18th  SAMRM Biennial International Conference

Bridging Worldviews: Inclusion, Partnership, and Collective Wisdom

September 23rd - 25th 2021

Bemidji, Minnesota

Registration Coming March 2021

SAMRM Conference Postponed

Greetings to all,

Due to the current international and national health situation, the Society for the Advancement of Modeling and Role-Modeling (SAMRM) is postponing the upcoming September 24-26, 2020 International Conference: Bridging Worldviews: Inclusion, Partnership, and Collective Wisdom in Bemidji, MI conference until September 23-25, 2021.

While we are disappointed at the postponement, we want to do what we can to keep you safe, well, and focused on the things you need to take care of at this time till it is safe to travel and gather as a group. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2021 in Bemidji, MN. The SAMRM conference website registration will be available in early March 2021. See you there. Take care of yourself and family.

Be safe. Be well.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Micky Erickson, Da’Lynn Clayton, and Marci Maple

Conference Planning Committee Members


The 18th biennial conference will be held in Bemidji, MN known as the first city on the Mississippi and home to lumberjack legend Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. September in Northern Minnesota is a perfect time to experience the fall colors. Visitors may enjoy the changing leaves on the 30-minute drive to the Headwaters of the Mississippi in Itasca State Park.

Come explore the nature and Northwoods of Bemidji, Minnesota and enjoy a nursing conference that invigorates and re-energizes the mind and soul.

Travel Information

The Bemidji airport is approximately five miles from the hotels and each hotel offers a complimentary shuttle (directly to and from the airport) that can be arranged. Other airports options are: Fargo, ND (2.5 hour drive), Duluth, MN (3 hour drive), Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (4 hour drive).

SAMRM 2021 Conference

Join us for a three-day international nursing conference in Bemidji, MN September 23-25, 2021 sponsored by the Society for Advancement of Modeling and Role-Modeling (SAMRM). Through presentations, interactions, networking, and dialogue, participants will gain greater understanding of diverse and differing worldviews as well as how to facilitate health, healing, and wellbeing by embracing differences, creating partnerships and gaining collective wisdom.

Throughout the conference, Dr. Helen Erickson will be giving a four-hour presentation on Modeling and Role-Modeling theory in practice, a keynote address, and share practice application in a highly anticipated session entitled Grand Rounds. SAMRM is grateful to have Dr. Erickson share her knowledge, perspective and theory application. Additionally there will be presentations focusing on cultural and theory application in practice, education, and research as well as a poster session.

SAMRM 2021 Conference Goals:

  1. Create partnerships to promote collective wisdom and facilitate healing, health, and well-being through understanding diverse client worldviews and cultural perspectives.
  2. Provide a forum on diverse worldviews based on Modeling & Role-Modeling theory holistic nursing concepts.
  3. Disseminate knowledge and application of Modeling & Role-Modeling holistic nursing theory acquired through research, practice, and teaching.
  4. Inspire best practices, education and research grounded in holistic relationship-centered nursing across populations and cultures.

Hotel Information

The Hampton Inn is located on the shores of Lake Bemidji. Paved hiking trails outside the hotel doors lead hikers around the lake and into Bemidji State Park. Hotel room blocks have been reserved for September 23-25, 2021. The rooms are reserved under SAMRM. The blocked rooms will be released 30 days prior to the conference.

The Hampton Inn | $129* per night
Reserve Online: goo.gl/RwajrB
Reserve Online Code: HFW2-BM6LSZ
Reserve By Phone: 218.751.3600

Helen Erickson Photo

Keynote Speaker: Helen L. Erickson, Ph.D., RN, AHN-BC, FAAN

Dr. Erickson is a leading theorist and visionary who continues to transform nursing practice. Early on she discovered her concept of nursing care differed from accepted practices. She believed in client-centered care, and that the nurse's role was to facilitate, engage, and empower people to achieve a higher state of health, wellness, and wellbeing. Later, she developed a theory of nursing practice, Modeling and Role-Modeling (MRM), which is spiritual in nature; emphasizing holistic relationship-centered care, understanding the client’s perspective, and regarding clients as the primary source of information. 

