a series of conferences held around the world, brought nearly 200 experts on nursing and healthcare together during the last 3 years.


"We were proud to be able to bring nurses, physicians, health ministers, economists and others together to discuss the discuss the future of health care across the globe," said Nancy Dickenson-Hazard, MSN, RN, FAAN, chief executive officer of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. "The focus on creating healthy communities through the contribution of nursing underscores the collaborative aspect of nursing and creates awareness that maximizes the contribution of our profession."


2004 National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Board of Directors



Angela Clark


Immediate Past President


Jan Fulton




Theresa Posani




Nancy E. Dayhoff




Peggy S. Gerard




Kelly A. Goudreau




Kathleen Baldwin


Theresa Murray


Barbara Munroe


Pat Bielecki


Newsletter Editor


Theresa Posani




Executive Director


Christine Carson Filipovich




2090 Linglestown Rd, Suite 107


Harrisburg, PA 17110


Telephone: 717-234-6799


Fax: 717-234-6798






Among the findings of Arista3:


* The nursing shortage is global although the causes of it are different in different parts of the world.


* United States and Canada-aging of the nursing work force


* Africa and Near East-AIDS- related deaths among nurses


* Newly Independent States-recruitment of nurses out of the region


* The challenges facing nursing in different parts of the world are more similar than different.


* There is a general consensus among nurse-experts that the preferred future for nursing involves a partnership with nurses, even if the profession must be restructured for this to occur.


* Similarly, care should be culturally appropriate, evidence-based, holistic, and humane.


* Care should be delivered to maximize the health of individuals, families, and communities.


* Nurses should work to achieve equitable health outcomes across a lifetime.


* There were a number of interesting geographic and culture-related findings.


* In the Pacific Rim, nurses found they had to balance traditional eastern practices with more modern practices and research.


* In South Africa, the focus was more on gender-related issues and inequality.


* In many areas, the focus was on the brain drain as schools educated nurses only to have them leave the country to work elsewhere.


* In more developed countries, the focus is on workforce issues and occupational hazards.



Arista3 is the third Arista conference. The 5 sessions were held in March of 2000 in Miami, Fla (covering the Americas-Caribbean); in May of 2001 in Hawaii (Pacific and Southeast); in February of 2002 in Dartforth, England (a conference on Europe, immediately followed by a conference on Africa and the Near East); and March of 2003 in Sorrento, Italy (Southern Europe-Mediterranean). The Arista3 series followed 2 other Arista conferences, the first of which was held in 1987, following the US Department of Health and Human Services release of the publication Fifth Report to the President and Congress on the Status of Health Personnel in the United States: Nursing, March 1986.


"We are proud of the Arista conferences and the fact that we not only represented, but also served, nurses by undertaking a global analysis of the role, future and challenges facing the profession," said Dickenson-Hazard. "This is not something that we consciously embarked upon back in 1987 during our first Arista conference. Yet with each step we took, the next became obvious and the need to take it overwhelming. We are happy, pleased and humbled to be able to make this contribution."


An executive summary of Arista3 is available at no cost and the full report is available for purchase at


About the honor society: The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health of people worldwide through leadership and scholarship in practice, education, and research. Founded in 1922, the Honor Society of Nursing has inducted more than 345,000 members. Members are active in more than 85 countries and include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. The honor society's 433 chapters are located at 512 institutions of higher education throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, South Africa, Swaziland, Taiwan, and Tanzania. More information about the honor society can be found online at


The Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation, Inc, Announces 2 Awards for 2005

Established Researcher Award

Investigators with established track records conducting research in acquired bone marrow failure diseases, specifically aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria can apply for 2-year awards of $60,000 ($30,000 a year; with second year pending progress in first year). The deadline for receipt of the completed application package is November 30, 2004. Awards will be announced March 2005 for research to begin July 2005.


New Researcher Award

New investigators conducting research in acquired bone marrow failure diseases, specifically aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria can apply for 2-year awards of $60,000 ($30,000 a year; with second year pending progress in first year). The deadline for receipt of the application package is November 30, 2004. Awards will be announced March 2005 for research to begin July 2005.


