Baylor University Professor Wins International Award for Presentation

June 13, 2016

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WACO, Texas (June 13, 2016) — Tanya Sudia, Ph.D., R.N., professor, associate dean for research and scholarship and interim graduate program director at Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, received the Best Oral Presentation Award at the Sixth Annual Pan-Pacific Nursing Conference and First Colloquium on Chronic Illness Care in March in Hong Kong.

Sudia’s presentation, titled “Ethical Considerations Amid Emerging Global Health Challenges,” examined global ethical issues faced by health care providers. She addressed issues such as the standards of conduct for research, disparities in diagnosis and treatment of diseases internationally, preparedness for pandemics and gerontological care provisions. Particularly, she focused on the spread and treatment of non-communicable diseases in areas where they were not previously prevalent, such as low-middle income countries.

“With the global health care workforce facing ongoing challenges, the development of creative and cost-effective strategies are needed,” Sudia said. “Specific to the nursing profession, key issues include 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.”

The Pan-Pacific Nursing Conference, hosted by the Nethersole School of Nursing at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, was first established in 1999. According to the conference website, it aims to serve as a platform where health care professionals from around the world can come together to share ideas and promote global health. This year’s conference theme was “Achieving transformational and sustainable development in health and social care,” and it used a series of keynote speakers, workshops and presentations to promote discussion, collaboration and exploration of strategies for sustainable development in the health care field.

“We are proud of Dr. Sudia’s international recognition in the field of nursing and research,” said Shelley F. Conroy, Ed.D., R.N., dean of the the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. “She provides distinguished knowledge in collaborative interdisciplinary research in health care.”

Sudia is continuing to research ethical challenges in the health care field and is focusing on exploring global impact and culturally respectful health care approaches. Her work has been published in “MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing,” and she has contributed chapters to several books. In addition, she is advocating for expanded engagement and leadership from nursing professionals in an effort to address ethical challenges in the health care industry.

“In the midst of these global health challenges, the role of professional nursing is paramount,” Sudia said. “Nurses are renowned front-line care providers during illness; they need to be equally prepared and empowered to be leaders in preventive care as well as engaged interprofessional partners in identifying and resolving ethical issues.”

by Karyn Simpson, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.


The Baylor Louise Herrington School of Nursing was established in 1909 as a diploma program within Baylor Hospital in Dallas, which is now Baylor University Medical Center, and in 1950 became one of the six degree-granting schools of Baylor University. The first Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees were awarded in 1954, establishing the school as one of the oldest baccalaureate nursing programs in the United States. In 1999, the School was renamed the Louise Herrington School of Nursing after Louise Herrington Ornelas, a 1992 Baylor Alumna Honoris Causa, made a $13 million endowment gift to the school. The School of Nursing offers a bachelor of science in nursing degree and a master of science in nursing degrees in advanced neonatal nursing, nursing administration and management, and family nurse practitioner programs, which are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The School also offers a nurse midwifery doctorate in nursing practice.