Dr. Erickson’s approach to nursing is based in a philosophy of holism, epigenetic health and well-being, and consciousness. The sciences used include basic and behavioral sciences, quantum physics, and others. Her stories and application delineate the difference between listening to the person’s perspectives on biophysical status and perspective on their life journey as it relates to their current health status.  

David Shields Photo

Invited Speaker: David Shields, MSN, RN, AHN-BC, QTTT

David Shields has been a nurse for 44 years, with practice experience in the emergency department, critical care, post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), outpatient surgery, and case management. He has management experience as an emergency department unit manager and a nursing supervisor.

Additionally, Mr. Shields has experience as a nursing educator working as an Assistant Professor of Nursing for Capital University for 13 years and as an educator for Fairhope Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc. in Lancaster, Ohio. He has practiced holistic nursing for years and impresses upon nursing students the need to look at clients in a different light. To see clients where they are, accept them unconditionally, and develop a plan of care clients can embrace and use.

He has practiced holistic nursing for years and impresses upon nursing students the need to look at clients in a different light. To see clients where they are, accept them unconditionally, and develop a plan of care clients can embrace and use.

He is currently working as a Clinical Systems Educator, onboarding new staff nurses for a large health care system in Columbus, Ohio and laboratory manager at Capital University.

Schedule at a Glance*

Thursday September 23, 2021
1:00pm - 7:00pm Registration
2:00pm - 6:20pm Plenary Session: Modeling and Role-Modeling Theory and Paradigm in Practice, Helen L. Erickson, Ph.D., RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
6:45pm - 7:30pm American Indian Drumming Session
Friday September 24, 2021
7:30am - 9:00am Registration
9:00am - 9:15am Welcome
9:15am - 10:00am Keynote: Bridging Worldviews, Helen L. Erickson, Ph.D., RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
10:15am - 11:45am Concurrent Sessions: Practice and Education
11:45am - 1:15pm Buffet Lunch
1:15pm - 2:45pm Interactive Session: Connecting with Our Values, Attitudes, and Inner Knowing, Margaret Erickson, Ph.D., RN, CNS, APHN-BC & Da’Lynn Clayton, Ph.D., RN
3:00pm - 4:30pm Invited Panel: Gaining Insight into MN American Indian Tribes Lived Experiences,
4:45pm - 5:45pm Poster Session & Reception
5:45pm - 7:45pm Visit Bemidji Boat Ride
Saturday September 25, 2021
8:00am - 8:50am SAMRM Business Meeting (Open to all attendees)
9:00am - 9:45am Invited Speaker: A Reflective Journey: From Navy Hospital Corpsman in Vietnam to Holistic Nurse, David Shields, MSN, RN, QTTT, AHN-BC
9:45am - 10:30am Plenary Session: Niganawenimaanaanig Program Panel: A Model for American Indian Nursing Student Success, Misty Wilkie, Ph.D., RN & Alumni
10:45am - 12:15pm Concurrent Sessions: Education, Research, and Practice
12:15pm - 1:30pm Buffet Lunch
1:30pm - 3:30pm Grand Rounds: Helen L. Erickson, Ph.D., RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
3:45pm - 4:30pm Cultural Immersion Experience: Drumming
4:30pm - 4:45pm Closing

*NOTE; This schedule is subject to change

SAMRM 2021 Conference Call For Poster Abstracts

Poster abstracts must be received by August 27th, 2021. Submit poster abstract and biographical sketch via the active link samrmconf2021@mrmnursingtheory.org.

Poster Abstract Submission Process
Submit two MS Word documents: abstract and biographical sketch for each presenter.

  • The poster abstract includes title, brief description, Modeling and Role-Modeling theory application (300 words or less) and conference objective(s) being addressed.
  • The short biographical sketch for each presenter includes poster title, presenter name with credentials, biographical information (100 words or less), and contact information.

Acceptance Time Line
Accepted poster abstracts will receive email notification by September 7th, 2021. Poster presenters are required to register for the conference.

If you have questions, please send them to mrmnursingtheory@gmail.com.