Closing Plenary Session
Monday, 23 July 2018
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (1100-1230)
Advancing Nursing and Midwifery Through Innovation and Leadership
Pediatric nurse, university administrator, past Sigma president, and former chief executive officer of Sigma from 2007 to 2017, Dr. Thompson began her clinical career as a pediatric staff nurse at Schumpert Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.
In the early 1970s, she obtained her BSN from Northwestern State University (Natchitoches, Louisiana, USA), and an MSN in Pediatrics from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (Birmingham, Alabama, 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). She became Sigma’s chief executive officer from her position as associate dean for academic programs at the College of Nursing, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, retiring in 2017.