The University of Iceland’s Faculty of Nursing hosted an international seminar on leadership in nursing and healthcare on 17 – 20 May. The seminar was held in co-operation with the University of Minnesota. Twenty seven master and PhD students from both universities attended the seminar. The organization of the seminar was in the hands of Helga Bragadóttir, Associate Professor, and Hildur Sigurðardóttir, Assistant Professor, from the University of Iceland Faculty of Nursing, and Teddie Potter, associate professor at the School of Nursing, University of Minnesota.
The Faculty of Nursing hosted a welcome reception for the participants and the staff of the Faculty on 17 May. Helga Jónsdóttir, Dean of the Faculty of Nursing, addressed the gathering and welcomed the guests from abroad.
The main topic of the seminar was leadership in healthcare with a global approach. The participants formed groups and worked on important subthemes of the main topic, identifying future challenges and roles of leaders in healthcare. The groups focused on a holistic approach to public health, diversity, innovation and the role of healthcare leaders. There were also numerous lectures given by Icelandic and US scholars on leadership in healthcare. Besides listening to lectures and participating in group work, students and faculty went on field trips to healthcare facilities and historic sites within and outside the city of Reykavík. The seminar ended with student group presentations on their important leadership themes with a global approach.