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Home : Events : Biennial Convention : 42_2013_SpecialEvents
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
42nd Biennial Convention
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA   16 - 20 November 2013


 Special Events
Friday, 15 November
Pre-Convention Workshops
1:00-5:00 p.m. (1300-1700)
Creating a Culture of Civility: Awareness to Action
Co-Sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau International and the Omicron Delta Chapter at the University of Phoenix
Does it seem like everyone is grumpy, angry or short-tempered these days? Have you ever noticed how one person's bad attitude can get carried into the work environment and infect everyone's attitude? Have you witnessed workplace bullying or been silenced by an incident you know negatively impacted patient or student outcomes or even nurse retention? Is incivility really contagious? If so, are there ways against workplace bullying in order to protect ourselves, our team and our patients? The answer is, YES! This will be a highly interactive session where we will examine the challenges and strategies for creating a culture of learning and civility within nursing and nursing education. Together we will explore the emotional, financial, and quality impact of incivility and workplace bullying. We will examine the similarities and differences between the three roles that contribute to the continuation of workplace bullying: the victims, perpetrators and silent witnesses. Participants will have an opportunity to gain awareness related to their own triggers and practice techniques for holding authentic adult-to-adult conversations to increase accountability for reducing workplace bullying within teams. By the end of the session, participants will have at least three actions steps to immediately apply on the first day they return to work to reduce workplace bullying.
Saturday, 16 November
Professional Facility Tours
Choose to visit one of the area facilities! Select one tour option on your registration form to take part in viewing options available in and around the Indianapolis area.
  • Hill-Rom
    Visit the Hill-Rom International Headquarters in Batesville, Indiana, on Saturday, 16 November. Hill-Rom is a leading worldwide manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the health care industry. Participation is limited.
  • Fairbanks Hall Simulation Lab
    The Interdisciplinary Simulation Center at Fairbanks Hall focuses on real-life readiness to give students and medical professionals’ hands-on, simulation-based training in an advanced facility that replicates current hospital unit design. Participation is limited.
  • Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis
    Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis is part of Indiana University Health. It is the largest hospital in the state of Indiana and one of only two regional Level I Trauma Centers in the state. It has 802-staffed beds and is one of the largest teaching hospitals in the area. Participation is limited
  • Franciscan St. Francis Health Alliance
    A trusted leader in providing faith-based, integrated health care, Franciscan St. Francis Health is one of the largest health-care systems in Indiana. Our Indianapolis hospital opened in 1995 and features state-of-the-art technology and facilities, including the only full-service cardiac and vascular care program on the city's south side. Participation is limited.
  • Wishard Health Services
    Wishard is home to the first of two Adult Level I trauma centers in Indiana and the region’s only adult burn center, the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center. Wishard is in the process of building new facilities to replace the current campus, parts of which are nearly 100 years old. The new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus stand less than ¼ mile west of Wishard’s current home. Participation is limited.
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Headquarters
    Visit the building that nurses built and hear about the history of the organization as well as have an opportunity to visit with staff to learn more about the products and services offered. Participation is limited.

Tour tickets are available for purchase as part of your online registration. Choose your tour opportunity when you register.

