About the Nursing Workforce Diversity Conference
The annual Nursing Workforce Diversity Conference connects nurses, nursing students, healthcare employers and educators in order to develop more inclusive healthcare systems that welcome diverse nurses and enable them to succeed and thrive. The event includes a keynote, breakout sessions, and career fair with Wisconsin-based employers committed to diversifying their nursing workforce.
4th Annual Conference
Keynote | Dr. Antonia M. Villarruel
Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. As a bilingual and bicultural nurse researcher and leader, she brings extensive experience with diverse Latino and Mexican populations.
Schedule in Brief
3:00–6:00 PM | Career Fair Open
3:00–4:00 PM | Keynote Presentation with Dr. Antonia M. Villarruel, Dean,
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
4:00–4:25 PM | “Why Should We Care About Health Equity?”
4:30–5:30 PM | Concurrent Breakout Sessions
“Building connections is a priority for us. The School of Nursing and Wisconsin healthcare systems can and must work together to attract more diverse individuals to nursing and keep them in practice.”Dean Linda Scott, PhD, UW–Madison, School of Nursing
The 2nd Annual Nursing Workforce Diversity Conference on February 7, 2018, explored ways to deliver more culturally congruent care, strategies for employers that want to recruit and retain diverse nurses, and how the school’s holistic admissions process will diversify future nursing classes. A career fair connected students and job-seeking nurses with more than 20 area employers and community organizations that are actively hiring.
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