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Meet Our Speakers | INR Virtual International Scientific Conference

This post introduces some of our distinguished guests who will be speaking at the International Scientific Conference.

We want you to have a peek into their achievements as scholars, leaders & innovators. 

The Institute has worked so hard to bring these amazing professionals under one umbrella, this labor we have undertaken because of our love for impact, and the desire that we have to see that the nursing profession in this 21st century grows into its full potential. 

We hope to spur you to take action if you haven’t registered yet. Are we promising? Yes, we are. We are soo certain that it’s worth your time to be part of this conference. 

We are also proud to mention that no [Nursing] scientific & research-driven community on the Africa continent brings innovative programs as The Institute of Nursing Research, Nigeria, does – from our Journal Club to our Career Summits down to our community activities, all show our deep commitment to the growth & development of the nursing profession here in Africa & the world. 

Now, meet some of the scholars & leaders who are prepared to fire up this International Scientific Conference…


Professor Patricia Davidson

Patricia Davidson has been a registered nurse since 1980 and has clinical, teaching, and practice expertise in cardiovascular science and the care of vulnerable populations.

Across her career, she has been committed to developing innovative models of person-centered care delivery and evidence-based teaching. Dr. Davidson is secretary-general of the Secretariat of the World Health Organizations Collaborating Centers for Nursing and Midwifery, counsel general of the International Council on Women’s Health Issues, a member of Sigma Theta Tau International’s Institute for Global Healthcare Leadership Advisory Board, and a board member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

She also serves on the Board on Health Care Services for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She has co-authored over 500 peer-reviewed journal articles and 29 book chapters. Her H -index is 40 (Scopus) and 58 in Google Scholar, and Dr. Davidson’s i-10 Index is 329. She has been the adviser for over 40 doctoral and 15 postdoctoral candidates. She is deeply committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and workforce development, and interdisciplinary practice. Dr. Davidson is strongly focused on mentoring the next generation of health professionals and scientists, and in 2016 she earned the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers, the most prestigious research mentorship award in Australia.

She is associate editor of the International Journal of Nursing Studies and on the editorial boards of several other journals, including the European Journal of Cardiovascular NursingJournal of Cardiovascular Nursing, and Heart Lung and Circulation. She recently took the position of vice-chancellor at Australia’s University of Wollongong, her alma mater.


Howard Catton

Howard was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in February 2019. He is committed to ensuring that ICN effectively represents nursing worldwide, advances the nursing profession, promotes the wellbeing of nurses, and advocates for health in all policies.


Throughout his career, Howard has worked and written extensively on issues relating to the Nursing and Healthcare Workforce and he co-chaired the first-ever State of the World’s Nursing Report. He has led ICN’s work to respond to and support nurses globally during the pandemic and has been at the forefront of advocating for the protection of and investment in the nursing profession.


Howard joined ICN in April 2016 as the Director, Nursing, Policy, and Programmes. His team led the development of ICN policy and position statements. He also coordinated ICN Programmes and projects and oversaw the development of scientific programs for ICN events.


Howard qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1988 and held a variety of nursing posts in England and the United States and worked for the New Zealand Nurses Organisation. He studied Social Policy at Cardiff University (BSc Econ Hons) and Industrial Relations at Warwick University (MA) and then worked as a Personnel and Organisational Change Manager in the National Health Service in the UK.  For 10 years Howard was Head of Policy & International Affairs at the Royal College of Nursing in the UK.


Dr Bukola Salami

Dr. Bukola Salami is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Windsor and her Master of Nursing and Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Toronto. Her research program focuses on policies and practices shaping migrant health.

She has led research projects on African immigrant child health, immigrant mental health, access to healthcare for immigrant children, Black youth mental health, the health of internally displaced children, and parenting practices of African immigrants. She founded and leads an African migrant child research network of 35 scholars from 4 continents. In 2020, she founded the Black Youth Mentorship and Leadership Program at the University of Alberta. The program, the first University-based interdisciplinary mentorship program for Black youths in Canada, seeks to socially and economically empower Black high school youths to contribute meaningfully to Canadian society.

Her work on Black youth mental health leads to the creation of a mental health clinic in Alberta.  She has also presented her work to policymakers.  In March 2021, she was invited to present her work to Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and four other ministers.  She is involved in several community volunteer initiatives including serving as a public member on the Council of the Alberta College of Social Worker, the Public Health Agency of Canada Working Group on the Mental Health of Black Canadians, the Bell Lets Talk Funding advisory committee, and active involvement with the Black Opportunities Fund.

She is an Associate Editor of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) and on the Editorial Board of Nursing Inquiry and Qualitative Health Research Journal. Dr. Salami has received several awards for research excellence and community engagement: 100 Accomplished Black Women in Canada; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Emerging Nurse Researcher of the Year Award; College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) Award for Nursing Excellence; and Alberta Avenue Edmonton Top 40 under 40. In 2020, she became a recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, the highest research award in nursing. In 2021, she became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing.


