University of Washington School of Nursing Welcomes International Nurse Leader Hester Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA as Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Lecturer

Release Date: 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: February 14, 2014
Media Contact: Ashley Wiggin, aaw4@uw.edu, 206-221-2456

The University of Washington School of Nursing is pleased to announce that international nurse leader Dr. Hester Klopper, President of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, will be the 2014 Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Lecturer. he title of her lecture will be "Global Trends: Changing the Future of Nursing."

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Dr. Klopper, a South African academic, scholar and professor, was elected as President of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) in November 2013, and is the first non-North American to hold this leadership position. She will also be the University of Washington School of Nursing’s first international Soule lecturer. Dr. Klopper will deliver the 2014 Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Lecture on May 7, 2014 at Benaroya Hall, in conjunction with the UW School of Nursing’s Nurses Recognition Banquet.

University of Washington School of Nursing Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Dean Azita Emami, PhD, MSN, RNT, RN, FAAN states, “We are thrilled to have Dr. Klopper join the UW School of Nursing  this year as our Soule Lecturer.  Her global perspective and innovative vision towards nursing education and practice will spark interesting and complex conversations in our nursing community and beyond. Dr. Klopper is an international trail blazer in the field of nursing, and her pioneering spirit is a perfect fit for the UW School of Nursing.”

Dr. Klopper is an international academic and professional leader with extensive knowledge and experience in global health, public health, policy development, nursing and health care. She was named President of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society in November 2013 and is the first non-North American to lead the organization, which includes over 490 chapters throughout 90 countries. Currently, Dr. Klopper serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Forum for University Deans in South Africa (FUNDISA), an organization dedicated to promoting University nursing practice, research and education in South Africa. Prior to that position, she was the Dean of the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, where she continues to hold a full professorial appointment.

Her program of research focuses on positive practice environments, patient safety and quality health care; and health systems and health policy. A continued interest is global health and the role nurses play in policy influence and strengthening health systems. Dr. Klopper is also passionate about nursing education and coordinates the national PLUME program, which is funded by the National Research Foundation to support the development of post-doctoral research candidates.

Established in 1979, the Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Lecture honors the founding dean of the University of Washington School of Nursing. The annual presentation features prominent nursing and health care leaders and is supported through the Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Fund. The presentation is held in conjunction with the Annual Nurses Recognition Banquet each May, which honors and celebrates the profession of nursing and nurse leaders. Learn more about the event here, and contact us to explore sponsorship opportunities.

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