CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – More than 100 members of the medical community, along with students, staff and faculty of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi were in attendance during the inaugural Adele Bemis Leadership Lecture Series, held April 28, at the Art Museum of South Texas.
The lecture series was sponsored by the Eta Omicron Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing, to honor and recognize Adele Bemis, MSN, RN, for her steadfast leadership in the nursing profession. Bemis, who is now in her 80s, is a founding member of the local chapter and still teaches online nursing classes to students at A&M-Corpus Christi.
“This honor is a composite of all of the colleagues and friends and family that have supported me through the years,” said Bemis. “It’s an honor not only to me, but to them because I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”
Those in attendance enjoyed light refreshments during a reception held before the lecture, “Nursing Leadership for Uncertain Times” given by keynote speaker Marion E. Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Dean and Vice Chancellor for Nursing Affairs at Duke University and Associate Vice President for Academic Nursing at Duke University Health System.
The lecture covered the concept of leadership and mentoring in the nursing and medical industry and how nurses can learn to mentor themselves and others.
“The health care landscape is changing dramatically and it’s never been a better time for nursing,” said Broome, who believes students should look within themselves to assess their own strengths to be able to grow to be a better leader. “Every student has to look at their own personality and their own desires and goals, but every single nurse can contribute to improving health.”
To be held each spring, the Adele Bemis Leadership Lecture Series engages both local and national nursing leaders in stimulating and thoughtful discussions about nursing leadership trends and strategies within the Coastal Bend nursing community.