Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Palmer Symposium

Each year, health care professionals, including nurses, physicians, and researchers from Chicago and the Midwest gather to share the latest in research at the Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium. For decades, this event has addressed issues critical to nursing research, education, administration, policy, and clinical practice.

The 2020 Ruth K. Palmer RESEARCH Symposium

“Advancing the Science of Caring: Cura Personalis in a Technological Era”

Given the evolving coronavirus situation, and with the health and well-being of Loyola students, faculty, staff of utmost concern, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this Friday’s Palmer Symposium. On behalf of the Palmer Research Symposium Planning Committee, we appreciate your interest in attending the Symposium and look forward to your participation in the rescheduled event. 

Friday, March 13, 2020 
7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Center for Translational Research and Education, Auditorium
2160 S. First Ave, Maywood, IL

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Carol Jorgensen Huston, MSN, DPA, FAAN

Emerging Technologies in Health Care: Challenges and Opportunities

Dr. Carol Huston has taught at California State University (CSU), Chico, since 1982 and was the Director of its School of Nursing from 2010 to 2015. Today, she teaches part-time as a Professor Emerita. Dr. Huston has authored seven textbooks (23 editions) on leadership and management (as well as professional issues in nursing), published more than 100 articles, and presented at more than 300 health care conferences worldwide. In addition, she was president of Sigma Theta Tau International and has served as the Chair of the Enloe Medical Center (Chico, CA) Board of Trustees since 2016.


Registration closed due to postponement of symposium. Rescheduled date TBD. 

Poster and presentation abstracts

Abstract submission is closed. The submission deadline was January 17.

Program Outcomes

Participants will gain understanding of research that highlights the critical issues around human caring in an era of rapid growth in healthcare technology and will identify at least one topic learned during the conference.

Loyola University Health System is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001- 91). This program is offered for a total of 5.25 contact hours for nursing. No partial contact hours are offered. All speakers and the planning committee members have declared no conflict of interest. ONA guidelines require all three of the following criteria to be met in order for the learner to receive the contact hours offered for this educational activity: (1) Learner’s signature on the attendance sheet, (2) Learner’s attendance and participation in all program activities, and (3) Learner submits a completed evaluation form at the conclusion of the program. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who attend this program can earn up to 5.25 contact hours for continuing education upon submission to Commission of Dietetic Registration for approval.

Schedule of Events

7:45 – 8:30 AM 

Registration, continental breakfast, and poster viewing

8:30 – 8:45 AM - Welcome

Karen L. Saban, PhD, RN, APRN, CNRN, FAHA, FAAN
Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research
Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Loyola University Chicago

Lorna Finnegan, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN
Professor and Dean
Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Loyola University Chicago

Norberto Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer 
Loyola University Chicago

Timothy M. Carrigan, PhD, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL

8:45 –9:45 AM - Keynote Address

Emerging Technologies in Health Care: Challenges and Opportunities
Carol Jorgensen Huston, MSN, DPA, FAAN
Professor Emerita
School of Nursing
California State University, Chico

9:45 – 10:15 AM - Break and Poster Viewing

10:15 – 10:40 AM

Being Present: Preserving the Nurse-Patient Connection in a World of Monitors and Megabytes

Carol Kostovich, PhD, RN, CHSE
Associate Dean for Simulation-Based Teaching and Learning
Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Loyola University Chicago

10:40 – 11:05 AM 

Translational Science and Virtual Care: Perspective on Care Delivery

Gwen Verchota, PhD, APRN, CNP
Assistant Professor, Nursing & Graduate Programs Coordinator
School of Nursing
Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN

11:05 – 11:35 AM - Poster Blitz

The Development of a Smart App for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Talar Markossian, PhD, MPH
Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
Loyola University Chicago

Nonpharmacologic Sleep Bundle in the Intensive Care Unit
Critical Care Nurse Practitioner 
Northshore University HealthSystem, Highland Park, IL

Pilot Testing: Use of Innovative Technology Quantification of Blood Loss (QBL) Calculator to Support Improving Maternal Patient Outcomes
Cindy Hayes, DNP, MSN, RN, CPAN, CAPA, CNE
Assistant Professor
Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago

11:35 AM – 12:35 PM - lunch (provided)

Quiet Room, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

12:35 – 1:05 PM - Loyola University Medical Center Nurse Fellows

Does a Decrease in Psychological Distress Decrease the Number of Solid Organ Rejection Episodes After a Heart or Lung Transplantation
Ashley Nguyen, BSN, CCRN, CSC 
Cardiovascular ICU Staff Nurse, Loyola University Medical Center
Pauline Dejesus, BSN, CCRN
Cardiovascular ICU Staff Nurse, Loyola University Medical Center

Emotional Guardedness, Coronary Artery Disease and Cardiac Rehabilitation Adherence
Mary Wagner, RN MSEd, CCRP
Nurse/Exercise Physiologist
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge

1:05 – 1:30 PM - Early Delirium Detection: CUIs and the EHR

Kimberly J. Oosterhouse, PhD, RN, CCRN-K, CNE
Assistant Professor
Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Loyola University Chicago

1:30 – 1:55 PM - Addressing the Challenges Imposed by Hypoglycemia in Adults with Type 1 Diabetes

Pam Martyn-Nemeth, PhD, RN, FAHA
Associate Professor
College of Nursing
University of Illinois at Chicago

1:55 – 2:20 PM - Bridging the Divide between Health Care and Technology

MaryMargaret Sharp-Pucci, EdD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Healthcare Administration
Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
Loyola University Chicago

2:20 – 2:45 PM - Break

2:45  – 3:10 PM - Technology and Health Care: The Patient Perspective

Susan Eik Filstead
Susan Eik Filstead Stroke & Epilepsy Foundation, Inc.

3:10 – 3:40 PM - Panel Discussion

3:40 – 3:45 PM - Conference Wrap-Up & Evaluation

Those attending should park in Parking Garage A (next to the hospital). Download a map of the health sciences campus for help finding locations.

If you have questions, please email to Palmer_Symposium@luc.edu.