Plenary Session 3
Monday, 30 October 2017
8:00-9:15 a.m. (0800-0915)
Sigma Theta Tau International: The Past, The Present, The Future
Patricia E. Thompson, EdD, MSN, RN, FAAN
Pediatric nurse, university administrator and past STTI president, Patricia E. Thompson, EdD, RN, FAAN, leads the honor society during a period of unprecedented global expansion. She directs the 135,000-member organization as it moves boldly to develop nurse leaders around the world.
Dr. Thompson became STTI’s chief executive officer from her position as associate dean for academic programs at the College of Nursing, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Her clinical career began as a pediatric staff nurse at Schumpert Medical Center in Shreveport, La., USA. In the early 1970s, she obtained her BSN from Northwestern State University (Natchitoches, La., USA), and an MSN in Pediatrics from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (Birmingham, Ala., USA). In the early 1980s, she returned to the classroom and earned her EdD in Higher Education Administration and a minor in Business Management from the University of North Texas (Denton, Texas, USA).
Elizabeth Madigan, PhD, RN, FAAN
Elizabeth Madigan, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the CEO Designate of STTI (effective 18 September 2017). For the past two decades, Dr. Madigan was an Independence Foundation Professor in Nursing Education at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Director of the school’s Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Collaborating Center for Research and Clinical Training in Home Care Nursing, Dr. Madigan has extensive global experience, having served as a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Santiago, Chile, and a research grant reviewer for the Italian Ministry of Health Young Investigator Research Program. She recently reviewed the planned PhD program and curriculum for Haramaya University in Ethiopia.
Dr. Madigan is also a respected researcher. She has published numerous book chapters and research articles and presented at nursing conferences worldwide on interests including home healthcare issues, the use of technology to improve chronic disease outcomes, and international healthcare issues. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wright State University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the Ohio State University, and a PhD in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University.