Claudia C Bertz, PhD, RN

Claudia C Bartz, Ph.D., RN is an advocate for health, telehealth, nursing, and women in digital health. She serves on the ISfTeH Board of Directors.

She chaired the ISfTeH Telehealth Nursing Group for 10 years and was the Chair of the Telenursing Network for the International Council of Nursing from 2009 to 2015. She has published various articles on telehealth and has made many presentations on telehealth topics. She co-led the team that prepared and released the 2020 Year of the Nurse & Midwife, sponsored by ISfTeH and International SOS.

Dr. Bartz continues to survey the telehealth/digital health literature for nurse-led research publications.


Dr Simeon Olubiyi

Dr. OLUBIYI Simeon Kayode was born over five decades ago and hails from Erin-Ile, Kwara State in Nigeria. He had his Bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science University of Nigeria Nsukka (1992 -1995). He had his Master of Science degree in Community Health and Epidemiology, University of Ilorin (1997 – 1998). He bagged a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Health, University of Ilorin (2009 to 2014).

 He was a Course Coordinator (Head) of the Nursing and Community Health program at the National Open University of Nigeria between 2003 and 2012. He is the Acting Head, Department of Nursing Science, University of Ilorin. (2015-2017). He was a Reader and Acting Head of Department of Nursing Science at Achievers University, Owo, Ondo State during his Sabbatical Leave.

He is a Fellow, West African College of Nursing (FWACN), in the Faculty of Community Health, Fellow, Commonwealth Programme (FCP), United Kingdom, and a Fellow, African Institute of Public Health (FAIPH).
He has written and co-authored well over Thirty (30) Instructional course materials in Nursing and Community Health for the National Open University of Nigeria, He has numerous publications in reputable National and International Journals, and contributed chapters in 3 textbooks. He has Made presentations and proceedings in not less than 20 academic and professional conferences.

His professional associations include the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Nigerian Ophthalmic Nurses Association (NONA), Health Economics Association of Nigeria and African Public Health Institute and Alumni of Hagai Institute (HI) and President of Men’s Fellowship of Champions Church Headquarters in Ilorin, Kwara State.

He is married to a nurse and the marriage is blessed with two children and grandchildren. His hobbies include Music and Reading. 

Professor Petra Brysiewicz

Petra Brysiewicz is a full professor in the Discipline of Nursing, School of Nursing & Public Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and an honorary full professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
She has worked with research and education of health professionals, primarily nurses, in South Africa and Africa for over 22 years, predominantly in the area of acute/emergency care.

Petra is the communicating PI for DEVELOPING RESEARCH INNOVATION, LOCALISATION, AND LEADERSHIP (DRILL) program within the College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, funded by Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health, USA.

Her efforts are focused on inter-professional mentoring and research leadership development for young health researchers. Petra is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Emergency Nursing journal and Associate Editor for several other journals. 


Amira Elbeih

Amira Elbeih received D.Sc..  in Community health nursing, Ain Shams University, M.PH in Public Health Nursing & B.Sc, Alexandria University. Specially trained in women’s health at Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland USA.

Currently,  Department Head, teaching Community Health Nursing  & Nursing Research at a bachelor level since 1985 at the Faculty of Nursing, Ain Shams University, & Modern University of Technology & Information,(MTI).

As Head of the department, she believes in supporting junior academic staff for professional development, gaining human & academic basic skill that matches the honor of being a Faculty academic professorship. 

Considering the need for advocacy for professional nursing standards’ development & achievement of Patients’ Rights at all levels of health care provision.

As Director of Unit of Community Health Services & Community Involvement, believing in the multi-roles of a university – as a cornerstone – in community developments, meeting its population health needs & sustainable development, using its human & non -human resources. In addition to student participation  & engagement as a volunteer in different community health-based activities & awareness campaigns in collaboration with MOH and NGOs. Such as involving our students in a National outreach rural health-based campaign for detection of Anemia prevalence rates

As Editor-in-Chief, Egyptian Journal of Nursing & Health Sciences, since 2020, and a Board member of the  Research Ethics Committee, she was honored by the acknowledgment awarded by the Quality Unit, Faculty of Nursing, MTI for contributions made throughout different stages of Faculty accreditation-  for achievements made through activities & services rendered by the Community Services Unit since 2014. As well as the establishment of the first scientific journal published by the Faculty of Nursing. MTI University aims at a multidisciplinary approach & collaboration of academic researchers within the health field. 


Dr. Lily-West Buloala 

Dr. Lilly-West Buloala RN, RM, BNSc, MSN, Ph.D. FWACN Nurse practitioner /Quality Assurance & Control Nurse/ passionate about Improving Customer Experience & Monitoring  Data Quality metrics/Mental Health Advocate/Mentor / Founder- Nurse Innovators.


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