Download applications and information at For questions, contact 800-747-2820 or


Atlanta Area CNSs Got Their Group Back!

Altanta Area CNS Group has reorganized and membership is stronger than ever! After the "Revitalization" meeting in June 2003, the group decided to meet bimonthly (excluding summer months) at different locations across the metro Atlanta area. Since then, membership has grown and meeting attendance is steadily increasing. Meetings usually last 2 to 3 hours and include a presentation by a speaker or roundtable discussion regarding various CNS-related topics, lunch or dinner, and lots of networking and information sharing. The Atlanta Area CNS roster has approximately 100 members from various hospitals and practice settings, as well as CNS instructors and students.


Meetings are held bimonthly on the first Friday of the month. The next meeting will be held on May 7, 2004 (time and location TBA). If you have any questions about the Atlanta Area CNS Group or would like to be added to the roster, please contact one of the following facilitators: Jackie Boyd, e-mail:, (404) 616-5213; Philidah Seda, e-mail:, (770) 918-3686. Hope to see you in May!


New Marketing Ideas!

Unveiled at the March 2004 annual meeting were 2 new products for all clinical nurse specialists:


CNS lapel pins: Stand out in a crowd; identify yourself as a CNS; buy a lapel pin to wear on your clothing; put on a tote bag or purse; use as a gift for your collegues; give as a prize at your local meetings. Call the national office at (717) 234-6799 or see the Web site for more details.


New and revised 2nd Edition of the Statement on Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice and Education. New and updated. Look for full-page ad in the journal or look to our Web site ( for more details of how to order your own copy. $25.00 for members and $45.00 for nonmembers.


Call for Abstract Reviewers for 2005 NACNS Conference

Please consider serving as an abstract reviewer for the 2005 NACNS conference.


* Abstracts will be received from mid-July through the beginning of August 2004.


* We anticipate that each reviewer will look at approximately 10 abstracts.


* We need a total of 50 reviewers to sign up by July 1, 2004.



Response: Yes, I want to serve as an abstract reviewer for the 2005 NACNS Conference. Please send your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, and content expertise area(s) to Sue Davidson or NACNS office by FAX (717) 234-6798, by mail to NACNS, 2090 Linglestown Rd, Ste 107, Harrisburg, PA 17110, or via e-mail on the NACNS Web site at


Call for Abstracts

NACNS 2005 Annual Conference CNS Leadership: Navigating the Health Care Environment Toward Excellence by Advancing Nursing Practice March 9-12, 2005 The Rosen Plaza Hotel Orlando, Fla

CNSs practice nursing at an advanced level. The outcomes of CNS practice contribute to quality, cost-effective outcomes for clients and advance the practice of nursing within nursing's autonomous legal scope of practice. This conference will focus on the outcomes and competencies of CNS practice for clients, nurses, nursing practice, and health care systems. The conferences will highlight new strategies to change organizational culture, uncover system complexity, identify resiliency in nurses and other health personnel, and bridge gaps so that quality outcomes are achieved.


General Information

Abstracts will be considered for both concurrent session and poster presentations. Authors may submit abstracts of completed work, work in progress, or work presented at local or regional meetings. Do not submit abstract containing information that has been published previously or presented to national or international nursing audiences. The primary author is responsible for obtaining consent from all authors and any employer clearances before submitting the abstract.


Paper presentations will be made in concurrent session formats and will be 55 minutes in length. Authors of accepted abstracts must be available to present for the designated period during the conference and are responsible for paying their own conference expenses. For abstracts with multiple authors, the authors must decide on the presenter. Poster presentations will be table top posters. Abstracts from students are invited for poster presentations. Abstracts may focus on the conference theme or scholarly inquiries into evidence-based practice, clinical improvement projects, or outcomes related to enhancement of the CNS's practice or role. During the poster sessions, at least one author must be available to dialogue with participants.


Presenters are expected to register for the day of their presentation and pay all expenses associated with the presentation.


Abstracts should be submitted via mail or e-mail to NACNS, 2090 Linglestown Rd, Ste 107, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Phone (717) 234-6799. E-mail: Deadline for submission of abstracts is Monday, July 12, 2004. Deadline for submission of abstracts for student posters is January 14, 2005.