The Millicent Geare Edmunds Lecture

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The Millicent Geare Edmunds Lecture

Civility Matters! Best Practices to Foster Healthy Work Environments

Thursday, Nov. 21, 4-5:30 p.m. 
Reception to follow.
University of Maryland School of Nursing, Room 130

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This presentation explores harm from incivility in health care, which has been identified as the next frontier in patient safety efforts, especially since uncivil acts may lead to life-threatening mistakes, preventable complications, or injury to a patient. This engaging and thought-provoking session provides a deepened and empirical understanding of workplace incivility and its impact on individuals, teams, organizations, and patient care — emphasizing the need to cultivate and sustain healthy workplaces. Join a renowned researcher, award-winning professor, and accomplished author for a stimulating session to explore evidence-based strategies to foster healthy work environments.


At the end of the presentation, learners will be able to:

  • The  State of the Science regarding civility and incivility in health care.
  • The impact of incivility, bullying, and mobbing on individuals, teams, organizations, and patient care.
  • A variety of evidence-based strategies to foster health work environments.
  • The value of civility acumen.

Cynthia Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Strategic Nursing Advisory, ATI Nursing Education
Author, Creating and Sustaining Civility in Nursing Education

Cynthia Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, is professor emerita at Boise State University, strategic nursing advisor for ATI Nursing Education, and the founder of Civility Matters. As a clinician, she specialized in adolescent mental health, substance abuse recovery, and violence prevention. Clark serves as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education, and she co-chaired the American Nurses Association Professional Panel on Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence. Her theory-driven interventions, empirical measurements, theoretical models, and reflective assessments provide best practices to foster civility and healthy work environments around the globe. Clark is a prolific researcher, presenter, and author whose presentations number in the hundreds and whose publications have appeared in a broad range of peer-reviewed and open-access venues. Her empirical measures have been used by scholars in more than 20 countries to measure incivility and to foster healthy workplaces.

Additional Information

Continuing Education

Nurses may receive 1.5 contact hours for participating in this educational activity.  Partial credit is not provided. Participants receive a CNE certificate via email from UMSON approximately two to four weeks after submitting their request, a signed attendance verification form, a completed evaluation form, plus a fee of $10.  All requests must be received within 30 days of the conference.

Accreditation Statement: The University of Maryland School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

Conflict of Interest: It is the policy of The University of Maryland School of Nursing to require our continuing education activity (CE) faculty and planning committee members to disclose any financial relationships with companies providing program funding or manufacturers of any commercial products discussed in the program.  The planning committee and CE faculty report that they do not have financial relationships with manufacturers of any commercial products they discuss in the program.

Lecture History

The Millicent Geare Edmunds Fund was established January 6, 1964 by a bequest from Millicent Geare Edmunds, “to be expended for any purpose which will add to the comfort, morale, or education of the student classes and the faculty.” Ms. Edmunds was one of 12 students in the 1905 graduating class of what was then known as the Training School, University of Maryland. She served as the president of the School’s Alumni Association from 1920–1921 and on the General Committee of the 200th anniversary celebration of the City of Baltimore.

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The Response from Maryland's Administration and Legislature
Birch Barron, MSPH, CEM
Deputy Director, Opioid Operational Command Center
Chief of Staff to the Senior Emergency Management Advisor to the Governor


The Impact of Social Determinants on the Health and Well-Being of Baltimore’s Communities
Leana S. Wen, MD, MSc, FAAEM
Commissioner, Baltimore City Health Department


Community Engagement: Building Careers in Health Care and Research
Vanessa P. Fahie, PhD, RN
Director, Exploring Health Professions Careers Project
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing


Sleep, Sleepiness, and Fatigue in Nurses: How Organizations and Nurses Themselves Can Solve This Problem
Jeanne Geiger Brown, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing


War, Disaster, and the Making of the Red Cross Nurse
Marian Moser Jones, PhD, MPH

About the 2019-20 Dean's Lecture Series

The 2019-20 Dean’s Lecture Series focuses on Violence: Scope, Impact, and Consequences.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

UMSON offers year-round opportunities for continuing education, which is now recognized for license renewal in Maryland. Take advantage of online, simulation, and in-person activities to enhance your professional development.