Tanya Sudia, PhD, RN, Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, and Interim Graduate Program Director for the Louise Herrington School of Nursing at Baylor University received an award for the Best Oral Presentation at the Sixth Annual Pan-Pacific Nursing Conference and First Colloquium on Chronic Illness Care in Hong Kong. Her presentation, “Ethical Considerations Amid Emerging Global Health Challenges,” examined global ethical issues faced by healthcare providers. Global issues include standards of conduct for research, disparities in diagnosis and treatment of disease internationally, preparedness for pandemics, and gerontological care provisions. Sudia’s study had a particular focus on the spread and treatment of non-communicable diseases in areas where they were not previously prevalent, like low-middle income countries.

Sudia knows how important the development of creative and cost-effective strategies is with the global health care workforce facing many ongoing challenges. She also addresses key issues specific to the nursing profession including education and advanced training to ensure adequate nurse workforce capacity, rapid means of preparing for critical circumstances, workplace safety, and improving overall working conditions for nurses. Baylor University is proud of the international recognition in nursing and research that Dr. Sudia is bringing to their institution and school of nursing. Dr. Sudia brings distinguished knowledge in collaborative interdisciplinary research in health care to the staff and students of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing.

The Pan-Pacific Nursing Conference is hosted by the Nethersole School of Nursing at the Chinese University of Hong Kong which was first established in 1999. The conference aims to serve as a platform where health care professionals from around the globe can come together to share ideas and promote global health. The theme for this year’s conference was “Achieving transformational and sustainable development in health and social care.”

Dr. Sudia plans to continue her research on ethical challenges in the health care field, focusing on exploring global impact and culturally respectful health care approaches. Her work has been published in nursing journals as well as in contributing chapters to several books. She is also an advocate for expanding engagement and leadership of nursing professionals to address ethical challenges in the healthcare industry. As renowned front-line care providers, nurses need to be prepared and empowered leaders in preventive care and engaged interprofessional partners in identifying and resolving ethical issues.

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