Plenary Speakers

All session times are in Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5)

Opening Plenary Session

Thursday, 18 February 2021

2:00-3:15 p.m. (1400-1515)

Infusing and Instilling Joy: A Necessary Ingredient in Driving Creativity and Innovation

Join Sigma’s 33rd President, Richard Ricciardi, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, for a presentation on the 2019-2021 Call to Action, Infuse Joy, and its connection to three essential elements—the ABCs—that promote joy: Awareness, Balance & Purpose, and Co-creation. In the nursing profession and as Sigma members, we are well positioned to infuse joy into practice in clinical, educational, administrative, research, and policy settings.

Richard Ricciardi

Richard Ricciardi,


Richard Ricciardi is a Professor at The George Washington University School of Nursing and the current Sigma President. Prior to joining GW in 2018, Ric served as the Director, Division of Practice Improvement and the Senior Advisor for Nursing at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). At AHRQ, Ric’s research focused on ambulatory care practice improvements in the areas of teams, team-based care, outcomes measurement, treatment of acute and chronic pain, and improving patient safety practices.

Prior to joining AHRQ in 2010, Ric served on active duty in the Army for 30 years and held numerous positions as a pediatric and family nurse practitioner, clinical scientist, and senior leader. In his last two positions on active duty, Ric served as chief of nursing research at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and director of research at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

In addition to having experience in the clinical, research, educational, and health policy areas, Ric brings corporate governance expertise to the President position. Ric has served community and national-level boards of many nonprofit corporations and associations. He served as president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), president of the NAPNAP Foundation, chair of the Sigma Building Corporation, and treasurer and vice-president of Sigma. Ric maintains a part-time nurse practitioner practice at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He is honored to serve as Sigma President and is excited to serve all members during this biennium.

Presentation of Healthy Work Environment Awards 

The Academic and Clinical Healthy Work Environment Awards will be presented during the opening plenary session. 

Presentation sponsored by      Wambi

Plenary Session 2

Friday, 19 February 2021

8:30-9:15 a.m. (0830-0915)

We Are All In: Commitment to a Healthy Work Environment

The University of Minnesota School of Nursing has been engaged in an ongoing journey to create and sustain a healthy work environment for faculty, staff, and students. Tied closely to a healthy work environment is our deep commitment to inclusivity, diversity, and equity—both aligning with the school’s values. We will share how we have lived out this commitment through initiatives related to well-being, diversity, and inclusion, faculty and staff development, including supervision and leadership, and recognition and respect.

Christine Mueller

Christine Mueller,


Christine Mueller, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, is a professor and Senior Executive Associate Dean of Academic Programs at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and holds the School of Nursing Long-term Care Professorship. She oversees the school’s two pre-licensure programs (BSN and MN) and the two graduate programs (DNP and PhD).

Dr. Mueller received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from St. Louis University, a Master of Science degree (nursing) from Old Dominion University, and a PhD degree (nursing) from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

Dr. Mueller’s research career has focused on improving the care of elders living in nursing homes and her research focuses on factors that can influence quality of nursing home care.

Academic Healthy Work Environment Award Recipient

University of Minnesota School of Nursing      School of Nursing Group Photo

Plenary Session 3

Friday, 19 February 2021

2:35-3:20 p.m. (1435-1520)

Sustaining a Healthy Work Environment During a Pandemic and Beyond

Presentation entails the organization's initiatives in sustaining a healthy work environment. Highlights of collaborative initiatives encompassing the six elements of a healthy work environment during the novel COVID-19 pandemic and beyond are featured.

Lindsey Jandoli

Lindsey Jandoli,


Lindsey Jandoli is a bachelors-prepared nurse who graduated from Villanova University. She started her nursing career at St. Peters University Hospital in 2013 on the cardiac progressive care unit and later transferred to the emergency department in 2014 as a staff nurse where she enhanced her skills as a new nurse transitioning to practice. Because of Lindsey’s identified leadership skills, Lindsey was quickly assigned the roles of relief charge and nurse preceptor in the ED. Lindsey is a lifelong proactive learner and quickly attained certification as a board-certified emergency nurse through BCEN and is currently the Assistant Nurse Manager in the emergency department.

In her tenure at St. Peters University Hospital, Lindsey has served in multiple leadership roles. Along with the organization's CNO, Lindsey was instrumental in organizing and implementing the Nursing Workplace Environment and Staffing Council (NWESC) and initiated and designed the team's NWESC logo. She was also instrumental in the submission of an abstract that was accepted and presented at the NWESC virtual summit this past September. Lindsey has received several honors and awards throughout her nursing career such as the coveted DAISY Award, the angel of caring award, and gem of the month. She is an active member of the Emergency Nurses Association.

Clinical Healthy Work Environment Award Recipient

Saint Peter's University Hospital      St Peter's University Hospital Group Photo

Closing Plenary Session

Saturday, 20 February 2021

11:25 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (1125-1215)

Posttraumatic Growth: Possibilities for Transformation

In this presentation, Dr. Tedeschi will discuss the theoretical model of posttraumatic growth, some of the research that supports it, and how to apply this concept to clinical work. This approach to practice incorporates a broad view of what constitutes trauma, including many experiences that are traumatic to people because they challenge core beliefs about oneself, other people, the future, and the kind of world in which we live. The possibilities for transformation of individuals and their relationships does not preclude working on typical symptoms of trauma, but recognizes that symptoms are better understood, tolerated, and reduced when traumatic suffering can have meaning and purpose.

Richard Tedeschi

Richard Tedeschi, PhD

Richard Tedeschi, PhD is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Distinguished Chair of the Boulder Crest Institute for Posttraumatic Growth, in Bluemont, Virginia, where he has been one of the developers of programs based on posttraumatic growth principles to help combat veterans and first responders.

He has published several books and numerous professional articles on posttraumatic growth, an area of research that he developed while at UNC Charlotte.

Dr. Tedeschi serves as a consultant to the American Psychological Association on trauma and resilience, is a Fellow of the Division of Trauma Psychology and the Division of Psychotherapy, and is Past President of the North Carolina Psychological Association.