Debra Thoms

Debra Thoms
Commonwealth Chief Nursing and
Midwifery Officer of Australia

Opening Plenary Session

Thursday, 19 July 2018

12:30-2:00 p.m. (1230-1400)

Of Kangaroos, Koalas, and Platypi

Debra Thoms’ career in nursing, health management, and nursing leadership spans over 30 years. During this time, Ms. Thoms has worked as a clinical nurse in NSW, as well as in remote areas of the Northern Territory. She has also held positions of Deputy Director, Director of Nursing, as well as Chief Nursing Officer at the Department of Health. Having taught nursing management at UTS for several years, she was awarded an Adjunct Professorship from UTS in 2002, and holds an Adjunct Professor appointment with the University of Sydney.

Dale Beatty

Dale Beatty
Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President for Patient Care Services, the Office of Research Patient Care Services, Stanford Healthcare

Plenary Session 2

Friday, 20 July 2018

8:30-10:00 a.m. (0830-1000)

Developing Change Agents in an Ever-Evolving Healthcare Delivery System

Dr. Beatty is a prolific speaker and widely recognized for his expertise in operations, workforce development, fostering true collaboration, building and sustaining healthy work environments, and transformational leadership. He is a Board Certified Nurse Executive - Advanced (NEA-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and has extensive knowledge and demonstrated outcomes in the areas of contemporary patient care delivery, employee satisfaction and engagement, evidence-based staff development and leadership, as well as designation and re-designation for ANCC Magnet Recognition®.

Patricia Thompson

Patricia E. Thompson
Leadership Consultant

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.