About the conference

The 15th Annual Tau Lambda-at-Large Conference will be held at the Sunnyside Park Hotel, Johannesburg Gauteng from the 12t – 14th of August 2015. The theme for the conference is “Serve, Connect, Transform, Lead, “Sculpting the future of nursing”. The hosts for this year’s conference are WITS, University of Johannesburg, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Malawi, University of Pretoria, UNISA and University of Swaziland.

The Objectives of the Conference are as follows:

  • Share and identify ways to promote meaningful networks    and collaborations to strengthen and advance nursing.
  • Share evidence and explore innovations in clinical practice, education, management and leadership.
  • Explore ways that promote and deepen service in its diverse forms to promote nursing excellence and improve health outcomes.
  • Deliberate on the transformation of nursing practice and education in the context of local, regional and global change and progress.


The sub-themes for the conference are:

Clinical Practice and Service

  • Innovations in nursing and midwifery practice
  • Partnering for improved practice
  • Holistic nursing – individual, community, national, global


Transformative teaching and learning

  • Technology, pedagogy and change
  • Teaching-learning development
  • Innovation in student support


Leading the future

  • Nursing in the future
  • Models for change


Research for change

  • Multidisciplinary and collaborative research
  • Research development initiatives
  • Evidence-based and evidence-informed practice


Keynote speakers include Prof Hester Klopper the 30th President of Sigma Theta Tau International and the first person outside of North America to hold this position. Prof Catherine Comiskey the Head of the Scholl of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin in Ireland and Dr Nonhlanhla Makhanya the first Chief nursing Officer for South Africa.