Keynote Speaker

The Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing is pleased to host the following Keynote Speaker for the 2021 Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium:

Emerging Technologies in Healthcare: Challenges and Opportunities

Carol Jorgensen Huston, MSN, RN, DPA, FAAN
Professor Emerita
School of Nursing
California State University, Chico

Dr. Huston is a Professor Emerita at the School of Nursing at California State University, Chico (CSUC), where she taught from 1982 to 2019. She assumed the position of Director of the School of Nursing from 2010 to 2015. Dr. Huston was named one of seven CSUC Master Teachers in 1999-2000 and was the 2001-2002 CSUC Outstanding Teacher. She was also named CSUC Outstanding Professor in 2008-2009.

Dr. Huston has published seven books on leadership, management, and professional issues in nursing (23 total editions), as well as nearly 150 articles in leading professional journals. Her book, Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Nursing, in its 10th edition, has been translated into five languages. In 2019, she published the 5th edition of Professional Issues in Nursing: Challenges and Opportunities and her first children’s book When Little Girls Dream. In addition to her publications, Dr. Huston has presented at more than 300 health care conferences worldwide. She also has served on the Enloe Medical Center (Chico) Board of Trustees since 2012, including Chair of that Board (2016 to 2019).

In November 2007, Dr. Huston was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. She served as president of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) from 2007 to 2009. As president, she oversaw strategic planning, program implementation, and fiduciary oversight of approximately 130,000 nurses in over 470 chapters in more than 90 countries. She served as co-chair of the 2010 International Year of the Nurse (IYNurse) Initiative, a global partnership between STTI, the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health, and the Nightingale Museum of London. She also served as the lead faculty for the STTI Experienced Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (2014 to 2019) and as the Leadership Facilitator/Coordinator for the STTI Global Healthcare Leadership Institute.