16 July 2011


Alexander Graham Bell said, “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

The doors have closed on both the 22nd International Nursing Research Congress and the 2nd World Academy of Nursing Science (WANS) conference, events that were more successful and engaging than I imagined. And in this tropical paradise, I expect there are those who regret that the Congress and conference are over. Not me, however, nor the people with me. We're excited about the 23rd International Nursing Research Congress to be held in Brisbane, Australia next summer, and the 3rd WANS conference to be held in Seoul, Korea in the fall of 2013.

The WANS closing ceremony featured Karen Morin, DSN, RN, ANEF, president of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI); Hiroko Minami, DNSc, MPH, RN, president of the World Academy of Nursing Science; and Myoung-Ae Choe, PhD, RN, president of the Korean Academy of Nursing Science.

At the WANS closing ceremony: Iris Meyenburg-Altwarg, Hiroko
Minami, Myoung-Ae Choe and Karen Morin.
As we say goodbye to a wonderful week of learning and networking with our colleagues from around the globe, we also close the door of the conference center at The Moon Palace in Cancun for the last time, with hugs and promises to greet each other again soon, either at the STTI Biennial Convention in Grapevine, Texas this fall, or at the STTI International Nursing Research Congress in Brisbane, Australia next year, or both. And I close the door on this blog, with best wishes to you all.
Moon Palace front grounds.
The beach at Moon Palace.
Nighttime view of Moon Palace from my balcony.

Cynthia Vlasich, MBA, BSN, RN
Director, Education and Leadership

For Reflections on Nursing Leadership (RNL), published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.

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