First-Time Attendee Orientation
10:30–11:30 a.m. (1030-1130)
Feeling overwhelmed by all of the offerings and opportunities offered at the convention? Want some advice on how to best budget your time to get the most out of convention? Come listen to what experienced attendees have to say.
Student Reception with Board of Directors
10:30–11:30 a.m. (1030-1130)
Are you a nursing student? Join the Board of Directors of Sigma Theta Tau International and take the opportunity to interact with the leadership of the organization.
Speed Connect Event
11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. (1145-1315)
Are you interested in networking at convention? Register for Speed Connect, a special event designed to connect convention attendees in a fun, fast-paced environment. You will enjoy lunch, followed by a chance to connect one-on-one with other attendees. Buy your ticket today when you register for the convention!
1:30–3:00 p.m. (1330-1500)
The 29th President of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, Suzanne Prevost, PhD, RN, COI will deliver her state of the society address as the opening plenary presentation for the 42ndt Biennial Convention. Dr. Prevost’s presidential call to action, Give Back to Move Forward, spotlights four key themes: creating your legacy; engaging in collaboration; responding to vulnerable populations; and embracing technology. Her opening address will emphasize how Dr. Prevost’s call has been put into action. Included as part of the presentation during the opening plenary, the Educational Assessment Nursing Research Grant will also be presented.
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and Reception
4:30–6:30 p.m. (1630-1830)
This is your first chance to see exhibitors at the 42nd Biennial Convention. Check out their booths, mingle and have some hors devours. Check out our exhibitors!
Hosted Receptions
7:30–9:00 p.m. (1930-2100)
Chapters and regions are invited to hold receptions to honor award winners and people who have served the honor society in other capacities. (If you are interested in hosting a reception, submit a Hosted Reception Request From and payment by Friday, 2 August 2013.
Sunday, 17 November
Plenary Session II
8:00–9:15 a.m. (0800-0915)
The plenary II keynote address will be given by the Episteme Laureate and the Sigma Theta Tau International/Joan K. Stout, RN Research Grant and NLN/STTI Research Grant will be awarded.
Tribute Awards Event
12:30–1:45 p.m. (1230-1345)
Support your colleagues and honor award winners by purchasing a ticket to attend this meal event, where the following awards will be presented:
  • Evidence-Based Practice Award
  • International Research Awards
  • Best of Publishing Awards
  • International Media Awards
  • Capstone International Book Award
  • Technology Awards
  • Helen Henry Award
  • Virginia K. Saba Nursing Informatics Leadership Award
  • Daniel J. Pesut Spirit of Renewal Award
  • Amy J. Berman Geriatric Nursing Leadership Award
  • Practice/Academe Innovative Collaboration Award, and,
  • The new Clinical Partnership Award
RC Candidate Forums and Regional Meetings
4:15–5:30 p.m. (1615-1730)
Meet with others in your region and your regional coordinator to learn about what’s happening in your area. The Showcase for Regional Excellence recognition will be included in the regional meetings. Also become acquainted with those running for regional coordinator.
International Induction Ceremony
5:30–6:15 p.m. (1730-1815)
Witness the induction of nurses from around the world, including honorary members. A reception to welcome these new members will immediately follow the induction.
Heritage Society Dinner (by invitation only)
7:00–9:00 p.m. (1900-2100)
This dinner recognizes the contributions of all Virginia Henderson Fellows, Sigma Theta Tau Fellows, Billy Brown Fellows, Philanthropic Caring and Pillar Society donors. This dinner is not open for registration and invitations with event information are mailed to all current Heritage Society donors. If you would like to be a part of the Heritage Society, please visit the Foundation or call 888.634.7575.
Monday, 18 November
6:00–7:00 a.m. (0600-0700)
This walk benefits STTI's Foundation for Nursing’s research permanent fund, enabling the foundation to provide more small grants annually to researchers. Attendees will receive a t-shirt for participating. One hundred percent of the pledges collected by participants for the event will go directly to the research endowment, helping more nurses around the world to heal, lead and learn!
Chapter Awards Recognition Event
11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. (1130-1245)
Join in congratulating colleagues and award winners during the Chapter Awards Recognition event. The event is open to all registered attendees. The following awards will be presented:
  • Chapter Key Awards
  • Chapter Anniversaries
  • Chapter Global Community Building Award
  • Chapter Research Advancement Award
  • Chapter Spirit of Philanthropy Award
  • Chapter Communications Award
  • New Member Pillar Awards
  • Melanie C. Dreher Outstanding Dean Award for Excellence in Chapter Support
Founders Awards Celebration
6:30–9:00 p.m. (1830-2100)
Join us in congratulating recipients of the prestigious Founders Awards during this elegant dinner. A ticket may be purchased with your registration online. Dinner is followed by the presentation of the:
  • Archon Awards
  • Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to the Health and Welfare of Children
  • Nell J. Watts Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Award
  • Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Lucie S. Kelly Mentor Award
  • Dorothy Ford Buschmann Presidential Award
  • Founders Awards
Dress is business or semi-formal.
Tuesday, 19 November
House of Delegates Session I
11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (1130-1530)
Candidates for elected positions will be introduced and voted on and newly chartered chapters will be recognized. Delegate materials will be reviewed and proposed bylaws changes will be presented and discussed. Spectators are welcome; however, seating will be limited.
Wednesday, 20 November
House of Delegates Session II
8:00 a.m. – approximately 2:00 p.m. (0800-1400)
The House of Delegates Session II begins with the results of the election followed by voting on bylaws amendments and the installation of the new board. The day will end with the presidential call to action by the newly installed president. Spectators are welcome; however, seating will be limited.


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