The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International


Frances Hughes

Frances Hughes

Chief Executive Officer, International Council of Nurses (ICN)

Opening Plenary Session
Thursday, 27 July 2017



A native of New Zealand, Dr. Hughes has held the post of Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer of Queensland, Australia, since 2012. Prior to this, she was Chief Advisor (Nursing) to New Zealand’s Ministry of Health. As a consultant at the World Health Organization (WHO) and other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), she has worked in Australia, the South Pacific, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Asia. She also held the position of Commandant-Colonel of the Royal New Zealand Army Nursing Corps and was the first Professor of Nursing at the University of Auckland.

Dr. Hughes, who has a strong background as a health clinician, manager, and educator, is the recipient of several awards and honors, including a Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy from the Commonwealth Fund in New York, which enabled her to study health policy under the mentorship of Dr. Linda Aiken of the University of Pennsylvania. She also received a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to undertake research in the United States in 2012–2013 on post-disaster lessons as they apply to health professionals, and she was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to mental health in 2005. In 2013, Dr. Hughes received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Massy University in New Zealand.


Tanya McCance 
Tanya McCance
DPhil, MSc, BSc (Hons), RN

Director of the Institute for Nursing & Health Research/Professor of Nursing, Ulster University, Northern Ireland

Friday, 28 July 2017



Professor McCance is the Director of the Institute for Nursing & Health Research/Professor of Nursing at Ulster University in Northern Ireland. She has been a registered nurse since 1990 and throughout her career has held several joint posts between higher education and health care organizations, demonstrating her commitment to the integration of practice, education, and research. She has an international reputation in the development of person-centered practice and currently leads a program of research that is underpinned by the Person-Centered Practice Framework, which is practice-based and collaborative in nature and is focused on developing practice.


Siobhan O'Halloran 
Siobhan O’Halloran

Chief Nursing Officer, Ireland Department of Health

Closing Plenary Session
Monday, 31 July 2017



Dr. O’Halloran has had a distinguished career in nursing spanning more than 30 years. Since 1999, she has held several key positions in the Irish health service with the Department of Health (DOH), the Health Service Executive (HSE), and the nursing education sector. These include Nursing Adviser (DOH); Executive Director, National Implementation Committee (DOH), where she oversaw the transfer of all undergraduate nursing education to the third-level sector; Executive Director, Health Reform (DOH); Nursing and Midwifery Services Director (HSE), advising the HSE Management Team and Board on policy direction regarding nursing and midwifery issues; and Head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Health Studies and Applied Science at Dundalk Institute of Technology. In January 2011, Dr. O’Halloran was appointed HSE’s Assistant National Director, with lead responsibility for Acute Services. Most recently, she was tasked with establishing the Programme Management Office within the Department of Health to implement the government’s health reform program, Future Health.