Dr. Carol Picard
Dr. Carol Picard will present “Energizing Clinical Practice: Keeping the Passion in Compassion” at an event jointly sponsored by the MSU College of Nursing and the Zeta Upsilon Chapter-at-Large of Sigma Theta Tau, International beginning at 1:00 PM on Thursday, May 8, 2008 at the Grantree Inn in Bozeman, MT. The event is open to the public. Dr. Picard has also been selected as keynote speaker for the Recognition Ceremony on May 9, 2008.

Dr. Picard is the immediate Past President of Sigma Theta Tau International. She is a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also Past President of the International Association for Human Caring. She has presented papers and keynote addresses both nationally and internationally on excellence in nursing as evidence-based, theory guided reflective practice. In over 250 presentations and 46 publications, she addresses issues of leadership, caring, and restorative and creative practices to support nursing.

Her program of research focuses on experience of illness for patients and their families, and the use of reflective art as pattern appreciation in research studies, and creative movement as a mode of expression with selected groups, including parents of persons with bi-polar disorder. She is a clinical specialist in psychiatric nursing, practicing for the past 33 years, with a particular interest in chronic mental illness and quality of life. A recent publications is her book, Giving Voice to What We Know: Margaret Newman’s Theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness in Nursing Practice, Research and Education,

As a poet and dancer, she works at bringing the arts to the arena of healing for patients and students. She has choreographed dances on the subject of healing and led workshops on movement and wholeness.

Dr. Picard is the recipient of the first Alumni Achievement Award given by Fitchburg State College, and was also given the Lifetime Achievement Award by Epsilon Beta Chapter, as well as the Mentor Award. In 2006 she was honored with the Clara Barton Humanitarian Award from Emmanuel College. In 2008 she was awarded the Living Legend Award from the Massachusetts Registered Nurses Association.

For more information, please contact Glenna Burg at 406.994.2650 or at grburg@montana.edu.